Dear Lisbon Schools Community,
Last week Ohio Governor Mike DeWine addressed the general public with an update on COVID-19 in our community. He talked about the shift we have seen since last spring from making sure our hospitals had enough beds and equipment to take care of COVID-19 patients to today, making sure we have enough manpower to staff our hospitals due to the number of individuals quarantined. Our schools are no different. To date, we have seen less than 2% of our students and staff with a positive COVID-19 test result. In order to keep our staff and students as safe as possible, we have seen a higher number of students and staff that need to quarantine for the safety of all. Our staff and students’ safety has been and remains our number one priority during all of our COVID-19 decision making. From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have communicated to you, our community, that we base our decisions on local data. Our team reviews our local numbers of both student and staff sickness, quarantine, and cases on a daily basis, and using that information I am sharing our current mindset in the following paragraphs. I want to assure you that Lisbon Schools will continue to operate in its current learning model, but it is crucial that as a community, we also plan for what is next. I truly believe that the best thing for all of our students is for classrooms to remain open to in-person learning. We know how important our essential services like access to breakfast and lunch, counseling and emotional wellness resources, and the safety of a school environment provide to students. We also know that as more staff members need to quarantine, we may be in a position where we will need to temporarily close school buildings in some capacity. If needed, the process in Lisbon Schools will be first to temporarily close an individual classroom and/or school building before closing the entire district as a whole. If your child’s classroom or school building is required to close, I want to make sure that I am transparent in how we made that decision and allow parents time now to prepare a backup plan for if school were to close.
If your child’s classroom or building were to close, students in grades K-12 would work through a remote schedule sent home with report cards and posted on our school website and social media platforms with daily classes being taught by teachers at all grade levels. Our teachers in Lisbon have done a phenomenal job adapting to the ever-changing environment of teaching during COVID-19. Our staff has been trained and is prepared to provide a consistent learning environment for students, whether they are face-to-face or working remotely from the beginning of the pandemic, our primary goal has been to provide the best possible learning experience for our students while ensuring student and staff safety. We need everyone's help like never before to keep schools open. The actions of all of us will determine if schools can remain open. This means staying home when sick, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and avoiding activities outside of school where the spread of the virus is more likely to occur. I know if we continue to work together, we can ensure that schools can remain open.
Happy Thanksgiving and Stay Safe,
Superintendent Lisbon Schools