I think we can officially say our spring break did not shape up like we were expecting. It's been quite a week for us around here as we continued food service, delivered instructional tools, and got ready to launch remote learning next week. I'm sure your week’s also been busy adapting to your own situations in your own lives. As we move forward into unchartered territory, I am grateful for our dedicated team of staff, teachers, and administrators. I am also grateful for your support and patience.
This morning I participated in a conference call with Dr. Steve Faegins and Mr. Greg Kesterman from the Hamilton County Board of Health. They provided us with a regional update on the hospital capacity in relation to the number of expected hospitalizations from COVID-19. They both indicated that the efforts to socially distance are having a positive impact on the anticipated capacity of our local health care system to be able to handle the predicted cases. When asked how we could help, their top request was to continue to stress the need for social distancing and eliminate exposure between families. As the weather continues to improve, the desire to let our kids play together increases. I encourage you to not allow
your children to interact with friends without maintaining the 6-10 feet recommended distance.
The General Assembly addressed many issues related to Ohio’s response to the pandemic this week. One of the questions I hear most often is related to state testing. The legislation did suspend state testing for students for the 2019-20 school year. We have included updated information related to the emergency legislation in a new Q&A for Remote Learning
. The legislation also addressed the March primary election. Since the decision to close the polling locations was made late the night before the primary was scheduled, absentee ballots will be accepted through April 28. For more information on that, please read below.
As we approach the launch of remote learning on Monday, rest assured that we will all “ease into” this together. I encourage you to keep in contact with your child’s teacher(s) and to ask questions as they arise. At the end of the week, we will ask for your feedback, review and adjust as needed, in anticipation that this school building closure will be further extended.
In service to our Tigers,
Dr. Amy Crouse, Superintendent