• Princeton City School District Building Closure until May 1, 2020

    Good evening Princeton Families,

    Today, March 30, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement ordering all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings to be closed to students through Friday, May 1, 2020, due to the coronavirus health crisis. All activities and athletics are canceled through May 1, 2020.

    We know the Governor’s order to close school for an extended period of time presents a challenge to our families. Our district is working diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being.

    What does this mean for our students?
    Although our school buildings are to remain closed, at-home learning will continue through Friday, May 1, 2020. We will continue to adjust and administer our virtual learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources to the best of our ability, and distribute free meals to our students.

    Will Princeton staff be working?
    Yes, our school district is providing food, technology, and remote learning options to children. Administrators are actively planning and responding to this national health crisis. Teachers are creating lesson plans and engaging with their students remotely.

    During scheduled school days, our teachers will be available via email to support our parents and students. Teachers and building principals will be sharing via email their remote learning plans and expectations with parents and students on an ongoing basis. For those students who do not have access to online learning, hard copies of assignments by grade level will be available.

    Technology check-outs will continue on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 at Princeton High School, 100 Viking Way, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for any enrolled Princeton student, K-12. Some teachers may also mail packets to your home.

    What about food service?

    Food services will continue to operate with one change this week, with Morning Bus Stop breakfasts on Wednesday, April 1st and Friday, April 3rd only during the middle school and elementary school bus routes. Grab and Go meals will be available on Tuesday, March 31, Thursday, April 2nd, and Friday, April 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All Princeton students can go to any bus stop or elementary school for food distribution. 

    Technology check-out devices are available for any Princeton student, including grades K-2, for curbside pickup on Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd.  Please see our website, www.princetonschools.net for the form and more information on this program. Please bring your own pen to sign off on the form at the pickup.

    If you have questions regarding technology or food distributions, please call our hotline at 513-864-1162.

    What about mental health support?
    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.

    Our professionals are reaching out to families to ensure they have open lines of communication during the closure, and to make alternative plans if necessary. Our counselors will be monitoring emails and reaching out to our school families in need.

    CRISIS HOTLINE: 513-281-2273

    CRISIS TEXT LINE: 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.

    What does this mean for graduation?
    Our high school administration and teachers will be working together to ensure that students in the Class of 2020 are on track to graduate. The district is waiting to receive more guidance from the Ohio Department of Education. Know that we will work together to provide assistance and flexibility in the interest of doing what is right for students.

    What about state testing?
    Governor Mike DeWine has called on the Ohio State legislature to waive state testing for the 2019-2020 school year. On March 24, Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, stated that he is pursuing waivers from testing requirements and other waivers from current federal requirements with the Ohio legislature.

    What about services to students with disabilities?
    Our school is making a good faith effort to provide such services. If a student with a disability needs access to the alternate delivery models being offered to general education students, the district will consult with parents and/or caregivers to determine the needs of the student and identify the most appropriate means for meeting those needs during the closure period.

    For all questions related to your child’s assignments, please email your child’s teacher or the building principal. If you need technology or food assistance, call the hotline at 513-864-1162 and leave a message.

    We have also set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19 at www.princetonschools.net/COVID-19.

    We are experiencing a health crisis that none of us has experienced in our lifetime. There will be bumps along the way, but your child’s teachers, counselors, building principals, and our support staff are here to work with our families to support you and your children.

    We have seen Vike Nation and our communities come together.  Together, we will navigate through this challenging situation. Thank you for rising up to the challenge before us.


    Tom Burton