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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: Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 5 PM

A Message from Kids' Club

 

Dear Grandview Heights Schools Kids’ Club Families,

 

We know many of you may be awaiting an update in regards to the Kids’ Club Summer Program due to the most recent release of the Responsible RestartOhio mandates from Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton for summer camps and childcare centers. 

 

 

As much as we would like to be able to provide a summer program, at this point the requirements would not allow us to provide anything close to what we have been able to offer in the past either in terms of experience or numbers.  We will be working hard preparing for the upcoming Kids’ Club Program that will resume when the 2020-2021 school year begins. 

 

As we stated in our previous announcement we must take this time to plan for proper group sizing and staffing to meet social distancing requirements, acquire supplies and materials to provide a safe and sanitary environment for your children, and provide staff training of the new rules and guidelines that will be in place when we enter the 2020-2021 school year.  

 

The safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority as we navigate through this uncertain time. 

 

We would like to thank you again for your understanding and are looking forward to serving our Grandview Heights Schools Kids’ Club families this upcoming school year.

 

Thank you, 

 

Colleen Adkinson, Director, and Amy Gardner, Assistant Director

 

Friday, May 8, 2020, at 12 PM

A Message from Kids' Club

 

Dear Grandview Heights Schools Kids’ Club Families,

We hope this letter finds everyone healthy and safe.  

 

We know many of you rely heavily on the enrichment and care we provide to your children through the Kids’ Club Summer Program.  We love planning the summer program and know that the Kids’ Club Summer Program provides many opportunities for your children to participate in engaging and fun activities with their friends which keeps them connected to learning and their community throughout the summer. 

Based on information available right now, according to Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton most recent mandate, all school buildings and related facilities are “closed” through June 30, 2020.  After much discussion and deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Kids’ Club Summer Program.  Our ability to be able to provide the needed and required social distancing was one of the key challenges that has guided this difficult decision.

We continue to wait on directives from the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Education regarding Health and Safety requirements that must be met in order to start the school re-opening process. 

In the meantime, we will focus on the upcoming school year and work closely with the district administration and local leaders to create a plan that provides a safe environment for all of our Kids’ Club families. We will work with the district to create a plan that is consistent in all aspects of your children’s daily interactions at school.

 

This process cannot be rushed and must be thoughtful. Some of the items that must be addressed include: social distancing practices, materials and supplies availability, cleaning requirements, group size, class size, staffing and staff training, and food safety.  This process will be our main focus in the coming months and we anticipate having a completed plan by August.

We would like to reiterate that the safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority as we navigate through this uncertain time.  Any fees paid toward the Kids’ Club Summer Program can be credited to your account and carried over to the 2020-2021 school year or refunded to you directly. 

Thank you for your patience in regards to this very important decision.  It is greatly appreciated.

Thank you, 

Colleen Adkinson, Director, and Amy Gardner, Assistant Director

 

 

Monday, May 4, 2020, at 9 AM

A Message from Superintendent Andy Culp

 

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

First and foremost, continued thanks to everyone for your support, grace, flexibility, and partnership through this unprecedented time.  The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff community has always been a truly remarkable place and through this time this community continues to amaze me.  

This week, the state put in place a new order that will now keep all district and school facilities closed through at least June 30.   In addition, we’ve received specific guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio High School Athletic Association that this order extends to all school facilities including stadiums, tracks, baseball fields, and playing fields — so all of these facilities will remain closed through at least June 30.

This order obviously affects our summer programming.  Like you, we are in a holding pattern until we receive more direction, which clearly presents challenges with respect to planning.  We will be making a decision regarding Kids’ Club summer programming next week and will communicate accordingly with the impacted families.  

While there have not been any definitive decisions made regarding fall 2020, state officials have made it clear that we will not be fully back to normal until there’s a vaccine.  At the state level, there are task forces working to prepare guidelines for school districts as we begin planning for the fall. As soon as we receive guidelines from the state of Ohio, we will communicate those as well as Grandview Heights School’s plan to be commensurate with said protocols and guidelines.  Suffice it to say, we have already begun a framework plan for our “return” to school in an effort to be proactive for varying possible iterations of what school may look like this fall.  

As I think everyone is already aware, it is our plan to allow all students to keep their device throughout the Summer.  I know that 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th graders are scheduled to receive new devices this fall.  More information regarding this plan is forthcoming.  

Rob Brown, Grandview Heights High School Principal, has been working collaboratively with a committee of teachers, parents, and students to plan our High School Commencement Ceremony.  There will be more information regarding the specifics of this plan next week.  We are also in the process of finalizing those plans in collaboration with the Franklin County Board of Health and Grandview Heights Police Department.  

I know I speak for the entire Class of 2020, all of our staff, the Board of Education, and our graduates’ families when I say that my heart breaks for our seniors.  This has been an especially difficult and trying time in so many ways for each of our graduates and their families.  Please know that celebrating our seniors and providing them with as memorable an experience as possible is our top priority and privilege.  


Sincerely,

Andy Culp, Superintendent

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 3:30 PM 

A Message from Kids' Club Regarding the 2020 Summer Program

 

Dear Grandview Heights Schools Kids’ Club Families, 

We know many of you are attempting to prepare for summer and wondering if we will be moving forward with the 2020 Kids’ Club Summer Program.  Based on information available right now, according to Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, social distancing practices will remain the norm for the foreseeable future.  We are waiting on a decision from the Governor in regards to summer programming and, therefore, have little to no control in the final decision.    Ultimately Governor DeWine, state and local leaders and Superintendent Andy Culp will impose the final decision.

The safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority as we navigate through this uncertain time.   We are recommending that as parents/guardians, you move forward with finding alternate care, as we cannot guarantee we will be able to continue with our summer program. 

Thank you for your patience in regards to this very important decision. 

Thank you, 

Colleen Adkinson, Director, and Amy Gardner, Assistant Director

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 10:15 AM

A Message from Kids' Club Regarding New Family Enrollment

Many of you have questions about the new family enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, which would include the new kindergarten students.  At this time we have made the decision to postpone the registration that was scheduled for Monday the April 27, 2020, until further notice. We do not underestimate the importance of before/after school care and will follow up as quickly as possible on this site as well as the main school COVID-19 site. 

We appreciate your patience in this matter while we gather important information for our program to ensure the safety of our community.

Colleen Adkinson, Director  

 

Monday, April 20, 2020, at 8:30 PM

 

Dear Students, Staff, and Families, 

 

Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced that all Ohio school buildings will continue virtual learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

We are deeply saddened by this news, but we understand that we must continue to do our part to keep our loved ones and neighbors healthy.  We will continue to monitor the recommendations of Governor DeWine and his team and will continue to share updates as available.

 

Based on the current information, our plan is as follows: 

 

Remote learning will extend through the remainder of the school year. The last day of school will remain Thursday, May 21, 2020. Our teachers will continue to provide learning activities for their students, and I hope that you will encourage your child to remain engaged in these opportunities. Please continue to check our COVID-19 Updates & Information webpage and work collaboratively with your assigned teacher(s) and principal(s) for additional learning updates.

 

This is a difficult and stressful time for adults as well as children. Our counselors are available and want to support your child’s wellness. Please take a moment to review THE RESOURCES compiled by our counselors and please reach out to your school counselor should your student need additional support.

 

The district's student lunch program will continue through the end of the school year. Lunch and breakfast will continue to be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at Edison Intermediate & Larson Middle School.  Please read more about the program and place your student’s order here Food Service COVID-19 Meal Distribution.  Meals are available to all students, even if not pre-ordered.

 

We are continuing to evaluate our traditional school activities, including the Commencement Ceremony plans.  We are evaluating several options.  Mr. Brown and his team will continue to provide regular updates. 

 

Thank you for your continued collaboration, grace, and flexibility during this time. It is upsetting to know that we won’t see our students and staff  in the classroom again until next school year. But amidst all of the uncertainty, there is one thing I do know for sure - We are in this together and we will get through this together.  As I have said many times before, the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff community is an incredible community, and especially so during these challenging times. 

 

 

Stay safe and be well.

 

Andy Culp
Superintendent

 

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 7 PM

 

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

 

Good evening!  Today we bring you the second installment of Wednesday Wellness. Today’s topic is Resiliency.  Please take a moment to view the video created by Amber Nickels, our District Mental Health Specialist.

 

 

 

In this communication, we are also sharing information regarding our grading practices during remote learning.  I invite you to view this short introductory video to learn more.

 

 

 

The following attachments address our grading practices and can be found on the Resource page of the COVID-19 tab on the district website.

 

Standards-based Grading Practices and Report Card Information.pdf 

Standards Based Grade Literature.pdf 

Standards Based Grading Practices.pptx 

EL Special Report April 15 2020 FINAL2.pdf 

The Atlantic: Why do we have grades?

 

We hope that you find this information helpful. And, as always, we thank you all for your continued efforts, enthusiasm, and support as we navigate this unprecedented time together. 

 

Take care,

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

 

Monday, April 13, 2020, at 9:15 AM

Virtual Spirit Week Starts Today!


Our students, staff, families and whole community are invited to join in! Based on the daily theme, post photos of yourself, your coworkers, and/or family and tag us with the hashtag #GHSDreamBig. If you want us to see and share your photos, ensure your post is set to public.  We can’t wait to see everyone’s spirit during this challenging time! #AllInThisTogetherOhio

Virtual Spirit Week

Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 12:10 PM

A Message from the Kids' Club Program - Summer Program Enrollment Reaches Capacity

We regret to announce that at this time we cannot accept any further registrations for the summer program, having reached our total capacity.  With new updates from the CDC, Governor Mike DeWine, and leading state officials, we cannot predict what the coming weeks/months will bring.  We do know it is imperative that we operate within these guidelines for the safety of all. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our community safe and healthy.  

Colleen Adkinson, Director 

 

Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 9:15 AM

ODE has released a Remote Learning Resource Guide. This Remote Learning Resource Guide is designed to be a one-stop shop to help schools, educators, students, parents, and caregivers consider how to approach and apply a comprehensive remote learning plan that enables each child to carry on learning during this time of social distancing.  This resource guide addresses the following:

• Ohio’s core principles for remote learning;
• Defining and deploying remote learning;
• Developing and updating remote learning plans;
• Existing resources to maximize remote learning;
• Identifying internet providers and getting connected;
• Using instructional resources to enhance remote learning.
 

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 3:30 PM

 

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. Each week we will be sending out tips and strategies to  our students, staff, and families to help support wellness. We are truly in this together!


Wellness Tips for the Week: Reminders!

Finding balance and creating routines are important factors when adjusting to working and learning in a home environment.  View this week's Wellness Wednesday video by clicking the Wednesday Wellness Video Messages tab to the right. 

 

Ongoing Support from Our Student Services Team

Our district Student Services team is committed to supporting the needs of our students.  Our team continues to collaborate and explore the best ways to continue individual and group meetings using a virtual format. Throughout this time we are checking email messages and are trying to respond to students and families within 24 hours. Additionally, the Student Services team has met virtually and, like many departments, are working to provide and deliver the most important and relevant information to students and their families. We continue to update our website COVID-19 Updates & Resources page with information and resources at https://www.ghschools.org/apps/pages/covid19

 

Contact Information

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 ttrimble@syntero.org 

 

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 parents or guardian directly. This is especially important when school is not in session.  

 

NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 24 HOUR CRISIS LINE 

FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE 17

Call (614) 722-1800 or text 741741 and receive a prompt to continue.

 

Mental Health and substance abuse services for Franklin County, Ohio.  Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

614-722-1800

 

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

24-HOUR CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE

614-229-7000

 

24-HOUR MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE CRISIS INTERVENTION IN FRANKLIN COUNTY 614-276-CARE (2273) 

 

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

 

 

Friday, April 3, 2020, at 4:30 PM

 

Greetings,

We earnestly thank you for your patience and support as the district transitioned into our first week of distance learning.  As you can imagine, there has been much to celebrate and much to learn. We appreciate the ongoing feedback and help that we have received from each and every member of our learning community. Our goal is to continue to enhance and improve our online learning opportunities and student, staff, and family feedback is important.  

 

Each week our digital learning plans will be refined and updated for our students and families. Our principals and teachers will provide messages, videos, and conferencing opportunities to help communicate daily and weekly. We are truly all in this together!  Please click on the link below for a brief distance learning update.  The video is located on the right side of the screen and titled: A Video Message from Dr. Jamie Lusher 4.3.20 

https://www.ghschools.org/apps/pages/covid19

 

Here are the updates for online learning beginning Monday, April 6th:

Stevenson Elementary

Stevenson Elementary students will receive an Optional Daily Schedule.  The daily schedule will include the morning message and three required academic times for reading, writing, and math and it will all be assigned in SeeSaw. Again your child should not be spending more than 1.5 to  2 hours on academic work each day.  Other parts of the schedule will include creation, active movement, and special area assignments that will also be available in  Seesaw, but are optional depending on each family's circumstances. Mrs. Doran will share a quick daily video to support students' social and emotional wellness.  Finally, we included some digital free and family time ideas if you need them. This is an attempt to streamline information and make it easier for students and families.  Mrs. Ullum will be sending a step by step screencast video Sunday evening for parents and Mrs. Fields will post a video for students to reinforce their SeeSaw skills.  

Edison Intermediate & Larson Middle School

In the next couple of weeks many EILMS teachers will begin hosting ‘virtual classrooms.’  These virtual classrooms may include class times that involve teachers and students all meeting together in an online format or it may be as simple as the classroom teacher posting a video of themselves delivering lesson content.  Some of our teachers, as you know, have already started using these tools and will continue to do so. Please remind your student to continue to check their class webpages, school email, and/or Schoology page. Checking those regularly will be crucial in keeping up with class assignments, as well as being informed on any communications from their teachers.  Students should not have any more than 2 - 2.5 hours worth of school work each day.  Some staff members will be holding office hours where students may ask questions and receive help with those questions and/or assignments.  Staff members may also reach out to individual students for conferences. Mr. Stewart will be sending a communication to all families, entitled “Friday Findings”, each Friday (beginning 4/3/20).

Grandview Heights High School 

Next week, many high school teachers will be hosting virtual class sessions and virtual office hours.  Teachers will have virtual office hours for students each weekday between 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.  Not every course will have a virtual meeting time.  Teachers will reach out to students to communicate hours and expectations.  We understand that not every student will be available at the scheduled times of the virtual courses and there will be alternative assignments for those students.  

Students should not have more than 3 total hours of school work per day.  However, If a student has multiple AP courses, their school work will likely exceed 3 hours per day.  In general, teachers are doing their best to keep instruction/work to 2 total hours per week/ per class.   Please remind students to check their school email and Schoology every day. In addition to coursework and communication from teachers, there is valuable information and announcements that are updated every day.

 

Distance Learning Progression: April 6th to May 4th, 2020 

 

Kindergarten

 

Grades 1-3

 

Grades 4-8


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 3 hours of planned learning experiences per day (students with multiple AP courses may exceed 3 total hrs).

Related Arts 20-30 minutes per day. 

Related Arts 20-30 minutes per day.

Related Arts 30-45 minutes per day.

 

Digital Learning Plan K-12 

 

Again, 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.

 

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 

 

Thank you again for all of your continued support!

 

Take good care,

 

Dr. Jamie Lusher, Chief Academic Officer

 

 

 

Monday, March 30, 2020, at 4 PM

 

 

A Message from Food Services: Meal Service Program Update

 

Our meal service program will change starting on Monday, March 30th. Going forward, we will distribute meals on Mondays and Wednesdays only from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. These changes are being made to minimize how many times a week a family has to pick up meals, and it also minimizes the potential for contact. These changes will remain in effect until further notice.

Students will receive the following meals on the following days:

· Monday – 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts

· Wednesday – 3 lunches and 3 breakfasts

 

To assist in the speed of pick up and to ensure enough product is on hand, please contact Food Services Director Kyle Mahan the day before pick up.  For example, contact Mr. Mahan by Friday for a Monday pick up and by Tuesday for a Wednesday pick up.  You can contact Mr. Mahan by phone at 614-485-4025 or by email at kyle.mahan@ghschools.org

 

All meals are pre-packaged and students/parents/guardians should pick them up in the middle school cafeteria. A student must be present to receive a meal. Student names will need to be provided, but student identification isn't necessary.

 

Meals cannot be consumed on-site to minimize exposure. No-contact delivery will be made available for families who are ill or are unable to pick up meals. Those families should call 614-485-4025.  Also, if a student requires dietary accommodations, use the same number to report them 24-hours before pick-up.  If you have questions, please contact Kyle Mahan at kyle.mahan@ghschools.org

 

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

 

class link icons

 

 

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 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