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Message from our Superintendent

Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Amy Crouse
Welcome to Week 1 of Remote Learning.
 
While we have all been acclimating to our new routines these past two weeks, our team here in the school district has been extremely busy. We used the week prior to spring break for inservice and preparation to launch remote learning this week. Principals have practiced virtual staff meetings to model best practices for staff and to work out any bugs. Many teachers have also practiced communication with their students to solve problems proactively. The technology team has worked to establish access to appropriate tools and to ensure that teachers are able to check in with students using those tools. We have provided training and support to teachers when needed.

The district has worked diligently to ensure that all students with identified disabilities, English Language Learners, and other diverse populations continue to have equal access to the remote learning being provided. We have checked out a device to every student in grade K-12 that didn’t have one of their own. Since many families have to share one device, we are sending weekly frameworks and daily assignments rather than filling up a day with scheduled events/meetings and to establish the appropriate times for students to engage in this new format for learning.

We are all learning together and wanted to roll things out slowly this week. We can't expect our normal school days to translate immediately into this new home environment. We want our teachers to lead with the best interest of our students’ and families’ safety and mental wellness as our number one priority. We hope that they are able to find new and creative ways to continue the communities and relationships established with their students in our classrooms.

So this is the week we are all truly put to the test! I have enjoyed the stories from both staff and parents about the successes - and even the funny missteps - they have experienced this week. Keep sharing with me!

UPDATES
On Monday, Governor DeWine signed an extension of the school building closure through May 1. Our staff will continue the work of delivering remote instruction and serving the needs of our students in the community throughout the duration of the closure.

Last week, the Governor signed legislation that waived many of the requirements impacted by the building closure and remote learning. We have created a Remote Learning Q & A that includes those legislative changes.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q. I don’t typically let my child spend so much time online. Is there any way to keep an eye on things without sitting next to my student the whole time?

A. 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.

SURVEY
This Friday you will be invited to fill out a brief survey about your experience this week with remote learning. We know that despite our efforts to adequately prepare for this unusual situation, we will always have room for improvement! You will be asked to complete that survey each week to help us make adjustments to improve the experience for you at home.

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
Spirit week
Monday 4/6 - PJ Day
Tuesday 4/7 - Class Shirt Day
Wednesday 4/8 - Favorite Team Jersey Day
Thursday 4/9 - Tiger Spirit Day
Friday 4/10 - No School

Post your pictures on Instagram or Twitter using #TigersTogether

RECOGNITIONS
Shout out to Loveland City Schools food service, led by director Kris Tracy, and the list of volunteers for preparing between 400 and 800 meals a day. This dedicated group shows up every morning to make sure that all our Tigers have access to meals every day. See "In gratitude to those who serve our community" for a glimpse into what they do every day.

Major thanks to all the teachers, staff, and administrators who have spent countless hours preparing to conduct business in a completely different way. I’m so proud of their willingness to try new things and to make connections with their students!

In service to our Tigers,

Dr. Amy Crouse, Superintendent
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