Article: 3-27-2020 Update

3-27-2020 Update

Posted Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear District Parents and Guardians,


Thank you again for the work that you are doing as parents and guardians in supporting the learning of your child.


Throughout the past couple of weeks, we have listened and gathered feedback from parents and district staff about their experiences with remote learning. Based on that feedback, we have structured a new remote learning schedule that we think will be a better option for all involved. This new schedule will go into effect on Monday, April 6. Friday, April 10 will still be a Staff PD day and not a student day. 


We are working under the assumption that we will not be returning to our buildings on April 6, even though that has not yet been determined or announced by Governor DeWine. Even with the legislation that was passed yesterday (see below), schools have not been provided with any information if/when we will physically return to our school buildings. 


The goal of the new remote learning schedule was to create a system for students, parents, teachers and administrators to easily see how assignments and lessons flow and how due dates are set to maximize consistency and time management for our families and students.  


Click the link below for the new remote learning schedule.

http://www.sugarcreek.k12.oh.us/Downloads/Parent%20Copy%20Remote%20Learning%20Schedule%20032620.pdf


The State Assembly passed legislation as it reacts to COVID-19. Governor DeWine is expected to sign it shortly.


Here are some of the items in that legislation that impact K-12 schools: 

• permits schools to make up through distance learning any number of days or hours necessary to meet minimum instructional hour requirements;

• eliminates state and federal testing for the 2019-2020 school year;

• prohibits the issuance of report cards for the 2019-2020 school year and provides a one-year safe harbor from sanctions related to the report card;

• waives the third-grade reading guarantee retention requirement;

• permits schools to grant high school diplomas to students on track to graduate and for whom the principal determines that the student has successfully completed the curriculum;

• sets April 28 as the final day of voting for the March 17 primary election and prohibits in-person voting for that election; and

• permits boards of education to use electronic communication for in-person meetings and hearings during the emergency period but not later than Dec. 1, 2020;


Click here for the full synopsis of the bill.


As always, I will do my best to keep you informed about any announcements or updates that affect our schools and your family. Thank you for your support of our schools and stay well. 



Sincerely, 

Doug Cozad


District COVID-19 information http://www.sugarcreek.k12.oh.us/COVID-19.aspx

General questions [email protected]

Staff directory http://www.sugarcreek.k12.oh.us/StaffDirectory.aspx


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