Mr. Tom Burton



  • Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year, Princeton!

    As we enter this new education evolution of empowering each of our Princeton students for college, career, and life success, the support of our students and staff will continue to be a critical element. 

    This learning plan guides the district in transitioning back to in-person learning while continuing to provide remote instruction to students through a hybrid learning model.  We know that no amount of technology can replicate the effect of face-to-face interactions and instruction that occur between our teachers and students.  The COVID-19 pandemic came upon us so quickly.  It has shaken our structures of teaching and learning to the core.  But we are resilient as was demonstrated from March through May when we were quickly mandated by the Governor to close schools.  We continued to support, teach, connect with, and value each of the 6,000 students in our care. 

    This re-entry guide is also an effort to ensure the safety of students and staff upon the return to school and the workplace in this unprecedented time. Employees are asked to carefully review the guidelines and strictly adhere to the guidance. The cooperation of all employees is essential. Your leadership will help model for students to follow the correct protocols.  After all, each student and each staff member is precious and essential. 

    Working together with the recommended safety protocols, we will stay healthy and continue to innovate while offering our students the Princeton Advantage.  Thanks in advance for your dedication to our Viking students and families.

    As Always,

    Go Vikes!

    Tom Burton

     

    Princeton City School District Safe Schools Reopening Plans - Fall 2020  


     

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    Princeton’s hybrid fall plan limits schools to 50 percent capacity

     

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    SHARONVILLE, Ohio (FOX19) - The Princeton City School District’s reopening plan with a hybrid learning format was unveiled last week on Facebook Live.

    You can read the plan in full here.

    School is slated to begin at the district’s 11 school facilities Aug. 20.

    An option exists for students who wish to pursue an all-remote learning format.

    All other students will be split into two groups that will alternate weeks of in-person classes with weeks of classes taken remotely online.

    “So those students that have last names beginning with ‘A’ all the way through last names beginning with ’L,’ those students have been identified as going with ‘scarlet’ week,” Superintendent Tom Burton explained. “The students that have last names beginning with ‘M’ all the way though last names beginning with ‘Z’ will go the ‘gray’ week.”

    That plan, which runs through the first nine weeks of the school year, places the school at or below 50 percent capacity at all times, accounting for those students who opt for fully remote learning as well.

    “The alternate schedule learning model allows the district to quickly transition to returning to a traditional school setting or moving to fully remote learning if the outbreak of the pandemic increases,” the district explained in its announcement of the plan.

    A contingency for all students to go fully remote exists if state and local health data shows a resurgence or escalation of the virus in the fall.

    The safety measures taken by the district will include:

    • Application of an antimicrobial spray;
    • Clorox 360 electrostatic sanitizing machines sprayed in classrooms nightly;
    • Cleaning and sanitizing of all high-touch areas throughout the day;
    • Thorough cleaning of facilities nightly;
    • Sanitizing classroom surfaces and high-touch areas between classes;
    • Signage posted to indicate proper social distancing and traffic patterns.

    Additionally, Princeton households who opt for in-person learning will receive four thermometer strips to help those who may not have thermometers take the required temperatures of their children before they go on buses or into facilities.

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    Statement

     

    July 3, 2020 

    On Wednesday, I was contacted by US Senator Sherrod Brown regarding the work we are doing at Princeton on equity around connectivity issues.

    Senator Brown hosted a news conference call as he introduced legislation with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) to make sure Ohioans have reliable broadband internet access to work, go to school, speak with healthcare providers and stay connected with loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Emergency Broadband Connections Act would help Ohioans who have been laid-off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic and low-income Ohioans who are harmed by the digital divide.

    I lent my support for Brown’s bill, citing the importance of broadband internet access in order to close the opportunity and academic achievement gaps. 

    This effort is long overdue for a multitude of reasons. We would never think about giving certain kids textbooks and not others. Any student that is in a classroom is going to get a textbook, yet when it comes to the most powerful educational engine right now -- broadband internet -- it’s limited to only students who can afford it. This creates an unacceptable opportunity gap and further extends the achievement gap for far too many students.”"--Tom Burton

     

    Superintendent Message July 1, 2020

    Superintendent Message June 19, 2020

    Superintendent Message June 5, 2020

    Superintendent Message June 3, 2020

    Superintendent Message May 29, 2020

    Superintendent Message May 20, 2020

    Letter May 8, 2020

    2019-2020 Welcome Letter


     

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