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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

A Friendly Reminder -

We all have a critical role to play in helping to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Grandview Heights Schools encourages everyone to stay at home and be safe. When you and your family are out on public sidewalks, trails, and walking paths, please maintain proper social distancing between you and other residents to limit potential exposure to the virus.

Also, please remember that in accordance with Governor DeWine's “Stay at Home” mandate, all of our facilities are closed to the public. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and cooperation as we all work together to flatten the curve.  #InThisTogetherOhio #StayHomeOhio

UPDATED: Monday, March 30, 2020, at 3:15 PM

 

Dear Families, Students, and Staff,

 

I want to provide everyone with an important update based on Governor Mike DeWine's press conference today.  As a result of the Governor's new mandate, Grandview Heights Schools virtual learning will be extended through May 1, 2020.  I wanted to thank all of our teachers, administrators, families and most importantly our amazing students as we navigate these unprecedented waters together.  

 

Again, Grandview Heights Schools virtual learning will be extended through May 1, 2020.  Know that we are prepared for this extension and will continue to maximize and personalize every student's learning to the very best of our ability.  I thank you for your grace and flexibility.  We will continue to monitor any additional updates and communicate those accordingly.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Andy Culp, Superintendent

 

Monday, March 30, 2020, at 2:45 PM

 

A Message from Kids' Club

The registration date for open enrollment (new families) has been postponed. A registration link may be available at a later date.

2020-2021 School Year Kids’ Club Registration

Returning Kids' Club Families:  A link will be posted 4/20/2020 for all returning families currently enrolled in the 2019/2020 program. Please follow the link to confirm enrollment for the 2020/2021 school year. Currently enrolled families should also enter new kindergarten children now. 

New Family Enrollment: A link will be posted 4/27/2020 for all new families at 9:00 a.m. Once you have registered, please wait for a confirmation email from our program.  Please refrain from calling or emailing this will prolong the process. New families are any family that do not have children currently enrolled in the 2019/2020 program. 

*All families must be prepared with a second after school option in the event that you do not get into the Kids’ Club program.

 

Colleen Adkinson, Kids' Club Director  

 

 

Monday, March 30, 2020, at 1 PM

 

Good Afternoon,

We thank each and every one of you for your patience and flexibility as we transition to distance learning within the district! We are observing so much Productivity, Purpose & Possibility! We wanted to make sure that all parents and students are aware that Classlink has icons for all students to access the Digital Learning Plans K-12.  Digital Learning Plan Icons in Classlink .

Take good care and it is really great to be back!

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

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Monday, March 30, 2020, at 9 AM

 

Greetings,

We are excited to begin our distance learning today! Please access the K-12 Digital Learning Plans by going the clicking on the following link https://www.ghschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1693244&type=d&pREC_ID=1874337

Additionally, the district website will continue to be updated with additional information and resources.  Make today great!

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

Friday, March 27, 2020, at 4:30 PM

 

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,                                                                    

We are excited to get back to learning!  Our Digital Learning Plan is now active and available for our students in grades K-12 to access.  We are leveraging technology and resources to support student learning and our staff continues to work collaboratively to provide instruction and student learning opportunities during this disruption to school. We are fortunate to have a learning platform and tools to help our students to achieve the essential/core learning outcomes for their grade level and/or course(s).  Please click the video links below to hear about our Distance Learning Plan and to view a Welcome Back message from Superintendent Andy Culp.

https://www.ghschools.org/apps/news/article/1198821  

 

Please know that contact hours and seat time for students are not intended to and should not be equivalent to the regular school day. Our teachers have attempted to extract the most essential content and learning outcomes that students need from their grade level and/or course(s). We have created performance tasks, exposures and learning activities that provide students with opportunities to access content, practice, and apply. Further, we are attempting to balance the amount of screen time for our students’ overall wellness.  Simply stated, we want to provide a variety of learning opportunities that are not always contingent on technology. 

 

Distance Learning in Grandview Heights Schools 

 

 

Planned Learning Experiences

 

The amount of time the teacher has planned for students for the day (elementary) or the class / subject (secondary)

 

Student Engagement

 

This is the general amount of time the learner is on task for the day (elementary) or per class (secondary). May include watching a mini-lesson/video and completing a performance based task; listening to a read-aloud and completing a written response.

 

Distance Learning Progression: March 30th-April 3rd, 2020

 

 

Kindergarten

 

Grades 1-2

 

Grades 3-5

 

Grades 6-8

 

Grades 9-12

All content areas not to exceed total 1 to 1.5 hours of planned learning experiences per day.

All content areas not to exceed a total 2 hours of planned learning experiences per day.

All content areas not to exceed a total 2.5 hours planned learning

experiences per day.

All content areas not to exceed a total 2.5 hours of planned learning experiences per day. 

All content areas not to exceed a total 3 hours of planned learning experiences per day. 

Related Arts 20-30 minutes per day. 

Related Arts 20-30 minutes per day.

Related Arts 30-45 minutes per day.

Related Arts 30-45 minutes per day.

 

 

Digital Learning Plan K-12 

 

Guides to Distance Learning

Guide

 

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Resources for Extension & Enrichment

  • Enrichment Activities & Learning Extensions for Students and Families: We have and are continuing to collect ideas to share with families for enrichment activities. To access the approved learning activities CLICK HERE.  To submit learning activities and share your expertise use this Google Form https://forms.gle/bZL1aXxmgn3h5Q2s6 

 

Timeline

  • March 30th: First Day of Student Instruction
 
 
  • March 31st - April 3rd: Student Learning & Online Engagement

Students will continue their digital learning and activities at home.  Teachers can update content and communicate with their classes through Schoology and additional electronic resources.

 

  • April 6th: Classes Resume K-12

This timeline is current as of 3/27/20. As we receive updates and information, we will adjust timelines and planning.  

 

Technology Reminders

As we start logging on from home it is always a good thing to remember students can access nearly all the tools they need for digital learning via our http://classlink.ghschools.org/ website.  Students will use their ghschools.org Google account to access Classlink and Schoology. From there they can follow the links for all their assigned work and more.

 

Taking Care of Your 1:1 Device

  1. Always transport technology devices with two hands
  2. Please DO NOT lift your device by the screen
  3. Only move your device when the screen is closed
  4. Keep your device off the floor so people don’t step on it
  5. Keep your device away from food and drinks
  6. Unplug and plug the charge cord and other items gently
  7. Keep pencils, pens, and other materials off your keyboard
  8. Only clean the screen with a soft, dry microfiber cloth

 

Getting Your Device Repaired

It is frustrating when your device isn’t working correctly, but don’t worry because we are here to help!  To start the repair process, please email your teacher with the information to the following questions so they can create a technology help desk ticket.

  • What is wrong with the device?  Please be as specific as possible.
  • When did this issue occur? Describe if you know how it occurred.
  • What have you tried to do to resolve the issue?
  • What is the asset tag number (from the sticker on the bottom of the device)?

 

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to learning with you! Please look for additional information from your principals and teachers. 

Take care,

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.

 

Good Afternoon,

 

We continue to thank our students, staff, and community for their support as we pull together during these dynamic times.  Next week, March 23-27, is Grandview Heights Schools official spring break. For many of us, this spring break will not be what we had hoped for or envisioned. However, it is our hope that you will embrace the opportunity to rest, rejuvenate, and find joy! We are looking forward to reconnecting and learning together on Monday, March 30th. 

 

Please continue to check our website https://www.ghschools.org/apps/pages/covid19 for updates and resources. 

 

Please take good care of yourselves and each other!

 


Best,

 

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2020, at 2:20 PM

Kids' Club Update

The Summer 2020 open enrollment date has been re-scheduled for Monday, March 30.  A link will be posted to our Summer 2020 Kids' Club page.  
 
The 2020-2021 school year priority registration will take place as planned on Wednesday, April 1, and the open enrollment & kindergarten enrollment on April 20.  A link specific to the school year will be posted on the 2020-2021 Kids' Club webpage on the district website.  Please continue to visit the Kids' Club webpage for program updates here GHS Kids' Club COVA-19 updates     

 

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 2:15 PM

 

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

 

Our community continues to navigate unprecedented changes during these dynamic times. As we work together to adjust and adapt, it is important to focus on our personal and community wellness. Resiliency is paramount and collaboration is critical. Please view the short video message, located to your right, that also serves as an example of virtual collaboration and information. As well, I am sharing an article that might be of support as we reframe our thinking about our “new normal.” 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/anxiety-coronavirus-mental-wellness-tips/2020/03/16/f187faf2-67b8-11ea-9923-57073adce27c_story.html

Connecting with Worried Kids

The following article from Counselor Keri, a school counselor who provides online resources to help spark student growth, highlights 15 ways we can help young people who are worried about coronavirus. While the article is geared towards younger school-aged children, it can also be quite helpful for high school students. Quite frankly, it can serve as a framework for adults to process as well. 

https://tinyurl.com/srf8s4g

Hotlines and Support Services

If you have a concern about the safety of a young person, please seek immediate help using the hotline numbers below, contacting local authorities, or by alerting their parent or guardian directly. This is especially important when school is not in session.  

 

NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 24 HOUR CRISIS LINE 

FOR CHILDREN AGE 17 AND UNDER

614-722-1800

 

 

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

24HR. CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE

614-229-7000

 

24 HOUR MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE CRISIS INTERVENTION IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 614-276-CARE (2273) if you need help.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact any of our Student Services counseling team members with any questions or concerns.

 

Bryan Stork - High School Counselor bryan.stork@ghschools.org

Abby Mally - Middle School Counselor abby.mally@ghschools.org

Stephanie Doran - Elementary Counselor stephanie.doran@ghschools.org

Amber Nickels - District Mental Health Specialist amber.nickels@ghschools.org

Tory Trimble - Syntero School Based Clinician tory,trimble@ghschools.org

 

Thank you again for all that you are doing to take care of yourselves and each other.

 

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:20 PM

 

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

We thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this dynamic time in our schools and community. Information and updates are changing rapidly. We will continue to provide you with relevant and timely information specific to the Grandview Heights Schools. 

 

Current Timeline

March 16-20

March 23-27

March 30

Marc 31-

April 3

Classes Resume K-1

PD and Collaboration



No Student Work Assigned

Spring Break



Enjoy Your Break!

First Day of Student Instruction



Online Student Learning & Engagement



Currently scheduled for April 6 per an by Governor Dewine


March 16th - 20th: Professional Collaboration - No Student Work Assigned

Staff members are working collaboratively to curate and develop content to be accessed by students.

 

Enrichment Activities & Learning Extensions for Students and Families: We have and are continuing to collect ideas to share with families for enrichment activities they can use with their children prior to and beyond our March 30th launch of our online learning.  To access the approved learning activities CLICK HERE.  To submit learning activities and share your expertise use this Google Form https://forms.gle/bZL1aXxmgn3h5Q2s6 

 

March 23rd - 27th: SPRING BREAK 

Enjoy your break! NO new content/work for students or staff. 

 

March 30th: First Day of Student Instruction

The district will send out communications to students and families with directions on how to access activities and course work for each grade and teacher. Students will have access to their online content and begin working on their assignments. 

 

March 31st - April 3rd: Student Learning & Online Engagement

Students will continue their digital learning and activities at home.  Teachers can update content and communicate with their classes through Schoology and additional electronic resources. 

 

April 6th: Classes Resume K-12

This timeline is current as of 3/18/20. As we receive updates and information, we will adjust timelines and planning. 

 

NEW Schoology PD Course for Staff - GHS Online Instruction Community & PD - Spring 2020

STAFF MEMBERS PLEASE ENROLL YOURSELF IN THE COURSE as soon as possible.  We have created a new Schoology course for teachers to increase their skills with Schoology, Google, WeView, Hangouts, Schoology Conferences, and SO MUCH MORE!   Go to http://classlink.ghschools.org/ to login to Schoology, from there click Courses, My Courses, Join a Course and enter code DFM2-RDTT-S4ZK3.  

 

Google Chrome

Your experience and ease of use is important to us.  As a reminder, all staff should be using Google Chrome for their default browser.  Many of the tools we use and push out to staff are only configured for Google Chrome.  The Schoology PD course above has directions on how to set Chrome to be your default and how to sign in to ensure you are getting the tools we use installed on your machine.

 

Student Login Information

To ensure students have an easy time signing into the digital tools they need we will be emailing all parents their child’s login information for Classlink and Google.  This email will be sent out before Spring Break.

 

Testing

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has suspended the Alternate Assessment (AASCD) and Ohio English Learning Proficiency Assessment (OELPA). The ODE has delayed the End of Course Assessments (EOCs). Additionally, the district will suspend any non-essential MAP Testing for spring. 

 

Food Services

Grandview Heights Schools is offering Grab-n-Go breakfasts from 8 to 8:15 a.m. and Grab-n-Go lunches from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Edison Intermediate & Larson Middle School cafeteria on the following days: March 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, 31, and April 1, 2, and 3.

 

Lastly, our team is working to curate and communicate wellness resources. We hope to have those resources available to our community tomorrow.  Thank you again for all that you are doing to take care of yourselves and each other.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

 

Monday, March 16, 2020, 2:40 PM

 

Good Afternoon,

 

On behalf of the Grandview Heights Schools, we would like to thank our families for their continued support and patience as we navigate these dynamic times as a community.  Effective March 16, 2020, all Grandview Heights Schools Buildings and Facilities have been closed to non-essential activities. This closure includes Anderson Field and accompanying facilities.  We appreciate your understanding as we comply with every necessary precaution and health protocol being issued.

 

Take good care,

 

Grandview Heights Schools Leadership/Administrative Team

 

  

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:20 PM

Good Afternoon,

 

We thank our families for their continued patience and support as we take every precaution necessary for the health of our community.  

 

Our schools are closed to students and staff tomorrow, Monday, March 16th. However, we realize that instruments, books and other materials may be needed to access online instruction beginning Monday, March 30th. All buildings will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16th. We ask that only one student and/or one parent access the building to retrieve any items that are necessary for your child's educational needs. We appreciate your help in maintaining social distancing and limiting unnecessary traffic in our facilities at this time. 

 

Lastly, Grab-n-Go Breakfasts and Lunches will begin tomorrow (Monday, March 16th) in the Edison Commons. Breakfast is served 8:00-8:15 a.m. and Lunch is served 11:00-11:30 a.m.

 

Please continue to visit the following webpage for COVID-19 Updates: https://www.ghschools.org/apps/pages/covid19 

 

 

Take care of yourselves and each other,

 

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

 

 

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 4:15 PM

 

Dears Staff, Students and Families,

 

This continues to be a very dynamic time.  In an effort to increase social distancing and out of an abundance of caution, Grandview Heights Schools will be closed on Monday, March 16, 2020. Again, Grandview Heights Schools will be closed on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Thank you for your understanding as we work together in supporting one another through this challenging time.  Take care of yourselves and one another.

 

All My Best,

 

Andy Culp, Superintendent

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:00 PM

Please Note: All information below is subject to change.

 

Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

We thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this dynamic time in our schools and community. Grandview Heights Schools has adjusted our schedule to mirror the requirements that have been posted by Governor Mike DeWine. 

 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, he has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th-grade schools close for a period of several weeks. Beginning at the conclusion of the school day on Monday, March 16, all K-12 schools will close to students through Friday, April 3. This order includes all public, community, and private K-12 schools in the state, but does not apply to Ohio’s childcare system such as daycare centers and home-based childcare providers.”  - Columbus Dispatch

 

As a result, Grandview Heights Schools will close Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, April 3, 2020. We will resume classes on Monday, April 6, 2020.  This is an updated return date as a result of the Governor’s announcement and order. 

 

Moving Forward

The Grandview Heights Schools staff is committed to providing learning opportunities for students as we take the necessary precautions to keep our community safe and healthy. This page will be updated with information regarding the Grandview Heights Schools’ online learning content, schedules, resources, and other information specific to our district. 

 

Our staff has planned for instruction and student learning to occur over the course of the next few weeks. It has been important to leverage our technology and resources to ensure students have access to content.  We are fortunate to have a learning platform and tools to help maintain momentum and stamina. During these dynamic times, we are required to be reflective and agile in our thinking about how we can support students to achieve the essential/core learning outcomes for their grade level and/or course.

 

Schedule

Effective March 17, 2020: All school events & practices are cancelled. 

 

March 17 - March 20, 2020: Students may access current online resources through Classlink and Schoology


Spring Break: March 23-27, 2020.  Enjoy your break! 


March 30 - April 3, 2020: Formal Instruction, Student Learning, & Online Engagement

The district will be sending out a communication to students and families with directions on how to access activities and course work for each grade and teacher. Check back here for a link to the information.


April 6, 2020: Classes Resume K-12

We will keep you updated as this is clearly subject to possibly change.

 

March 12 - April 12,2020: Cancellation of Non-Essential Events

As previously shared,  Grandview Heights Schools will be canceling all non-essential school events and activities effective Thursday, March 12, 2020, through Sunday, April 12, 2020.  This will include the cancellation of our beloved Cake Walk scheduled for April 3. At this time, these events and activities are cancelled through April 12, 2020:

  • All art shows, performances, concerts, club activities, open houses, Booster or PTO dances, festivals, fundraisers, and other like activities.

  • School field trips are cancelled (with the possibility of rescheduling after April 12). 

  • Any events (public, community, or non-community sponsored) occurring in our facilities through our facility rental process.  

  • OHSAA has postponed all winter sports tournaments including the Basketball Tournament.

 

Breakfast & Lunch

Grandview Heights Schools will offer Grab-n-Go breakfasts from 8:00-8:15 a.m. and Grab-n-Go lunches from 11:00-11:30 a.m. in the Edison Intermediate & Larson Middle School Cafeteria on the following days: March 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, 31. April 1, 2, 3.  We are working with our local community resources to provide meals during spring break and will update the webpage as soon as we have finalized it. 

 

Grandview Heights Young Life is coordinating an effort to provide free sack lunches to any K-12 Grandview Heights Schools student during Spring Break (March 23-27). If you are interested in participating, please complete the form provided so that we can plan accordingly.  If you are interested in volunteering with the effort in any way from donating to assembling or distributing, then please sign up using the volunteer forms below.

  • Click Here If You Have A Student(s) In Need Of Grab and Go Lunches During Spring Break
  • Click Here to Volunteer To Help

 

Medications

Please do not forget to pick up any medications that your child may have at school in any of the clinics. Please contact your school office immediately to make arrangements for pick up. Medications cannot be sent home with students. 

 

Devices/Access to Technology

All students K-12 will be bringing home devices to access online learning. Students should access Classlink and Schoology to reach all district adopted resources.

 
All information above is subject to change.

Information about COVID-19
 
 
 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
All information below is subject to change.
 

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

 

The health of our students, families, and staff is of utmost concern. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently conducted a press conference and warned that parents and staff need to be prepared should we need to close schools for a period of time.  We’re not there now and we may not get there but being prepared for this possibility is important.

 

The district is taking steps to minimize exposure and prepare for the potential school or district closure by following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Columbus Public Health, and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

 

How is the district preventing the spread of disease in school buildings/vans?

All buildings are cleaned and disinfected regularly with hospital-grade disinfectants as a standard practice in the district. Out of an abundance of caution, buildings will be cleaned and disinfected more often, and frequently-touched surfaces such as door handles, desks, water fountains, technology, etc. will be cleaned daily. Custodians will replace soap and hand sanitizers often. All vans will be disinfected daily, and the Food Service Department will continue to follow food safety practices and use approved disinfectants.

 

What can staff and students do to stay healthy?

Please follow all health guidelines provided by the CDC such as hand washing, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, and staying home when you are sick.

 

Are we considering closing school?

Educating our students is our top priority, and that needs to be done in a safe environment. We are working closely with local health officials to determine the best course of action as COVID-19 spreads across the country. If it is determined that school needs to be closed, we will give parents detailed information. At this time, we encourage parents to begin identifying childcare accommodations in the event school is closed.

 

If schools are closed, what is our remote education plan?

Should a long-term closure be recommended by the Health Department we will work with teachers and school principals to determine the best ways to help educate students during or after a closure.  We have already begun working on creating virtual learning opportunities for our students.  

 

Are there any district/school event cancellations at this time?

This weekend’s Science Olympiad Region 6 Central Regional Competition has been cancelled.  Additionally, starting tomorrow OHSAA has indicated that only parents and essential personnel will be allowed to attend future indoor athletic events. This is a rapidly changing situation. Right now, we ask all families to proceed with an abundance of caution.

 

The new public health recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 is for people at high risk to stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible. For people who are not high risk, please take normal infectious disease precautions. In the event of a school closure, all after-school and extracurricular activities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 

This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow advice provided by public health experts. While this message outlines steps being taken by the district, we would like to remind parents that they have full discretion to make decisions regarding their children. We will continue to provide information as this situation develops.

 

Sincerely,

 

Andy Culp, Superintendent