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Rocket Updates – January 8th, 2021

Dear Rocket Families:

Good evening and welcome back to the second semester of what’s sure to be an exciting second half of the school year. There seems to be hope on the horizon, be we still have many challenges as we move forward. This update is quite lengthy.

*** Please make sure to read each bullet point. ***


🚀 Remote Instruction 1/11/21 to 1/15/21

Due to the number of students and staff members who are sick or quarantined, we will continue with our Remote Instruction through the end of next week. Midweek, we will meet as an administrative team and assess the health of the district.

While our goal is to return to in-person learning as soon as possible, we need our staff healthy and able to do so. Look for an announcement near the end of next week with an update.

We hope to return to the hybrid formats on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

*** There is no school on Monday, January 18, 2021 due to Martin Luther King Day. ***


🚀 Hybrid Format & Learning Expectations

Next week, students may see our staff teaching remotely from their classrooms following the respective building hybrid schedules.

This will help with the transition to our hybrid learning plan we will implement the following week. A great message to everyone is to continue to practice flexibility and patience during this most challenging year.

  • Learning Expectations while learning at home are to be followed and are extremely important to everyone’s success. Specifically, please consider the following:

  • Students are expected to join their teachers in the scheduled Google Meets during the time/period published by the respective buildings/ teachers.

  • Daily attendance will be taken in each Google Meet/class. If a student is not present, they will be marked absent. Attendance policies apply to remote learning

  • Assignments and assessments will be given and graded.

  • The student dress code is in effect even when learning from home.

  • Be on time with materials ready.

  • Board of Education discipline policies remain in effect for our students who are learning synchronously (virtually). Discipline referrals may occur for inappropriate behavior that negatively impacts the learning process.

  • The Hybrid Instruction schedules for the week of January 19-22 are provided below for each building. Please know we will follow these schedules unless your building principal notifies you otherwise.


🚀 Close Contact Update

Research conducted by the Governor’s office seems to suggest that students are not contracting COVID through school exposure in many instances.

Large numbers of students were quarantining and missing school unnecessarily. In order to address this the Governor’s office and Ohio Department of Health has updated their guidance regarding close contacts and quarantining as follows:

  • Close contacts- anyone who is less than six feet for more than 15 minutes in a classroom setting or bus will be identified as a close contact and will be notified as they were during the first semester of school. HOWEVER, quarantine guidelines have changed.

  • Quarantining of Close Contacts – As long as the masking protocol is being followed by all, those students or staff that have been identified as a close contact due to exposure to a person who is COVID positive will be notified to quarantine when at home in order to protect individuals at home who are vulnerable (elderly, compromised immune system, etc). However, even though these students or teachers are identified as close contacts and are to quarantine at home, they are still permitted to come to school but may not participate in any extracurricular activities until the quarantine period is up.

  • Students who are identified as close contacts in band, choir, at lunch, or while participating in athletics will have to quarantine at home and may not come to school until the quarantine period ends.

    •  If guidelines are followed in band and choir (at least 10 feet between each student and masks are worn when not performing), close contacts will be permitted to continue attending school while in quarantine.

    • Students will only be identified as close contacts at lunch if they are consuming food within the six-foot distance. If so, they will quarantine at home.

  • Students who have a mask exemption and are identified as a close contact must quarantine at home for the entire quarantine period.

*If a student is identified as a close contact, we will contact each parent or guardian individually to explain exactly what needs to happen due to these new guidelines.


🚀 Vaccine Distribution

There is great news regarding the vaccine for education personnel. I was informed yesterday that the vaccine will be available soon (maybe as early as the first week of February) for ALL school personnel. This includes part-time workers, substitute teachers, and coaches.

Planning has already begun to ensure this process happens as smoothly and quickly as possible. This vaccine should give us hope that we can return to a more “normal” way of life sooner than later.

Finally, I would like to address one additional topic. We have had a significant number of calls this week inquiring if students can switch their identified mode of instruction (learning from home or in-person learning). Unfortunately, as of today, we can no longer switch a student’s chosen mode of instruction. Balancing schedules is a significant challenge.

However, we acknowledge that special circumstances may arise where there could be an emergency situation dictating a change. If you need to change your child’s mode of instruction, this decision will be made by a building level team. Please contact your child’s principal if necessary.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we navigate this pandemic. I am hopeful that as we track towards the spring, we might be able to get back to some normalcy. Have a super weekend and stay safe!


🚀 Hybrid Learning Schedule

Please note since we are not in session on Monday, January 18, 2021, follow each schedule as if you are attending on Tuesday (we are skipping Monday).

So, at the elementary, Defer and middle school, Group A will only attend Tuesday that week and learn synchronously on Thursday and Friday. Group B will learn synchronously on Tuesday, and attend in person on Thursday and Friday.

🚀 Streetsboro Elementary School – Hybrid

  • Monday/Tuesday- Group A in person while Group B synchronously learns from home.

  • Wednesday- both Groups A and B asynchronously learn at home. Small groups will meet with our teachers for remediation/catch up. Teachers will also have time for additional planning due to synchronous learning and have the opportunity for professional development.

  • Thursday/Friday- Group B in person while Group A synchronously learns from home.

  • Preschool will resume their normal schedule (am and pm classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- no Preschool on Wednesdays)

🚀 Defer Intermediate School – Hybrid

  • Monday/Tuesday – Group A in person while Group B synchronously learns from home.

  • Wednesday – both Groups A and B asynchronously learn from home. Small groups will meet with our teachers for remediation/catch up. Teachers will also have time for additional planning due to synchronous learning and have the opportunity for professional development.

  • Thursday/Friday – Group B in person while Group A synchronously learns from home.

🚀 Streetsboro Middle School – Hybrid

  • Monday/Tuesday – Group A in person while Group B synchronously learns from home.

  • Wednesday – both Groups A and B asynchronously learn. Small groups will meet with our teachers for remediation/catch up. Teachers will also have time for additional planning due to synchronous learning and have the opportunity for professional development.

  • Thursday/Friday – Group B in person while Group A synchronously learns from home.

🚀 Streetsboro High School – All in person.

  • Monday/Tuesday – Face to face instruction with a normal bell schedule.

  • Wednesday – Remote learning day. Students will have some synchronous learning, asynchronous learning and small group instruction. Staff will also have time to plan and use some of this time for professional development. All students will work remotely from home.

  • Thursday/Friday – Face to face instruction with a normal bell schedule for all students.


We look forward to a dynamic spring semester this year – unlike any other we’ve experienced. Together we can make it happen, and make it successful for our staff and students.

Sincerely,

R. Michael Daulbaugh
Superintendent
Streetsboro City Schools