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Update 03-30-2020

Dear WCSD Families:

This afternoon, Governor DeWine ordered schools to be closed through May 1. He also said that he would evaluate circumstances at that time to determine if schools should remain closed beyond that date, noting that even though school buildings are closed, teaching and learning is still going on. 

As a result, our district is transitioning from its current short-term plan to one that extends through May 1. We will continue to maintain our meal delivery support to specific portions of our community as identified by USDA guidelines. Our instructional staff will continue to develop lesson activities, including more detailed information and resources related to digital instruction. Please keep monitoring your email and district website as we soon will be communicating additional information regarding the continued long-term instruction of children. 

This is new territory for everyone. I'm sure you have many questions about how everything is going to work over the coming weeks, and I wish we could provide you with all of the answers right now. Please know, however, that we have a team of people who have been working, and will continue to work on all of these details. Tonight, however, we simply wanted to make sure our families were aware of the Governor's recent decision, encourage you to keep yourself and your family safe, and restate our commitment to educating your children during these unprecedented times. Thank you in advance for your continued patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
Dr. John R. Kellogg
Superintendent

 


 

Update 03-26-2020

Dear WCSD Families:

The Ohio General Assembly recently passed legislation that addresses several educational matters during this public health crisis. The Governor is expected to sign the bill into law soon. In summary, the following education-related changes impacting families will take effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature:

  • State and federal testing is eliminated for the 2019-2020 school year;
  • State report cards will not be issued for the 2019-2020 school year (note that these are the state-issued report cards for schools and school districts, not student report cards);
  • The EdChoice voucher program supporting private schools is frozen at 2019-2020 eligibility levels;
  • Third-grade reading guarantee retention requirements are waived;
  • Schools can grant high school diplomas to students on track to graduate and for whom the principal determines that the student has successfully completed the curriculum;
  • Individuals with appropriate state licenses are allowed to provide services electronically or via telehealth communication to students with special needs;
  • Boards of education may use electronic communication for in-person meetings and hearings during the emergency period, but not later than Dec. 1, 2020;
  • School districts may use distance learning to make up any number of days or hours necessary to meet minimum instructional hour requirements.

Please know that we will continue to communicate any other important details regarding these matters as we learn more about what this legislation means for our students and families.

Sincerely,
Dr. John R. Kellogg
Superintendent  

 


 

Update 03-24-2020

WCSD Still Delivering Meals to Children

Please know that children are still allowed to pick up meals at their designated meal distribution locations. Some expressed concern that the state's new "Stay at Home" order meant they could no longer go to these locations for their children to obtain food. This program falls under one of the identified reasons you are ALLOWED to leave your home. However, we encourage you to follow social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from others who are there. As much as children may want to visit or hug their friends, please do not allow this to happen. 

 


 

Update 03-18-2020

Dear WCSD Families:

I would like to take a moment to remind families to watch your email today for details about meal delivery for children 18 years of age and younger in specific portions of our district, as identified per USDA regulations. If you reside in one of these identified areas, our goal is to have this information to you by 4 p.m. today. However, given the logistics involved, it may be slightly later. Please begin watching your email at 4 p.m. for this important information.

I would also like to thank you in advance for your cooperation today as students and families visit our schools to retrieve their medications and personal belongings. Don’t forget that, in addition to the specific building times shared in prior emails, all schools will be open today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to collect students’ personal belongings and printed lesson materials, if necessary. These are unusual times for everyone, but as we are witnessing, by working together and following established instructions, we will get through this public health crisis as best as possible.

Finally, I want to let our families know that, should this closure be extended beyond April 5, we will have systems in place to address the new set of challenges that will be created as a result. Our offices will be closed at the end of the day today and employees will begin working from home, but please know that we are committed to supporting our students and families during this time. I encourage you to continue monitoring our dedicated web page at http://www.wcsoh.org/covid19 for information. And, as we have done from the outset of this public health crisis, we will email important updates to families as new information becomes available. Thank you once again for your patience, understanding, and cooperation under these circumstances.

Sincerely,
Dr. John R. Kellogg
Superintendent