• Message #6 From Superintendent Burton

    Updated Information from Princeton Schools and Superintendent Burton

     

    March 15, 2020

     

    Dear Princeton Families,

     

    On Thursday, March 12, Governor Mike DeWine announced that all Ohio school districts will be on an “extended three-week spring break.” As a result, Princeton City School District students will not report to school on Monday, March 16 and will remain out of school through Friday, April 3, 2020. 

     

    This letter is intended to provide you with information that outlines our school district’s plan for meeting your child’s academic and nutritional needs over the next three weeks. We have also posted this information on our website at www.princetonschools.net.  This is also where we will continue to provide updates. Please call 513-864-1162 if you have any questions.

     

    Schedule for the Next Three Weeks

    Even though the governor stated the extended break would begin at the end of the day, on Monday, Princeton students will not report to school on Monday, March 16, and will be out of school through Friday, April 3, 2020. Our staff will still be available via email to answer questions during the regular school day the first and third weeks of this mandatory break.

     

    From Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20th and March 30 - April 3, staff will still be working from home and will be available to answer questions during the regular school day via email.  Staff will be on spring break as scheduled from March 23 - March 27, and will not be available to answer questions.

     

    Our Scheduled Spring Break

    Regardless of the extended spring break schedule announced by the governor on March 12, Princeton City Schools will continue with our scheduled spring break, which runs from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27.

     

    Athletics, School, and Community Events

    All indoor and outdoor athletic events, including practices and conditioning activities, have been canceled through Sunday, April 5. There also will be no school or community-related events taking place on district property during this time.


    Food Services Options for Youth Under 18 

    We will provide Grab & Go-style snacks or lunches. These packages are available to all children age 18 and under, at no cost. These will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can access any of the locations, regardless of which school building they attend: 

    Please call 513-864-1162 if you have any questions about the program. Please leave a message and someone will contact you.    

     

    High School/Middle - “Grab and Go” food items: 

     

    Pick up location:  Viking Village at the High School/Middle School

    • Dates:  Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 30
    • Times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  

     

    Elementary School - “Grab and Go” snack or lunch: 

     

    Week of March 16 - 20 

    Tuesday, March 17 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Springdale Elementary, Heritage Hill Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Sharonville Elementary, and Stewart Elementary

       

    Thursday, March 19 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Springdale Elementary, Heritage Hill Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Sharonville Elementary, and Stewart Elementary

     

    Friday, March 20 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Springdale Elementary, Heritage Hill Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Sharonville Elementary, and Stewart Elementary

     

    Week of March 30 - April 3

    Tuesday, March 31 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM      

    Springdale Elementary, Heritage Hill Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Sharonville Elementary, and Stewart Elementary

     

    Thursday, April 2 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Springdale Elementary, Heritage Hill Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Sharonville Elementary, and Stewart Elementary

      

    Friday, April 3 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Springdale Elementary, Heritage Hill Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Sharonville Elementary, and Stewart Elementary

     

    Mental Health Services


    We recognize the importance of consistent and continued care for our students who access our school-based mental health services. The district has contacted each of our mental health partners and they plan to continue to provide access to mental health services. Any specific questions or concerns should be directed to your student’s therapist and treatment provider. All agencies have options for home visits (as appropriate) or telephone sessions. 

     

    CRISIS HOTLINE: 513-281-2273

     

    CRISIS TEXTLINE: 839863 and text 4HOPE

     

    Si tú estás en crisis o piensas en suicidarte, o si conoces a alguien en crisis o que piensa en suicidarse, llama: 
    La Red Nacional de Prevención de Suicido (en español) 
    1-888-628-9454
     
    If you are in crisis or are thinking of suicide, or if you know someone in crisis or who is thinking of suicide, call: 
    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (in English) 
    1-800-273-8255
     

     

    These crisis lines are operated 24/7, so please call if you have any concerns or questions. 

     

    Academic Expectations


    Our teaching staff is working to finalize assignments, lessons, and learning opportunities for students, using both electronic and print resources. We appreciate your patience as we work to prepare lessons that help students review what they have learned, extend their knowledge, or reinforce individual student learning goals. While students will not physically attend school, they are expected to complete daily assignments.

     

    On Thursday, March 12, all elementary students in grades K-5 were given instructional resources to work on over the next three weeks.  Students were also provided with a list of distance and virtual learning options to continue their learning if internet access is available. Below and on each school's homepage, we have outlined a plan for how instruction and learning will occur during this long-term closure.

     

    We are shifting our education from the classroom with four walls to online learning for students in grades 6-12. We understand that transitioning from the classroom to online learning will require computing devices for students in grades 6-12.  For more information, please read the Student Technology section of this letter. The instructional activities will be listed on the website under Student Assignments & Learning Opportunities.

     

     

    Preschool - Students will receive educational packets to complete at home, with family members. Students will keep their completed packets and hand them in to their teacher upon returning to school. The instructional activities will be listed on the website under Student Assignments & Learning Opportunities.

     

    Grades K-2 - Students will complete learning activities per the direction of their teacher. Students will be required to complete academic work for a minimum of 120 minutes each day and turn the work into their teacher upon returning to school.  The instructional activities will be listed on the website under Student Assignments & Learning Opportunities.

     

    Grades 3-5 - Students will complete learning activities per the direction of their teacher. Students will be required to complete academic work for a minimum of 155 minutes daily and turn the work into their upon returning to school. The instructional activities will be listed on the website under Student Assignments & Learning Opportunities.

     

    Grades 6-8 - Students will complete online activities per the direction of their teachers. The specific assignments can be found listed on the PCMS district page.

     

    Grades 9-12 - Students will complete online activities per the direction of their teachers. Specific assignments can be found listed on the PHS district page.

     

    Innovation Center - Students that are in the Innovation Center and enrolled in online classes will continue to work online. EL students will work on a packet of material that was created by the Innovation staff.  The packets were mailed home on Friday, March 13.

     

    Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities will use online learning modules or individualized learning packets assigned by the classroom teacher and/or their intervention specialist. If you had an evaluation or IEP meeting scheduled in the next three weeks, meetings are canceled, and your special education team will contact you to reschedule.

     

    Student Technology

    If students in grades 6-12 do not have access to a computing device at home, the district will arrange to loan the student a device. All devices must be checked out to the student by completing a registration form.  Please call the technology department at 513-864-1162 to make arrangements or if you have tech concerns. Please leave a message and someone will contact you.  

     

    Students can use Google Suites to complete work even if you are not connected to the internet. While offline, you can still create, view, and edit files on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Click here for more information on how to use these tools offline. 

     

    Internet options for the community

    To help ease this transition and make it possible for ALL students to have access to WiFi, Spectrum and Comcast are now offering internet services for free or at a discounted rate for 60 days to any K-12 or College student. 

    Charter-Spectrum's Free WiFi Deal
    Charter-Spectrum is offering free access to broadband and WiFi services to households with students who do not already have the services. The WiFi access will be available for 60 days to households with students from kindergarten to college who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll in the service you can call 1-844-488-8395 or click the link above to learn more. 

    Comcast "Internet Essentials" Program
    Comcast says applicants who qualify will get a 25 Mbps connection for free for two months. All new customers in this program will receive a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem and WiFi router. There is no term contract. Click the link above to learn more. 
     

     

    All materials can be downloaded for future reference when you are not connected to the internet. Our buildings will not be accessible to students and families. In addition, here are resources for free wifi spots in the community.

     

    Students can use Google Suites to complete work even if you are not connected to the internet. While offline, you can still create, view, and edit files on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Click here for more information on how to use these tools offline.

     

    Sample Student Daily Schedule

    The following is just a sample schedule to help families who may wish to retain a sense of structure and consistency to their child’s day: 

     

    7:30 a.m. - Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, etc.

    8:15 a.m. - Organize learning space, turn on computer/device, log in to Google Classroom

    8:30 a.m. - Review any announcements from the teacher(s) and get the necessary learning materials organized.

    8:45 a.m. - Engage in the first online session or chat session or video tutorial or whatever the topic is for the day assigned by your teacher.

    9:30 a.m. - Begin assignments

    10:00 a.m. - Take quick stretch and nutrition break

    10:15 a.m. - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required

    11:00 a.m. - Check Google Classroom for any additional announcements

    11:15 a.m. - Lunch and movement (Take a walk, dance, do jumping-jacks, or run in the yard: just follow some sort of workout routine.)

    12:00 p.m. - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required

    1:00 p.m. - Engage in second online session or chat session or video tutorial or whatever you know you've been asked to do

    1:45 p.m. - Take a quick stretch and nutrition break

    2:00 p.m. - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required

    3:00 p.m. - Summarize your learning in whatever way your teacher(s) have requested, and submit your evidence online

    3:45 p.m. - Pat yourself on the back for a full day of online learning.

     

    This is undoubtedly an unusual and unique situation in which all of us find ourselves. Please know that we are committed to keeping you informed of any new information as it becomes available. We will keep our website updated with all the information you may need, but please don't hesitate to contact your child's school for assistance.

     

    St. Monica 

    -Mon. March 16 from 5-6:30pm provided by New Day at St. Monica's (enter from Douglas St.) Pastor-Mr. Mike 513-678-6194

    -Tues. March 17 from 5-6:30pm provided by LHOI Cafe' Hope at St. Monica's (enter from Douglas St.) Deac. Damon- 513-910-3486/ Pastor-Mr. Mike 513-678-6194

    -Wed. March 18 from 5-6:30pm provided by Mt. Moriah at Mt. Moriah (1169 Simmons Ave.) Pastor Pickens 859-433-6100

    -Thurs. March 19 from 5-6:30pm provided by St. Monica's at St. Monica's (enter from Douglas St.) Pastor-Mr. Mike 513-678-6194

     

    Revive City Church 

    -will make 100 grab and go sets of food each week for 3 weeks (300 total).

     

    Village Green community 

    65 snack bags are being distributed at Village Green community on Monday, March 16th at 11:00. 

     

    Vineyard Church

    The Food Pantry Healing Center - Market Place provides food to families which are located in Springdale: 513-346-4080

    Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we all navigate these unchartered waters.

     

    Respectfully,

    Tom Burton

    Superintendent