Parent Update for May 29, 2020

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May 29, 2020

Dear SCSD Parents and Guardians,

Congratulations! We made it! In the words of Will Smith (am I dating myself?) “Summer, summer, summertime! Time to sit back and unwind.” Summer has arrived and we all survived three months of distance learning. It was not perfect and we all learned valuable life lessons, crossing the finish line hand in hand. Truly, #WeAreSpringfield!

As we come to the end of an unprecedented and difficult academic year, and on behalf of the Springfield City School District Board of Education, staff, and administration, I wish to express our admiration for your determination and grit amid the challenges of this global pandemic. While radically different than what any of us expected, this school year provided its own lessons in priorities and perseverance.

With the end of the school year, this will be my last communication for a few weeks. I will continue to update our community as plans for next year are solidified. I encourage you to read this update in its entirety for important details to close out the school year. In addition, please follow us on social media for updates affecting summer programming.

Athletics

The District continues to plan regarding the easing of restrictions for certain sports. SCSD remains in communication with the OHSAA and we will take the time necessary to ensure that the safety of our students remains our top priority.

The Springfield City School District facilities will remain closed and our coaches will continue the no contact period with student athletes until the District can put into place the appropriate safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of all.

Food Distribution

The District is working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to provide sites for a summer feed program and details will be provided soon.

Graduation

Graduation coverage will be shared Saturday, May 30, 2020, via a combination of YouTube, FaceBook, and Spectrum Cable Springfield Channel 5.

Parent Updates & Other Important Information

Please continue to visit the SCSD website at www.scsdoh.org for updates.

SCSD Virtual Summer School Opportunities 2020

Due to maintenance requirements, student devices should be returned to the District as originally instructed. New devices will be issued for summer school students.

Elementary (Grades K-3 only) June 30 – July 30 Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

Virtual Summer School Opportunities for grades K-3 will be by invitation only from recommendations provided by your child’s teacher. Parents will be contacted by a School Administrator and provided with registration information if your child has been identified to participate. There are no fees associated with summer school and an electronic device, supplies and virtual instruction are supplied for each student.

MAKE: Springfield’s Summer Virtual STEM Challenge (Grades 4-8) Begins June 8

Hosted by the Springfield City School District through The Dome, the student Weekly STEM Challenge provides virtual STEM enrichment for students in grades 4-8. Using household items under the guidance of The Dome and the University of Dayton mentors, students build projects ranging from Rube Goldberg machines to the perfectly engineered paper airplane! Sign up now at TheDomeSpringfield.org 

High School (Grades 9-12) June 8-June 26 & June 29-July 17 (Mon-Fri 9am – 1pm)

Several courses are offered virtually, at no charge to Springfield City School District students to assist in the recovery of credits or to accelerate in certain areas of study. Contact your counselor to register. Electronic devices will be issued from the District to participating students.

OnCourse (Grades K-12) June 8 - July 31

Several courses are offered virtually through the Pearson on-line learning platform, at no charge to Springfield City School District students to assist in the recovery of credits or to accelerate in certain areas of study. Contact Catherine Lestrud at lestrudcj@scsdoh.org to register. Electronic devices will be issued from the District to participating students.

Our nation faces continued uncertainty as the battle against this pandemic continues. Please be assured that the SCSD is preparing to face whatever challenges come our way. Our leadership team is developing a comprehensive plan for conducting the 2020-2021 school year. Our hope is to share more details about this plan by early July.

In the meantime, I am certain that many questions exist, with the main question being simply this: will school buildings be open for education in August?

Because we believe so strongly in the Springfield community and in the transformative power of in-person learning, we will do everything in our power to welcome all students to our beautiful buildings in August. Although we cannot promise this, we are planning for it. However, if significant health and safety risks dictate, we will not hesitate to shift decisively to an alternate scenario. 

The most important question that we face as a community is: How will we ensure a safe opening of school for everyone? Until there is a vaccine, few places in the world will be coronavirus-free, and school buildings pose unique challenges in regards to social distancing.

To open our buildings to students, however, we do need to keep safety at the forefront of our plans. This includes having plans to include testing, tracing, and containment. In addition, as potential health restrictions may emerge in the fall, the SCSD must be prepared to once again transition to a full distance learning model. 

As we plan to navigate through this new normal, please remember, #WeAreInThisTogetherWildcats!

Today’s video update highlights the information found in the parent update.

Thank you for your support and know that I am so proud to be YOUR superintendent!

Sincerely,

Robert F. Hill, Ed.D.  

Robert F. Hill, Ed.D.

Superintendent