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Please be advised...COVID-19 Update November 25, 2020

Rick Brooks, Superintendent
307 West High Street
McArthur, OH  45651
Telephone:  (740) 596-5218
Fax:  (740) 596-3142
November 25, 2020
Dear Vinton County School District Family,
We are very pleased that students remain in school and learning.  We sincerely appreciate all efforts to follow district procedures to maintain staff and student health.
We want you to be informed about COVID-19 cases without violating the privacy rights of students and employees.  This letter is to let you know that a staff member at Central Elementary and a student at Vinton County High School have tested positive for COVID-19 and are quarantining at home.  We have been in communication with our local Health Department, and we are following all Health Department recommendations.  The Health Department is engaging in contact tracing, and any student or staff member who is required to quarantine will be notified by the Health Department.
Please be assured our district is cleaning and sanitizing our buildings per Health Department guidelines.
We expect to have staff and students who will self-quarantine at various times as required or as a precaution due to being in close contact or around a person who has tested positive.  This will likely occur regularly as we work through the next several weeks and months.  We will be posting regularly on the district website information about COVID-19 numbers of staff and students.
You can help us by following mask and social distancing requirements.  Research has shown that our best defense against viruses is avoiding transmission.  Physical or social distancing, wearing a face covering, and practicing good hygiene, when layered together, provide a defense against the virus.
Please remind children of the following important health habits:
  • Wear a mask when in public and at school.  Masks are required on school buses and in school buildings.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Use an elbow if no tissue is available.
  • Do not share personal items – pens, pencils, cell phones, electronic devices, laptops, water bottles, drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  If your child has had close contact with a person with COVID-19, keep your child at home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth whenever possible.
  • Abide by the district’s physical distancing procedures.
If your child is experiencing signs/symptoms listed below, please keep your child at home and contact your health care provider.   We appreciate your efforts to help us keep staff, students, parents, and our community healthy.
Rick Brooks
Vinton County Local Schools
COVID-19 Symptoms:
  • Fever or chills
  • Sore Throat          
  • A cough
  • Loss of taste or smell      
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting                     
  • Fatigue                             
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
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Our district received information about a second round of EBT in September. We made phone calls to check on our eligibility status. We were informed that we would not qualify for the second round of EBT due to our district’s plan of return which was 5 days per week, with face-to-face instruction. 

We received an email letting us know that we would receive a survey the week of September 8th. We completed the survey on September 11th and easily met the September 15th deadline. 

Based upon the survey responses, we did not qualify for a second round of EBT. Only qualifying districts were asked to submit additional information. Due to our responses, names were not requested. As a result, no names were submitted.

There have been many questions regarding EBT.   While we are doing our very best to work with USDA/FNS to try to see if we can remedy this situation, we do not have anything final yet. The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Bureau of Operations Chief has asked that we discourage phone calls to their office regarding the PEBT issuance. 

In this challenging time, we wanted to make you fully aware of this. Calling the hotline will not produce any results. ODJFS is aware of our situation and they are working with VCLSD school officials to find possible solutions.    

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Breakfast and Lunch are offered free of charge to all students.
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Phone Orders: To order by phone call: 800-944-5930 

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This dashboard will be updated regularly as we are made aware of cases.
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Vinton County Local School District Reopening Expectations / Fall 2020

Vinton County Local School District 

 Reopening Expectations / Fall 2020

All Vinton County Local School District students will have the opportunity to attend school according to our normal calendar and will receive in person instruction with safety protocols included and expectations as outlined below. 

Please note: These expectations may change at any time, depending on the severity of COVID-19 as it relates to our students and staff.

Top 10 Parent Expectations

1)    Conduct a student wellness check, including a temperature check, prior to sending your child to school. *Students with a temperature above 100 degrees must stay home.

2)    Notify the school of absence/illness.

3)    Transportation will still be provided, but parents/caregivers are encouraged to drop off and pick up their children, if possible, to lessen exposure to others while riding a bus.

4)    If you must visit the school, conduct a personal screening prior to coming to any building. *Do not come if you have a temperature above 100 degrees.

5)    Follow posted guidelines and read all signage whenever entering the building.

6)    Notify the school if you must visit.

7)    Notify the school if your preference is to attend requested meetings in person, via phone or by virtual platform.

8)    Wearing a mask or face shield is required when entering any school building.

9)    Communicate questions immediately to staff.

10) Monitor student progress on coursework.


Top 10 Student Expectations

1)    Wearing a mask or face shield is required when entering/exiting/riding the bus.

2)    Wearing a mask or face shield is required when changing classes, in common areas, or when physical distancing is not possible.

3)    Use designated entrances and exits to the building and the office.

4)    Report directly to the designated area upon entering the building.

5)    Follow guidelines for restroom use.

6)    Maintain maximum physical distance from peers whenever possible.

7)    When possible, stay to the right when traveling hallways and stairs.

8)    Communicate questions and concerns immediately to teachers.

9)    Wash/sanitize hands before and after meals.

10) Maintain a positive attitude toward learning.


Teacher Expectations

1)    Wear mask or face shield upon entry/exit of the building(s), in hallways, common areas and in classrooms when proper social distancing is unable to be achieved.

2)    Ensure that classroom setup of desk or tables provides optimal physical distancing for students.

3)    Ensure that students maintain physical distance whenever possible.

4)    Eliminate shared classroom materials.

5)    Keep classroom door open to maximize airflow and reduce the number of touches to door handles.

6)    Supervise and monitor hallways and common areas to ensure students are as physically distanced as possible.

7)    Keep accurate attendance records (every period) in the event contact tracing is required.

8)    Integrate daily SEL lessons to promote student wellness.

9)    When possible, attend meetings from the classroom using video technology.

10) Prepare students for the possibility of the transition to remote learning.


Administration Expectations

1)    Ensure classrooms are as physically distanced as possible.

2)    Ensure classrooms are disinfected between classes,when possible,and after school.

3)    Ensure supplies are readily available for custodians and teaching staff.

4)    Ensure adequate supervision is available in bus lots, parking lots, and in common areas of the buildings.

5)    Provide parents/caregivers with options for in person, phone, or virtual meetings.

6)    Ensure physical space used for meetings allows for distancing guidelines.

7)    Ensure proper signage is visible in hallways and common areas.

8)    Eliminate non-essential parent and community volunteers entering the building to ensure the safety and health of students and staff.

9)    Prepare staff to transition to remote learning at any time.

10) Communicate concerns to the District Office immediately.


Custodial Expectations

1)    Make sure teachers are provided with needed daily supplies for sanitizing and disinfecting.

2)    Disinfect common areas based on a schedule provided by administration.

3)    Disinfect classrooms when possible during teacher planning, during lunch, and after school.

4)    Ensure designated doors are propped open during arrival and dismissal times.

5)    Ensure designated doors are closed after arrival and dismissal times.

6)    Clean and disinfect conference rooms after meetings.

7)    Disinfect restrooms based on a schedule provided by the administration.

8)    Disinfect nursing and isolation areas after students leave the area.

9)    Disinfect all table tops and seats before and after each breakfast/lunch.

10) Make sure hand sanitizers remain filled.


Bus Driver Expectations

1)    Wear a mask or face shield while students are on the bus.

2)    Ensure students receive and properly wear a mask when boarding the bus.

3)    Ensure the first seat on each side behind the driver remains empty.

4)    Assign seats for contact tracing.

5)    Require students from the same household to sit together.

6)    Provide daily reminders to students of bus expectations.

7)    Ensure the bus is disinfected following outlined safety protocols.

8)    Keep hand sanitizer dispensers filled.

9)    Encourage use of hand sanitizer when exiting the bus.

10) Communicate concerns to administration.


Technology Expectations

1)    The District will provide a Chromebook for grades 3-12 to use throughout the day.

2)    The District will provide help desk assistance when technology issues occur.

3)    The District will support families without Wi-Fi if we go to remote learning.

4)    The district will provide parent trainings in Google Meet, Google Classroom, and Zoom.

5)    The district will provide staff trainings in Google Meet, Google Classroom, and Zoom.

6)    Students will use technology daily to familiarize them with online programs.

7)    An online option, VC Learning Academy, will be available.

8)    Students will have access to online platforms such as i-Ready, Reflex, Reading Counts, Study Island, Gizmos, and Exact Path.

9)    The district will provide important Covid related information on our website.

10) The district will keep parents/caregivers informed via SchoolMessenger.

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