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School Year Impact of the School Building Closure
Teachers will use the established platforms (SeeSaw for grades K-4 and Blackboard for grades 5-12) to communicate their plans. Daily and/or weekly assignments may be given, depending on the grade level. Teachers will be available for office hours during the normal workday to answer questions and will reply to messages in SeeSaw, Blackboard and via email daily. This schedule will be updated if the building closure is extended and based on feedback from our first week of remote learning.
How do I stay in touch with my child’s teacher(s)?
Teachers will be communicating via the established platforms (SeeSaw and Blackboard). You can also contact teachers via their work email: District staff directory
What if my student needs additional help?
Teachers will be accessible during normal building hours to assist students in their work and will respond to messages as needed. If you are lacking technical resources or need other assistance, please contact your child’s principal.
How will my child receive special-education services during the school building closure?
Intervention specialists and related-service providers (speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and hearing and vision specialists, among others) will be actively collaborating with teachers and families to ensure that all students continue to access, participate, and progress with the curriculum. With the change to a remote learning format, service delivery will be provided as close as possible to students’ IEPs, albeit in a manner that is reasonable and feasible considering the current educational context. Staff have recorded data reflecting where students were in their growth prior to the closure of school, and will assess students upon their return. In some cases, as needed, teams will discuss changes to future services should they be needed to address any significant skill regression outside of the norm once students return to school. In the interim, teams will work to ensure that students with IEPs continue to benefit from the remote learning being provided.
Evaluation and IEP teams will be completing assessments and plans, as possible, with families and through teleconferencing (video and/or phone). If an ETR is not able to be completed due to the need for face-to-face assessment or observation, team members will discuss with you plans for completion of those documents upon school reopening.
Now that the school buildings are closed through the end of the school year, how will students access their personal belongings still in lockers and classrooms?
Plans for how to empty lockers, retrieve medications and other personal belongings - and also return textbooks, library books, and athletic uniforms (where appropriate), etc. - will be communicated at the building level. If you have questions, please contact your child’s principal.
How will my student be graded on the assignments?
Assignments will either be graded or not graded, based on purpose. Teachers will remain mindful of student workload, student access to technology and resources, and the fact that remote learning is new for everyone.
It is important for students to participate in the assignments and activities and put effort into their work - just as they would at school. The district’s intent is to ensure that every child continues to succeed and to avoid additional stress for our students at this challenging time. We appreciate the support of parents in the implementation of meaningful remote learning.
The Loveland Board of Education adopted a resolution on April 7 to alter the grading criteria for fifth through eighth grade for the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year, moving to a pass/not pass system effective on April 8, 2020. Loveland High School will continue the traditional grading system, however, it will include a “no harm grading practice” to support students during the many challenges of remote learning. Letters from principals regarding new grading practices:
Loveland Intermediate and Middle School
Loveland High School
Grading: K-4th grade
For the second semester, grades will not be collected or assigned, and therefore, no second-semester interim report will be issued for K-4 students. The report cards are skill-based and assessments are meant to be formative throughout instruction. This means that teachers will be monitoring student work and providing encouragement and feedback along the way. Students will be held harmless when it comes to report card ratings. Second-semester marks will be based on how students are doing holistically and not how they performed during remote learning.
Will students be doing state testing?
The Ohio General Assembly passed emergency legislation on March 25, signed by Governor DeWine on March 27, that eliminates state testing for the 2019-20 school year. It also waives the third-grade reading guarantee retention requirement.
ODE guidance on state testing.
What will happen with Advanced Placement (AP) testing?
Students are encouraged to continue to study for the AP tests. The CollegeBoard is providing free remote learning resources and has eliminated the traditional face-to-face exams. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. Please address specific questions with your student’s AP teachers as they regularly receive updated communications from the CollegeBoard.
Visit AP Central here.
ODE guidance on AP Testing.
What happens with ACT testing?
The ACT has cancelled the April 4 national testing date. Students will receive an email to reschedule the ACT for free on June 13 or a future national test date. For more information visit the ACT FAQ page here
. ODE guidance on ACT Testing
How does the closure affect graduating seniors?
Legislation allows public and private schools to grant a diploma to any student on track to graduate at the time of the school closure order. For specific questions related to your child’s graduation eligibility, contact their counselor.
What do I do if I run into technical issues?
Technology issues, such as problems with student log-in account, malfunctioning district hardware (Chromebook or wifi hotspot) and any other technical matter should follow the process outlined below:
All tech support issues for students and/or parents will run through the Fresh Desk program. Tickets are created by sending an email to the following addresses:
Please include the following information in the email outlining the technology issues you are experiencing:
- The subject line of the email should contain the student’s first and last name.
- The body of the email should include as much of the following information as possible:
- Student first and last name
- Student ID number
- General description of the issue and pictures, if possible
- Device being used
- Browser being used
- The specific program being used
- Contact number (student or parent)
- Time of availability for call (if needed)
Upon submitting a technology ticket through Fresh Desk, how long will it take for a technology issue to be addressed?
You can expect a response from a Loveland technology support team member within 24 hours via email or phone. Depending on the nature of the incident, we will work to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, but our goal is a 72-hour resolution. If a "hands-on" repair is needed, arrangements will be made for dropping off your device and picking up a new device to be used in the interim or longterm.
Where can I learn more about Google Hangouts?
For information on Google Hangouts, please refer to this resource.
Do I need to give consent to my child’s participation in Google Hangouts?
Parents/guardians of students who DO NOT wish their child to participate in Google Hangouts for remote learning must complete a reverse parental consent form, available here. Once your submission is processed, students will not have access to this program to connect virtually with their teacher and classmates, and the teacher will assign an alternative lesson or learning material for any Google Hangouts occurring through the class.
*If a parent later decides they wish for their student to have access to Google Hangouts, we can turn the program back on for students. If this is the case, you would simply email your child’s teacher who can work with the technology team to enable access for your child.
Is there a Student Code of Conduct for online participation during Remote Learning?
Yes, the purpose of the Student Code of Conduct for Remote Learning is to reinforce existing district policies and student handbooks that directly support appropriate student behavior in a remote learning setting. You may access the Student Code of Conduct for Remote Learning here.
Is there a way that I can monitor my child’s internet browsing history?
Yes, through the Securly Parent Portal you are able to access your child’s internet browsing history while on a school device or using their school account. Additionally, by signing up for a Securly Parent Portal account, you have the ability to create additional internet filters and rules for your child.
Click here for more information about the Securly Parent Portal
Click here to sign up for the Parent Portal - You will receive an email from Securly once your account has been set up by the Loveland technology support team.
Will students need to make up the lost hours at school at the end of the school year?
The emergency legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by the governor permits school districts to use distance learning (remote learning) to make up for any missed days or hours of instruction caused by the ordered closure of Ohio schools. The ODE has stated that if schools put forth a good faith effort to provide educational services during the mandated school building closure, there should be a “limited impact on the minimum instructional hours requirements.”
How will events like prom and graduation be impacted?
We are awaiting guidance from the Governor on acceptable group sizes for public gatherings in the future. Xavier University has cancelled all events, including those scheduled to take place at the Cintas Center, through July and Loveland High School administrators are working diligently to find alternatives to recognize the Class of 2020 graduates. The options depend on the orders for large public gatherings, but the goal is to communicate them to students and families as soon as possible.