Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plans

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Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plans 2021 - 2022

District Name

Ansonia Local Schools

District Address

600 East Canal Street, PO Box 279, Ansonia, OH, 45303

District Contact

Jim Atchley, Superintendent

District IRN



Face-to-Face Instruction

Ansonia Local  Schools will begin the 2021-2022 academic year with 100% in-person instruction five days a week. This will be a continuation of the format from the 2020-2021 school year as well.  Ohio has ended all health mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic that impact schools. 

In the 2020-2021 school year the Ohio legislature provided schools with the necessary flexibility to implement remote instruction and learning through the submission of Remote Learning Plans. As a result, the district was able to offer 2 options for families, one included in-person learning for 5 days a week, and the other was remote learning. These options aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s remote learning plan criteria.

The district plans to return to in-person learning for all students during the 2021-2022 school year. Those students who were enrolled in remote learning last year have been informed of this decision.


Health & Safety Guidelines

Our approach to health and safety for the 2021-2022 school year will be accomplished through the review of the health and safety guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Darke County Public Health District, and other laws and/or health orders issued by the Ohio Legislature and/or the Director of Public Health for Ohio. We recognize the impracticality and sometimes conflicting guidance that exists between agencies, and will develop protocols that are best for Ansonia Local Schools. The following are mitigations strategies that we have considered and we have addressed:

If your child is sick or has Covid-19 symptoms they should stay home.

1. Universal and Correct Wearing of Masks:

Staff and students will be permitted to wear a mask if they deem it appropriate. Masks will be voluntary for all school locations to include the bus. Information and literature on the proper way to wear a mask will be provided to all staff and students at the beginning of the school year.

2. Physical distancing:

Students will be seated and functioning in the classroom in a similar fashion as they were prior to the pandemic. Where it makes sense, teachers will space students 3-feet apart. 

3. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette:

The school nurse will provide teachers with the proper tools (Videos/Flyers/Posters) to train students on proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette. These procedures will be reviewed at the beginning of the school year and after winter break. Posters will also be posted throughout the building to remind staff and students.


Health & Safety Guidelines

4. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation:

Classrooms will be cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and in hallways. Hand sanitizer will also be available on school buses. At a minimum classrooms and school buses will be sanitized on a weekly basis. Our HVAC system has been upgraded with MERV 11 filters throughout the building.

5. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the state and local health departments

The district will follow all laws and cooperate with the Darke County Public Health Department if contact tracing and quarantine is required. Any student or staff member who has a positive test for Covid-19 will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of the positive test or onset of symptoms, whichever is earlier.

6. Diagnostic and screening testing

Students and staff will follow the guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health and the Darke County Health Department for testing.

7. Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff and students

The district will provide information to parents about vaccination opportunities and will work with local health care providers to inform parents and students of vaccination opportunities.

8. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies

Students with disabilities who have health related concerns will have their IEP reviewed by an intervention specialist prior to the start of the school year to determine if amendments are needed to modifications and/or accommodations to address the educational concerns as it relates to health and safety. If a parent, teacher, or intervention specialist has a concern related to the health and safety of a student with a disability, an IEP team meeting will take place to review the IEP and make changes as necessary. 


Continuity of Services 

1. Academic Needs

The district has the capability to be 1:1 with chromebooks for students in grades 7 - 12.  Each student has a chromebook that can be assigned directly to them for teaching and learning. During 2021-2022, students in Grades 7 - 12 will have the ability to take home devices. 

Assignments and academic support through Google Classroom will be provided to students in the event they experience a quarantine or illness that impacts a student's ability to attend school.

Students in grades K- 6 will use a combination of packets, use of Google Classroom, or remote learning if they experience quarantine or illness that impacts a student’s ability to attend school.

The district will work with parents in need of finding resources for internet access through the resources provided in the RemoteEDx Connectivity Champions ( 

The district will also utilize district wide and class wide assessment tools to determine areas of need support for students and will provide targeted academic support. Examples include but are not limited to:


Districtwide Assessment 

STAR testing for grades K  - 6, Fountas & Pinell benchmark assessments for grades K - 6, and local assessments.


Continuity of Services 

2. Students’ and staff social, emotional, mental health:

The district has a wellness program through the Southwest Ohio Educational Purchasing Cooperative that promotes staff wellness and provides resources to staff. Student support is provided through school counselor and therapists.  

3. Food service

The Ohio Department of Education has granted all Ohio schools a free school lunch for the 2021-2022 school year. Families may complete a free and reduced lunch application or a separate form (Household Information Survey) to determine eligibility for a reduction in school fees.

This plan will be available on the district website at  This plan will be reviewed bi-annually (by December and June of each school year) through calendar year 2023



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