District Update

Dear Worthington School families,

This morning Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health issued a COVID-19 Health Advisory for the City of Columbus and Franklin County. The City of Columbus and Franklin County are experiencing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, from a seven-day average of 143 on October 1st to 742 on November 15th. The number of hospitalizations in our region represents the highest number of patients at any time during the pandemic, which left unchecked poses a risk to our healthcare system; and the local positivity rate has increased from 3.7 percent during the week of September 20th to 12.5 percent as of last week. The Stay-At-Home advisory allows all higher education institutions and local school districts to maintain their current learning modalities which for Worthington is a Hybrid mode.

We believe it has been good for our students to have in-classroom instruction for the benefits of learning and student mental health. We’ve been hanging in there in hybrid learning. That said (and this probably isn’t a surprise to you), we are having more and more difficulty keeping our buildings and departments staffed and running each day.

It’s not just due to the number of COVID cases, although we are seeing more of those. It’s also due to the number of staff members who are on quarantine because someone they know has tested positive – it might be a spouse, a child or a friend. We also have a number of people who are out because they – or a member of their household – are feeling ill and are awaiting test results. All this comes at a time when substitutes in all areas of work are much, much harder to come by.

With all of that in mind and in hopes of providing consistent instruction and in response to the increasing COVID cases in the county and state, Worthington Schools will return to remote learning on Monday, November 23rd and continue remotely until Friday, December 18th. December 18th is the last day of classes before the winter break. We will take this action not because the virus is spreading between students but because of its accelerated spread in the general population, which ultimately could affect teachers and staff, keeping them at home and creating a classroom shortage. As we get closer to winter break and have better information available on current conditions, we will determine a path for after the break.

Our Board of Education will be asked to adopt this plan at the board meeting on November 23rd. We will return to our remote learning schedules utilized in September. Remember there are no blue/green days in remote learning and students will be engaged in instruction each day. Schools will send reminders to families over the next few days about class schedules during remote learning.

This year continues to be an adventure. As we look to next week please have a happy Thanksgiving and please find some time to rest and take care of yourself and those you love. We appreciate your continued patience as we strive to make the best decisions we can with the information we have during this pandemic.

Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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A light has gone out with his passing

Worthington Schools lost a great friend and an incredibly respected educator when Dr. Gerald Prince passed away this week.  Dr. Prince began in Worthington as the Director of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1981.  He retired as the Director of Human Resources in 2002 and remained a Worthington resident.

My personal association with Dr. Prince goes way back to 1990.  In 1990 Gerald was the Interim Superintendent of Worthington Schools.  I was a senior at Worthington High School playing football.  This was the year before Worthington Kilbourne opened and thus the final year of only having one Worthington High School football team. The split was a very big deal back then and everything was heightened and everything seemed like it was the final opportunity.

Our football team was very good. Led by senior running back Dewight Pickens the team went 9-1 and had only a close loss at Grove City on the record.  Back in 1990 only 4 teams in each region made the playoffs.  After we beat Groveport to complete the season we celebrated.  We were play-off bound!

Turns out, we weren’t.  Apparently we had played with an ineligible player and would have to forfeit those games.  Our team was shocked.  Parents protested the decision. Our parents drove us to the OHSAA office in our football jerseys to protest.  When OHSAA ruled against us and Piqua received our playoff spot Jeff Hooper had T-shirts made that said “Worthington Football – Screwed!”  The coaches passed the shirts out and we all wore them to school.  (I would lose my mind if a coach did that today in Worthington and if we demonstrated that type of behavior.  But as a 17 year old player it all seemed ok…) This was a bad scene all around.  

What I didn’t know at the time was that Interim Superintendent Gerald Prince had learned about the ineligible player and had to decide whether to self report it to OHSAA.  Probably he could have looked the other way and no one would have been the wiser.  Maybe looking the other way would even have helped him become the permanent Superintendent and certainly it would have kept my parents and others from protesting.  But, that’s not who Gerald was.  Gerald was someone who didn’t do the right thing some of the time, he did the right thing all of the time, regardless of the personal cost.  I hated that decision at the time.  Now I couldn’t respect anyone more for doing what he had to do.

In 1997 I was a young teacher in Worthington.  Gerald was the Director of Human Resources at the time and he came to my classroom at Evening Street to inform me that my job was going to be reduced.  I remember our conversation like it was yesterday because even in delivering this devastating news he did it in a compassionate way that somehow helped me believe it would be O.K.

In my time as Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent Gerald has been incredibly supportive. He’d often send me articles to read or just check in on me to say hello.  Gerald was a man who embodied “How you do anything means everything.”  His “how” was always the best.  Kind, thoughtful, steady.  

Former Linworth Teacher-Director Wayne Harvey said about Gerald “He was a great negotiator and teacher from whom I learned much. He was one of the three great influences in my professional life. A light has gone out with his passing.”  Former Assistant to the Superintendent John Butterfield said “Gerald Prince was a special person and had a positive impact on the lives of many Worthington staff members and students. He was a developer of people and helped administrators, teachers and other staff grow professionally and personally. During the 70s and 80s, he hired most of the certified staff and then trained others in staff selection and development. He was smart, caring and very talented. He was a great listener and consensus builder.”  Former Bluffsview Principal Karen Groff said “I think of Gerald as someone that greatly influenced my work and my life. His passing leaves an empty place in our world.”

Worthington lost a legend this week.  I’ll always be grateful for his personal influence in my journey and much more importantly for the long-term positive difference Gerald made in the lives of countless others.

-Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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Messages on “The Rock” and School Fences

In our school district, it’s important to provide opportunities for students to gather to celebrate achievements and accomplishments that define the school and various groups.  At our high schools, the school bell outside our athletic facilities have become symbols for sports teams, not just football, to gather after a victory to “ring the bell”!  The student groups post pictures on social media to capture the moment of unity, perseverance, and hard work!

At our high schools, we have other symbols that can also provide the same sense of unity in bringing a school community together: the school rock and fences.

In the past, the school rock was painted with their school colors and motivations statements as a team was able to play against another school.  Paper cups were placed in the spaces across fences to cheer on a team or even recognize a classmate of an accomplishment, well wishes before a competition, raising awareness for cancer, or even wishing someone a happy birthday!

Yet, in the recent months, statements began to be posted in these spaces that became divisive politically or toward individuals in a negative way.  As a result, a decision was made to paint over the school rocks each day to avoid any school disruption.  

Knowing the importance that these symbols provide in lifting the spirit of our schools, we would like to begin allowing groups to use the rocks and fences to promote positivity once again.  

The school rock, painted sheets at WKHS, or cups in the fences at TWHS are available to be used by individual students, sponsored student groups, or the community/families. To provide clarity on appropriate messages, statements can include but are not limited to event announcements, words of support and congratulations, and school/team spirit. All statements must be in good taste and convey a positive message. 

The Spirit Rock may only be painted.  No individual, group, or organization is permitted to paint the sidewalk, lampposts, grass or buildings.  This is vandalism and will be treated as such. 

Keep in mind that messages posted reflect your school.  No offensive language or pictures will be tolerated. Postings must be in accordance with the ideals set forth in the school’s Student Handbook. Students found in violation of these policies will be subject to discipline in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.  

These symbols are meant to unify the school and bring our school and community together.  These places are not a place to promote political messages, controversial social causes, or radical expression. If a painting is deemed offensive to another group or person, it will immediately be removed.

It is our hope to allow these places to be used to promote positive school spirit, cheer on various groups and individuals, and be a beacon of encouragement when students enter and leave our schools.  We believe that in providing these opportunities, students can create a place of pride for all of our students and community. 

  • Dr. Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education
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47 years ago….

47 years ago in 1973 Keith Schlarb began working for Worthington Schools as a science teacher at Worthingway Middle School.  Today is Keith’s last day in the district.  He’s finally going to spend some more time with Cindy who retired from her kindergarten teaching position a few years ago.

Keith retires as our Chief Technology Officer.  The only CTO Worthington has ever had as the personal computing, computing in general and educational technology all evolved massively since Keith began working in Worthington.  

I would describe Keith as steady, consistent and loyal.  Keith was committed to his team and this school district and he never wanted attention.  (He won’t appreciate this blog.)

Keith believes in hard work.  He demonstrated that belief everyday for 47 years.  No weekends or days off for Keith.  Keith always showed up, was always available and could always be counted on.  He was a throwback to another time.

On a personal level I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Keith for the past 12 years.  I see Keith as a role model of selfless service to others and to a community.  I see Keith as a role model for his commitment to his family and to his colleagues.  I see Keith as a role model for his work ethic.

On behalf of a grateful school district that is better because of Keith’s investment I would like to say a sincere thank you to Keith for his 47 years of service to Worthington Schools. 

-Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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Communicating in 2020

2020!  Everything is hard.  I wanted to address our social media communication and the communication I put out on this blog.  I’ve been blogging for Worthington Schools now for 9 years and have posted 600+ blogs.  When I began blogging I saw it as a way to provide people an inside look at some of what was happening and some of the people in the school district.  It was a way to highlight positive stories and from time to time just to share from a personal perspective.  It’s evolved over time as we now share some more business type updates like yesterday’s post but in general the focus is the same.

Since summer the reactions have been different.  Recently we’ve been accused of both being tone deaf and of toxic positivity.  I think I understand both sentiments.  Things are really difficult right now.  There isn’t a consensus in our community on the right path forward for school during the pandemic.  Our knowledge and understanding of the virus continues to grow and with that our decisions evolve.  That creates frustration.  Our teachers and students are clearly struggling.  Remote learning is the safest option for all but many students struggle to engage and learn in that format.  It’s also isolating.  Hybrid learning has been better for most students in that they enjoy being in school, learning from their teachers, and seeing friends.  But teachers are struggling to balance the schedule, work with students who are not in school and meet different parent expectations.  It’s really hard for them to be pulled in so many directions.  The alternating Friday schedule is a challenge, teachers are attempting to work closely with students while maintaining their distance.  We’ve looked at “All-In” as an option but I’m currently not comfortable with ignoring the social distancing guidelines.  Thus, school is hard for everyone right now, teachers, students and parents.  

It was fun to play fall sports.  But, we don’t have a coach for a fall sports team that somebody hasn’t asked for us to replace.  Sports brings out passion and rarely does 100% of the fan base believe our coaches are meeting their expectations.  When sports are good they’re really good.  But when we don’t believe our child is experiencing what they should be, sports bring out an equally dark passion.

Additionally as a country and as a school district we’re focusing on doing a better job in meeting the needs of our students, families and colleagues of color.  Racial justice is important.  We’re not where we need to be, where we want to be or where we will be.  The election is polarizing.  I’m concerned about reactions and potential chaos to whatever happens next week.

All of that is real and we’re spending significant time internally on each in an attempt to make things better.  But, in our communications, and in this space, we’re choosing to focus on other things that are equally real.  We have 10,600 amazing students in Worthington.  We work to highlight their successes and sometimes just their smiling faces because they deserve that.  We have 1,325 staff members who are working hard to make a positive difference in the lives of students and the community.  We want to share the cool things they are doing and provide them the recognition they deserve.

There’s always two sides to what is going on.  During this pandemic that’s especially true.  But while we’d like to see things be back to normal and we’d like to have Homecoming dances and student sections at big football games, there are also many really good things going on.  Hybrid learning provides smaller class sizes and we see more students comfortable with participating in class.  We’ve had almost zero school discipline issues since we’ve returned.  Students are seeing greater behavior success.  Our athletes have had a season that I didn’t expect was possible and the WKHS girls won a game on a “Golden Goal” header the other night that I believe they will talk about when they are in their 40’s.  Students are competing and making memories.  

So, I want to acknowledge that things are hard and they’re not all good. But, many, many things are good and we’re choosing to focus on those things in our communications.  My mantra recently has been: “Remain calmly optimistic and relentlessly persistent in the face of all odds.”  As we communicate our student success I hope you’ll recognize that we’re not attempting to minimize the challenges people face or the areas we need to improve on.  There’s enough negative in the world.  You don’t need it from the school district too.  We’re simply trying to highlight the equally amazing positives in our school district and in the community. 

-Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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School Year Update

We’ve sent the following school year update to families in Worthington Schools:

This week marks the end of the first quarter at our secondary level and our fifth week in Hybrid instruction.  We knew that educating our students this year during a pandemic would be very difficult for both teachers and families and that’s proving to be true daily.  Thank you for being patient with us as we work to navigate our school year together.  We’re seeking to make sure you have all of the available information regarding COVID and our modes of schooling.  

We have signed up for the COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance (CATS) program with Ohio State University which gives us better data for our attendance zone. Our Worthington Schools Attendance Area COVID data is in good shape relative to surrounding school districts. Our COVID cases in Worthington Schools are updated on the district website everyday during business hours.  The public can view the dashboard for updates to our cases.

Our school health professionals continue to monitor symptoms using this guide.  We also continue to track staff and student close contacts and positive case counts through our COVID hotline and online reporting form. These tools initiate automatic notification to our school nurse team, HR team and Assistant Superintendent Randy Banks. This allows us to work with both families and employees prior to completing the Columbus Public Health (CPH) report. Our technology department has created a tool for principals to communicate to entire classrooms of students/families following a positive case. CPH then follows up with our staff to ensure that masks and distancing requirements were met and to take the lead on contact tracing. 

Worthington Schools has monitored data during the hybrid attendance period:

  • Infection rates
  • Quarantine rates
  • Area district comparisons
  • Clinic visits
  • Students sent home ill
  • Student attendance
  • Teacher attendance
  • Substitute fill rates

Additionally, we’re meeting regularly with CPH and Franklin County Public Health and keeping abreast of the latest research.  This article in Science Magazine represents the “state of the science” at this point.  Research seems to be showing that students may not spread the virus to the level once thought, however complacency would be unwise.  Shut-downs fall disproportionately on children but mitigation strategies when students are in school such as masks, distancing and cohorts are still important but not yet conclusive on what is the most effective practice.  Please refer to these COVID Q&A’s for more clarification on reporting, notification and quarantine practices.

With all of that in mind the board of education has adopted a Worthington Schools decision making guide for future modes of instruction.  Our plan at this time is to continue with hybrid instruction for the foreseeable future.  Like everything with the pandemic, those plans could be subject to change at any time as new information becomes available.

We will begin enrollment for the second semester of the Worthington Virtual Academy in early November.  Roughly 800 students are learning via this mode in the first semester.  We plan to offer this option for families again in the second semester.  Winter sports will proceed with COVID protocols in place for both athletes and spectators.  We had success this fall with sports and look forward to similar success this winter.  

Perry Middle School Principal Position

As you drive around Worthington you can see that our middle schools are all being transformed.  Construction is on schedule at all four sites!  Next school year we will open a 6-8th grade Perry Middle School along with 6-8th grade Worthingway, McCord and Kilbourne.  Phoenix will remain a 7-8th grade school.  As we begin this transition we have posted the Perry Principal position.  We’re looking for a dynamic educational leader to help create our new Perry Middle School.  Our plan is to have that person named before the end of this calendar year.  These are exciting times in Worthington!

Election Day

November 3rd is Election Day.  This year, our approved 2020-21 calendar designates this day as a Professional Learning Day for our Worthington Schools Certified Staff.  Teachers will be in our buildings learning collaboratively, and there will be no classes for students on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

We would encourage families to engage their children, in a developmentally appropriate manner and in accordance with their values and priorities, around election processes in our country.  

There are many resources available, including:

TED-Ed (videos with a Watch, Think, Dig Deeper, and Discuss format)

PBS Election Central (resources around topics including the party system, voting rights, how voting works (including the electoral college), and media literacy)

On the election:  one thing we always remind our athletes is that if we win, we win with grace, and if we lose, we lose with grace. Regardless of whether the candidate we back wins or loses, may we respond with grace.

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We have some amazing new teachers in Worthington!

Our new teachers, our new teachers! Have you met them? It is worth meeting every single one of them as soon as you can.  Taking from children’s author, Roald Dahl, I watch them with glittering eyes.

My first month of teaching I could barely navigate a school campus, let alone provide authentic learning in five different formats (including virtual) with new content and resources that I am teaching for the first time, while building rapport with students.  All of us have been engaged in new learning, unlearning, and reimagining. And, for these new professionals in our midst, they are doing so (tapping my heart)  in their first year of teaching. 

Whether they are newly minted graduates or former Worthington parent volunteers, our new teachers are lifting the art of teaching and learning in this unprecedented time. If they had a calling card (or hashtag, or twitter handle . . .), the words placed upon that card would be heart and action. This cohort loves building positive relationships with students, and they have hit the ground running. 

Tiffany Settle, a new kindergarten teacher, enjoys the newness at hand and enjoys building a community with her students. She shares, “I  have embraced the challenges of being a new teacher in a different format by using it as an opportunity to think about how my traditional classroom would be and rethinking ways to bring the same hands-on engagement and community building to our classroom today, in 2020.  While it is sometimes challenging, I am already seeing this payoff.  I noticed how much community we were able to build through Zoom that transitioned right into our classroom.”

Sean Smith, a new high school teacher, commits to every new moment as he ushers in thoughtful approaches with his students. He notes that, “The most exciting part about teaching in 2020 is definitely the amount of unknown that comes with each day and also being a part of helping this group of kids navigate such a difficult time in our country’s history.

In a time when we are unsure what each month will look like, these new folks on our team are truly threading the art of teaching and learning with dynamic energy. I’m most excited about the amount of creativity to come out of such a unique situation,” as Rosy-Mariam Aly, a new middle school teacher, points out about her innovative classroom. “Whether that’s through lessons  or through student work, it’s wonderful to see so many colleagues and students still flourish and provide such hope for the future.”

Yes, we have much hope for the future as these bright individuals lead and model our shared work. 

Tricia Merenda Coordinator of Language Arts and Social Studies

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Growth and Change

Next time you are at the Worthington Education Center you will notice the installation of a new sculpture on the Southwest side of the building.

The sculpture, “Growing the Fruits of Character”, was designed collaboratively last school year by about 130 of our elementary students serving as “Character Ambassadors” in the Hands and Voices of Hope project.  The group represents students working on leadership, self-improvement, and service.  As part of this group, the kids engage with 2-3 community service projects, create a public work of art to give to the district, and end with a Celebration of Hope concert.

Unfortunately because of our COVID-19 stay at home order last year, the pandemic stole their concert from them. They worked with local artist Dustin Weathersby to design the sculpture last winter. The artist completed the work this summer and installation happened just last week.

The sculpture depicts the tree of growth and character. The trunk represents the Worthington Community, and the bark is a “patchwork” of diverse people and skills.  The 11 branches on the tree represent the 11 elementary schools of Worthington, where our children learn and grow from the community.  There is an owl (a Worthington Estates owl, no less) and her young that represent generations living with responsibility (visible from the building side of the tree). The inside of the tree depicts the inside of our mouths and throats to speak wisdom, and the overall shape is a heart for compassion.  The “fruits” are the representation of a human heart (one of our students actually said “did you ever notice that an acorn kinda looks like a heart?”) representing a heart for service.

Our Director of Elementary Education Patrick Callaghan is the brainchild of this opportunity for our students.  I appreciate his efforts and I am extremely proud of the depth of thinking and character that our students poured into the sculpture design. We believe it is a fitting symbol of our work with students — not only in this pandemic, but always.  Our students really embrace their role of being empowered to change the world!

Stop by the Worthington Education Center and check it out!

-Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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Change and iOS14

If you have an iphone you know that Apple just recently released their new operating system iOS14.  The release of iOS 14 is one of Apple’s biggest iOS updates to date, introducing Home screen design changes, major new features, updates for existing apps, Siri improvements, and many other tweaks that streamline the iOS interface.

My daughters were excited about the change.  They immediately hit the update button and began designing their own widgets, changing app covers to new color schemes, and moving everything on their phone to new places.  Some would say this is a major improvement.

My reaction was a bit different.  The little red number showed up on my homescreen indicating that an update was available. I just left it there for a week.  I had read about the new iOS 14 and while it did look like it offered a number of improvements they weren’t improvements I needed for any reason.  I knew where my apps were on my phone.  I knew what color each app was.  Why would I want to change any of that?  So for about a week I just looked at that little red number.  

But, having something undone creates some anxiety for me.  Some of you can have hundreds or even thousands of emails in your unread mailbox.  If I have five I’m concerned.  So thinking about this change was creating its own level of anxiousness.  This was silly.  It’s an iPhone.  I could just move back to a flip phone but I like to text more than talk so….finally I just hit the button.  My phone updated and I had to have one of my daughters show me how to move things around.  But the change happened and actually I like my new widgets.  It’s been positive and I worried for a week for no reason.

I share this because change is going to be part of our school year.  We know that likely things will continue to change throughout this year.  Some of us are excited about a potential change and all of the new possibilities.  Some of us want even more change than is going to happen at this time.  Some of us are happy the way things are and aren’t looking forward to the change, maybe we’re even fighting against it.  

Just like a new operating system for my iPhone we’re in for a year of changes.  People react to change differently.  Some of us look forward to it and seek it out.  Some of us resist it and try to ignore it for as long as we can.  Usually when we look back the change was o.k.  Tomorrow we’re making the change from remote learning to hybrid learning.  I hope it’s a change you’re excited about.

-Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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We will be hybrid September 29th

At the September 1st Special Worthington Board of Education meeting, the board set a transition-to-hybrid-learning date of September 29th.  Monday, September 28th is Yom Kippur, and out of respect for our Jewish families, we don’t want to transition on that day.  The 28th will still be a remote learning day. It was clear that we all desire to have students back learning in schools with our teachers but want to make sure we’re doing so as safely as possible.   We committed to continue to talk daily with Columbus Public Health and by Thursday, September 24th we would make a final decision on mode.  By waiting until September 29th we had the advantage of seeing what works and doesn’t work with surrounding districts. 

This communication is designed to let you know that we will indeed move to our hybrid form of learning next Tuesday, September 29th.  Our surrounding school districts, Olentangy and Hilliard, have been hybrid since August 31st.  Both report success in that format.  Dublin and New Albany have been hybrid since September 8th.  We don’t have any significant stories from surrounding districts that would cause us not to move forward.

When talking with Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts on Tuesday, September 22nd she said:

“Things are going well.  The week of September 13-19 in Columbus we saw a 20.6 percent reduction in cases.  This is good news.  Two weeks prior there was a significant increase due to OSU.  Those numbers have slowly started to decrease.  Right now we find ourselves in a good position.

Looking at the age ranges that you are involved with 0-16 those numbers are pretty flat.  Where we do start to see an increase in numbers that have now gone down again is the 17-22-year-olds.  Again, not so much the population you are working with.

I’m feeling good where we are right now.  I don’t want this, by any means, to make people think that we can go back to normal or heed an uptick in any shape or form.  Flu season has not arrived yet.” 

Additionally, the Columbus Dispatch reported this week that “Ohio’s COVID-19 positive test rate declined to 3% according to the State Health Data.  This is the lowest it has been since March.”

 Thus, we’re moving to hybrid next week.  

During the “Hybrid” Schedule 

Half of the school’s student population will be in attendance every school day; students assigned to “GROUP A” will attend Monday and Wednesday of each week; students assigned to “GROUP B” will attend Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Groups A and B will be designated by the alphabet (A-K for Group A and L-Z for Group B) so families with children in multiple schools are in school on the same days. Families with multiple last names will default to the oldest student in the household’s last name, and individual schools will work as much as possible with families who need to group together for childcare purposes.

On Fridays, Groups A and B will be rotated approximately every other week according to the Hybrid calendar.

All Kindergarten students will operate on the A and B schedule. All-Day families will have payment prorated for time, not in All-Day, everyday Kindergarten.

All schools will work to facilitate the fullness of district programming, on a reduced schedule, and modified learning plan when appropriate, including elementary related arts, academic interventions, gifted programming, and instrumental music.

School practices such as meals, related arts, etc., may be altered to promote student health and safety. Parents should expect some changes to current food policies in order to protect students who have food allergies.

To minimize contact and social distancing, students in middle and high schools will not be able to utilize lockers. In addition, school staff at all levels will create signage and instruct students to follow “one-way” hallways when possible. Finally, no field trips and large-group student events will be planned for at least the first semester.

Teachers will engage with students for face-to-face learning on assigned “at school” days, facilitating new learning experiences based on academic standards, and prepare students for independent work on their assigned “at home” days. There is no expectation that teachers will connect specifically with students during students’ “at home” days, as teachers will be facilitating face-to-face learning with the other group of students.

Students will work to complete assignments with access to their grade-level learning platform, Seesaw for grades K-5 and Schoology for grades 6-12. In these platforms, students can access a variety of videos, lessons, templates, assignments, virtual tutorials, and other tools to support their “at home” work.

Teachers will be expected to maintain productive communication with families and students using the common learning management systems.

Attendance at school is counted, which follows State and Health Department guidelines for operation. There is an expectation for students to complete assignments during the asynchronous, at-home, practice days

In Preparation for Hybrid Learning:

Hybrid Blue/Green Calendar Hybrid Calendar

Meals:  Food Service – Menus

All students will still be able to get one free breakfast and one free lunch for each day school is in session as we move to hybrid.  We will be providing In School, Take-Home, and Pick Up options for students.  Logistics are in the final stages and schools will communicate procedures this week.

School Start and End Times – School Start & End Times

Bus Routes

Quarantined Students:  At times, students may be quarantined.  Our primary goal is to ensure the continuation of learning to the fullest extent possible during a quarantine/isolation period.

A COVID Dashboard will be updated daily:  COVID Dashboard

More Information:  Responsible Restart Links

 We’re excited to have students back in our schools learning for the first time since March.  Things will certainly be different than they normally are and schools have released videos and information that is specific to each school.  If you have questions that pertain to your student please reach out to the principal at your school this week so we can best assist you to be ready for next week! 

-Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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