As we prepare to head off for Spring Break, we want to wish everyone a safe and healthy week ahead. We also want to provide a few important updates about our programming plans for April and May. Please read the message below and don’t hesitate to reach out to your scholar’s Principal, Dean, or teacher with any questions or concerns.
Monday Programming Update
As we announced a few weeks ago, in order to avoid disruption to scholars’ learning, we have made the decision to continue with School At-Home as our primary mode of instructional delivery for the remainder of the school year. That said, we recognize that it is now time to start the important transitions necessary to address the academic and socio-emotional gaps from the past year and begin the return to in-person learning.
All of our schools are hard at work developing special programs for teachers and scholars to come together on Mondays to create in-person learning opportunities that will enhance our remote learning program. This programming will run from 8am-noon starting on Monday, April 12th, and include breakfast and lunch. For our exceptional learners with mandated support services (Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy) through their IEP, Monday programming will also be an important opportunity for scholars to receive these support services in-person. Because programming is school-specific, we will be calling all families starting Monday, March 29th to provide additional information and complete sign-up for families who would like to opt-in to participate. Please keep an eye out for a call from your scholar’s teacher or other school staff right after spring break!
State Testing Update
Recently, the state and federal governments required all schools in Ohio to conduct state testing in-person this year. While student participation is not required, we absolutely encourage all students to participate in state testing. In order to meet health and safety standards, we are requiring students to sign-up ahead of time so we plan accordingly. If your student plans on taking the state tests and you have not signed up already, please sign-up by clicking here.
- State Testing will start on April 20th and will take place for selected grades on selected days. All testing information and the testing schedule for all schools can be found here.
- Students must pre-register for testing. If you plan to have your scholar participate in testing, please register by clicking here before Tuesday, March 30th.
- In order to meet health and safety standards, students will be taking tests in small group, socially distanced classrooms.
- Transportation will not be provided on testing days. Families will have to provide transportation to school for drop-off and from school for pick up.
In-School Learning Centers
Thank you to those families who expressed interest in having their scholar join our Learning Centers. Due to high demand, we are in the process of determining exactly how many spots we have per grade per campus. We will have more information after spring break and will be back in touch with families who have submitted interest forms as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!
Thank you to all families for your ongoing partnership as we continue to navigate this unprecedented school year together. As a final reminder, Monday, March 29th is a staff Professional Development Day and there is no school for scholars. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday, March 30th!