No new resolution is the message from Superintendent following School Board work session

By Chuck Gibson  

LOVELAND, OH (August 11, 2021) – The Loveland City School District (LCSD) Board of Education (BOE) worked late into the evening Tuesday, August 10, 2021 just eight days before the first day of classes for the new school year.

Loveland School Board work session 8/10/21 as seen virtually with new Superintendent Mike Broadwater in upper right screen position (Photo Chuck Gibson)

Starting at 6:00 p.m., the school board began discussions primarily focused on the COVID protocols; including the prior announced resolution masks would be optional with decision to wear, or not to wear to be made by parents individually. The BOE work session was the first board meeting for new LCSD Superintendent Mike Broadwater. He was treated to a mini-marathon three-hour-long meeting.

 Discussion regarding the health and safety of the students and staff, as school is set to open just one week from today, Wednesday, August 18, was long and thorough with regard to the protocols of mask wearing, possible quarantine when, and if, positive COVID cases emerge once students are back in the classrooms, and the impact of vaccination (for those eligible) and mask-wearing (for those who so choose).

At the close of the meeting, discussions rendered no new resolution leaving the current resolution in place for masks optional. If you want to say something new came of the COVID safety discussions, you might point to the updated quarantine flow-chart specific to LCSD if someone should test positive for COVID.  (Image seen below)

Quarantine Guideline Flow Chart (Provided Courtesy Loveland City School District)

Mike Broadwater, LCSD Superintendent showing his Loveland Spirit already (Chuck Gibson)

Today, Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Superintendent Mike Broadwater released a video message to the Loveland Schools community explaining the outcome of the BOE work session from Tuesday night.

See below for the link to his message:

CLICK HERE to watch and listen to the Superintendent’s Message from LCSD Superintendent Mike Broadwater.

See below for text from the message released by LCSD earlier today:

 

Loveland Tiger Families:

As many of you are aware, the mask policy passed by our Board of Education in June will remain in effect for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. We strongly recommend that students wear masks, but the decision on mask-wearing will be a parental choice.

As stated during the Board Meeting last night, this message is to provide our parents and students with information about quarantine guidelines and the district COVID mitigation efforts. You’ll notice that most of the mitigation measures remain the same as last school year, because we had success with our improved cleaning, sanitizing, hand washing, traffic flow, and other efforts. You can read through the detailed mitigation plans for each school through the following links. These plans may evolve and change as circumstances change.

We know the biggest question people have is about quarantines and student safety. The flow chart included is a handy reference that communicates the guidelines laid out by the Ohio Department of Health and Hamilton County Public Health. If a student is a COVID “close contact” they would not have to quarantine if they are masked. If they are unmasked, but vaccinated, they would not have to be quarantined. If they are both unmasked and unvaccinated, they would have to be quarantined. These rules are laid out by the state and county. The way to ensure your student is not affected by quarantine is to require them to wear a mask and if they’re old enough, get them vaccinated.

Masks will be required on buses regardless of vaccination status, because of a federal mandate until September 13th.

As was discussed at the Board Meeting, these things can change. If illness or quarantines impact our ability to teach students, we may have to take action that impacts individual classrooms, grades, age groups, buildings, or the entire district. If our children are not in school, they are not learning, and it is important that we do all we can to make that happen. We want our students in class and learning, so if it appears that we need to adapt to keep our kids in school, the district is prepared to do just that.

We are starting this year in a much better situation than we were last year, but this remains a situation that could change with little notice.

If you have specific questions not covered in the building mitigation plan, please reach out to our building principals, and please feel free to contact me (Michael Broadwater) with any other questions you may have. Have a great day and Go Tigers!

CLICK HERE to visit Loveland Schools online.