District unveils new COVID-19 protocols

Posted On: Friday, May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

Dear OH Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support of your child(ren) during this most unusual school year. Without everyone working together, we could not have made it this far.

With only five instructional days left (including today), I am sharing updates regarding our short- and long-term COVID-19 safety protocols. These new guidelines have been developed in consultation with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, other Northwest Ohio school districts, OH school board members, and internal teams.

Today through Tuesday, June 1: All current safety protocols (such as wearing masks and social distancing) remain in place for everyone. Doing so ensures we can hold as many events and keep as many traditions as safely as possible.

Starting Wednesday, June 2:

  • Outdoors: Masks and social distancing are no longer required.
  • Indoors: Masks and social distancing are no longer required for visitors, vendors, or district employees inside district buildings. The only exceptions are elementary-level Village Life indoor camps and elementary-level, district-run summer intervention classes. Both still require masks if social distancing for staff and participants involved cannot be achieved.

Starting July 1: The district and Village Life will reassess whether to lift social-distancing and mask requirements for elementary-level camps and intervention classes.

Mid-July/Early August: I and other district leaders will begin to meet with the health department to learn the latest guidance for starting the 2021-2022 school year. No decisions on protocols have been made at this time. But if trends continue in the current direction, we anticipate starting the year in person with as much "normalcy" as possible. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

As the school year comes to a close, please take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished as a school district and community. Keeping our buildings open five days a week for in-person instruction required sacrifice, hard work, and cooperation from everyone. We should all be very proud.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate building principal or one of our school nurses.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
Dr. Adam Fineske
Ottawa Hills Local Schools

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