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Message from our Superintendent

Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dr. Amy Crouse
I hope this message finds you and your family well as we all continue to adjust - and readjust - to our own situations. We miss having the hustle and bustle of your students with us.

The 505 responses we received were pretty evenly spread across the grade levels. The building principals have access to your feedback and are using it this week with staff to make adjustments. Moving forward, your building principal or teachers will be conducting the surveys so they can be targeted more appropriately.  

The suggestions received are as varied as our home situations. Homes with one parent and homes with extra adults. Homes with babies and young children and homes with our college students back with us. Homes with two parents trying to work from home and homes with parents that have lost jobs. Internet that isn’t set up to handle multiple devices at one time and homes with limited or no internet access. Homes with high-risk family members. These situations are true for you as parents and for all of us working in the school district.  

What we do have in common, though, is that we love your children. We are all doing the best we can in situations that are evolving quickly. And we have each other. Whatever your situation is, we do not want to add to your frustration. Please reach out to your teacher or principal if something isn’t working well within your circumstance. We want to help you feel supported and  your child to feel successful.  

I said this last week, but I believe it’s worth repeating:
We are all learning together. We can't expect our normal school days to translate 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.

I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to complete the survey. It’s very helpful to have a baseline. While there are plenty of areas for improvement, overall the feedback was very positive.

HOW MANAGEABLE WAS WORKLOAD FOR YOU AND YOUR STUDENT(S)?
The amount of activities provided by the teacher this week was:
67.1% Just right
9.1% Too much
23.8% Too little

The learning activities this week:
54.3% - were completed independently by my child
40.4%  - were completed with assistance
5.3% - required someone at home to teach the information

If you did provide assistance, the amount described was:
78.6% - Appropriate for the age/needs of my child
17.3% - More than usual, but manageable
4.2% - Needed too much assistance

My child can access the tools and materials necessary to complete the remote learning activities:
89.3% Agree/Strongly Agree
5.0% Disagree/Strongly Disagree

Feedback about when assignments were shared with students was a recurring theme in the survey, but the suggestions varied widely. One person suggests: “I wish teachers would put the assignments out on Monday and then give students some flexibility in terms of when they can work on the assignment and have it completed by Friday.”  Another suggests: “Assignments should be sent out each morning.”

HOW WAS OUR COMMUNICATION OVERALL?
Teachers were accessible
91.5% Agree/Strongly Agree
3.2% Disagree/Strongly Disagree

Communication from my child’s teacher was
85.7% Just right
11.7% Too little
2.6% Too much

Communication from my child’s school and the district is:
93.1% Just right
5.3% Too little
1.6% Too much

Concerns about online platforms was another trend in the feedback you provided. There were specific instances of not being able to access platforms or platforms that struggled to keep up with increased traffic. There were also concerns with understanding where or when to turn in assignments and concerns with how to log into different platforms.    

HOW YOUR FEEDBACK IMPACTS OUR PLANS
The administration and teacher leadership teams are working to support teachers in many ways. Teachers are participating in training to utilize different online platforms. Collaborative groups are developing ways to give students more options for when and how they complete learning activities. Teachers are sharing ideas on their teams and with teachers across the district. Teachers are working to focus on the essential standards that will be covered during the fourth quarter and will be coordinating efforts with teachers from the next grade-level/course to make certain that our Tigers are ready for the transition into the next school year. We have established grading expectations and are working with teachers to ensure consistent implementation of those expectations.  

The district technology support team and team of instructional coaches are supporting parents and students in getting the technology and digital program support they need. By establishing channels for parents and students to receive technical support through our Fresh Desk ticketing system, to teachers collaborating with our instructional coaches for program questions, we have systems in place to address these concerns. You can access that information here.

We will also continue to update our Remote Learning Q & A.

WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON MOVING FORWARD?
Besides working to improve our instructional delivery and communication, the Board of Education passed several resolutions last night in order to implement the emergency legislation signed by the Governor.

Over the next few weeks we are working to develop plans for:
using the new legislated options to ensure students have a pathway to graduation.
developing options for graduation ceremonies without access to our planned venue.  
allowing students to get their belongings from their lockers.  
possibilities for summer school to ensure students are ready for the next grade level.

UPDATES FROM THE BOARD OF HEALTH
Hamilton County Board of Health has asked us again to remind families to enforce social distancing for our young people. The Governor has also required that we all wear cloth masks when we do have to go out.  

UPDATES TO SERVICES
On Monday, April 6, NEST CLC and Loveland City Schools changed the sites for delivery of meals. They will be delivered at each of the following sites, between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. If you can not make it to one of the locations at that time, please email [email protected] or call (513) 781-1238 so we can arrange a pick -up time for you at Loveland High School, or schedule a home delivery:
  • Westover Village
  • MacArthur Park
  • Chapelwood Apartments
  • Branch Hill Coffee
  • Waterford Place Apartments
  • Loveland Canoe and Kayak
In addition, the LIFE Food Pantry is open to serve those families needing assistance within the community on Thursdays, 3:00-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m-12:30 p.m. Their number is (513) 583-8222.

In service to our Tigers,
 
Dr. Amy Crouse, Superintendent 
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