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COVID-19 Updates

In compliance with the Ohio Department of Health Director's Orders (click here to read the order), schools are required to report COVID-19 cases. Edgewood will post updates regarding the number of COVID-19 cases and number of students and staff isolated or quarantined, if known. This information will be posted in the link on the left side of this page. Data will be updated as new information is reported to our district. 

Archived COVID-19 Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year can be located on the Archived COVID-19 Update page of this website. Click here to go to the Archived COVID-19 Update page.

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Letter from Mr. Russ Fussnecker: New Reporting Requirements Regarding COVID-19 Cases in K-12 Schools

September 7, 2020

To our Edgewood Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

On Friday, September 4, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued new orders to K-12 schools. This order contains information for parents, guardians of students and school staff members regarding how to report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to their district. This action will assist Edgewood in performing timely contact tracing and prevent further transmission of COVID-19. Likewise, the new order outlined the reporting and communication requirements for school districts.

We want to share the details of this order with our families and staff members. This order goes into effect on Tuesday, September 8.

Notifying the School if a Student or Staff Member is Diagnosed with COVID-19

Edgewood parents/guardians of students as well as school staff members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, whether by laboratory test or through clinical examination, are encouraged to notify the school no later than 24 hours after receiving a confirmed diagnosis.

Steps Required for Parents and Guardians:

Steps Required for School Staff:

  • Call your building principal or supervisor to report your diagnosis. If news of a diagnosis is learned over the weekend, email your principal/supervisor.

Communication Requirements from Edgewood to Parents/Guardians, Staff, and the Butler County General Health District

  • Within 24 hours of becoming aware of a student, teacher, staff member, or coach who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19, Edgewood will take action to notify affected parents/guardians of students and staff of the existence of the case and will share as much information as possible, without disclosing the individual’s name or any protected health information. Here are the steps that will be taken:
    • Written notification will be sent via email to the parents/guardians of all students who share a classroom space or have participated in a school activity during the COVID-19 infectious period of a student, teacher, staff member, or coach.
    • Written notification will also be provided, via email, to all parents/guardians of students in the affected school building notifying them of a positive test result. Staff members in the affected building will also be notified via email. Edgewood is required to provide this notification for each case, although the district is permitted to consolidate notifications, if necessary.
    • Information will be posted on our district’s website to inform the families, students, and staff members in the other unaffected school buildings of the number of COVID-19 cases and number of students and staff isolated or quarantined, if known. This information will be posted under COVID-19 Updates on our website (www.edgewoodschools.com).
    • Within 24 hours of becoming aware of a student, teacher, staff member, or coach who tests positive or is diagnosed with COVID-19, Edgewood will report the case(s) to the Butler County General Health District (BCGHD).
    • Starting September 15, BCGHD will report the number of newly reported and cumulative positive tests or diagnosed COVID-19 cases from our district along with all other districts in Butler County. This information will be from the previous reporting week, as applicable. The information will be sent to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) every Tuesday.
    • The ODH will publish aggregate weekly and cumulative case data by school district. This information will be published every Thursday and will be posted on coronavirus.ohio.gov

I sincerely appreciate our parents, guardians, and school staff members for notifying Edgewood no later than 24 hours after receiving a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Your timeliness in reporting this information about your student (or for yourself, if you are a school staff member) will assist our district in performing the necessary contact tracing and notifying the affected individuals. By working together, we will ensure we are keeping everyone informed and safe.

Russ Fussnecker

Superintendent, Edgewood City Schools

    the following information was posted from March-May, 2020

    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: Important Updates for the End of School (Posted: May 21, 2020)

    May 21 is the last day of school for our students. This has been a year that none of us will ever forget! We miss our Cougars and look forward to when we will be together again. Until then, we wish you and your family a wonderful and safe summer break. Please take a minute to review the following information as we wrap up this school year:

    Report Card Distribution Plan:

    • Babeck Early Childhood Center- report cards will be mailed to the student's home on Tuesday, May 26.
    • Seven Mile Elementary School- report cards will be mailed to the student’s home on Tuesday, May 26.
    • Edgewood Elementary School- report cards will be mailed to the student’s home on Tuesday, May 26.
    • Edgewood Middle School- report cards will be mailed to the student’s home on Monday, June 1.
    • Edgewood High School- report cards will be mailed to the student’s home on Monday, June 1.

    Area Summer Lunch Programs:

    • MidPointe Library- (sponsored by the Trenton branch of the MidPointe Library)
      • Location Where Meals will be Served:
        • Home Avenue Park, Trenton
          • Located on West Home Avenue between South 1st Street and Cypress Avenue. Meals will be distributed from the shelter by the baseball diamonds.
        • Please enter from South 1st Street and exit via Cypress. Meals will be handed out “drive-thru” style.
      • Dates of Program:
        • Service begins on Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, August 14.
      • Serving Dates and Times:
        • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
          • Monday: Serving lunches and snacks for Monday and Tuesday
          • Wednesday: Serving lunches and snacks for Wednesday and Thursday
          • Friday: Serving lunches and snacks for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
      • Who’s Eligible?
        • Children ages 0-18 are eligible for this program.
        • Parents can pick-up meals for children, if not present.
    • Hamilton City Schools
      • Click here for details regarding the Hamilton “Grab n’ Go” meal program. Children ages 18 and under, from Hamilton and the surrounding areas, are eligible to participate. Children must be present to receive the meals.
    • Lakota Local Schools
      • Click here for details regarding Lakota’s Mobile Food program. Children ages 1-18 from Lakota and surrounding areas are eligible to participate. Meals will be given based on the number of children present.

    Shared Harvest:

    • Shared Harvest has scheduled another Drive Through Food Distribution event on Saturday, June 6 at Fairfield High School from 10 am- 2 pm. Anyone needing food or assistance is welcome.
    • Click here  for more information about this event.

    Changes to Use of Athletic Facilities for Skills Training:

    • Governor DeWine announced on May 21, that changes to the order signed by Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Department of Health, has been amended to allow school districts to determine the usage of school athletic facilities for skills training. The OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletics Association) is providing additional information and guidance to assist schools in making these changes.
    • Edgewood will communicate more information in the upcoming days regarding these changes. Our goal is to ensure all appropriate measures are taken to ensure a safe environment for all our athletes, coaches, and staff. Your patience is appreciated.

    Open Enrollment Reminder:

    • Open Enrollment applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now being accepted through Friday, June 26.
    • If your child attended Edgewood as an open enrolled student, this school year, and they plan on attending Edgewood for the 2020-2021 school year, parents must reapply for Open Enrollment.
    • Click here to complete our application. Then scan it, email it or mail it back to our Central Registration Office.
    • For more details about Open Enrollment click here.

    Kindergarten Registration:

    • If you, or someone you know, have a child ready to enter Kindergarten next school year, please call the Edgewood Central Registration Office to schedule an appointment to begin the registration process.
    • Call (513) 867-3416, from 8 am- 3:30 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. (Note: The office will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day).
    • Students must be 5 years old by August 1, 2020 in order to register for Kindergarten.
    • Registration continues through Friday, June 12.

    Preschool Registration:

    • Preschool Registration for the 2020-2021 school year has not yet been announced. Once it is scheduled, information will be posted on the district's social media pages & website.

    UPDATE: Important Updates for the Last Week of School (May 18-21 )- Posted May 15, 2020

    Meal Pickup Dates
    • Next week will be the last week of our Meal Pickup program.

    • Meals will be available for pickup at Babeck and Edgewood Elementary school from 11 am- Noon on:

      • Monday, May 18
      • Wednesday, May 20
    • The Trenton MidPointe Library will be sponsoring a Summer Lunch Program this year in our community. Details are still being finalized. Once details are released, information will be emailed to all our families and staff members and we will post information on our district’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
    Paper Copies of Assignments:

    Provided below is the last day paper copies of assignments will be available to pick up this school year, for students without access to technology or internet:

    • Babeck Early Childhood:
      • Monday, May 18: 11 am- Noon
    • Edgewood Elementary School:
      • Last day copies were distributed was Wednesday, May 13.
    • Edgewood Middle School:
      • Monday, May 18: 11 am- 1 pm
    • Edgewood High School:
      • Monday, May 18: 10 am- Noon
    • Seven Mile Elementary School:
    Senior Cap & Gown Pickup Day- Wednesday, May 20
    • May 15th is the last day of school for our Seniors. We will certainly miss you but are excited for each of you as you begin the next chapter of your lives. Here is the information for the Cap & Gown Pick Up Day, including times, map for entering EHS and other details.

    • Times:

      • Seniors Last Name (A-L) 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
      • Seniors Last Name (M-Z) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      • Location: Edgewood High School Main Entrance (Curbside Pick-up)
      • Map of Route - Please follow the route, enter Busenbark from St. Rt. 73 to the high school
    • Click here for additional information.

    Athletic Facilities and Playgrounds Remain Closed
    • Per Governor DeWine and the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association), the No Contact rule is in place through the end of June 2020. To stay in compliance, Edgewood cannot have any organized training sessions, as a program, until we are given permission from the Governor. As a result, all facilities on the Edgewood campus remain closed to athletes and community members.
    • Our Edgewood City Schools playgrounds remain closed until at least May 29, per the Stay Safe Order issued from the Ohio Department of Health.
    Last Day of School
    • Friday, May 15 is the last day of school for our seniors. Congratulations to our Class of 2020!
    • Thursday, May 21 is the last day of school for our Littlest Cougars (Preschoolers) to our 11th Graders! 

    Update: Important Updates for the Next Two Weeks (May 11-21) - Posted May 8, 2020

    Pick Up of Student Belongings & Return of School Items Scheduled for May 11-15:

    • Specific plans have been created, by each building principal, to allow for student belongings to be picked up while ensuring a safe environment is maintained. Students will also be able to return any textbooks, library books or school equipment.

    • Click here for the details for each school building. This activity will take place from May 11-15, 2020.
    • Any items left after Friday, May 15 will be disposed of by the school.

    Meal Pickup Program to Continue through the End of this School Year:

    • Our Meal Pickup program will continue through the end of our school year.Meals will be provided for students, ages 1-18, every Monday and Wednesday through May 20.
    • Meals will be available for pickup at Babeck and Edgewood Elementary school from 11am- Noon.
    • Next week’s pickup dates are:
      • Monday, May 11
      • Wednesday, May 13
    • Click here for the Meal Pickup dates in May.

    Paper Copies of Assignments:

    The schedule for when paper copies of assignments will be available to pickup, for students without access to technology or internet, for the remainder of the school year are provided below:

    • Babeck Early Childhood:
      • Wednesday, May 13: 11 am- Noon
      • Monday, May 18: 11 am- Noon (last day copies will be distributed for the school year).
    • Edgewood Elementary School:
      • Wednesday, May 13: 11 am- Noon (last day copies will be distributed for the school year. Students will also receive a Summer Booster packet on this day).
      • If you come later than Noon on Wednesday, packets of paper assignments will be in boxes labeled by grade at the front entrance of EES for your convenience. These will be available to pick up through the end of day on Thursday.
    • Edgewood Middle School:
      • Monday, May 11: 11 am- 1 pm
      • Monday, May 18: 11 am- 1 pm (last day copies will be distributed for the school year).

    ➽ Spring pictures from LifeTouch can also be picked up at EMS during these dates.

    • Edgewood High School:
      • Wednesday, May 13: 10 am- Noon
      • Monday, May 18: 10 am- Noon (last day copies will be distributed for the school year).
    • Seven Mile Elementary School:

    Athletic Facilities and Playgrounds Remain Closed

    • Per Governor DeWine and the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association), the No Contact rule is in place through the end of June 2020. To stay in compliance, Edgewood cannot have any organized training sessions, as a program, until we are given permission from the Governor. As a result, all facilities on the Edgewood campus remain closed to athletes and community members.
    • Our Edgewood City Schools playgrounds remain closed until at least May 29, per the Stay Safe Order issued from the Ohio Department of Health.

    update: important updates for the upcoming week (posted: May 1, 2020)

    End-of-School Year Plans for Picking Up Student Belongings & Returning Items:

    • Specific plans have been created, by each building principal, to allow for student belongings to be picked up while ensuring a safe environment is maintained. Students will also be able to return any textbooks, library books or school equipment.

    • Click here for the details for each school building. This activity will take place from May 11-15, 2020.
    • Any items left after Friday, May 15 will be disposed of by the school.


    Meal Pickup Program to Continue through the End of this School Year:

    • Our Meal Pickup program will continue through the end of our school year.Meals will be provided for students, ages 1-18, every Monday and Wednesday through May 20.
    • Meals will be available for pickup at Babeck and Edgewood Elementary school from 11am- Noon.
    • Next week’s pickup dates are:
      • Monday, May 4
      • Wednesday, May 6
    • Click here for the Meal Pickup dates in May.


    Paper Copies of Assignments:

    The schedule for when paper copies of assignments will be available to pickup, for students without access to technology or internet, is provided below for the remainder of the school year:

    • Babeck Early Childhood:
      • Wednesday, May 6 from 11 am- Noon
      • Wednesday, May 13 from 11 am- Noon
      • Monday, May 18 from 11 am- Noon (last day copies will be distributed for the school year).
    • Edgewood Elementary School:
      • Wednesday, May 6 from 11 am- Noon
      • Wednesday, May 13 from 11 am- Noon (last day copies will be distributed for the school year. Students will also receive a Summer Booster packet on this day).
      • If you come later than Noon on Wednesdays, packets of paper assignments will be in boxes labeled by grade at the front entrance of EES for your convenience. These will be available to pick up through the end of day on Thursday.
    • Edgewood Middle School:
      • Here are the pickup dates and times for the remainder of the school year:
        • Monday, May 4 from 11am - 1pm
        • Monday, May 11 from 11am- 1 pm
        • Monday, May 18 from 11am- 1pm (last day copies will be distributed for the school year).

    ➽ Spring pictures from Lifetouch can also be picked up at EMS during these dates and times.

    • Edgewood High School:
      • Here are the pickup dates and times for the remainder of the school year:
        • Wednesday, May 6 form 10 am- Noon (Senior banners can also be picked up during this time)
        • Wednesday, May 13 from 10 am- Noon
        • Monday, May 18 from 10 am- Noon (last day copies will be distributed for the school year).
    • Seven Mile Elementary School:


    Playgrounds and Athletic Facilities Remain Closed per Stay Safe Order (issued April 30, 2020)

    • Our Edgewood City Schools playgrounds remain closed until at least May 29, per the Stay Safe Order issued from the Ohio Department of Health.
    • Likewise, all Edgewood athletic facilities, including fields, courts, weight rooms, and gyms will remain closed.


    Shared Harvest’s Drive Through Food Distribution event - Saturday, May 2

    • Click here for information about tomorrow’s food distribution event that will take place at Fairfield High School from 10am- 2pm. Anyone needing food or assistance is welcome.


    2020 Census

    • The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the United States. No matter where you live or who you are, we all count! If you have not yet completed the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by mail, or by phone, please take a few minutes now to answer a few simple questions about you and everyone who was living with you as of April 1, 2020. Here’s the link to the questionnaire: 2020census.gov

    UPDATE: Important Information for the Upcoming Weeks (posted: 4/24/2020)

    Meal Pickup Program to Continue through the End of this School Year:

    • Gov. DeWine announced Monday, April 20 that schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year (2019-2020). 
    • Our district has made plans to continue our Meal Pickup Program through the end of our school year. Meals will be provided for students, ages 1-18, every Monday and Wednesday through May 20.
    • Meals will be available for pickup at Babeck and Edgewood Elementary school from 11 am- Noon.
    • Next week’s pickup dates are:
      • Monday, April 27
      • Wednesday, April 29
    • Click here for the Meal Pickup dates in May.

    Paper Copies of Assignments:

    For families who do not have access to assignments online, paper copies of assignments will be available to pickup at:

    • Babeck Early Childhood:
      • Wednesday, April 29 from 11 am- Noon
    • Edgewood Elementary School:
      • Wednesday, April 29 from 11 am- Noon
      • If you come later than Noon on Wednesday, packets of paper assignments will be in boxes labeled by grade at the front entrance of EES for your convenience. These will be available to pick up through the end of day on Thursday, April 30.
    • Edgewood Middle School:
      • There will be new assignments every week until the end of the school year. Here are the dates and pickup times:
        • Wednesday, April 29 from 11 am- 1 pm
        • Monday, May 4 from 11 am - 1 pm
        • Monday, May 11 from 11 am- 1 pm
        • Monday, May 18 from 11  am- 1pm

    ➽ Attention EMS Students:Spring pictures from Lifetouch can also be picked up at EMS during these dates and times.

    • Edgewood High School:
      • Wednesday, April 29 from 10 am- Noon
      • Senior banners can be picked up from 10 am- Noon
    • Seven Mile Elementary School:

    Shared Harvest has scheduled a Drive Through Food Distribution event - Saturday, May 2:

    • Click here for information about the upcoming food distribution event that will take place at Fairfield High School on Saturday, May 2 from 10am- 2pm. Anyone needing food or assistance is welcome.

    Results from the WLWT Channel 5 “Day of Giving” Event:

    • Thursday, April 23, Edgewood City Schools participated in WLWT’s Day of Giving event to help students and families in our community.
    • We designated Edgewood Ministerial Association to receive 100% of the donations.
    • The EMA and Edgewood wish to express our sincerest thanks to those who gave during the event.
    • The EMA received over 150 donations exceeding $2500! These donations will help many students and families in our community through the EMA Food Pantry, Backpack Program, and the Local Emergency Assistance Fund (L.E.A.F).

    Change to Work Permit Requirements for Students:

    • The State of Ohio has temporarily suspended the requirement for schools needing to sign/approve Work Permits for students. This suspension was put into effect during the COVID-19 health crisis.
    • All other requirements for completing a Work Permit must still be completed by the student.
    • Students needing a copy of their latest physical, in order to complete their Work Permit, will need to contact their building principal via email for assistance.

    UPDATE: Schools to Remain Closed for the Rest of the 2019-2020 School Year (Posted: 4/20/2020)

    On April 20, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement ordering all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings to be closed to students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year due to the coronavirus health crisis.

    We know the Governor’s order to close school for the rest of the school year presents a challenge to our families. Our district is working diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being.

    Remote Learning to Continue

    Although our school buildings are to remain closed, remote learning will continue through the remainder of the school year. We will continue to adjust and administer our remote learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources to the best of our ability, and distribute free meals to our students.

    Staff Availability

    Our school staff will continue to provide meals, support, and provide remote learning opportunities to our students for the rest of the school year. Our teachers and principals will be available Monday-Friday, via email, to support our parents and students. Teachers and building principals will continue to share their remote learning plans and expectations with parents and students on an ongoing basis until the last day of school for students, May 21st. For those students who do not have access to online learning, hard copies of assignments, by grade level, will continue to be available weekly. A schedule of when copies can be picked up will be communicated each Friday, via email, for the upcoming week.

    Administrators and support staff will also be working remotely and are available through email and voicemail.

    Our Board of Education Office will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

    Meal Distribution

    Food service operations are ongoing despite the building closure and will remain in place through the last week of school. Staff will continue to comply with the most current health guidelines when distributing meals. Details regarding our meal pickup dates and times will be emailed to our families weekly and reminders will be communicated through our district’s social media pages and mobile app.

    During the summer, the Trenton branch of the MidPointe Library will be hosting a Summer Lunch Program. Details are being finalized by the library. Information about the library’s program will be communicated later in May. Please look for this information on our district’s website, social media pages, mobile app, and via email once we receive final details from the library.

    Mental Health Support

    If a student or parent is in crisis, you can reach out to the following local hotlines for assistance:

    Butler County Mobile Crisis and Consultation:

    • CALL: 1-844-4CRISIS (1-844-427-4747) → this is a 24 hour hotline

    Suicide Prevention Hotline:

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center:

    • Psychiatric Intake Response Center: 513-636-4124
      • Use this number if your child is in crisis and needs immediate assistance. This number can also be used to arrange for counseling, routine questions about your child’s mental health problems or for professional referrals.
    • Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Room (Liberty Campus):
      • 7777 Yankee Road, Liberty Township, OH
      • 1-513-803-9307

    For additional information you can visit the following webpage: https://nami-bc.org/get-support/crisis-support

    Services to Students with Disabilities

    The Special Education Department will continue to make weekly contacts and work with families in an effort to provide as much continuity of services as we are able at this time. Please continue to reach out to your child’s Intervention Specialist and/or Related Service Provider with any additional questions or concerns.

    Preschool, Kindergarten and Open Enrollment Registration for 2020-2021

    Plans for Preschool and Kindergarten registration are still being finalized. Once details are complete, information will be communicated through our district’s website, social media pages, mobile app, and email. In the meantime, if you have questions about Preschool or Kindergarten registration, please email patti.bowers@edgewoodschools.net

    If your student is currently open enrolled at Edgewood, you will be contacted via email by our Central Registration Office, to inquire if you wish to enroll your student for the 2020-2021 school year. Emails will be sent to those parents during the last week of April (April 27- May 1). Students not currently enrolled at Edgewood, but are considering Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, will be able to request an application by emailing patti.bowers@edgewoodschools.net. Questions about Open Enrollment can be emailed to patti.bowers@edgewooschools.net .

    Board Meetings

    Boards of Education are required by law to meet at least once every two months. Although school boards typically meet more regularly than this, school boards may legally cancel school board meetings and reduce the number of school board meetings to the statutory minimum.

    Our next Board of Education meeting will take place on Monday, April 27, 2020. Dates and times for future board meetings are posted on our district’s website as well as posted in the local newspaper.

    Access to School Facilities/Grounds

    Per the Governor’s orders and OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association), all school, playgrounds, and athletic facilities, including courts, gyms, fields, gyms, and weight rooms, are to remain closed. The use of our facilities by outside groups has also been suspended until further notice.

    We are making arrangements for staff and students to retrieve their belongings from classrooms and lockers. Once details are finalized we will communicate directions via email to our families and staff.

    Scheduled Spring/Summer Events

    All athletics (per OHSAA guidance), field trips, overnight trips, performances, and award programs have been canceled through the remainder of the school year.

    Graduation

    The Governor and the Ohio General Assembly enacted House Bill 197 to address issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic. This legislation states that Ohio students who were on track to graduate at the time of the ordered school-building closure will be permitted to graduate on time in the Spring of 2020.

    We recognize the importance and tradition of our high school graduation ceremony. Our graduation was originally planned to take place on Wednesday, May 20. Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our commencement service on this date. We are looking at alternate dates for later this summer, but we are dependent on the governor’s orders for when large public gatherings can take place.

    Summer School

    With the current building closure orders, the district will offer summer school classes virtually until further notice. Students who require summer school classes will be notified by the building principal. We are still discussing summer enrichment classes for our students and will communicate these plans with our parents in the upcoming weeks.

    Summer Sports Camps/Programs

    Under the current guidelines, no sport camps or summer programs will be hosted by the school district this summer. We will follow the latest directives when determining the status of summer conditioning programs for our student-athletes. Look for communication from our athletic director and coaches about summer conditioning.

    Status of 2020-2021 School Year

    No specific decisions have been made at this time on the status of our buildings being re-opened in August. The state continues to monitor the status of the COVID-19 outbreak and our ability to resume normal activities.

    In his press briefings, Governor DeWine has made it clear that Ohio’s schools and businesses will not be operating in the same way until there is a vaccine available for COVID-19. Our district administrators started planning and consulting with other education leaders and public health officials for alternatives to comply with the Governor’s most-current orders and maintain a healthy environment for staff and students.

    Work Permits for Minors

    Work permits must be completed by the parent and employer. A physician’s signature is required on the application or a sport physical on file with the athletic department dated within the last year. Take the completed application to the Edgewood Board of Education Office with proof of age (birth certificate, driver’s license or state ID). The student must be present to sign two completed copies. Click here for the Work Permit application (2 pages)

    For More Information

    For all questions related to your child’s assignments, please email your child’s teacher or the building principal.

    If you have questions related to the COVID-19 virus and its health implications, please contact the Ohio Department of Health Call Center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The Call Center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am- 8:00 pm. Licensed nurses and infectious disease experts are available to answer questions and provide accurate information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the risk to the public, and the state's response.

    We have also set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19. Click here to access the web page or follow this path: www.edgewoodschools.com> Home> Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources.

    We appreciate your support and know that we will continue to work together as a school community to navigate through these challenging times together.

    Sincerely,

    Russ Fussnecker

    Superintendent, Edgewood City Schools

    Update: Important Information for the Remainder of April (posted: 4/17/2020)

    Meal Pickup Dates for the Remainder of April:

    • Starting Monday, April 20 and continuing through the end of April, meals will be available for pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am- Noon.

      • The specific Meal Pickup dates for the next two weeks are:
        • Monday, April 20
        • Wednesday, April 22
        • Monday, April 27
        • Wednesday, April 29
    • Students will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches each Monday. Students will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches each Wednesday.

    • Edgewood Elementary School and Babeck will remain the two Meal Pickup sites.

      • As a reminder, Seven Mile Elementary is no longer a Meal Pickup site.

      • Students attending Seven Mile Elementary School, Edgewood Middle School, and Edgewood High School can pick up meals at Edgewood Elementary School.

    • For more information about the Changes to our Meal Pickup Program click here.

    Paper Copies of Assignments Available for Pickup (April 22 & April 29):

    For families who do not have access to assignments online, paper copies for this week’s assignments will be available to pickup at:

    • Babeck Early Childhood:
      • Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29 from 11 am- Noon
    • Edgewood Elementary School:
      • Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29 from 11 am- Noon
    • Edgewood Middle School:
      • Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29 from Noon- 2 pm
    • Edgewood High School:
      • Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29 from 10 am- Noon
    • Seven Mile Elementary School:

    Community Food Pantries

    Provided below are several organizations and agencies in our area that can assist families with additional food needs, beyond the breakfasts and lunches provided by Edgewood.

    • Trenton Food Pantry (supported by the Edgewood Ministerial Association)
      • Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church
      • 509 W. State Street, Trenton, OH 45067
      • Call 513-988-9348 for a screening interview Monday-Friday from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm. If no one is available, leave a message with your name and phone number.
    • Love Chambers at the Freedom House Church of God
      • 5346 Hamilton-Trenton Road, Trenton, OH 45067
      • Available once per month for Butler County residents
      • Call 513-988-7001 for an appointment
    • Middletown Early Learning Center (in partnership with Shared Harvest)
      • 1516 First Avenue, Middletown, OH 45044
      • Open Thursdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • Cars drive through and food will be loaded into your car
    • Grant Early Learning Center (in partnership with Shared Harvest)
      • 415 Campbell Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45011
      • Open Thursdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • Cars drive through and food will be loaded into your car
    • CityGate Church
      • 1004 Columbus Avenue, Lebanon, OH 45036
      • Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 pm- 4:00 pm
      • Cars drive through and food will be loaded into your car

    UPDATE: Meal Pickup Schedule, Distribution Dates for Paper Copies of Assignments, Take Action Now to Request Ballot by Mail for upcoming Primary election, Playgrounds and Athletic Facilities Remain Closed (posted: 4/10/2020)

    Here are several important topics for the upcoming week (April 13-17):

    Meal Pickup Program

    • Meals will be available for pick up on Wednesday, April 15 from 11 am- Noon. (This is the only day that meals will be available for pickup on the Week of April 13-17).
    • Children from ages 1-18 will be provided 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.
    • As communicated last week, we have changed our pickup up locations for meals. Pickup locations are at Babeck and Edgewood Elementary School ONLY.
    • For more information about our Meal Pickup Program click here.
    • Plans for distributing meals on the Week of April 20 and the Week of April 27 will be communicated on Friday, April 17.

    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:
      • Wednesday, April 15 from 11 am- Noon
    • Edgewood Elementary School:
      • Wednesday, April 15 from 11 am- Noon
    • Edgewood Middle School:
      • Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16 from 10 am- Noon
    • Edgewood High School:
      • Wednesday, April 15 from 10 am- Noon
    • Seven Mile Elementary School:

    Ohio Primary Election: Take Action Now to Vote by Mail

    • As you are aware, the Ohio Primary election has been extended to April 28. Voting will only take place through the absentee ballot process. There will NOT be any in-person voting, except for those with disabilities or cannot vote by mail. (These individuals should contact the Board of Elections for assistance).
    • Take action now to obtain an absentee ballot. To start this process, you will need to request and complete an application, either online or by phone, from the Board of Elections. Once the application is completed and mailed back to the Board of Elections, a ballot will be mailed to you.
    • If you need to call the Board of Elections to request a ballot, take action by Wednesday, April 15. Here are the phone numbers for are area Board of Elections:
      • Butler County Board of Elections: 513-887-3700
      • Preble County Board of Elections: 937-456-8117
    • If you voted prior to March 17 (through Early Voting or Absentee Voting) you do not need to request a new ballot.
    • Click here for instructions on how to request a ballot by mail.

    Playgrounds and Athletic Facilities Remain Closed

    • ALL playgrounds, including those at any of our Edgewood City Schools remain 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: Changes to our Meal Pickup Program starting next week, April 6-10 (posted: 4/3/2020)

    Changes to our Meal Pickup Program:

    • During Spring Break, meals will be available for pickup on Tuesday, April 7 from 11 am- Noon. (There will only be one day next week that meals will be available for pickup).
    • Students will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches on April 7.
    • We are also adjusting the locations for our Meal Pickups going forward. Meals will be available to pick up from Babeck and Edgewood Elementary School.
      • Please be aware, Seven Mile Elementary will no longer be a Meal Pickup site. Students attending Seven Mile Elementary School, Edgewood Middle School, and Edgewood High School can pick up meals at Edgewood Elementary School.
    • On the following week, meals will be available for pick up on Wednesday, April 15 from 11am- Noon. We will be providing 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. Pickup locations will be at Babeck and Edgewood Elementary School. (There will only be one day that meals will be available for pickup on the Week of April 13-17).
    • For more information about the Changes to our Meal Pickup Program click here.

    Paper Copies of Assignments:

    • No paper copies of assignments will be issued during Spring Break.
    • The next time paper copies of assignments will be available for pick up will be on April 15.
    • More details regarding when paper copies can be picked up will be communicated on Monday, April 13.

    Playground and Athletic Facilities Remain Closed

    • All playgrounds, including those at any of our Edgewood City Schools are closed until May 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm, per the extension of the Stay At Home order signed by the Director of the Ohio Health Department, Dr. Amy Acton.
    • Likewise, all Edgewood athletic facilities, including fields, courts, weight rooms, and gyms are closed until school resumes.

    Update: Schools Closed through Friday, May 1, 2020 (Posted: 3/30/2020)

    On March 30, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement extending his March 12 order for all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings to remain closed to students through Friday, May 1, 2020.  Click here to read the Director's Order, signed by Dr. Amy Acton, Director Ohio Health Department, to keep schools closed through May 1, 2020.

    We know the extension of the Governor’s school closure presents a challenge to our families. Our district is working diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being.

    We are experiencing a health crisis that none of us has experienced in our lifetime. Luckily, the Edgewood community is strong and united. Together, we will navigate through this challenging situation.

    What does this mean for our students?

    Although our school buildings are to remain closed through Friday, May 1, remote learning will continue. We will continue to adjust and administer our virtual learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources to the best of our ability, and distribute free meals to our students.

    All playgrounds will remain closed until school re-opens. Likewise, all Edgewood athletic facilities, including fields, courts, weight rooms, and gyms are closed until school resumes.

    How can I reach my student’s teacher?

    For all questions related to your child’s assignments, please email your child’s teacher or the building principal.

    What about food service?

    Our Meal Pickup Program will continue to be available for children ages 1-18 from our 3 elementary schools. The schedule for the remainder of this week is: Pickup from 11 am- Noon on Wednesday, April 1 and Friday, April 3. Children must be present for the meals to be provided.

    Details regarding our Meal Pickup Program during Spring Break (April 6-13) will be communicated on Friday, April 3.

    What does this mean for graduation?

    For seniors who were on track for graduation as of March 13 (this was the last day of school prior to school closing), the graduation requirement of achieving a passing score on the EOC (End of Class) assessments is waived. If your child is on track for graduation, this lack of testing will not keep them from graduating. If a student was at risk of not meeting graduation requirements prior to March 13, our high school counselors and/or administrators will reach out to you to devise a plan to help your child work towards completion of any necessary requirements. Specific questions concerning your senior should be addressed through email to our EHS principal at: doug.geygan@edgewoodschools.net

    Regarding the Commencement ceremony for our seniors, our high school administrators have been in contact with Miami University and continue to be in discussion about graduation. It is a matter of waiting on guidance from the State regarding if and when large groups will be permitted to gather.

    What does this mean for the next school year/grade promotion?

    We are working through the details and we will update you as soon as we have the best information.

    Questions?

    We have set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19. To view the page, click here: http://bit.ly/391FMgS

    As we learn more information, we will continue to update you via email, website, and social media.

    Russ Fussnecker

    Superintendent, Edgewood City 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 (posted: 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 (posted: 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 (posted: 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.