Today has shaped up much differently than what I planned a week ago, both at work and at home. I’m guessing you are having a similar experience.
When I look back at my calendar, I see that we were looking forward to celebrating students headed to the state wrestling tournament and the national track competition. We were going to recognize all of our winter athletes, and our spring athletes were preparing for their season.
Students were looking forward to things like amazing trips to New York City and Nashville, to performing concerts and musicals, to competitions and contests, to science day, and guest speakers.
Maybe you were making spring break plans or trying to figure out how to navigate two soccer tournaments in one weekend. Maybe you were planning to attend a wedding or a baby shower.
We were not worrying about how to make sure all our children would have access to regular meals or how to access their counseling and support services. We were not worried about how to continue to love and educate our students without seeing them daily.
But here we are.
Our situations both here at school and at home are changing rapidly - sometimes within the hour. We make the best decisions we can with the information we have at that moment. When circumstances change, we alter our decisions and plans. Here at Loveland Schools, we update our website regularly with resources and guidance. You can find those here on our website under the “About” tab. Now, more than ever, our mission of “Preparing Our Students for Tomorrow, Today” is truly resonating with me.
Here are some of the things that we are doing to manage the rapid change for our school district:
- I rely on the collective experiences of my colleagues in the region, the state, and the nation and am in almost constant contact with them.
- There are daily conference calls with health officials, legal counsel, or legislators.
- We participate in webinars and press conferences to gain access to regular updates and guidance.
- We are all working locally to support the organization of our resources to ensure students have access to food and Wi-Fi.
- We are working to coordinate the many offers of support we have received from amazing parents and community members.
- We support our administrators and staff in preparing for remote learning starting March 30.
- We ensure that the latest restrictions and cancellations are enforced based on local and state boards of health, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), to name a few.
- We are also working with the local safety team to ensure we are ready to serve our role in the greater safety effort of this community for a situation that will likely extend beyond April 3.
And still, there are so many things that even the experts that support us do not know.
But, there are four things that I am sure about:
- We will make mistakes. I will make mistakes. It will not be intentional, but it will happen. Help us correct those mistakes together. We will learn new ways to succeed together.
- We want to be effective in our jobs. We love and miss your children. We are all concerned about our ability to be what your child needs us to be as we head into unchartered territory. We operate from a place of smiles and high fives and it will take time for us to figure out how to be effective in our current format.
- We want to be effective communicators. We want to tell you what comes next - what will happen and what we will do about everything that appears on our calendars in the future. The truth is, no one knows. We are navigating this together and ask for your patience.
- This is Loveland. We will come together in unusual, creative, and amazing ways to get through this together. I am grateful and honored to serve here.
In closing, we are still working hard to ensure that we are ready to begin delivering the remote learning plan beginning Monday, March 30. Please do not hesitate to email your child’s teacher, counselor, or principal with specific questions as we get started. I will begin providing weekly communication as one way to keep us connected and the team will continue to learn new and creative ways to make sure we are here to meet the needs of our students.
- Dr. Amy Crouse, Superintendent