Update 3/30/20 – School Closure

Finneytown Local School Buildings Will Be Closed Through May 1, 2020

On 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. Finneytown Local School Buildings will be closed through Friday, May 1, 2020.

We know the Governor’s order to extend the closure of school buildings 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, remote learning will continue. 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. For all questions regarding services and support for a child with a disability please contact the student’s Intervention Specialist or Dr. Laurie Banks, Director of Student Services. 

Will school staff be working?

Yes, FLSD will be providing food 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 or other avenues 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. Look for more information from your principal and teachers. If your child is not able to access the online learning, please contact your teacher or principal so they can help. 

Administrators and support staff will also be working remotely and available on weekdays via email and voicemail.

What about food service?

Nutrition Services operations are ongoing despite the stay-at-home orders and will remain in place throughout the remainder of the building closures this school year. Staff will continue to comply with the most current health guidelines. For more information on our district’s meal distribution program, please go to the website at www.finneytown.org

What about mental health support?

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. Please visit https://finneytown.org/docs/student-services/mental-health-services/ for more information and to contact one of our Health Care Team members.

If a student or parent is in crisis, you can reach out to the following local hotlines for assistance: Hamilton County: Talbert House Crisis Hotline (513) 281-CARE (2273) or text Talbert to 839863. 

What does this mean for graduation?

Our high school administration, counselors, and teachers will be working together to ensure that students in the Class of 2020 are on track to graduate. Teachers, counselors and administrators will be reaching out to each senior. 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 DeWine signed the bill last week to waive state testing requirements for the rest of this school year. There will also not be a state report card for school buildings and districts. Students will still have individual student report cards for the 4th quarter and semester grades at the end of the year as usual.

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 cannot access the alternate delivery models being offered to general education students, then 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. 

Questions?

For all questions and concerns related to closure or COVID-19, please email me at tnoe@finneytown.org and your email will be returned in a timely manner. For all questions related to your child’s assignments, please email your child’s teacher or the building principal. Current Remote Learning Plans for students in grades K-12 are available by clicking here: bit.ly/flsdRemoteLearning

We have also set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19. https://finneytown.org/all-covid-19-related-posts/

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 your family to support you, your children and each other.

This is the time for our community to come together and navigate through this challenging situation. We have already seen it happen in the last two weeks. This is an amazing community and I am proud to be part of it. 

Respectfully,

Terri Noe

Superintendent