March 13th Fort Recovery Local Schools’ Update during the Governor DeWine School Closure
We received guidance from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, this morning. During this state of emergency in Ohio, the expectation from the Ohio Department of Education is to have local school districts care for the development of the students using some form of alternate learning method. Fort Recovery Schools and the other six Mercer County Schools have a unified plan to provide virtual instruction during the closure period.
Therefore, as previously reported, all K-12 students will report for school on Monday, March 16th for the last traditional school day in March of 2020. On Monday, our staff will share more information on the delivery of remote instruction, confirm specific login and password codes, and distribute chromebooks for home usage to grades 3-8.
Tuesday, March 17th will be E-Day #2 and Wednesday, March 18th will be E-Day #3. Our staff will be at school and available for interaction for the E-Day lessons. They will also begin planning for Emergency Remote Learning starting on Thursday, March 19th. Emergency Remote Learning information is similar to E-Days but is more sustainable for the 12 school day period following the two remaining E-Days. Teachers will be available for responsive interaction during the normal school day hours only to assist our students with ERL.
Further information related to co-curricular and extra-curricular practices / events will be shared once we have additional guidance from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. All Fort Recovery school facilities are closed for school related activities and non-school related activities from 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16th through and including Friday, April 3rd. This includes the closure of the Student Activity Center located at the high school.
Plans for food services for free/ reduced lunch students during the closure are currently being developed. We know that our application to ODE for a pick-up lunch for free/ reduced lunch students will not be submitted until next week. Therefore, we know that this service will not be available for E-Day #2 and E-Day #3.
We are limiting the access to the school buildings throughout the closure/ ERL phase. As always, please check into the office immediately upon your arrival on campus. We truly understand that this month will be challenging for all of us.
Based on my eight months of experiences in our school district as your superintendent, I am confident that we can collectively make the most out of this situation for the benefit of all of our students.