Hello Windham families! This has been an interesting few months for everyone as we have gone from no cases of coronavirus in Ohio, to shutting down schools, to shutting down most of Ohio and now opening back up. We are in the process of reopening our buildings for the 2020-2021 school year. Our reopening plan has been posted to our website for families and community members to review. While we are aware that no plan will make everyone happy, we made a plan to keep students and staff safe. Safety is our number one priority.
Our custodial staff has been hard at work all summer preparing for the school year. They’ve done the typical cleaning that happens each summer and in addition have gone above and beyond to keep our students and staff safe when they return. Automatic sensors have been installed on all the toilets and sinks across the district to allow for touchless operation in the bathrooms. In addition, hand sanitizing stations have been installed at entrances, at bathrooms and inside classrooms.
When you visit the buildings this year it will be different. Unfortunately, we will not allow visitors to the district this year. This is to help keep our students and staff safe. If a student forgets something at home that you know they need, there will be tables outside of Katherine Thomas, the High School (for both HS and JH) and Board Office doors that you can leave items on. Our staff will check them throughout the day and deliver those items to the students. Parents will not be able to eat lunch with their child or volunteer in the classrooms. While we love having our families here in the buildings, we have to temporarily suspend this until we have guidance that it is safe to do again. We appreciate your understanding of this.
As a district, we want to keep you informed of what’s going on in the buildings and around the district. We are required to follow state orders and mandates. While you may not agree with all of them, again we must follow them. As things come up this year, we not only want to communicate with you but need you to communicate with us. Please stay in contact with your child’s teacher(s) and keep them informed if there is a change at home that could impact school. We must work together as a team. Together we can do this!