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🚀 Rocket Updates – March 12th, 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to the weekend!

I hope this message finds you well and getting to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. It looks like we will get back to more seasonal temperatures next week, but I personally needed the sunshine!

⏱️ One year ago today, March 12, 2020, Governor DeWine sent our students home for what we thought would be a short break in order to keep people safe from the coronavirus. Little did we know that our students and staff would not return to our buildings for several months. 

Nor did any of us have an idea of the impact this pandemic would have here in Ohio and around the world. While this may be sobering to think about, I would like to use today as a sign of hope.

😷 This pandemic has affected all of us in different ways, and many of us have had significant life challenges, but it has been exciting to see how we have all pulled together to get through these times.

Specifically, it is exciting to see our staff, students and families working together to safely educate our students during one of the most difficult times in our lives.

All of us have done the impossible and pulled together to offer the best education possible despite the pandemic. So I would like to say “thank you” and “well done”.

💉 With our staff receiving the second dose of the vaccine next Thursday, coupled with the announcement that any adult can be vaccinated by the end of May, I am hopeful that perhaps we can return to “normalcy” next year when classes resume in August.

Isn’t this exciting?

⚠️ Because our vaccination clinic is next Thursday, March 18th, please be reminded we will use the following schedule:

  • Monday:    All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).
  • Tuesday:    All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).
  • Wednesday:    All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).
  • Thursday:    Asynchronous for all students.
  • Friday:        District wide calamity day.

⚠️ We decided to have a calamity day on Friday, March 19th.

This is due to the fact that the health department has advised us that the majority of our staff will likely not feel well enough to work. Therefore, we will give this day to our staff to recover from the possible side effects of the vaccination.

⚠️ When we return the week of March 29th, following Spring Break, please note that Friday, April 2 (Good Friday) and Monday, April 5, school will not be in session. As a result, we will continue with our schedules as they are currently. The schedules for those two weeks are as follows:

March 29th through April 2nd

  • Monday:    All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).
  • Tuesday:    All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).
  • Wednesday:    Asynchronous for all students. SHS runs their current Wednesday schedule.
  • Thursday:    All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).
  • Friday:        No School

April 5th through April 9th

  • Monday:    No School
  • Tuesday:    All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).
  • Wednesday:    Asynchronous for all students. SHS runs their current Wednesday schedule.
  • Thursday:    All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).
  • Friday:        All students in session (synchronous remote learning students at home).

The following weeks we will keep the current schedule we are using now due to the fact we now have to move forward with our required State testing.

We will continue to use Wednesdays in April as Asynchronous so that we can get our students who are learning from home (RDA and Asynchronous students) in to take the required State Assessments. We are working on this plan right now and it will be communicated out by buildings after Spring Break.

It is my hope that once our testing requirements are met, we can get our K-5 students in for five days of instruction for the remainder of the school year. Again, more details to follow soon.

Thank you again for all of your support and patience as we have navigated this pandemic. Let’s all stay diligent with our required safety measures so that we can finish our school year without having to go to a remote setting. Hope is on the horizon!

Have a super weekend and enjoy time with your family.

Sincerely,

R. Michael Daulbaugh
Superintendent