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Superintendent's End of Year Message

Superintendent's End of School Year Message

Note: This appeared in the Gazette Wednesday, May 20th - 

The Gazette page can be downloaded below


As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I want to thank our teachers, staff, students, and their parents for everything they have done during this uncertain and challenging time.  We had a lot to learn in moving our curriculum online and finding new ways to serve our students, parents, and community remotely. Teachers had to quickly learn the ins and outs of videoconferencing, curriculum applications and the use of Google classrooms while parents had to adjust their lives to support online and at-home learning.

 

I also want to thank our Food Service Supervisor, Lisa Loomis, and our food service, and transportation department staffs for all the work they did to launch and run our meal distribution program.

 

The members of the class of 2020 have endured a strange end to their senior year. Prom, the senior trip, and graduation have all been disrupted. Though we have planned a socially distanced substitution for graduation, it cannot compare to the usual gathering of friends and family at a commencement ceremony with caps and gowns, speeches and the taking of photographs. Our seniors have completed their course requirements and all the standards required for a diploma in Ohio. They are ready to move on to the next phase of their education and careers. On behalf of our Board of Education, faculty, and staff, I wish them the best in all their future endeavors.

 

The opening of school next year is uncertain. We will spend the summer planning for each of the following possibilities:

·      A normal return to school

·      A return to school with social distancing and a blended learning process with students both learning in school and remotely educating at home

·      A continuation of our current remote learning process 

 

As the requirements for reopening schools become clear, we will identify the plan that we will use to open and then continue to refine that plan in preparation for the 2020-21 school year.

 

Throughout the year, the Ashtabula County Health Department will monitor schools and provide guidance on how to respond if a student or staff member in any school building has tested positive for COVID-19. If this happens, based on current state guidance, a building or buildings will be closed for fourteen days during which time students and teachers will work remotely.

 

We also realize that some parents may not want to have their child return to school in the fall because they or a family member has an underlying condition that makes them more vulnerable to the Covid 19 virus. I want to assure them that we will have in place an online schooling option for them that will allow them to continue their education at home with the ability at anytime to return to school.

To help us plan for next year, we have placed a parent survey on our website. The link is on the district’s Coronavirus webpage. This survey asks parents to evaluate our remote learning process this year and to make suggestions for next year.

Again, I want to thank everyone in our community for their support and perseverance as we go through the pandemic together.


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William Mullane,
May 29, 2020, 9:39 AM