Return to School Introduction and Learning Options
Dear AchievePoint families,
As we continue to navigate through this pandemic and these very uncertain and extraordinary times, we must ensure we are balancing education and safety the best we can. Sadly, our state, and more specifically Hamilton County, is currently trending in the wrong direction. We had originally planned to return to school on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning 11/2/2020. Unfortunately, because our county is on the verge of turning purple, we are postponing reopening the campus. Moving forward, AchievePoint will plan to return to school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am-4pm two weeks after the county has moved from red to orange status. This means the county must be in an orange status for two full weeks before we will reopen. Families most comfortable in a virtual environment should know this will continue to be an option. Information around county statues can be found here.
We realize 100% virtual learning can be challenging and we want you to know that we are here for you every step of the way. As a reminder, our academic coach, teachers and the entire staff is here for you. We are willing to do whatever it takes to help our students be successful. This includes being available outside of normal school hours. Our virtual bell schedule along with one on one tutoring information is available on every student’s portal dashboard.
As of today, the Ohio Department of Education has not waived state graduation testing requirements (also known as End of Course Exams). These exams MUST be taken at school. EOCs are scheduled for 11/30-12/18/2020. These exams are required for graduation and for most students, must be taken. We will be in touch to schedule EOCs. Please stay tuned for details.
Lastly, our annual school report is attached and will be published to our website before the end of the week.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support you and your families as we work through this difficult time together.
Tom Johnson, Academic Coach – 937-303-8848
Elton Garmon, Enrollment Counselor – 901-517-5352
Courtney Tenbosch, Executive Director – 513-325-0080
AchievePoint understands the need for flexibility during these extraordinarily stressful times. As such, the options listed below are available to our students for the upcoming school year. Option E (fully online) will be implemented for all students and families will be notified if as a result of Local, State or Federal Government action, health department orders or an administrative decision based on the need to protect the health and safety of students, staff and the community prohibits the school from conducting on-campus, in person instruction/education.
Except as may be required as set forth above, families will have the following options :
- Option A- On ground Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am-4pm and Fridays from 8am-11:30am.
- Option B- On ground Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am-4pm and Fridays from 11:30am-3pm.
- Option C- On ground Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-4pm and Fridays from 8am-11:30am.
- Option D- On ground Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-4pm and Fridays from 11:30am-3pm.
- Option E- Fully online. Students will complete work from home with their school-issued laptop and internet access. Students will have remote access to teachers, academic coaches and administrators. Students will be required to attend virtual live Math and English sessions.
*Families who chose Options A, B, C or D will also be expected to complete work from home with their school-issued laptop and internet access.
**Students and families will have some flexibility to change the option they pick during the school year. The School will use its best efforts to accommodate a request to change options provided necessary physical space is available based on social distancing and safety recommendations.
We understand any return to school plan can present risks. AchievePoint is working with Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), Hamilton County Health Department and Ohio Department of Education guidelines to ensure our school is taking the necessary steps to help protect our staff, faculty, students and families as much as possible. Our plan includes both preventative and responsive measures that must remain fluid as new information is gathered on best practices in dealing with COVID-19. This plan has been carefully considered to mitigate risk while promoting learning, safety and health. The school administration reserves the right to enforce and adjust these procedures. Please read this plan in its entirety. In order to do our very best, we need cooperation and support from the entire AchievePoint community.
RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN
No matter the option you chose, school is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 24, 2020.
For On-Campus Learning
Students will not be permitted in the building until 7:45am each day.
Students, staff, teachers and visitors are required to wear face masks while in the building. Face masks must be on before entering the building. AchievePoint will provide all students with one washable mask. Visitors will be limited to those who are crucial to our learning plan. Per our Student Parent Handbook, visitors require “advanced notice and approval.” This includes parents. Approved visitors will be required to sign-in and provide contact information. This will ensure we have a way to reach visitors in case they need to be reached for contract tracing purposes or possibility of exposure.
All persons will be expected to sanitize or wash their hands immediately after entering the building. Hand sanitizer will be in all areas of the school. Students are also encouraged to bring their own sanitizer to have available at their desk.
Students will wipe down their laptops to disinfect after entry in the building. Materials to wipe down the laptops will be provided by the school.
All temperatures will be checked upon arrival at the school. If a student has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they will immediately be placed in an isolation room and the student will be sent home immediately if they are an adult. If a minor student has a temperature , we will first attempt to contact their parent or guardian before asking them to leave. Students must leave the building within 30 minutes from the initial phone call. It is imperative that parents of minor students be accessible while their children are in school.
If a student is coughing, running a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or is generally feeling ill, he or she must stay home. All families should ensure the temperature of their student is checked before sending them to school. Students must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. Whenever possible in this situation, students should attend class remotely to keep up on their work. Please report absences to us at 513-334-3607 as soon as possible.
Social distancing of six feet will be adhered to whenever possible. This includes seating at student desks.
Parents/adult students are obligated to notify the school if a student or family member has been exposed to COVID-19. Please report exposure or confirmed cases by calling us at 513-334-3607 as soon as possible.
Students will remain in their classrooms and cohorted for all classes whenever possible. Our goal is to move teachers and not students. This is a recommended procedure and can reduce the likelihood of students in all of the classes to be quarantined due to exposure.
All surfaces will be wiped down periodically throughout the day.
Meals will be served to students in their classroom and students will be expected to wash their hands before and after eating.
The number of students permitted to use our restrooms at one time will be closely monitored and generally limited to one person at a time.
We will use directional signage on our floors to indicate walking paths.
Students will not be permitted to share supplies or food.
Students will be provided with water bottles. The drinking fountain will be closed.
Each evening the building will be cleaned and a disinfectant will be sprayed on all common areas.
No field trips will be scheduled for the year.
AchievePoint will have an isolation room for students who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
Dismissal from school at the end of the day will take longer this year to ensure proper distancing.
For Online Learning
Attendance will be taken daily. Students who elect to do online learning will be held accountable for pace and progress. All students are expected to stay engaged and complete two courses per month. Students must be in touch with their academic coach to discuss weekly course performance targets and goals.
For those students who are minors, parental engagement is important and mandatory-especially for students who elect to participate in school fully online. Adult students must also be engaged in their education.
Truancy laws will apply to all students whether on ground or online.
Students attending online are required to attend virtual live English and Math lessons weekly. The school will provide secure login in information to all families.
Tutoring will be available to students participating fully online and should be coordinated and scheduled through their academic coach.
If an online student would like to move to on ground, please contact our Executive Director, Ms. Courtney Tenbosch at 513-325-0080. We will do everything possible to accommodate all requests but must ensure we have space available.
Parent, student and school communication will be more important this year than ever before. It is each family’s responsibility to ensure that we have multiple ways to reach you.
In cases where AchievePoint will need to communicate with families quickly, we will send a SchoolMessenger alert and post an update on our website (AchievePoint.org).
If you are not opted in to SchoolMessenger, please do so immediately by following these quick steps:
- Ensure we have your correct phone number and email address on file. You can do this by contacting, AchievePoint’s Academic Coach, Mr. Tom Johnson at 937-303-8848. If we do not have your correct information in our system, SchoolMessenger will NOT work.
- Text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587
Important COVID-19 Related Information
If AchievePoint has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the school in concert with The Hamilton County Health Department will determine the need for a shift in level or school wide closure/quarantine and communication will be sent alerting the parent/adult student.
If the school must close because of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the school building, the school will consult with the Hamilton County Health Department and may be closed for up to 14 days. In cases where the school must be closed, fully online learning will be implemented immediately for all students. See online learning section for basic expectations.
After any kind of school closure, school will resume by the recommendation of CDC and/or Hamilton County Health Department.
If the Local, State or Federal Government “shuts down” or prohibits schools from conducting on-campus, in-person instruction/education, option E (fully online) for all students will be implemented immediately.
Quarantine for Individuals Diagnosed or Exposed to COVID-19
Parents and students should follow the most recent CDC Guidance regarding when to quarantine. As of the time of this document the following are the current recommendations to determine potential Exposure and recommended precautions:
Parent/adult students must contact the school immediately to inform of illness or quarantine and possible switch to online learning.
Students with confirmed COVID-19 test results or known exposure to someone with diagnosed or presumed COVID-19 must self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
Follow Ohio Department of Health guidelines for getting tested for COVID-19: Contact your health care provider or by finding a test site. The link below offers helpful testing information.