• Covid19

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Playground Update - March 31, 2020

  • The District’s Operations staff is restricting access to our school playgrounds and basketball courts to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Playgrounds are being roped off with caution tape, and basketball hoops are being blocked with wood 2x4s. Please help slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying off all playgrounds, basketball courts, and other recreational equipment that could transmit the virus.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Update - March 31, 2020

  • A message from Patrick Losinski, CEO
    Columbus Metropolitan Library

    Like many of you, we are keeping a close eye on the news coming out of the governor’s office, as well as guidelines from local, state and national health officials as this pandemic continues to evolve.

    Governor DeWine has extended the closing of all Ohio K-12 schools through the end of April. Accordingly, I am announcing today the continued public closure of all Columbus Metropolitan Library locations through at least Saturday, May 2.

    Keep using our digital resources; we are working hard to provide you and your family with even more options during this uncertain time. Visit columbuslibrary.org for free access to information, materials and resources. For updates, follow us on social media (FacebookTwitter).

    Thank you for your trust and support as we all continue to navigate this new way of living and learning together.

Superintendent's Message - School Closure Extended - March 30, 2020

  • Dear CCS Families,

    Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced that all schools in the state of Ohio will remain closed through May 1 in response to the continuous spread of COVID-19.

    Fortunately, our Academic Services team has been preparing for the possibility of a long-term school closure. Up until this point, we have been operating under the Governor’s short-term closure order, which set an end date of Friday, April 3. 

    With this new directive, families will be receiving information this week about our new distance learning program for all grades and all students. This program will begin on Monday, April 6, and last through the end of the Governor’s extended school closure of Friday, May 1. 

    We will also observe the District’s scheduled Spring Break, April 10-17, with no required school activities on those days.

    The information we will be providing to families this week includes:

    • How to access your student’s online distance learning platforms through Clever. These platforms will vary by grade level and subject.
    • How to connect with your student’s teacher, principal, and school support staff. This can include email, phone, and Webex video chats.
    • How to access your student’s new email address. Our IT team will be activating email addresses, to be used for communication within the District only, for all students on April 6.
    • Where to find Wi-Fi access across the city if you don’t have reliable access at home. Many of our school buildings have signal strengths that reach into the parking lot, while a number of community partners have stepped up to offer Wi-Fi services or access.

    Despite these new challenges that we are now facing, our staff is confident we can provide quality educational experiences, resources, and supports for all of our students. Our teachers and principals have been training on the distance learning platforms during the short-term closure and will be ready to welcome students virtually on Monday, April 6. 

    We understand there will be many questions, growing pains, and unforeseen hiccups as our school district transitions into providing remote education. I ask for families to be patient in this process and to partner with us in educating our community’s students.

    I also understand that education is just one factor that our families are dealing with during this pandemic. Please know that our team is here to help and to support you. It is my hope that all of our families, students, and staff stay safe and follow the recommendations and orders given by health experts. I encourage you to “Stay Safe, CCS!”

    Sincerely,

    Talisa Dixon
    Superintendent/CEO, Columbus City Schools

WOSU Programming - March 30, 2020

  • WOSU TV is responding to the statewide school closures by changing its weekday schedule to help students, teachers and families with at-home learning. Beginning Monday, March 30th, WOSU TV 34.1 will feature a full schedule of curated daily educational programming geared to serve students in grades Pre-K–12 from 7:00am to 5:30pm each weekday.

    Please click here for more information and for a programming schedule.

H.B. 197 Emergency Legislation - March 27, 2020

  • Governor DeWine signed H.B. 197 into law today, providing relief for COVID-19-related issues. As an emergency measure, it goes into effect immediately. Here's what it means for Columbus City Schools and our families. Click here to read full details of the bill.

    HB 197 What It Means For CCS Graphic

Chromebook Distribution - March 25, 2020

  • Starting on Friday, CCS will continue distribution of Chromebook computers for students who do not have access to a computer at home, this time for middle and elementary schoolers. For distribution schedules and more info, please click here.

Physical Activity and Social Distancing - March 24, 2020

Message from Superintendent Dr. Dixon - March 23, 2020

Food Services Update - March 20, 2020

  • We continue to access and review our feeding sites around the city to determine if we are taking the best care possible of the children of our community. We are adding Dominion Middle School starting Monday, March 23, 2020 to support the Clintonville Community. Please visit our Food Services page for an updated map as well as translated maps and all timeframes.

Message from Superintendent Dr. Dixon - March 19, 2020

Transportation Update - March 19, 2020

  • Updating previous communication items regarding transportation: COTA announced today that all transit fares will be free for anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. All children and adults may now ride COTA for free during this pandemic.

Message from President Adair - March 19, 2020

  • Board President Jennifer Adair began yesterday evening's Board of Education meeting with a message to the CCS community. You can watch the speech below, or read a full transcription here.

Family Needs Survey - March 18, 2020

  • We have posted a Family Needs Survey here to collect information on what families are most in need of so that we can link you to those community resources for assistance. Please take a few minutes to fill out the form and follow the prompts to submit. 

    TAKE THE FAMILY NEEDS SURVEY

    The Community Resources page is also where you’ll find updates, enrichment activities and links to many of our community’s non-profit, business, and social service partners working with Columbus City Schools to assist families with access to essential services. You can call 211 or visit www.211centralohio.org to reach thousands of resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing.

    Remember, you can stay up to date from CCS regarding COVID-19 on the CCS website, and at StaySafeCCS.org where we continue to add resources and post updates as we learn more.

    Thank you again for working with us as our entire community responds to COVID-19. 

Transportation Update - March 18, 2020

  • We are seeing an increase in the number of families stopping by all fourteen of our school food sites to pick up free breakfast and food meals. We look forward to seeing more families taking advantage of this opportunity.

    During this challenging time, our friends at COTA are offering support for our students as well. COTA will provide free transportation for any child to and from any of the District’s 14 school food sites on bus routes supported by COTA through at least April third. Any child who needs to access a meal site can tell the COTA operator they need a ride for no charge.

    A detailed map of the COTA transit lines that stop near CCS meal sites is posted on our Stay Safe CCS Food Services page. If you have any questions or concerns, please call COTA’s Customer Care at 614-228-1776.

Transportation Update - March 16, 2020

  • CCS' friends at COTA announced the following this evening:

    With the announcement of breakfast and lunch distribution centers for Columbus City School children, COTA wants to remind the community that children under 48 inches tall always ride COTA at no charge. During this challenging time, children taller than 48 inches who need to access a meal at these school food locations can make the COTA operator aware they need a ride for no charge as well.

Food Services Update - March 16, 2020

  • We have added East High School as a location for our free food service program, beginning with tomorrow's meals (Tuesday, March 17).

    The full map and list of locations can be found on our COVID-19 Food Services page.

    We have also mapped both www.StaySafeCCS.com and www.StaySafeCCS.org to this page, our COVID-19 hub, to make the website a little easier to remember and type!

School Choice Lottery Update - March 16, 2020

  • Central Enrollment is closed. Families will be able to reschedule their appointments, once a date is confirmed for schools to resume, via the link provided in the cancellation text/email.

    Modifications to the School Choice Lottery procedure due to COVID-19:

    • High School and Middle School Lottery results will be published once school resumes.
    • The Elementary School Lottery deadline will be extended for three weeks following the reopening of school.
    • Please watch the website for updates in regards to the Pre-K Lottery timeframe and information.
    • Additionally, in an effort to handle changes due to COVID-19 equitably for all Pre-K families, a School Choice Lottery will be conducted for all available seats at Pre-K locations. This lottery will replace the First Come, First Served enrollment approach the District has used in the past. PLEASE NOTE: At the end of the 20-21 school year,  General Education Pre-K students will be enrolled in their school of address for kindergarten. Families wishing to remain in the Pre-K school for the 21-22 school year will need to re-apply through the lottery for an opportunity to stay.

Volunteering/Donation Update - March 14, 2020

  • Many organizations and individuals in Central Ohio have reached out to Columbus City Schools offering to volunteer or donate funds or various items to assist our community through this unprecedented situation we are facing in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.

    If you would like to volunteer or donate, you can submit your information at this page, located on the left side of our COVID-19 hub.

Food Services Update - March 13, 2020

  • During the period when classes are cancelled (through Friday, April 3), CCS will offer free meals for ALL children age 18 and under, Monday through Friday. This applies to CCS students as well as children who are not CCS students.

    Please visit the Food Services tab on this page for a full map and more information.

    On Friday, March 13, Columbus Board of Education President Jennifer Adair spoke to the media concerning the District's staffing, academic, and food service plan during class cancellation.

Athletics Update - March 13, 2020

  • In light of Governor DeWine’s order to close all K-12 school buildings for the next three weeks, all CCS athletic practices, scrimmages, meets, and games will be cancelled beginning March 13, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020.

    During this time period, any type of optional practice or team function is not authorized and should not be attended. All District facilities are closed and not permitted for use, including athletic facilities. 

    Further decisions and information about the spring sports season in its entirety will be assessed in the coming weeks in accordance with guidance from public health and government officials.

Update - March 12, 2020

  • Columbus City Schools has canceled all classes beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3, due to the order announced today by Governor Mike DeWine. CCS will remain open on Friday, March 13.

    Governor DeWine announced an order today to close all K-12 school buildings across the state for three weeks at least through April 3.

    Beginning Monday, March 16, all class and school-related activities are canceled for three weeks through April 3.

    The District is finalizing its distance-learning academic plans and staffing scenarios and will share more information on Friday, March 13.

    Columbus City Schools officials will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 and will plan accordingly, in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials. Stay up to date from CCS regarding COVID-19 on the CCS website, where we continue to add resources and post updates as we learn more.

    On Thursday, March 12, District officials meet with the media to answer questions related to COVID-19 and the cancelling of classes through Friday, April 3.

Letter From The Superintendent - March 11, 2020

  • Columbus City Schools Families, Students, and Staff,

    As news about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and new cases increase daily across the state and country, we wanted to reiterate what Columbus City Schools is currently doing to help prevent the spread of this virus — and illness in general — in our schools to keep students and staff safe.

    While there are no confirmed cases in Columbus or Franklin County at this time, we will be heeding the advice of Governor DeWine to limit large gatherings of people in our buildings due to the confirmed community spread of the virus in another part of the state.

    In an abundance of caution and to help slow the spread of the virus, all school-related and district-sponsored evening events are canceled through the end of March. This is effective immediately and includes concerts, plays, school dances, competitions, PTA and booster club meetings, and any other non-essential events that include outside spectators.

    Schools will remain open for the time being as we continue to rely on the feedback from healthcare professionals. After-school clubs and activities, including athletic practices, will still be held as scheduled.

    Additionally, to limit the risk to our students and staff we are canceling all field trips and professional travel and conferences through the end of March. No new staff travel/conference requests or school field trips will be approved during this timeframe.

    We will also cancel and restrict the use of our school buildings by outside organizations and entities through the end of March.

    District administration will continue to assess these precautions and the timeline and make adjustments as necessary based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health, and Columbus Public Health officials.

    We understand the inconvenience that these restrictions may cause to our families, students, staff, and the community. We feel that this is the best decision at this time in order to do our part in helping to slow the spread of the virus. Now is the time to lead by example and work together as a community to protect the health of our students, staff, and families.

    Sincerely,

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Columbus City Schools COVID-19 Response FAQ - March 11, 2020

  • Is CCS considering closing schools? And, if so, what is the remote education plan?

    Closing schools is a last resort and will be done with great care, transparency, and in partnership with Columbus Public Health.

    In addition to Columbus Public Health’s recommendation to stay open, there are several factors we are evaluating. While education is our primary responsibility, public schools are also the access point to critical social services for thousands of students and families. Many of our families rely on our schools and staff for basic needs, including regular meals, health care, and after school child care. If our schools shut down, vulnerable families are at a higher risk of being negatively impacted.

    Another consideration is the unintended impact on our health care community and our collective response to COVID-19. Columbus is fortunate to have great medical institutions and providers. If schools close, fewer people will be able to provide front-line support. Parents who are health care providers will be forced to stay at home with their children vs providing services. The longer we can keep our doors open, the better it will be for our students and the entire community. As soon as healthcare officials determine schools should close, we will.

    Our goal is to keep our doors open as long as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our students and staff.

    The District is developing a plan to provide long-distance learning “if” we experience long-term closures.

    Are any District events canceled?

    While there are no confirmed cases in Columbus or Franklin County at this time, we will be heeding the advice of Governor DeWine to limit large gatherings of people in our buildings due to the confirmed community spread of the virus in another part of the state.

    In an abundance of caution and to help slow the spread of the virus, all school-related and district-sponsored evening events are canceled through the end of March. This is effective immediately (March 11) and includes concerts, plays, school dances, competitions, PTA and booster club meetings, and any other non-essential events that include outside spectators.

    The typical school day will remain in session for the time being as we continue to rely on the feedback from healthcare professionals. After-school clubs and activities, including athletic practices, will still be held as scheduled.

    Families should contact their school principal with any questions regarding events or activities.

    How are athletic competitions affected?

    High school athletic events are governed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), a state-wide organization. OHSAA makes the final determination regarding upcoming championship events. As of March 11, OHSAA will limit spectators for the remaining boys and girls basketball contests to the immediate family of participants and personnel.

    There are no additional CCS-sponsored athletic events until the end of March, when the Spring outdoor season begins. At that time, we will reevaluate those outdoor competitions.

    Are school field trips and staff professional travel canceled?

    To limit the risk to our students and staff, we are canceling all field trips and professional travel and conferences through the end of March. No new staff travel/conference requests or school field trips will be approved during this timeframe.

    For any upcoming personal travel, we encourage families and staff to consult the CDC Travel Guidelines.

    Will outside organizations still be allowed to use District facilities?

    Effective March 11, we have canceled and restricted the use of our school buildings by outside organizations and entities through the end of March. Questions will be addressed through the Facilitron system.

    How is the District preventing the spread of germs in school buildings?

    We are taking extra steps to protect our students and staff by creating more time for hand washing during the school day, prioritizing regular cleanings in high-traffic areas, and providing more supplies to all schools for classroom cleanings. We are also making program and practice adjustments to better ensure the safety of our students and staff.

    Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to contain the spread of illness and disease, including COVID-19. Learn more about hand washing and proper technique by watching this video.

    We are asking schools to prioritize student hand washing when students arrive at school, anytime they have used the restroom, and prior to lunch. These are always good habits and critical to the containment of the disease. Our school-based staff will be prioritizing hand washing, and custodial staff will keep soap fully stocked in bathrooms and classrooms to support these efforts. Staff will also reinforce good hygiene and remind students to not touch their face, nose, or mouth, sneeze into a tissue or elbow, and reduce physical hand contact (high fives, first bumps, etc.).

    The expectation is for all District custodians is to clean all horizontal surfaces and common touch point areas with a hospital-grade disinfectant. This is done as part of the evening cleaning process. During the day, the head custodian will focus on cleaning common touch point areas and public areas. The major mode of transmission is mainly person to person through respiratory droplet, produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the droplets land on another person's mouth or nose or even eyes who are nearby. So transmission is mainly person to person through respiratory droplet. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    District buses will be disinfected twice a day – once after the morning routes, and in the evening after the p.m., routes with a hospital-grade disinfectant.

    It is important to remember that the best way to prevent the spread of any respiratory illness is to follow routine hygiene etiquette:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
    • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

     For the most reliable information, please visit the CDC website or the Ohio Department of Health website which is updated daily at 2:00 p.m.

    If you’re currently having symptoms and would like to talk with someone, please contact your healthcare provider. If you need a referral to a provider, please contact the School Nurse at your school. Columbus City Schools will keep you up-to-date on the Department of Health guidance. The District will continue to work with our partners to provide referrals to care during the school day when needed.

    If a student does need to stay home, how can they receive assignments?

    If a student is sick, and the school is not closed, families should follow the standard procedure of contacting their school and teacher and ask for assignments.

    Student absences are handled as they are currently, with a medical excuse or parent authorized excuse (up to 9 days). If your healthcare provider or Columbus Public Health determines a quarantine is necessary, this would be considered a medically excused absence.

    If a staff member is sick, they should stay at home. If a staff member exhibits symptoms, they should contact their healthcare provider and provide medical documentation to the Human Resources Department following standard operating procedures for absences.

    When should a student or staff member stay home?

    If students or staff experience a fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, they should stay home from school and contact their healthcare provider immediately.

    If a student demonstrates these symptoms while at school, they will be immediately isolated to another space in the school while continuing to be monitored by an adult, and a family member or emergency contact will be called to pick them up. We know this may cause anxiety and fear for our students, and we will do our best to address any concerns. We are committed to ensuring students are supported with love, compassion, and care.

    How does the Public Health “at-risk” population guidance effect Columbus City Schools?

    The health, wellbeing, and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. People at higher risk, according to Public Health, include those who are 60 years and older; people who are pregnant; people with weakened/compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes. Columbus City Schools has close to 9,000 part-time and full-time employees, and some who meet the “at-risk” criteria. In our effort to help disrupt the spread of COVID-19 and protect our staff and students, these employees, with required documentation, may need to stay home. Parents of an at-risk student should contact the student’s health care provider for guidance.

    Our goal is to keep our doors open as long as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our students and staff. With that said, we are tracking staff and student attendance daily. In order to keep schools, open we need to have enough staff to provide a safe learning environment for students. We also want to make sure that staff who need to self-quarantine because of high risk or illness take time off.

    How are you protecting vulnerable populations?

    We are taking extra steps to protect our students and staff by creating more time for hand washing during the school day, prioritizing regular cleanings in high-traffic areas, and providing more supplies to all schools for classroom cleanings. We are also making program and practice adjustments to better ensure the safety of our students and staff.

    How can families and the community support healthy schools?

    Keep your children home when sick. If they have a fever, they need to stay home a minimum of 24 hours until fever-free without medication. Continue to practice good respiratory etiquette:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
    • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    What conversations should families have with their children at home?

    If families need resources to share with your children, here’s an informative graphic resource from NPR.

    Where can I find more information?

    As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time. Early on, it is difficult to know the source of the disease, the ways in which it spreads, how effectively it spreads from person to person, and how severe the infection is.

    For the most reliable information, please visit the CDC website or the Ohio Department of Health websiteColumbus Public Health. We recommend you follow CDC guidelines, including those on the CDC travel page. ODH has also created a website for up-to-date information and a call center 1-833-4ASKODH to provide information.

    How will CCS keep families, staff, and students informed regarding Coronavirus?

    This is a rapidly evolving situation, and CCS staff is continually monitoring the new information and guidance we receive daily. The District continues to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, and Columbus Public Health in our response to COVID -19, including decisions to close schools and whether students or staff would need to be quarantined.

    CCS will keep families and staff updated through regular messages via the district website, email, letters, and auto-dialers. As soon as new information becomes available, we will let you know.

    In the event a school would need to close, families will receive notifications similar to weather-related closures, through an auto-dialer, email message, and the local media. Please make sure your contact information is up to date at your child's school.

    The safety, health, and well-being of our staff, students and school community is, and will always be, our top priority. We will continue monitoring the development of COVID-19 and will continue to plan accordingly, in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials.

    Stay up to date on the Coronavirus on the CCS website, where we continue to add resources and post updates as we learn more.