Back to School FAQ
Based on guidance from Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, Centerville Schools announced on Aug. 6 that it will operate in a remote learning environment through at least the first quarter of school.
This page will be updated as information is available. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we prepare for a new school year in these challenging times.
Use the + sign next to each heading to see frequently asked questions related to that topic. If you have additional questions, please email the Community Relations Specialist.
Last update: Aug. 7, 2020 - 3:20 p.m.
- Preparing for the 2020-21 School Year
- Curriculum & Student Services
- Health & Wellness
- Athletics & Extracurriculars
- Voyager AfterSchool Program
- When will schools open in August?
- What are Centerville’s plans for returning to school?
- What criteria will the district use to determine when it is possible to move from remote learning to face-to-face instruction (either on a blended or all-day, everyday schedule)?
- Our family is new to Centerville-Washington Township. How can we enroll our children for the 2020-21 school year?
- What school will my child attend?
- How do I contact my child’s school?
- Will my child need school supplies for remote learning?
- How will students get any necessary books or materials to start the school year?
- What is Home Access Center and how do I access it?
- Will the Board of Education Office and/or school offices be open?
- We have decided to homeschool our children during the 2020-21 school year. Do we need to notify the school district?
- If the district decides to return to in-person instruction after the first quarter, would our family be able to continue remote learning if we are uncomfortable or unable to return to school?
To support our back-to-school plans, additional training will be necessary for our staff members, which will delay the first day of school for students. All staff members will report on Monday, Aug. 17 for a week of professional development.
The first day of remote learning for K-12 students will be Monday, Aug. 24. The first day for preschool students will be Wednesday, Aug. 26. You can click here to download the 2020-21 academic calendar.
Centerville Schools will operate in a remote learning environment for at least the first quarter of school (Monday, Aug. 24 through at least Friday, Oct. 16). This decision was based on the latest guidance from Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, which recommended that Montgomery County schools begin the school year in a remote learning environment, a discussion with the Centerville Board of Education during a special meeting on Aug. 5, and feedback from parents, staff and community members.
We will operate in a remote learning environment through at least the first quarter of the school year.
Guidance and recommendations from public health experts, including the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert system and virus trends in our community, will help guide our decisions as we look to return to face-to-face instruction. Other factors could include availability of teachers, student illnesses, possible calamity days, etc.
We will give our school community appropriate notice before switching to a different learning environment. Keep in mind that all plans are fluid and could change rapidly based on the spread of virus in our community.
The Home Access Center (HAC) is an online portal for parents and students to access information that includes demographic data (emergency info and contacts), transportation (bus routes), attendance (absence and tardies), fees (balance and fee history), classes (scheduled courses and teachers), grades and report cards (grades 6-12 only). Parents should use their existing log-in information to view the information.
If you have never accessed HAC, use the Register link to create your account. This link can be found in the Login box. In order for this process to work, you must have a valid email address on record. You also will need to confirm the parent or guardian name and the ZIP code on file. If you have trouble completing the registration process, please send an email to email@example.com.
Yes, the Board of Education Office and individual school offices will remain open during their normal hours. Please see our Contact Us page for phone and fax numbers for each school as well as the Board of Education Office.
Information about homeschooling in Ohio is available on the Ohio Department of Education website. Parents interested in educating their children at home must complete the Home Education Notification Form found on that website and return it to Tom Castleman, Centerville’s enrollment coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of frequently asked questions about homeschooling is also available on the ODE website.
- How will remote learning be improved from the emergency learning that took place last spring?
- What are the remote learning expectations for each grade level?
- What websites/resources will students need to access during remote learning?
- Will attendance be recorded?
- Since the entire district will be participating in remote learning, will the students who signed up for the online learning option remain with the SchoolsPLP curriculum or will they be assigned to Centerville classes?
- Will integrated arts classes be offered?
- How are you including students with special needs in your planning?
- Will you be able to deliver related services for students who are eligible?
- What training will be needed for staff?
Remote learning will be more structured than the emergency learning in the spring, and students at all grade levels will follow a daily schedule. We are providing professional development to staff members prior to the start of school to help improve remote learning instruction. Some examples include the use of Google Classroom and Zoom from the first day of school, streamlined organization for assignments, and communicating expectations for students.
Our Director of Student Services and special education coordinators are meeting regularly to plan how we will meet the needs of all of our students. This team is also working with our intervention specialists and therapists on how they will continue to provide services. Students will receive support for their IEPs from our intervention specialists and/or therapists throughout remote learning.
If your child receives related services (OT, PT, Speech), those services will continue to be provided using tele-therapy or in person therapy. How therapy will be provided for each student will be determined by the individual needs of the students. Our therapists, intervention specialists, and coordinators will be in contact with families to determine how services will be provided.
We will be providing professional development to staff members prior to the start of school. In preparation, our Curriculum Department has been meeting with teacher advisory teams from each level over the summer to discuss a variety of topics, including reflecting on challenges and opportunities following the emergency remote learning that took place in the spring, problem solving different learning scenarios for the upcoming school year, looking at online resources, developing training to prepare for the new school year, and much more.
- Will every student receive a laptop device?
- Why aren’t you assigning a device to every student right now?
- My child has special needs and cannot use a Chromebook. Is there a different device available?
- When will devices be distributed?
- My family does not have access to the Internet. Can we request a hotspot from the district?
- Does my child need to sign a Student User Agreement?
We have decided to postpone assigning a Chromebook to every student until we return to in-person instruction. However, we will provide a Chromebook to any family that needs additional devices to support each student during remote learning.
With students following a daily schedule during remote learning, it would be helpful for each student to have their own device. If you have a personal Chromebook, computer or other tablet at home, please utilize that device during remote instruction. If your family doesn’t have enough devices to support each student during remote learning, we will provide a Chromebook.
If you would like to request a Chromebook for the start of the 2020-21 school year, please click here to submit the request form.
We have ordered a Chromebook for each student. We are waiting for 1,500 devices that were ordered in June to be released from customs and border control. Our plan right now is to provide a Chromebook to any student that doesn’t have a way to participate in remote instruction and to complete the deployment for every student when we reopen for face-to-face instruction.
If your family does not have Internet access, you can request a district-owned hotspot for remote instruction. Families must meet basic eligibility this fall. Please request an eligibility form by submitting this form, then return your completed form to your child’s principal. Only one form needs to be submitted per family.
Students must have a signed Student User Agreement on file to maintain an active account. If you and your child have not signed the Student User Agreement for the 2020-21 school year, please visit https://student.centerville.k12.oh.us to sign the electronic version.
- With the district moving to remote learning for the first nine weeks, will students still be able to participate in athletics and/or extracurricular activities?
- How will families be kept informed of plans for the 2020-21 school year?
- What is the best way to contact the district or my child’s school if I have a question?
- I am not receiving the phone calls from The Education Connection (TEC). How can I make sure my phone number is on the list?
- Calls from The Education Connection (TEC) are being marked as “spam.” How can I correct this?
- I am not receiving email announcements from my child’s school and/or the district. How can I make sure my email address is on the list?
- How is the district supporting families that speak a language other than English?
Please see our Contact Us page for phone and fax numbers for each school as well as the Board of Education Office and Transportation Department. You are encouraged to continue contacting staff members through email or by calling the Board of Education office or your child's school office. If you leave a voicemail, it will be forwarded to the secretary’s email account.
Prior to the start of school, you can update your telephone number on the Home Access Center (HAC). Each guardian must log in to update their own contact information. At the beginning of the school year, a Student Information Sheet will be sent home with each child, and you also can update your contact information on that.
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