The following communication was sent by Superintendent Fineske to all OH parents and guardians on Thursday, Nov. 19:
Nov. 19, 2020
Dear OH Parents and Guardians:
Earlier today, the Board of Health for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department issued a temporary stay-at-home advisory to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The advisory asks all Lucas County residents to limit travel over the next 28 days, such as leaving home only for work, school, or other essential needs.
Until the advisory becomes a mandate, however, Ottawa Hills Local Schools will continue to offer in-person instruction and follow our current model. Because of a remarkable district-wide effort, we have done so since Sept. 8 with only 7 positive cases among students and staff. Our positive-case percentages for students and staff remain well below county-recommended levels for moving to remote-only instruction.
It is also important to note that our percentages remain equal to or below many surrounding school districts that were offering hybrid or remote-only instruction. The credit for our low numbers goes to every parent, guardian, student, and staff member following our safety protocols. Keep up the great work!
However, we want to be clear and prepare you in advance that should the county's advisory become a mandate or an order, the district will immediately comply with all specifics regarding how instruction is delivered. That means OH families should begin planning now for the possibility of remote-only instruction.
Thank you again for your ongoing patience and understanding.
Dr. Adam Fineske