Finneytown Local School Buildings will be Closed Through May 29, 2020
I normally send the weekly update in the morning, but had a feeling there may be news to share from the Governor’s broadcast today and there was. Today, April 20, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement that school buildings are to remain closed to students through the end of this school year. Finneytown Local School Buildings will be closed through the rest of this school year.
We know the Governor’s order to extend the closure of school buildings presents unique challenges to our families. Our district will continue working diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being.
https://finneytown.org/flsd-covid-19-headquarters/ Please visit our website for answers and resources for this unsettling time. You will find information on Remote Learning, Mental Health, Food Services, Technology, the Wildcat Serve Pantry, and some FAQs. There are messages from me and the principals. There is even a link for job postings in Ohio in case you are looking.
What does this mean for our students?
We will finish out the year with remote learning. 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. You can email me at email@example.com and I will get the message to the right person.
Will school staff be working?
Yes, FLSD staff will continue to provide food and remote learning options for children. Maintenance and Grounds will continue to take care of the buildings. Administrators are actively planning and responding to this national health crisis. Teachers are creating lesson plans and engaging with their students remotely. I seem to be on a never ending string of virtual meetings, teleconferences, and email threads. We know this is difficult and we will continue to be available by email or phone.
During scheduled school days, our teachers will be available via email, Google Classroom, Class Dojo, or other avenues to support our parents and students. Teachers and building principals have shared remote learning plans and expectations with parents and students. This information is also available at the COVID-19 Headquarters page. Look for more information from your principal and teachers. Check the Google Classroom. Grades will be updated in ProgressBook. If your child is not able to access online learning, please contact your teacher or principal. Administrators and support staff will also be working remotely and available on weekdays via email and voicemail. We will get through this together.
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 school year. Check the webpage for more information and menus. Food will continue to be distributed on Tuesdays from 11-1 at the Secondary Campus at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace. For each child you will receive 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals. LaSoupe and O Pie O continue to donate to our families each week so you will have that as well. This is drive through service so you do not get out of your vehicle. Staff and volunteers will place the food in the trunk or back of your vehicle. Staff and volunteers will continue to comply with the most current health guidelines. This week many of the staff will be from the Secondary Campus so be sure to wave as you go through the line. For more information on our district’s meal distribution program, please go to the website at www.finneytown.org.
What about technology?
If you have a chromebook that is malfunctioning or just not working, you can bring it to the Secondary Campus Tuesdays from 11-1. You can turn it in and get a loaner issued.
If you do not have access to the Internet or Remote Learning, please let me know.
If you have not picked up a device for your child, you can do that at the Secondary Campus Tuesdays from 11-1 as well.
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 have been working together in case this happened. They will work with students and parents in the Class of 2020 with a plan to stay on track to graduate. Teachers, counselors and administrators have been reaching out to each senior. Know that we will work together to provide assistance and flexibility in the interest of doing what is right for students.
What about services to students with disabilities?
Our schools will continue making a good faith effort to provide 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.
For all questions and concerns related to closure or COVID-19, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be returned in a timely manner. For all questions related to your child’s assignments, please email or contact 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 and by checking Google Classroom.
We know this is not optimal for learning. We will continue to be flexible and modify as we go. Please try to be patient and flexible with us as well. We can do this together!
Our Finneytown Community is known for stepping up. This weird and unreal time is no different. We continue to get donations to help those in need. Staff and community continue to volunteer to help distribute meals. Some parents have had virtual meetings to help each other’s kids with classwork. Our staff has tried to reach out to every single child in the district. If you need help or suspect someone else does, let us know. We will be in touch.
Superintendent Terri Noe