COVID-19 Info

March 29, 2020

The following is an online event hosted by the City of the Bexley. 
On  Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm, Bexley residents Dr. Abby Norris Turner,  Dr. Michael Weinstock, Dr. Beth Weinstock, Dr. David Cohn, and Mayor Ben  Kessler are hosting a virtual COVID-19 Q&A session! Panelists will  discuss the latest research and information relating to the virus, how  this impacts public policy, and our own individual behavior.It's easy to participate! Make sure you  to join the call. Participants will be able to ask questions to the panelists by using the chat feature! Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm via Zoom
 

March 27, 2020

The following is a district email sent to parents. 

Bexley Families:

I wanted to provide everyone an update on key pieces to help support our distance learning next week.


Elementary Students

Each elementary school has created an online learning hub. These sites will be shared in your principal newsletter this Sunday.


In order to access the Bexley Online Learning Hub, your child needs to login to their Google account:

  1. Go to gmail.com (or sign in through the chrome browser or chromebook)

  2. Username: [email protected]

  3. Passwords should be B123456# (the “123456” represents your child’s lunch/student number)


Some of the resources students access require Clever. Please use this link to access Clever, where you will be able to login with your student’s Google account.

Middle and High School Students

Teachers will be using Canvas as their way of delivering information for instruction. You can click this link to get to Canvas. Username is the same “firstname.lastname” as their email address. The password is the password they use to sign into computers at school, which is normally the B123456# (“123456” represents your child’s lunch/student number) pattern unless the password has been changed.


Acceptable Use

While on distance learning, we want to continue having students working under the Code of Conduct and our Acceptable Use Policy as usual. We want students to be just as responsible and respectful of others as we would inside our buildings. 


Tech Support

We have created a tech support email address for families. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions, and someone will respond and get back with you. We are also working to create a phone line for tech support help as well and will share this once it is active.


Assistance with Devices and Internet Access

We are continuing to work to prepare our resources for families who need assistance. We are beginning to reach out to schedule pickups. Do not worry if you have not heard from us yet, we will get to everyone as soon as we can.


Thank you and please know we are doing all that we can to help support families 


Brad Pettit

Director of Technology

March 23, 2020

Student Device Info
For those families who are looking to purchase a device at this time for their child, below are a few key suggestions.   
  • Chromebooks are a great choice for meeting most needs. Students can sign in with their school Google Account and the primary services and tools we use are supported by Chrome. Here are some examples of Chromebooks currently for sale.   
  • Windows PC laptops are also a great choice, as they support many different browsers and software. There is an incredible variety of PC laptops, but here are some examples.
  • Macs will meet the need similarly to PC’s and if your family is used to Apple products, it may be a great choice. Apple just recently replaced some of their more affordable models, which may make supply at this time more limited.   
  • iPads will support the overwhelming majority of what teachers will be providing from instruction. One challenge on iPads is if the device is going to be shared with multiple children, it is more difficult to log in and out for access.
  • Amazon Fire Tablets are great consumption devices if you are looking for something for reading or searching the Internet, but they have some limitations and app compatibility can be difficult to overcome.

A device with a camera or microphone would be perferrable as there may be moments of video interaction from teachers.

NOTE: We are merely providing suggestions and guidance on the options and can’t officially speak to any particular model.


March 22, 2020

 On Sunday, March 22, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This begins at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6. You can find more information about this order on the Ohio Department of Health’s website.  
 
We’d like to reassure you that this does not affect distance learning. 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. We provided more details on distance learning in the email we sent out on Friday, March 20. If you need to read that message, you can find it here.    
 
For students that were absent on Thursday, March 12, the district is in the process of creating a plan that will allow those students to get essential items for distance learning. This new order may also slow down the process of getting the necessary technology to families who need it during the closure.
 
Updates on both of these will be emailed out in the near future.   Check our COVID-19 page on our website for daily updates.  
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All playgrounds are closed to the public indefinitely, per mayor's order. 

March 20, 2020

The following message is what was sent out to parents and community members this afternoon.

Good day!

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. 

Stay well!

Kim

Watch this video update from Dr. Miller

Further information and details will be communicated by teachers, counselors, and principals.  

Distance Learning

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.

Food Distribution

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.

Technology Assistance

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.


March 19, 2020

The City of Bexley would appreciate your help in identifying those in need and willing volunteers 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. Furthermore, please assist Bexley residents in completing the appropriate survey if they are unable to do so independently. Those who have already filled out the survey do not need to do so again. These surveys will also be available on Bexley’s website, social media, and included in the quarterly newsletter. For questions or concerns, please contact the City’s Volunteer Coordinator at (614) 559-4200 or [email protected]


Bexley Needs Survey

Bexley Volunteer Network Survey

March 17, 2020

Kindergarten registration and associated document verification meetings are .postponed indefinitely.  Bexley Director of Operations Dr. Harley Williams is requesting parents to electronically scan and email them to [email protected]. Please contact Dr. Williams if you are unable to send the documents electronically. He will contact you to set up a meeting once schools have reopened. 
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