This afternoon, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s primary election day will be moved to June 2 to avoid voters at risk for COVID-19 having to make the choice between going to the polls and protecting their health. Although the governor does not have the constitutional authority to delay the election, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has advised the state’s Attorney General David Yost to accept the recommendation.
This is an unprecedented time for us. My hope is that you and your family are and continue to be safe, secure and healthy. As you know, the way that our school district will provide high-quality education and resources in the weeks ahead will be very different as we continue to follow the state’s guidelines. Starting today, our school buildings will be closed to visitors through April 5, however, we will continue to be accessible via email and phone, and will communicate updates to you as the situation evolves.
Our administrative staff and teachers have prepared to launch Remote Learning
for our K-12 students on Monday, March 30
. Students will not be expected to begin participating in activities until then. At this time, we are scheduled to come back to school for regular instruction on April 6, however, this is subject to change
. Again, we will communicate any changes to the plan.Feeding our Students
Providing food for our children and their families is a community priority and we are closely involved in making sure that it happens seamlessly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Ohio waiver requests to keep school breakfast and lunch programs going during the current three-week school closure. All children 18 and under are eligible and do not have to qualify. Elimination of the regulations allows us to continue with the plans that our Food Services Department has put into motion, without concern for the additional paperwork and documentation. The district was prepared to do it regardless, but the support of the government adds a layer of additional assurance that we will be able to manage through this period of time.
Thank you to all who have participated in food drives, including the drive for NEST Community Learning Center this past Saturday, and to all who have contributed monetarily for this purpose.Providing Mental Health Supports
At this time, mental-health therapists and care coordinators at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Best Point Behavioral Health will continue to work during the school closure. They will contact families that are currently served, individually, to offer home-based, office-based (NOT at school, but at The Children’s Home), or via telephonic services, as agreed upon by each family.
The increased isolation will most certainly have an impact on everyone. Please check on your family, friends and neighbors, and please speak up if you need help. This is a time when relationships matter the most and everyone can find a way to feel productive and helpful in this process.
Our K-4 school counselors have a special message for the parents of their students, accessible here
and available to download below. To learn more about the mental health services available, please visit this webpage: https://www.lovelandschools.org/MentalHealthServices1.aspxTechnology/WIFI
Loveland City School District families that need assistance accessing technology tools and resources from the home (a technology device for your student to work from and/or access to the internet), please communicate this as soon as possible to your school principal or counselor.Illness Prevention
Please remember to wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing and stay home if you feel ill. Dr. Acton from the Ohio Department of Health defines social distancing as 3-6 feet from one another. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a helpful guide to understanding how the illness spreads and how to protect yourself from getting ill