Old Trail School's Return to Campus Guide for the 2020-21 School Year

We have worked diligently to carefully and thoughtfully put new health and safety measures in place that have allowed our students, faculty and staff to return to campus. Our driving goal has always been to create an exceptional, in-person learning environment that prioritizes the safety and wellness of our school community during the pandemic.

Distance Learning

Here are some details about our Distance Learning model:
  • Students who are learning from home will form their own cohort within their grade level. Instruction will be delivered by Old Trail faculty. 
  • Students will follow a schedule each day that will consist of online classes with a faculty member, recess time, homework check-ins and more. 
  • We recognize that distance learning in the younger grades is more dependent on family support to be fully successful. 
  • We feel our model is the best way to keep the continuum of learning consistent. Our distance program will serve as a quality option for all students, supporting those who chose to learn from home as well as those who are quarantined or sick. 

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  • Quarantine FAQs for COVID-19

    Q: What is quarantine?
    A: Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

    Q: Who needs to quarantine?
    A: Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine.

    What counts as close contact?
    A: You have had close contact if: You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes. You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19. You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them). You shared eating or drinking utensils. They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

    Q: What do I need to do if I am in quarantine?
    A: You should: Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Watch for fever (100.4 degrees F or higher), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Follow directions from your local health department.

    Q: When should I start and end quarantine?
    A: You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

    Q: What if I get a negative test showing I don’t have COVID-19?
    A: Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine), since symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. It could take days before the infection shows up on a lab test.

    Q: What if I ended up having a repeat close contact with the person who is sick during my quarantine? What if I have contact with someone else sick with COVID-19? Do I need to restart my quarantine?
    A: Yes. You will have to restart your quarantine from the last day you had close contact with anyone who has COVID-19.

    Q: What if I live with someone who has COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact?
    A: You should avoid contact with others outside the home while the person is sick, and quarantine for 14 days after the person who has COVID-19 meets the criteria to end home isolation.

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  • About ECP Classrooms

    Our Early Childhood programs will operate under the transitional pandemic guidelines designated by the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. We will maintain a ratio of two adults to six students in ECP 2 and a ratio of two adults to nine students in ECP 3, ECP 5, and Young 5’s. Understanding that socially distancing can be challenging for young children, our classes will remain very small and students will stay with these discrete cohorts throughout their day. 
  • Continuity of Education

    Continuity of education is at the heart of our Return to Campus Plan. This goal applies equally to students who choose not to be on campus as well as for those who must quarantine while our building remains open. Since our initial plan was shared, we have been working dutifully to fine tune all aspects of what a day will look and feel like for children who are learning remotely. As with all we do, we want to ensure that all students receive the high quality of education you’ve come to expect at Old Trail despite such unusual circumstances, as well as stay connected to their peers and teachers. We feel confident in our ability to provide distance learning that goes above and beyond the standard. 
  • Face Coverings

    As is detailed in our Return to Campus Plan, all students enrolled in on-campus learning will be required to wear a face covering in the fall. This includes all Early Childhood students. ECP families can choose to utilize a hat with a face shielda gaiter or a cloth face mask to meet this requirement. At Old Trail, we take the responsibility of teaching children to be global citizens very seriously and start this instruction from the very beginning.
    Just as we support your children with life-skills such as sharing, taking turns, compromising, effectively communicating, and collaborating, we look forward to supporting your children with the necessary life-skill of wearing a mask to help protect others. Please note that the development level of your child will be considered as they learn to manage this skill. We wouldn’t expect a two-year-old to confidently and consistently share during every minute of their day at school and the same goes for mask wearing. We are here to work with your children and help them become more comfortable with this skill.
  • Lunch Details

    Students in Young 5s-Grade 8 have the option to pack or purchase lunch. To make it easier for students to eat outside, prepackaged meal options may be purchased, including allergen-free and vegetarian options, and served in to-go containers for the start of the school year. 

    Due to the limited options available to students during this time, we are offering discounted pricing for students who are prepaying for the year as well as for those who are purchasing daily. Unlike previous years, daily buyers will not enter their identification numbers in the dining room to purchase their lunch. Instead, they will indicate their meal choice to their homeroom teacher in the morning. Students who prepay for the year will be able to make their selections via an online form. Please contact Meeta Nosrati with any questions.
  • Temperature Checks

    Many of our families asked about temperature checks and how this would work. We have made the decision, in conjunction with Summit County Public Health (SCPH), that we will have families do a health screening including temperature checks at home before departing for school. According to SCPH, “Symptom monitoring and temperature checks should be encouraged to be done each morning at home prior to arrival at school to prevent exposure to other children and staff.” 

    Old Trail will require all families and employees to log this data by submitting an online form before coming to school. If a student or OTS employee has not logged this data, they will not be permitted to enter our building. The CDC considers a person to have a fever when “he or she has a measured temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or greater, or feels warm to the touch, or gives a history of feeling feverish.” Note that the fever may be intermittent or may not be present in some people, such as immunocompromised, or those taking certain fever-reducing medications.” 
Old Trail School is a private day school for preschool through grade eight students located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.