Updated April 6, 2020
Today, Governor DeWine’s most recent order goes into effect. While he has physically closed Ohio schools through Friday, May 1, the Stay At Home Order also has been extended. As we mentioned last week, our teachers and administrators have been hard at work refining our distance learning and extended closure educational plan. You can review this updated information attached to this letter.
School Work and Grading. As we continue this next step into extended closure, I am requesting that all families help dispel any rumors about school work and grading. To be clear, all school assignments are to be taken seriously and will count toward a student’s final grade. This morning I was on two separate conference calls with over 50 teachers and administrators from our district and the number of missing student assignments was much higher than typical and in some cases hovered around 40% missing student assignments. Again, please help me circulate correct information that school work does count because all our students need to be prepared for promotion to the next grade level and/or graduation.
Seniors. As I previously shared, we feel terrible about our 12th grade students. Additionally, if the Governor extends the school closure beyond May 1, we are exploring potential options regarding our graduation ceremony. Similarly, we are looking at options regarding Prom currently scheduled for May 1. I am working closely with Mrs. Tiffane Warren, high school principal, regarding these topics.
. Previously, you have been asked by your child’s teacher about connectivity to the Internet. At the end of this message is information on establishing low-cost home Internet access through a variety of area providers. During this difficult time, Licking Heights School District is also offering limited free Wi-Fi access on the South and West Elementary campuses as well as the high school stadium below the press box (weather permitting). The maps
indicate areas where you will be able to connect to the wireless access points in your car at South and West. If you access this Wi-Fi network, you will need to connect to the guest Wi-Fi (LHSD) and accept the terms of usage before continuing on to the Internet. Signal strength will be dictated by the number of users and proximity to the building. It is advisable that you only connect the device you will be using for school work. Every device connected counts as a user and pulls from the overall Wi-Fi bandwidth.
Meals for Students. For those who opted-in to supplemental meals, pick-up will occur at Central Middle School every Tuesday (white cards) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Thursday (yellow cards) from 4 – 6 p.m. during the mandated school closure and will include 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals. All families received a pick-up card (either White or Yellow) to be displayed in their vehicle when picking up meals to eliminate unnecessary interaction. Students no longer need to be present.
Finally, to comply with Ohio’s updated Stay At Home Order
, please ensure everyone in your family stays home if they are able. It is important to maintain proper social distance (at least six feet) during this time when they are with anyone other than immediate family. Unfortunately, this amended order means no gatherings, no playdates, and no sleepovers. Children are often asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus, which means they can cause loved ones to get sick with potentially dire consequences without being ill. We will continue to share information and resources on our district website
Home Internet access
There are several opportunities for families to purchase reduced-cost residential Internet service packages, by qualifying for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the National School Lunch Program, if the cost is an issue. Families must not currently have a plan in place or a past-due balance with the provider.
Your Chromebook is optimally designed to run with a wireless Internet connection. A lack of wireless Internet does not render the Chromebook obsolete or useless, but it is important to understand the limitations of technology. If you do not have Internet access at home you have options.
Though currently closed through April 6, branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Licking County Library provide access to wireless Internet during regular business hours. They also offer homework help centers on most weekdays.