Parent Update Regarding the Close of School
Parent Update Regarding the Close of School
Suellen Coleman
Friday, March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

Beginning on March 16th we will be closed until April 6th. This comes as a statement that was made by Governor DeWine statement that all public schools K-12 will close for three weeks beginning on March 16th.   We will use the remaining three calamity days. (3/16, 3/17, 3/18). We will use three blizzard bag days for the next three days (3/19, 3/20, 3/23). At this time we are waiting for guidance from the state on when the remaining days will be made up. 

Student Assignments and Instruction

Students will be encouraged to bring home all instructional materials with them on Friday March 13th.  They will either be given the work for the Blizzard Bags or instructed where to find the information. All Blizzard Bag materials will be available on the District website.   The materials beyond the Blizzard Bag days will be made available online as well as in a pick up box located near the front door of the Elementary Building. These packets will have a week’s worth of work in them.  There will also be a tub in which completed work can be returned to the school. Students will be expected to complete this work while they are off as a grade will be taken on each of the assignments. Students should be encouraged to complete the work prior to returning to school, however they will be given two weeks to complete and submit the work once we return.   Additional information will be provided as this process will be evaluated on a regular basis. 

**The Kindergarten and First Grade teachers plan to send this work home with students today. 

End of the Nine Weeks

The nine weeks ends on March 13.  However, the grades will not be finalized until students return so that students have the opportunity to complete any work from being absent this week or complete assignments that are in progress.  All work that is completed during the next three weeks will be graded and recorded during the fourth nine weeks. 

Activities and Facilities

All facilities, both inside and outside, will be shut down during this time.  All activities will be canceled during this three week period. This will impact both school sponsored and outside groups that have planned to host events at the school.

Services 

  • Lunch Services - It is the intent that a lunch will still be provided to students who receive free or reduced lunch or any other student who is interested.  All students will be charged as they are eating at the school. Parents are encouraged to call the High School to order lunch and breakfasts in the morning by 9:00.  These can be picked up at the elementary school from 11:00-1:00 daily. If you are interested in getting a lunch for your student but are unable to get to the school during this time, please contact the High School office (740-984-2373) to make other arrangements. 

  • Life and Purpose Counseling - The Counselor will be permitted to use the office at the High School to continue to provide services to her clients.  Please work with her to make arrangements. Transportation will not be provided at this time. There will be a letter coming home with these students today.

The District will continue to monitor information that is provided from the Governor's office and the Ohio Department of Education as we are all entering a new territory with this closure.  Please be patient with us as we are continuing to do what is best for our students and community. Please continue to monitor the District Website and Social Media Accounts to stay up to date on any additional information that may be coming.  

Sincerely,

Douglas Baldwin