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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

There has been a great deal of information given regarding the Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19. We have created this web page in an effort to inform our parents, community, students, and staff on how the school is responding to this public health concern. The safety of our students and staff has always been and will always be our top priority and we continue to do our part to prevent the spread of illness in our schools. 

Update: Voting by Mail for Ohio Primary Election on April 28, State Testing Exemptions Information, Meal Pickup Plan Continues Next Week, Availability of Paper Copies of Assignments, and All Playgrounds and Athletic Facilities are Closed (3/27/2020)

  • Ohio Primary Election Extended to April 28 & Voting by Mail Only
    • Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation today, Friday, March 27, to allow votes to be submitted by mail (e.g. absentee ballot) for the Ohio Primary election. The election has been extended to Tuesday, April 28. Voting will only take place through the absentee ballot process. There will not be any in-person voting for the Ohio Primary election on Tuesday, April 28.
    • To obtain an absentee ballot, you will need to request and complete an application (either online or by phone). Voters who already voted do not need to request a new ballot. Ballots already received by mail or in-person will be included for this election. Click here for instructions on how to request a ballot by mail.
  • State Testing Exemption Informational Update
    • The following information is provided to clarify the amendments recently made by the Ohio Legislature to House Bill 197 regarding state testing exemptions. These were approved today, Friday, March 27 by Governor Mike DeWine. Click here for details.
  • Meal Pickup Plan Continues Next Week
    • We served over 900 students during the first week of our Meal Pickup Plan. We sincerely thank all our Food Service team members, teachers, administrators, and volunteers who helped to pack and hand out meals to our students.
    • Meals will continue to be available for pickup from 11 am - Noon on Monday, March 30, Wednesday, April 1, and Friday, April 3, for children ages 1-18. Children must be present for the meals to be provided. Click here for details. 
  • Paper Copies of Assignments Available for Pickup
    • For families who do not have access to assignments online, paper copies for next week’s assignments will be available to pickup at:
    • Babeck Early Childhood:
      • Monday, March 30 from 11 am- 12 pm
    • Edgewood Elementary School:
      • REVISED: Paper copies will be available to pick up on Monday, March 30 from 11 am- Noon. 
    • Edgewood Middle School:
      • No paper copies will be distributed this week. For more information about remote learning and for additional resources click here, then select your grade for details.
    • Edgewood High School:
      • Wednesday, April 1 from 10 am- 12 pm
    • Seven Mile Elementary School:
  • Playgrounds and Athletic Facilities are Closed
    • ALL playgrounds, including those at any of our Edgewood City Schools are closed until further notice, per the "Stay At Home" order issued from the Ohio Department of Health.
    • Likewise, all Edgewood athletic facilities, including fields, courts, weight rooms, and gyms are closed until school resumes.

UPDATE: "STAY AT HOME" ORDER AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (3/23/2020)

As announced by Gov. DeWine, the “Stay At Home” order, issued by Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Health Department, goes into effect at 11:59 pm tonight, March 23. The order will remain in place until 11:59 pm on April 6, 2020, unless it is rescinded or modified. The order is attached for your reference: https://5il.co/e2t8

Within the “Stay At Home” order, schools are permitted to be open, but with limited access in order to perform the ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS defined in the order. Providing meals to our students is considered one of the essential functions. Our next meal pickup, for students, ages 1-18, is Wednesday, March 25 from 11 am - Noon at our three elementary schools. Another essential function is facilitating distance learning. For students who do not have access to Wi-Fi and/or laptops or computers, paper copies of assignments will be available to pickup on Wednesday, March 25 at these locations: 

  • Edgewood Middle School: 10 am- 12 pm
  • Edgewood High School: 10 am- 12 pm
  • Seven Mile Elementary School: 11 am - 12 pm
    • Please email Mrs. Harrison by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 24 to let her know you will need to pick up a paper copy of the assignments on Wednesday, March 25. Her email is: lori.harrison@edgewoodschools.net. Include your child’s name and grade in your email.

Additional dates of when paper copies will be provided for students, during this closure, will be communicated by the end of this week.

Please remember, when picking up meals or copies of assignments, it is important everyone practices “social distancing”. This means keeping 6 feet away from others.

One last, but important point, please be aware all our school playgrounds, fields, and athletic facilities are closed while our schools are closed.

UPDATE: MEAL PLAN FOR STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE AND OTHER RESOURCES (3/20/2020)

Meal Plan for Students during School Closure

Our district has been working on a plan to provide meals to our students while school is closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Starting Monday, March 23, breakfast and lunch will be provided to children ages 1-18. Children must be present for the meals to be provided. Here are the details regarding dates, locations, pickup times, and additional information: https://5il.co/dzac

Additional Resources: WiFi Offer and Paper Copies of Assignments

  • If your student is having trouble getting assignments done due to no Wi-Fi access, Charter Communications is now offering households, with students in Kindergarten-12th Grade, free Spectrum Wi-Fi for 60 days. Call 1-844-488-8395 for more information.
    • Please be aware, Edgewood City Schools does not have a partnership with these companies. As with any offer, make sure to read the fine print in the offer before accepting an offer.
  • For families who do not have access to assignments online, paper copies for next week’s assignments will be available to pickup at:
    • Babeck Early Childhood:
      • Monday, March 23 from 11 am- 12 pm
    • Edgewood Elementary School:
      • Monday, March 23 from 11 am- 12 pm
    • Edgewood Middle School:
      • Monday, March 23 from 10 am- 12 pm, or
      • Wednesday, March 25 from 10 am- 12 pm
    • Edgewood High School:
      • Wednesday, March 25 from 10 am- 12 pm
    • Seven Mile Elementary School:
      • Wednesday, March 25 from 11 am - 12 pm
      • Please email Mrs. Harrison by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 24 to let her know you will need to pick up a paper copy of the assignments on Wednesday, March 25. Her email is: lori.harrison@edgewoodschools.net. Include your child’s name and grade in your email.

Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (with Frequently Asked Questions)

Dear Edgewood families and staff,

In an effort to provide information, we have created the following FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). It will be updated with any new information coming from the national, state, and local levels. This information will be posted on our website as well as emailed to all our families and staff when updates are made.

How long will Edgewood City Schools be closed?

  • Per the recommendation of Gov. DeWine, Superintendent Russ Fussnecker, and the Edgewood School Board, Edgewood City Schools are closed from Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13, 2020, which encompasses our planned Spring Break (April 6-13). At this time, school will resume on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, unless the shutdown is extended by the government. If that occurs, we will notify you through our normal communication channels.

Under this recommendation, Edgewood City Schools has made the following decisions until further notice:

  • All district activities have been cancelled from March 16- April 13. This includes: athletics/sports (including the use of school facilities, weight rooms, fields, gyms, etc…), practices, games, enrichment, performances, PTO and community group meetings, informational meetings and registration for Kindergarten and Preschool for the 2020-2021 school year, sports banquets, fundraisers, field trips, etc.
  • In addition, the 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip, scheduled May 13-16, 2020, has been cancelled and the Band Boosters “Spring Fling” Craft Show, on April 18, has been cancelled.
  • The Board of Education Office is open from 8:00 am- 12:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  • The Central Registration Office is closed.

What about outside groups using our schools?

  • All external rentals/usage have been cancelled until further notice.

How is Edgewood City Schools making decisions?

Will meals be provided for students while school is closed?

  • Yes. Plans are being finalized on how breakfast and lunch will be provided to our students in need. Details will be communicated before the end of this week.

What is the district’s plan for providing continuous learning to students?

  • The district has made the decision to implement the following plan, effective immediately, to ensure our students are able to continue their education while school is closed:
    • Teachers will be providing daily instruction and work assignments to their students in each subject area taught. The instruction and assignments will be designed to provide meaningful exposure to the grade-level curriculum that picks up where classes left off last week.
    • Teachers may make the assignments available to students through any district-approved method, and will communicate instructions to parents and students about how assignments may be accessed. Paper copies of assignments will be created for students who have limited or no access to the Internet. Details regarding how paper copies can be obtained by students/parents will be provided by your student’s teacher.
    • Teachers will be available by email to answer questions or concerns from parents or students.

How will students with special needs be supported while school is closed?

  • Our Special Education staff has been working with Lindsay White, Director of Special Services, and building principals to continue with special education services and supports during this time, where possible.
  • Meetings will be convened remotely to comply with timelines and state operating standards. Additional information will be provided as things continue to change.

How will student attendance be tracked during this closure?

  • From March 16-April 13, students do not need to do anything specific to be counted present for attendance. Since this closure is state mandated, we would encourage you to follow Governor DeWine’s guidelines and stay home as much as possible, and when necessary to go out, please practice physical distancing (stay 6 feet apart from anyone outside of your family).

Will testing still take place when school resumes?

  • At this time, Edgewood has not received any updates specific to state testing, AIR testing, AP testing, etc. If any updates are provided by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) we will update this FAQ and will share the information with you.

What is the plan for the levy that was to be voted on today, March 17?

  • Our levy will remain on the ballot. At this time, Governor DeWine and the Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, are proposing June 2, 2020 as the date for when elections will take place. In the meantime, if voters would prefer to vote by mail, they have until Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to request a vote-by-mail ballot from the Board of Elections. Click here to download an application or call 513-887-3700 to have an application mailed to you.

Where can I find additional information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other resources provided by the CDC, the Ohio Health Department and the local health department?

  • Additional information has been posted on our district’s website at www.edgewoodschools.com. This information and resources can be located by clicking here or under Edgewood City Schools>Home>Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources.

Update: Friday, March 13, 2020

Friday, March 13 is the last day of school for Edgewood until Tuesday, April 14, when classes are scheduled to resume. We wanted to share the following information with our families and staff:

  • At this time, Edgewood is still within the state minimum guidelines for the required number of hours of instruction time. Therefore, no delivery of instruction will take place from March 16-April 14. If the timeframe is extended for how long schools are to remain closed, we will notify students, families, and staff with our plans.
  • Plans are being evaluated on how meals will be provided to students in need. More information will be shared in the coming days.
  • A deep cleaning of all school facilities and buses will take place prior to students and staff returning to school.
  • As stated yesterday, March 12 in our communication, no activities or events will take place during this time at Edgewood. The only exception is the Butler County Board of Elections will operate a polling site in the Edgewood Middle School in Cougar Lobby on March 17.
  • Our Central Registration Office will be closed from March 16-April 14. Individuals who have scheduled appointments during this period are being contacted, including those who have scheduled appointments for Kindergarten registration. As stated in our communication on March 12, the informational meetings, scheduled on Tuesday, March 17, and registration for Kindergarten and Preschool for the 2020-2021 school year will be rescheduled. Communications will be issued through social media, website, email, and mobile app when a new date is confirmed.
  • The Edgewood Board Office will be open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - Noon from March 16- April 14.

Please continue your efforts to cut down on the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by using these key preventive measures:

  1. Handwashing is extremely important in the prevention of illness. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if you are unable to use soap and water, hand sanitizers that include 60%-95% alcohol are recommended. Here is a great video to watch with your young children about hand washing.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since that is how germs get into the body.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, then cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  4. If you, or your child, are sick, stay home. If you/child have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, remain home until you/child are fever-free for a full 24-hours before returning to work.
  5. Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects using everyday household disinfectants. High-touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles should be cleaned more often.

We realize families, students, and staff members may have travel plans with the upcoming Spring Break. Please keep informed by referring to the travel information provided by the CDC as well as referring to the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Travel provided by the CDC.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call the Ohio Department of Health Call Center at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634). The Call Center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am-8:00 pm.

We will continue to issue updates to our families and staff as new information is available. In the meantime, stay safe and please do your part in helping to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Together, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community. In our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we must depend on the knowledge of the Butler County General Health District, Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control as well as our elected officials. On Thursday, March 12, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state is closing all K-12 schools.

All Edgewood City Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16 until Tuesday, April 14. This necessary action is an effective public health strategy to disrupt widespread infection.

Effective immediately, Thursday, March 12, ALL district activities are cancelled until further notice. This includes: athletics/sports, practices, games, enrichment, performances, PTO and community group meetings, spaghetti dinner, sports banquets, fundraisers, field trips, etc.

The informational meetings, scheduled on Tuesday, March 17, and registration for Kindergarten and Preschool for the 2020-2021 school year will be rescheduled. Communications will be issued through social media, website, email, and mobile app when a new date is confirmed.

The Butler County Board of Elections will operate a polling site in the Edgewood Middle School in Cougar Lobby on March 17.

Medication Reminder

If your child has medication dispensed from our school nurse, please pick-up your child's medication before the end of the school day on Friday, March 13, if it will be needed from Monday, March 16 - Tuesday, April 14.

For more information:

The Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Please call any of the three Public Health Agencies with additional questions:

  • Butler County General Health District : (513) 863-1770
  • City of Hamilton Health Department: (513) 785-7091
  • City of Middletown Health Department: (513) 425-1818

Update: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The following information is being shared with our Edgewood families on how our district would provide continuous learning for our students in the event Edgewood would be closed for an extended period of time. The following plans would be activated to ensure our students are able to continue their education.

The Ohio Department of Education requires public schools, joint vocational schools, and chartered nonpublic schools to be open for instruction for a minimum of:

  • 455 hours for students in half-day kindergarten;
  • 910 hours for students in full-day kindergarten through Grade 6; and
  • 1,001 hours for students in Grades 7-12.

Edgewood submitted the following hours for the 2019-2020 school year to the Ohio Department of Education:

  • Grades K-6
    • 176 planned days at 6.33 hours per day (1114.08 hours)
  • Grades 7-11
    • 176 planned days at 6.25 hours per day (1100 hours)
  • Grade 12
    • 173 planned days at 6.25 hours per day (1081.25 )

Edgewood planned for additional hours for the 2019-2020 school year. This action is taken each year to cover events, such as inclement weather, natural hazards, utility outages as well as medical outbreaks. Since the beginning of the school year through March 10, 2020, Edgewood has been closed a total of 15.5 hours due to a variety of events. Although additional hours remain, if Edgewood would need to implement continuous learning at home, the guidance provided to our students could include, but not be limited to the elements listed below:

  • Grade K-5
    • The use of online formats, such as Brain-POP Jr., SeeSaw, Google Classroom, etc.. to develop lessons and assignments.
    • Dojo or other forms of digital communication would be used to send links to the class assignments to parents.
    • Students would complete assignments and may submit their assignment online, using available technology from their home or local library depending upon the subject and/or teacher.
  • Grades 6-12
    • The use of online formats such as Google Classroom to communicate assignments to students.
    • Students would complete and submit assignments through Google Classroom or the designated online format, using available technology from their home or local library depending upon the course and/or teacher.
  • Virtual Academy and E-Labs
    • Online learning is already in place and would continue as normal for any students enrolled in these programs.

Assignments will vary according to the grade level and needs of our students. Where applicable, modifications to accommodate student needs will be provided.

Reminder on How School Closings are Announced:

If Edgewood would be closed, for any period of time, we would notify our families and staff through our district’s normal communication channels. These includes:

  • Email
  • Text
  • Phone
  • Mobile app: download our app: Edgewood City Schools,OH
  • Website: www.edgewoodschools.com
  • Facebook: /EdgewoodCitySchools
  • Twitter: @EdgewoodCougs
  • Local TV and radio stations

Please be aware: Dojo and Remind are not used to communicate school closing news.

Update: Monday, March 9, 2020

On Monday afternoon, March 9, Governor DeWine announced that three cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Ohio. All three of these cases are individuals in their 50s from Cuyahoga County, which is located in and around Cleveland, Ohio. At this time, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is working to identify and speak with all those who may have come in close contact with these three individuals. Governor DeWine also issued a state of emergency and stated “people shouldn’t read too much into that. An emergency lets the state sign contracts without bidding.”

Here’s what Edgewood City School District is planning to do:
  • Edgewood City Schools will continue on our normal schedule and bus transportation will continue to be provided to all our current routes. We will continue to stay in contact with the Butler County General Health District should more information become available.
  • If circumstances dictate, we will institute our next level of cleaning protocols, which include shifting staff assignments to increase the number of people available for cleaning, increasing the frequency of cleaning of all common area surfaces, and instituting additional disinfection of buses.
  • We will also continue to provide updates to you as information updates are provided by our local, state, and federal health department partners.
What can you do?

We encourage everyone to do their part in reducing the likelihood of an outbreak. The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continues to be the same preventions that are recommended for the spread of the flu and common cold, which includes:

  1. Handwashing is extremely important in the prevention of illness. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if you are unable to use soap and water, hand sanitizers that include 60%-95% alcohol are recommended. Here is a great video to watch with your young children about hand washing.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since that is how germs get into the body.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, then cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  4. If you, or your child, are sick, stay home. If you/child have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, remain home until you/child are fever-free for a full 24-hours before returning to school or work.
  5. Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects using everyday household disinfectants. High-touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles should be cleaned more often.
Call Center Now Open to Help with Questions on COVID-19:
  • The Ohio Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
  • The Call Center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Call Center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They will be available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.
For More Information:

Additional information and guidance is available at ODH’s website: cornonavirus.ohio.gov or from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website: cdc.gov

Update: Friday, March 6, 2020

The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are top priorities.

With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) making headlines, our district wants to make sure to reinforce preventive safety measures and to offer additional information.

It is important to remember at the time of this posting, March 6, there are no cases in Ohio. Our district is closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Butler County General Health District, Ohio Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The symptoms of COVID-19 that may appear 2-14 days after exposure are similar to that of the flu; fever and cough. One additional symptom that is present in COVID-19 is shortness of breath. The virus spreads primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.

We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of an outbreak. The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same preventions that are recommended for the spread of the flu and common cold. Students, staff, and families are encouraged to use these key preventive measures:

  1. Hand washing is extremely important in the prevention of illness. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if you are unable to use soap and water, hand sanitizers that include 60%-95% alcohol are recommended. If you have young children, here is a great video about hand washing to share with them.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since that is how germs get into the body.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, then cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  4. If you, or your child, are sick, stay home. If you/child have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, remain home until you/child are fever-free for a full 24-hours before returning to school or work.
  5. Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects using everyday household disinfectants. High-touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles should be cleaned more often.

With Spring Break approaching, questions regarding travel have arisen. The CDC has provided a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Travel to assist in answering your questions.

We are closely monitoring the situation and are making the necessary preparations in case COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. We will continue to update you with information about COVID-19 as we know it.

As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains our top priority and we will always act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well being.