TIFFIN — Tiffin City Schools has released its opening plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
The district says they are pleased to welcome students back for the school year, and while they recognize it will be a school year like no other, they hope and plan to make it “fulfilling and safe for all.”
Over the course of the last several weeks, school superintendents in Seneca County have devised a plan and guidelines for all area schools to open in August.
“We carefully incorporated the recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Seneca County Health Department,” Tiffin City Schools wrote on its Facebook page Friday.
The plan was submitted, modified, and given the “green light” to move forward.
It is the intent of Tiffin City Schools to open in a face-to-face setting, five days a week, with multiple safety and sanitizing protocols in place.
Additionally, the district will have an online remote learning program available for students whose parents do not feel comfortable sending their child(ren) back into the school buildings.
Whichever learning option parents choose for their student(s), the district will require that form of instruction to be maintained for at least the first semester of the school year.
TCS will provide facial coverings to all students and staff. School staff must wear a facial covering when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Students in grades 3-12 are encouraged to wear a facial covering throughout the day, and they must wear a facial covering when working in close proximity to another individual (teacher, peer, etc.) for a sustained period of time.
Students in preschool through grade 2 will be asked to wear facial coverings when working in close proximity to another individual.
Temperature checks will not be mandatory upon daily entry into the school buildings, but they may occur at some point. Wellness checks should be conducted by families and staff at home prior to coming to school. Anyone with a temperature of over 100 degrees or exhibiting other symptoms should stay home.
Students are to report to their building’s designated waiting areas prior to staff being on duty. It is expected that students will maintain social distancing in this area or will wear facial coverings.
For bus transportation, drivers must wear a facial covering. No students will sit in the seat behind the driver, and students will sit in assigned seats to assist with contact tracing if needed. Two students will be allowed per seat, and in some cases, three students per seat if the children are younger.
The district will attempt to seat siblings together. It is required that students wear a facial covering when riding the bus.
You can view the full reopening plan and guidelines below.