We have extended the deadline to opt in for a fully virtual learning environment until after the parent town hall meeting on July 29. The new deadline will be Monday, August 3.
Hello TSA Families! I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable summer!
Here is a brief update on the return to school this fall. These are our plans as they stand today and we know we still have more details to hammer out, so stay tuned.
We are planning to have students return to TSA under a hybrid model, meaning that students will be placed in either an “A” or “B” track and will be on campus for two days a week, with the other three days supplemented through online assignments and/or instruction. Track A’s first day of school will be Monday August 24th and Track B’s first day will be Tuesday August 25th. Track A will meet on campus on Monday’s and Thursdays during the regular school hours of 8:05-3:00. Track B will meet on campus Tuesdays and Fridays during the same time-frame. Wednesdays will be an all virtual day for both tracks.
Students will receive their designated track during schedule pick up. By moving the start date for students to the 24th, we will be able to provide more time for teachers to receive Professional Development and still have time to develop quality instructional tools for the hybrid model.
For those students/families that remain uncomfortable or unsure about returning to in-person classes in any fashion, a fully online option will be made available. Any family interested in pursuing this option must register by July 30, 2020 by filling out the following form- https://forms.gle/XuPX6uWQKkpr5cPv5
There are several components that factored into this decision.
Many students’ mental health was jeopardized by doing a complete virtual instruction model. Students need socialization that was not adequate through Zoom. Also, the bedrock of who we are as an institution requires a certain level of direct engagement with teachers and other students. Creative minds need to connect with other like-minded, creative people, and the best way to ensure this connection is to have students return to their classrooms. However, in order to meet the health and safety guidelines set forth by the Governor, the Department of Health, and the Ohio Department of Education regarding the opening of schools, we needed to implement a model that reduced the number of students who would be in the building at any one time to allow for proper social distancing.
Health and Safety Protocols
- Each classroom will be equipped with cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes that will allow for regular cleaning of high-touch areas throughout the school day. There will also be hand sanitizer stations placed on each floor of the building as well as a regular “deep clean” that will occur each Wednesday.
- The current water fountains will be replaced with no-touch bottle filling stations. Please make sure your students come to school with a water bottle each day.
- Per the guidelines provided by the Governor, the Ohio Board of Education and the Department of Health, as well as the recent declaration made by Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, all staff and students will be required to wear clean masks while inside TSA and prior to entering the building.
Face Shields may be used as an alternative to a mask especially if there are underlying health issues such as asthma. Any student or family that wishes to inquire about the use of a face shield as an alternative must submit a request by filling out the following form- https://forms.gle/PxLJ6gw7E9opRbvj9 .
- Faculty and Staff may also request an exemption for situations such as band where the wearing of a mask or a face shield by students would impede the educational process. Masks or shields may also be removed to eat or drink.
- Lunch will continue to take place in the Flying Pig Café, however with social distancing enforced and clear barriers provided. Take-home lunches will be available for students to supplement the days they are doing home instruction.
We will continue to monitor this situation throughout the semester and re-evaluate the hybrid model based on local data and guidance from the State and the Department of Health.
I know there are still several questions and our Planning Team is continuing to meet through the summer to establish the remaining protocols. We will continue to provide communication as these components are determined.
Thank you all for your patience and look forward to seeing you all very soon!