Responsible Reopening Update for August 28, 2020

Responsible Reopening

August 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

One week down and 35 more weeks to go! Each year I have the distinct opportunity and pleasure to visit each of our 16 school buildings on the first day of school. This year was no different, yet it was. First off, my second stop of the day was Simon Kenton Elementary School, where I was able to start my visit with my kindergarten student and the apple of my eye...my lovely daughter. I also had the pleasure of seeing both of my sons in their respective classrooms.

To say that I am proud of our students, families, and community for adapting to our current reality is an understatement. I was able to observe first hand how prepared our teachers and administrators are to serve our students both academically and from a social emotional lens. The safety protocols and logistical operations of each building were outstanding and reflected the expertise and dedication of our team.

I write to you today with a few updates and several reminders. Please note that after this week my updates will move to a bi-weekly or monthly basis. In addition, updates will be provided as needed and in accordance with any relevant changes to our ever-evolving reality.

ATHLETIC UPDATE

Due to seating limitations in all stadiums, many of our Wildcat fans will not be able to witness Springfield Football Friday Nights under the lights. Our student athletes are even limited to purchasing only two tickets each. However, we are excited to announce our partnership with the TKDS Sports Network to livestream our athletic events! With the TKDS Sports Network, our Wildcat fans will be able to view events for free via the District Facebook page and our District YouTube Channel. In addition, TKDS offers upgraded viewing for games via a subscription service found here.

CURRICULAR RESOURCE GUIDE

In preparation for a more robust virtual learning experience, teachers have been provided a variety of interactive resources to support all K-12 learners. Dependant on teacher and grade level, students have access to the following resources via our personalized SCSD learning platform:

Virtual Curricular Resource Guide

FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR ONCOURSE STUDENTS

In order to serve our students who enrolled in the OnCourse virtual school option, the District received permission from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to distribute five (5) breakfast and five (5) lunch meals per week to each student. 

Food distribution will be held each Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Parents or guardians may pick up student meals based on the home school of residence at the following locations:

  • The District Service Center, 651 East Home Rd. (the brick building beside Springfield High School)
    • Horace Mann
    • Lagonda
    • Simon Kenton
    • Snowhill
    • Warder Park
    • Roosevelt
    • Schaefer
    • Springfield High School
  • The School of Innovation, 601 Selma Rd.
    • Fulton
    • Kenwood
    • Lincoln
    • Perrin Woods
    • Snyder Park
    • Hayward
    • The School of Innovation

Students do not have to be present to receive meals.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Families may continue submitting new questions to responsiblereopening@scsdoh.org for quick answers from the District. Questions and answers will be added to our FAQ document on an ongoing basis. As a reminder, the FAQ document may be accessed here.

REMINDER: KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION AND ASSESSMENT

All in-person and virtual kindergarten students must register via the school website here

To support our kindergarten students in adjusting to school routines and building layout, the District utilizes a staggered start approach for the first three days of school. This approach allows our teachers to have smaller groups of students with them the first two days to introduce them to school. The entire class attends on the third day.

  • Tuesday, September 1 - Students with last names A-L 
  • Wednesday, September 2 - Students with the last names M-Z
  • Thursday, September 3 - All kindergarten students in attendance

REMINDER: ONCOURSE UPDATE

As indicated last week, OnCourse virtual students can find daily expectations here.

For your reference, fall teaching and learning plans may be found here:

Please note that the recommended time allotment for individual subjects may change based on scheduling and to best meet the needs of the student and teacher. 

REMINDER: PRESCHOOL UPDATE

Applications for preschool enrollment are now being accepted through Central Registration using the Preschool Enrollment button found here. To apply, preschool parents must complete the Gateway Registration information found on the District website, as well as turn in the preschool information packet found here to the Clark Early Learning Center.

Students who attended the SCSD Clark Early Learning Center preschool program last year are not required to apply again.

In order to ensure proper social distancing regulations provided by the State of Ohio, preschool will begin the school year at a 9:1 student ratio. Students will attend a full day, in-person  program two (2) days per week. The school day will begin at 8:45am and end at 3:15pm. Students will be assigned to either a Monday and Wednesday cohort (Group A)  or a Tuesday and Thursday cohort (Group B). Teachers will call parents to let them know which cohort their child is assigned. The revised start is as follows:

  • September 8 - Group B
  • September 9 - Group A
  • September 10 - Group B
  • September 11 - No students in attendance

REMOTE TOOLKIT FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

The following District website contains multiple resources to assist in effective remote learning:

Parent and Student Remote Learning Toolkit 

SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE (SACC)

Registration is now open to participate in the SCSD School Age Child Care (SACC) program. Parents may find forms and other helpful materials here

STUDENT DEVICE DISTRIBUTION

The district completed the initial virtual and in person device deployment. If your OnCourse virtual student was unable to pick up a device, please visit your assigned school building on Monday, August 31 or Tuesday, September 1 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Technicians will be on site to assign your student a device.

STUDENT SERVICES UPDATE

We are excited to welcome you and your student(s) to the start of the 2020-2021 School Year. Parents of students with disabilities who wish to make a change to their students learning platform must request an IEP meeting. Please contact your Student Services Supervisor or the Student Services Office at (937) 505-2859. The Responsible Reopening Plan for Student Services can be found here. This plan describes services provided for all exceptional learners including students who are gifted and those with disabilities.

STUDENT TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT HOTLINE

For parents or students experiencing difficulty logging in to Google Classroom, please remember that if you are in need of technical assistance, contact the SCSD Student Technology Hotline. The Hotline number is (937) 505-2909 and is staffed from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM weekdays. Tech support is also available via email at techsupport@scsdoh.org

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

Please continue to visit www.scsdoh.org for the latest updates.

In closing, I congratulate each of you for a successful start to the school year. I am sure that there will be many peaks and valleys during this unprecedented time. It is my hope that we can all grow together and address all of the challenges that we will face. As we move forward together, I ask that we do so with civility and grace. The District is here to listen and improve, but we must do so in a productive manner that leads to improved outcomes for our students and families.

We are listening, so let us know how we can better serve you! 

Go Cats!

Sincerely,

Robert F. Hill, Ed.D.  

Robert F. Hill, Ed.D.

Superintendent