I mean that. It is a good day. We are all figuring out how to manage through new and unexpected ways of living and working and knowing that we are doing our part to protect the health and well-being of our families, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens make this a good day.
I sincerely hope that this week’s spring break was still a good one for you. I know that many of you, like many of us, canceled spring break trips. While that is not the break that any of us wanted, it was what we had to do for a variety of reasons. If you were able to get away, I hope that your time away was beneficial. Please take care of yourself!
I want you to know that the entire staff of Bexley City Schools is working to develop plans to make it through this difficult time as safely and student-centered as possible. I could list the work of every department to illustrate how they are working to accomplish these objectives, but it would take pages. Just please know that your Bexley Schools staff members are dedicated and have a “can do” attitude. Every group is coordinating and collaborating to ensure alignment and consistency. Now that our spring break has come to an end, we want to share some more information about our plans for your students.
As you read through the information below, please understand that it likely falls into one of two categories: 1) it is information that is different from what we communicated before break or 2) it is information that is likely to change as the information and orders from the state and others change daily, sometimes hourly. Just know that we are making plans based upon the orders and recommendations of Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton. They are also doing the very best that they can as they get new information, and we appreciate them and the many people working with them. If you are one of those people, thank you!
Finally, thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty. We will get information to you as quickly as we can, but we will be thoughtful and not communicate prematurely. We are trying our best to provide consistent updates to you. To assist with timely updates, we have created a COVID-19 Info page on our website. There you can find the latest updates related to the school district and resources (food distribution locations, talking to children about coronavirus, etc.).
Once again, I want to thank you for your patience during this time. The first blog that I wrote as superintendent of Bexley Schools in August of 2017 was on the sense of community that is Bexley. The final paragraph of that blog stated:
Our commitment and connection do not diminish the fact that we are individuals with differences and different points of view. It does not take away our unique voices, needs, and wishes. But our community will allow us to work collaboratively to appreciate our differences and solve problems in creative and effective ways. What a wonderful place to be! What a wonderful community!
Those words are especially true today. And as we pull together to support one another in a difficult time, I know we will someday reflect on this season as a time in which we shined as a community.
Watch this video update from Dr. Miller
Further information and details will be communicated by teachers, counselors, and principals.
Distance learning will begin for students on Monday, March 30. Per the governor’s current order, this will last through Friday, April 3, but he has also stated that closures are likely to continue beyond April 3. Teachers are expected to be online Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to support students. However, students and parents may email teachers anytime as they would during normal school operations. Staff continues to work full-time, but we have designated specific online hours in order to provide some real-time access. Teachers may extend these hours if necessary. Student/parent questions are the priority from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If a parent needs a conference, it should be scheduled outside of these hours. Our technology department is in the process of creating a means of communication to support students and parents to troubleshoot technical problems that will occur. That information will be sent out prior to the start of distance learning.
Additional information regarding distance learning will be communicated by district-level administrators, principals, and teachers.
Student Expectations for Daily School Work
High school students 3 - 4 hours per day
Middle school students 2.5 - 3.5 hours per day
Elementary students 1.5 - 2.5 hours per day
High and middle school students will use Canvas, while elementary students will use Google Sites. More specific details will be shared through email from principals and teachers.
Thanks to Food Services Director Juli Carvi and her staff for creating a plan that will allow for students to have food during the closure. Families that receive free or reduced-priced meals have been directly contacted. We understand families may need additional help during this time. You can find the free and reduced-price meal application on this page: https://www.bexleyschools.org/FoodServicesEZpay.aspx. This will help coordinate our efforts for food distribution.
We are working on a plan to best prepare and support our students while we are using distance learning to deliver instruction. However, the district has a limited amount of devices. Our priority for devices is for families who do not have access to any computer at home. If your family does not need assistance with internet access or a device, you can skip the questionnaire.
Please complete this questionnaire if your student does not have access to the internet and/or a computer at home.
We will work as quickly as possible to provide the support needed, but it will likely take some time to meet requests. If your child cannot access learning materials on March 30, due to a lack of computer or internet access, there is no penalty. Teachers will work with students to get them caught up.
If you would like to help students who do not have technology access, you may make donations to the Bexley Education Foundation who will work directly with the schools to support students. You may also provide assistance by completing the City of Bexley volunteer form. We are fortunate to have a caring community with multiple agencies that support those in need. Please direct any type of assistance to one of those agencies.
Other Things To Note
- If your child is sick during the closure, you do not have to call in to say they cannot do school work. Per the Ohio Department of Education, all students will be counted present during the mandatory school closure period.
- OHSAA has issued a mandatory no contact period until April 5. All sports facilities are to be shut down during this time, and coaches are not to hold team practices. Coaches may send out workout/training activities to be completed individually.
- The district will now send out a weekly Superintendent Update newsletter on Thursdays. You can sign up here. Principal newsletters will continue to be weekly on Sundays. Check our COVID-19 page on our website for daily updates.
- The biggest joy for our staff is to see and interact with students. We would love for you to send in photos of students working from home to [email protected]. We may even post them on our social media sites.
The City of Bexley would appreciate your help in identifying those in need and those who are willing to volunteer during this COVID-19 crisis. If you are a Bexley resident, and are in need of assistance or are able to provide aid, please fill out the applicable survey.