Dear Finneytown Families, March 14, 2020
Schools are closed but the staff is still thinking about you and your children. They spent yesterday getting lessons ready for next week and the week after Spring Break. Over and over they reached out to me to question if the district was going to still be able to provide meals for students. The answer is yes. Principal newsletters will give you details on Remote Learning for students. I’m including information about meals and some other items to help us all through this trying time. Also please remember that information is changing constantly. What I send out is accurate as of that moment, but I cannot guarantee it will continue to be accurate. I will try to send updates as needed and we will continue to post things on our web page.
Lunch and Breakfast
In conjunction with our food service provider, Milford Nutrition Services, Finneytown Local Schools will be providing food for all children who want it every weekday between 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Hot lunch will be provided along with breakfast for the next day for all students. You do not need to be on free or reduced lunch plans or even be a Finneytown student to get these FREE meals. Please call (513)576-2290 or (513)576-2291 if you wish to pick up food. This will allow Food Service to make enough meals.
We will be distributing the meals at the Finneytown Secondary Campus multi-purpose room at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace. We will put out some signs. This will be available Monday, March 16th – Friday, March 20th and Monday, March 30th – Friday, April 3rd. It will not be available the week of Spring Break, March 23-27.
We are also working with our Transportation Department to help set up a few other spots for food pick up. It depends on how many calls we get from different places, but, we could deliver to a central spot at Galbraith Point, set up at Cottonwood, or other central places in the district. If you do not have transportation to pick up food, please let me know or tell food service when you call to order food. If we know, we can help.
Mental Health Support
Our partner, Catalyst Counseling LLC, wants you to know that they will still be available even though schools are closed. Here is a link they asked me to share from the CDC to give you some information to help relieve some of the anxiety your child may be experiencing. https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html If you are already working with a therapist, he or she will still be able to serve you. If not, you still can ask for help. Please feel free to contact them if needs arise. ttps://www.catalystcounselingllc.org/finneytown-local-schools is the link to the information on the Finneytown website.
Students will be provided with Remote Learning while we are away from school for three weeks. Each building developed a plan. Details will be in the newsletters being sent out from principals this week. Please go over this with your child and help him or her manage time to complete the work. Teachers have included contact information so students can get in touch to ask questions. Teachers will be available during regular school hours except during Spring Break week.
I ran across this offer for free Internet access if you are interested. It is not school related, but I thought I would pass it along.
Families may pick up medications at schools on Monday, March 16th from 8 am to 2 pm. If you cannot make it during that time, please call the school and make other arrangements.
Buildings will be closed until further notice
All sports activities, including practices, have been suspended until further notice.
All use of the school buildings has been cancelled until further notice.
All extracurricular activities have been cancelled until further notice.
Schools will not be available after Monday, March 16, 2020 other than for picking up food at the Secondary Campus each weekday as listed above.
Other Community Support
The public libraries announced that they are closed after Friday but food services are still available. Here is a link https://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/services/afterschoolsnacks.html
Other Library resources
Homework & school assignment help
We provide online homework help through Brain Fuse, where students can connect with educators to get assistance. Students can also set up virtual study rooms and meet as a group. The platform also has study aids. For example, students can create their own flash cards.
Resources for Adults to use to talk with kids about COVID-19
We have a short list of resources on our blog, and I’m attaching a longer list to this message.
Read, listen, watch, learn
Our eBranch has robust digital offerings, including eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, e-courses and more for both adults and children.
As I get more community resource information, we will post it on the district website at www.finneytown.org. We have had numerous community members and organizations contacting us to offer help. We are all in this and need to help each other as much as possible while still remembering to have minimal contact to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We know it is going to spread. The Governor has asked that we try to slow the spread by social distancing so that we can delay the strain on our medical resources. We can do that and still reach out and help each other.
As always, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please reach out to me. If you cannot figure out who to contact, email me and I will send it to the right person. We want to assist you, but need you to communicate your needs. Enjoy the time off as much as you can.
Terri Noe, Superintendent