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School Closure Extended End of 19-20 School Year

SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED FOR THE REST OF THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Dear Parents,

Today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine extended the current closure of our school buildings for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19. 

We have been preparing for the possibility of this extended closure. Online learning and meal distribution will continue. Online learning information is available at this link and our grab-and-go breakfast and lunch schedule may be found here. Chromebook repair will be available at Emerald Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This service will be properly socially distanced, and will be available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. 

We know these are challenging and unprecedented times in our country, and around the world. One of the components of the Dublin Difference is teaching students how to become great citizens, to give back, and to be kind to others. This morning, the District donated 3,360 N95 masks to Ohio Health. We are working on rounding up any and all supplies remaining in our schools that may have use in the medical community. On weekdays, we are delivering an average of 500 breakfasts and lunches to students in need of them and that service will continue. 

We know there are many questions regarding grading, awards nights, commencement and other topics. We will share additional information on these topics and more as it becomes available. As we have been doing throughout this global crisis, we will be following the guidelines issued by the State of Ohio.

We do have some answers regarding academics for the remainder of the school year. Last week, the Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 197 that addresses many of the questions we’ve all had as we go through the closure of our buildings. Some of the key components include:

    •    Elimination of all state and federal testing for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.?
    •    Permitting local school districts to grant high school diplomas to students on track to graduate and for those students whom the principal determines to have successfully completed the curriculum. (More info to follow from our high school principals.)?
    •    Permitting schools to utilize online learning in place of face-to-face instruction to meet minimum instructional hour requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent extending the school year into June.?
    •    Permitting boards of education to use electronic communication for in-person meetings and hearings during the emergency period.?
 
During this time, our buildings will be shut down per Gov. DeWine’s orders. Our playground facilities are closed to the public per the orders of the Ohio Department of Health. The high school stadiums remain open for public use at this time but you MUST practice proper social distancing to use these facilities. Parents, please remind your students about the importance of practicing proper social distancing. 

Stay positive Dublin! We will get through this as a community. 

Sincerely,

Todd F. Hoadley, Ph.D.
Superintendent