Eastland-Fairfield CTC News Article

Restart: Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Sept. 9, 2020, at 8:16 a.m.


What is the District’s plan for the 2020-2021 school year?

The planning for 2020-2021 will continue to evolve. It is important for everyone to understand that the situation involving COVID-19 is ever-changing and this is new territory for everyone.

Official District communications will be sent to all families and staff members when necessary, but we urge everyone to stay updated on our RESTART web page. 

What about EFCTS Satellite students? 

Satellite students each have unique experiences based on the location of their respective programs. Each satellite student will be expected to follow the guidelines and plans established by the high school in which the program is located. If the program is located off-site (ProjectSEARCH, Employability Prep), those students will follow the guidelines and plans of each respective site. 

School Learning Model

What is the Plan EFCTS is putting into place for the 2020-2021 school year?

EFCTS has developed three plans to follow:

  • Plan A is face-to-face teaching and learning where all students and staff are on campuses following a five-day-a-week, regular schedule.

  • Plan B includes both face-to-face and online learning. We will use an alternating schedule that has seniors in the building one week and juniors in the building the next. During the weeks that students are not in the building, they will be engaged in online learning. Extended time will be given for career-technical labs. 

  • Plan C is a 100% online learning model. Consideration for full closure of campuses will be based on the health and safety of all students and staff and may be based on recommendations by the state of Ohio, the CDC, and health departments.

Effective September 14, 2020, EFCTS will follow Plan B. Juniors will be the first to return to campus for face-to-face instruction starting on Monday, September 14Seniors will return for face-to-face instruction on Monday, September 21, 2020. According to our Restart Plan B, when juniors are on-campus, seniors are at home engaged in online learning. When seniors are on-campus, juniors will be online learning from home. 

Eastland Career Center: Contact Ms. Kuffel at jkuffel@efcts.us or (614) 836-5725

Fairfield Career Center: Contact Mr. Roeth at droeth@efcts.us or (614) 837-9443 or 

(740) 756-9243

How will online learning work?

Students will utilize Canvas, our online learning platform. Students should log on daily to receive messages, assignments, instructions from teachers. There may be Zoom video calls, phone conferencing, or other engagement activities. Students are expected to be engaged and online each day during the week. 

Families should feel free to communicate concerns and questions whenever they wish directly with the instructor or school administrators. 

What if I need a computer?

Contact your building to arrange for a laptop. 

Eastland Career Center: Contact Ms. Kuffel at jkuffel@efcts.us or (614) 836-5725

Fairfield Career Center: Contact Mr. Roeth at droeth@efcts.us or (614) 837-9443 or 

(740) 756-9243

What if I do not have access to WiFi in order to complete the online learning activities?

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact your Career Center and they will work with you to provide materials.

Eastland Career Center: Contact Ms. Kuffel at jkuffel@efcts.us or (614) 836-5725

Fairfield Career Center: Contact Mr. Roeth at droeth@efcts.us or (614) 837-9443 or 

(740) 756-9243

How will this impact career-technical training and hands-on opportunities?

Students will have the same opportunities to be in their career-technical lab and develop their technical skills. Students will continue to work towards earning industry credentials, certifications, college credits, and licenses as they normally do. The various learning models simply change how this is accomplished. 

How will this plan impact student activities and extracurriculars?

We continue to assess how the pandemic will impact any student activities and extracurriculars, but certainly are working to ensure students can participate in some form and fashion in these important leadership-building activities.Extended lab time will be given once the students are able to meet in-person.


How will the District handle food service?

Food service will be available during PLAN A and PLAN B for students learning on campus. Alternative spaces to eat and socialize to minimize the risk of large groups will be established. The District will also provide meals to students during their weeks off-campus/remote learning. If the District is operating in PLAN C, meals will be provided and that process will be announced as needed.

Student Services

How will EFCTS address my child’s IEP or 504 plan?

We will make a good faith effort to provide services and interventions during this period. If your child cannot access the online instruction platform or is having difficulties, please contact Ms. Miller at Fairfield Career Center at amiller@efcts.us or Ms. Huey at Eastland Career Center at vhuey@efcts.us to identify the most appropriate means for meeting those needs. 

How will EFCTS address my child’s mental health and well-being? Will school counseling services be available?

School counselors are available and will continue to work with students while they are in the building and remotely. We have also created a resource page on our website to address mental and emotional well-being. You may find those resources here: http://www.eastlandfairfield.com/Wellness.aspx

Health & Safety

Is it required that families and students sign the Family Health & Safety Pledge?

Yes. As we transition back to school, we are asking for your help in reducing illness by following our guidelines and pledging to keep students at home when they have any symptoms of illness.  We will be very lenient with student absences for illness or symptoms, and we encourage you to err on the side of caution. Students will be permitted to make up missed work.

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (“CDC”) indicates you may have COVID-19 if you have:

  • Fever or chills                     

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Cough                        

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing    

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Fatigue                    

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Muscle or body aches                

  • Diarrhea

  • Headache

We are asking for your commitment along with all parents, students, and staff to:

  • Keep sick children at home. If your child has any symptom listed above or a fever of 100 degrees or higher, seek appropriate medical attention, and keep students home until they are symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.  If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, your child must be kept at home in accordance with CDC guidelines.  By delivering your child to school or placing your child on the school bus, you are assuring Eastland-Fairfield and other parents that your child is not ill and is fever-free.

  • Report absences.  Report your child’s absence and share possible COVID-19 symptom information with us, so we can track possible case numbers.

  • Remind children of the following important health habits and requirements:

    • Wash hands.  Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Use an elbow if no tissue is available.

    • Do not share personal items – pens, pencils, cell phones, electronic devices, laptops, water bottles, drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  If your child has had close contact with a person with COVID-19 (closer than 6 feet and more than 15 minutes), keep your child at home for 14 days.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth whenever possible. 

    • Abide by physical distancing guidelines of the Ohio Department of Health – keep six feet between non-family members.

    • Remember to bring and wear a facial covering, which is required for all staff and students at any school in Ohio by State Order.

    • Report health and safety concerns -- If any person is observed not abiding by physical distancing, the facial covering Order, or other health and safety guidelines, notify a staff member right away so that we can correct the problem immediately.

Students returning to in-person education includes risks of contracting COVID-19.  Those risks are very serious, particularly for persons at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  Even with everyone following all guidelines and all cleaning efforts, risks remain. If you decide the risks are too great for your child or your family, your student may move to remote learning. 

If at any time you have concerns, please contact us. We are asking for your support and commitment by emailing us your commitment to the pledge HERE  or giving it to your instructor when you return to campus. 

What is the protocol for staff and students when in-person learning takes place? How will schools keep our staff/students safe?

BY ENTERING THE BUILDING, you are acknowledging that you have:

  • no known exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID 19 or is suspected of having COVID 19 or another viral infection;

  • not been quarantined;

  • a temperature that is below 100 degrees;

  • no known symptoms consistent with a viral syndrome, such as a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing;

  • no known symptoms of two or more of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

  • If you experience any symptoms, contact your building administrator who has identified quarantine areas and contact your medical professional.  Exposure details, required quarantine times, and returns to school must follow the guidance of the health department and/or physician. 

  • self-quarantined for 14 days after traveling in a state identified on the Governor's advisory list.  

The following protocols MUST be followed while on campus:

  • You MUST have your ID. You will use your badge to scan into the entrance identified by your building administration/instructor.

  • Upon daily arrival (and any time you leave and return to campus), you will sign in, have your temperature taken (staff will self-report).

  • Masks/Face coverings are required, unless because of health reasons it is not advised.  If you are unable to wear a mask you must provide a statement of the reason(s) why.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. Handle and discard used masks appropriately.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, quickly and properly dispose of the tissue, then wash or sanitize your hands.

  • Remain in the assigned space and areas.

  • Do not socialize or congregate unnecessarily.

  • Visitors are not permitted unless there is a specified need and appointment made in advance.

  • Wash hands frequently and prior to and after using supplies and equipment as well as entering the building.  Assist with sanitizing workspaces, desk, and seating throughout the day by wiping any surfaces you come in contact with (wipes will be provided).  Maintenance will continue to disinfect and sanitize our buildings.

  • Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from any individual whenever possible, including when entering and exiting the building.  If 6 feet minimum distance is not possible, the contact distance and/or time should be the minimal required to complete the task.

  • Limit all items brought into the building, except those necessary for instructional purposes. Food/drink items should also be limited and waste appropriately disposed of.  The use of drinking fountains is prohibited.  

Our hope is that all staff and students will remain healthy - and it takes all of us – so we must let you know that failure to comply with these protocols, without prior and reasonable justification, may result in disciplinary consequences or being asked to leave.

What is the plan for cleaning schools during the school week?

Eastland-Fairfield's Maintenance Department is dedicated to providing a clean, safe, and well-maintained environment that supports all educational activities. They will also focus on cleaning for health purposes, which includes an emphasis on the disinfection of health sensitive areas, where bacteria or viruses are most likely to be transmitted.

What if a school or the district receives word of a positive COVID-19 case or outbreak?

If a virus outbreak requires the closure of the district or individual schools, we will be ready to serve students in a 100% online, remote learning environment. The District will maintain a COVID-19 dashboard, as required by the state of Ohio, to keep families informed of current COVID-19 numbers within the District. 

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