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Elks Back to School Update - Aug. 13, 2020

View message that was emailed to families on Aug. 13, 2020

As we approach the first day of school on Aug. 24, families will be receiving more details directly from their children’s schools and teachers.

Our Curriculum Directors have created a video that outlines what remote learning will look at the elementary and secondary levels. Click here to view the video.

Your child’s teacher or school will provide their weekly schedule. Each Wednesday offers an abbreviated schedule for grades K-12, which will allow for independent work time, opportunities to provide targeted support and teacher collaboration. Preschool will follow a Monday-Thursday schedule, and that information was sent out to families this week.

For our students with special needs, intervention specialists, related service providers and special education coordinators will be in contact with families to determine how students will receive specially designed instruction while we are open in an alternative learning setting. While all of these services are unique and very individual, in general, those who have qualified for special education receive all/most of their academics and specially designed instruction in a general education setting. They will follow the information from the Curriculum Department with appropriate accommodations and modifications per their IEP. Related service providers will be in contact with families to determine how services will be delivered (i.e. tele-therapy, in person or a combination).

Our students who have more significant needs and receive their academics in a structured resource setting will receive their specially designed instruction remotely, in person or a combination per an IEP team decision. This will be based on individual needs and determined by IEP teams. The student’s IEP team will use the data that was collected during remote learning in the spring to determine the needs of each student. They will also take into consideration the student’s ability to access remote learning and their ability to maintain or progress their skills while in the remote learning environment.

We have received some questions about the flexibility of the daily schedule, especially for younger students. For students in K-5, learning activities and assignments will be posted in Google Classroom, and for any students who cannot attend live Zoom instruction, essential lessons will be recorded and shared in Google Classroom to view later. Click here to view details about what activities will take place during the day.

Students in grades 6-12 who will not be able to participate in live Zooms should work with their building or unit principal.

Here is other helpful information:

  • Chromebook requests: The arrival of our new Chromebooks has been delayed, which has impacted our ability to provide a device for each student to begin the school year. We are recommending that each student have a reliable device to use for their learning. You can use a device from home or request one from the district. If you are requesting a device from the district, please do that as soon as possible so we can have them ready to distribute with other materials from your child’s school. Request a device here: https://student.centerville.k12.oh.us/devices/
  • Orientation & open house: Our middle and high schools are hosting virtual orientations for incoming students and those who are new to the district, and details were sent via email by your child’s school this week. As we get closer to the start of school, families of our PreK-5 students will receive a link to a Virtual Open House presentation from their child’s teacher. Teachers will introduce you to their class this year, as well as some of the other important aspects of your school.
  • Teachers & class schedules: Teacher assignments for elementary students will be available on the Home Access Center (HAC) at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Once you have logged into HAC, look at your child's demographic information at the top of the page to see the homeroom teacher. Schedules for middle school students will be available on HAC on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and schedules for high school students will be available on HAC on Monday, Aug. 17.
  • Student material pick-up: Each school is planning to distribute devices, books and other materials to students. Please watch for details from your child’s school with dates and times to pick up materials.
  • School supplies: Your child’s school or teacher will let you know if specific school supplies are needed during remote learning. In addition to a device to access Google Classroom and Zoom, students should have basic supplies on hand, such as pencils, paper, notebooks, etc.
  • School meals: Please watch for more information to come out next week.
  • College Credit Plus: Our CC+ coordinator has shared some beginning of the year information on the website. Click here to view the latest CC+ information.
  • Frequently asked questions: We are continuing to update the FAQ page on our website: www.centerville.k12.oh.us/back-to-school-2020/faq