March 13, 2020
Our District administration has been working diligently to be as prepared as possible in the event that the dynamics involving the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lead us to an extended closure where students will learn online. After yesterday’s announcement from Governor DeWine, we have reached that milestone. We are working directly with health officials locally as well as gathering information from officials on both the state and federal level. This includes recommendations and updates that we are receiving daily through statements from Ohio’s Governor.
I am writing to reiterate and clarify a few points that have already been made, and also to make you aware of our plans at Tolles for this extended closure beginning on March 16th through April 3rd. I cannot stress enough that this is a very fluid situation and that everything we are doing is in an effort to communicate the most up to date information.
A) Closing: All school-related activities are canceled from March 16th through April 3rd. In addition, Tolles’ prom scheduled for April 4th is canceled. Depending on how this plays out, we may be able to schedule a spring dance which would be less formal than prom. Also as of today, the NTHS Induction Ceremony on April 16th will only be open to students, parents, and siblings. Remember this situation is very fluid and if anything changes, we will share plans immediately.
The Tolles Community Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 5 is canceled.
Teacher professional development that is outside of the county is canceled.
Student involvement in competitions for Tolles is canceled.
B) Online learning plan: Plans are in place for the creation of online learning experiences for students, and professional development to support all teachers at Tolles. We have outlined a plan to deliver content that moves learning forward in the best way possible given the situation. It will not be perfect, and I am certain there will be missteps and oversights along the way. It is important for you to know that we do have a plan.
Today, students received this video and instructions about how the closure will affect them and their classwork. Likewise, students need to check Google Classroom and their school email frequently for instructions. Parents, we will continue to communicate with you via email, our website, and the all-call system.
Tolles Google Classroom Basics.mp4
C) Teacher expectations and schedules for students: On March 16th, we will provide professional development to teachers and instructional aides regarding online instruction and expectations. The second day Tolles is closed (March 17th) will be a teacher workday for the development of the additional lessons. Staff will be available to support teachers and aides as they work to prepare lessons and learning activities. Students will not have school on Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th. On the third day, Wednesday, March 18th, Tolles will launch online learning for students. This is a school day and students are required to complete online lessons. Teachers will have daily activities to keep the momentum of student learning, but will not cover new standards that they do not plan to cover again once school has resumed. In addition, teachers will have daily "office hours" where they can talk directly with students through platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Google Meet, etc. While this isn't going to be perfect, it is better than three or four additional weeks in June.
Wednesday through Friday, March 18-20 are school days via online instruction.
March 23-27 is Tolles’ spring break. Classes will not be in session.
March 30 - April 3 is the final week of the state-imposed school closure. During this week, we expect the state to re-evaluate the situation and provide additional guidance. As more information is released, we will make decisions about which of these days will be required online learning days.
D) College Credit Plus: Classes are going to proceed in their usual format.
E) Travel: Consistent with the guidance from our local health officials and the CDC we are urging all staff, students and their families to consider the possible effects of travel, especially as we look forward to our upcoming spring break. It appears there is a very high probability that all cruise ship passengers will be quarantined after they disembark from their cruise. Please consider the consequences of an extended quarantine before making travel plans.
F) Resources: Families who may experience food insecurity due to the closure of our schools can find support at this link. Likewise, additional agencies are listed for any need a family might encounter.
Food and Community Resources
We will continue to update you as we can, but please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or if we can support you in any way. As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of the learning journey of your child.