We are facing an unprecedented challenge in public education. COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus, is now a world health pandemic and is a public health crisis in Ohio.
Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, shared, "Our focus right now is to support the care of the individual and protect the health of our residents."
In Dublin City Schools, we are preparing to deliver online learning activities to our students in grades preK-12. We know we can never replace the work our teachers do with students in our classrooms. Dublin City Schools’ online learning option is designed to "keep the learning going" during a public health emergency.
Our teachers are currently working on preparing their online lessons.
Wednesday, March 18 thru Friday, March 20 our teachers will begin to trial our online/email communication with students.
Spring break will still be March 23-27.
On March 30, online instruction will continue through the duration of closure.
Parent Communication: We are asking teachers to continue with their typical way of communicating with parents. Parents will receive communication regarding how to access assignments and the best mode for communicating with teachers. Please expect to hear from teachers via email or phone call throughout the course of this closure.
Student Work: Teachers will be providing opportunities for your child to continue their learning. Each teacher will find their cadence for communication with you and your child. We appreciate your flexibility as your child and your child’s teacher work to find their routine for learning.
The high school and middle school learning platform is Schoology and the elementary learning platform is Google Classroom. preK-5 students will have a Google email address with which to access learning. On Tuesday, March 17, a step-by-step instruction sheet will be emailed to elementary parents indicated as ‘primary parent’.
Teachers will be also working to maintain a relationship with your child and help bring a semblance of ‘normalcy’ during this unique time. Communication and lesson delivery may be in written or in video form. We appreciate your grace and patience as we shift from an in person instructional delivery model to an online and remote learning model.
If your family does not have a device for your student to use for learning, please contact your building principal or teacher.
Grading: Staff will be working to determine the best way to give feedback and grades. We understand there may be obstacles to learning for some families, therefore assignment due dates will be flexible and communicated along the way. Grading will be initially formative in nature with meaningful feedback given on assignments and work. Students will be aware of assignments that will contribute to their overall grade, and submission dates will be flexible. Please continue to monitor the information that is shared from your child’s teacher.
College Credit Plus: Students participating in college credit plus at a college or online will receive further information from their respective colleges. Students taking Columbus State classes at Emerald Campus will receive follow-up correspondence.
Student Services: Our Student Services Department continues to be committed to meeting the individualized needs of our students with disabilities, gifted learners, English language learners, and other students in intervention programs. Intervention staff and related services staff will work with you and your child to provide specially designed instruction. This instruction will look different and be more aligned to the remote learning of all of our students.
Questions: Our building administrators will continue to be available during our state imposed closure. Please contact individual buildings using the main line phone number should you have any questions- although email may be the best mode of contacting your principal or teacher in the event of further state action. We know there are many questions regarding testing, proms, awards nights, and graduation. We don't have all the answers to these questions at this time but we will keep you posted as we receive further guidance from Gov. DeWine.
We are humbled and proud to work alongside this amazing team in Dublin with the support of our wonderful community. Thank you again for your patience as we move from a traditional lesson delivery to online.
Todd F. Hoadley, PhD
Tracey R. Deagle, PhD
Executive Director of Student Services
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning