Genoa Area Local Schools plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service

This plan is subject to revision throughout the summer as we receive further guidance and recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the Ottawa Co. Health Department

Maintaining Health and Safety

Genoa Area Local Schools successfully operated in-person throughout the pandemic during the 2020-2021 school year, and the district will continue to monitor health conditions and provide guidance regarding In-person Instruction and Continuity of Service.

Physical Distancing: Physical distancing will be recommended in some settings, but not required.

Handwashing Etiquette: The District will return to pre-pandemic protocols. Students will be encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands when they enter/exit classrooms, the cafeteria, and to/from recesses, on/off school busses.

Facilities: Additional sanitizing may take place during times of increased illness among staff/students. Ventilation systems will be maintained so as to provide fresh air circulation. Water filling stations will continue in operation.

Contact tracing: Contact tracing will be conducted as necessary on a case-by-case basis. Those found to have had close contact with a Covid positive person will have to quarantine unless they have been vaccinated.

Isolation/Quarantines: These actions will still be required as the district is advised of positive tests and potential exposures

Masks: Mask-wearing is recommended but not required

Academics: The district will return to pre-pandemic protocols. In-Person instruction will continue with an online option available for those students with severe health issues and for credit recovery.

Wellness/Social and Emotional Needs: The district will continue to closely monitor and assess the social/emotional/mental health needs of staff and students during in-person instruction. School Counselors, Teaching Staff, Administrative, and Classified staff will remain attentive to the needs of all staff and students. PBIS, Building Level and Intervention Assistance teams will continue to play a vital role in assessing and communicating the needs of students to the appropriate service providers.

Nutrition Genoa Area Local Schools will continue offering daily food service that meets all federal requirements. All students are eligible to eat free breakfast and lunch at school.


Registration for potential enrollment into the Genoa Schools Preschool program for the 2021-22 school year will begin on Friday January 1, 2021.

Please contact Susie Mathews at to request to be included on a potential enrollment list.

If your child is accepted into the preschool program, you will be contacted in late March/early April and sent a registration packet.

The deadline to submit all fully completed forms of the registration packet is July 1, 2021 in order to be accepted into the preschool program.

Please send all fully completed forms of the registration packet to:

Genoa Area Local Schools

Attn: Susie Mathews

2810 N. Genoa Clay Center Road

Genoa, OH 43430

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Mike Ferguson, Superintendent:

Bill Nye, Treasurer:

Lisa Cruickshank, Director of Business Services:

Courtney Cannon, Director of Curriculum and Instruction:

Lauren Scheanwald, Director of Student Services:

Sarah Reynolds, School Psychologist:

Judy Reichert, Speech Pathologist:

Tom Baker, Technology Director:

Christine Danhoff, Technology Integration Specialist:

Melissa Edens, School Nurse:

Kim Earle, School Nurse:

Matt Routson, Athletic Director: