As we stated yesterday in our email message, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a statewide order to close all public, private and charter schools from Monday, March 16th until Friday, April 3rd, 2020, for what he has called a three-week Spring Break, to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, also known as the CoronaVirus. There will be no school beginning Monday, March 16th and we will plan to return to school on Monday, April 6th as of right now. In addition, all District activities will be canceled during this three-week period. We will continue to monitor the situation over this three-week Spring Break. If it is determined, by the Governor, that we need to be closed longer than this three-week period, we will share additional plans with you at that time. Please keep in mind that although three weeks seems like a long time, this is actually only nine more instructional days off than we would have had before the mandated closure.
Following are some items to consider while your children are on this extended Spring Break:
- The schools will be open during the time we are off for you to pick up any items that may have been forgotten. Either email the school principal or call the school to check the availability.
- Burton and Ledgemont Elementary Schools are compiling lists of families who do not have access to a device at home. The individuals identified on those lists will be contacted with a time to pick up a device (students at Berkshire Junior/Senior High School already have access to a device that they take home daily).
- The polling locations that were to be used at the schools will still be open for the public to vote.
- Our 3rd Quarter grading period will be extended to Thursday, April 9, 2020 in order to allow students to turn in any makeup work completed during the extended Spring Break.
- Optional skill building and/or project activities will be sent home by your child’s individual teachers for them to practice in order to keep their skills up during the absence (these activities will not be graded).
- It is suggested that any missing work, or work that needs to be made up be completed during the extended Spring Break. Check Infinite Campus or email your child’s individual teacher if you are unsure of what is missing.
- Testing requirements are still to be determined. We have been told that the State may waive the end of the year tests, but we have not received confirmation of that yet. The administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (Cogat) is also to be determined (we are mandated to give the Cogat as a way to identify gifted students in certain grade levels.
- If you are in need of food during the extended break, Claridon Community Helps will be offering a lunch program. There is no economic cutoff for this, it is open to anyone who wants to apply. A flier with more information about how to apply is attached to this message.
- Additional information may be sent home next week from your child’s school.
Thank you for your continued support of the Berkshire Local Schools.