Weekly Update from Terri Noe

Notification from: Finneytown Local School District ADMIN

Hello wonderful Finneytown Families,                                                               Monday, April 6, 2020

Welcome to Remote Learning (RL) Week 3. This is certainly not what I thought we would be doing the first week of April, but here we are. School buildings are closed but teaching and learning continues, albeit very differently. I know this is hard and stressful and I applaud all your efforts. You will get information from your building principal for the coming weeks of RL. I will continue to check in each Monday and give you updates as I receive them. For today, I’ll update information on meals, RL, technology pick up or repairs, and access to our New COVID-19 Headquarters on our website.

Meal Distribution – Tuesdays

Meals will continue to be distributed on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm at the Secondary Campus at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace. This will continue to be a drive through service. You DO NOT need to call ahead now. Just come get the meals. Here are the requirements to get meals. 

ANY PERSON UNDER 19 YEARS OLD CAN GET MEALS FREE!!!

You do not need to be a student at Finneytown.

You do not need to be on a Free or Reduced lunch program.

You do not have to even live in Finneytown.

You do not need to sign anything.

Just come and get the food.

You will get breakfast and lunch for 5 days for each child. 

Here are some of the procedures we are following:

  • Enforce less than 10 people in the following areas:  Kitchen, cafeteria, and meal distribution.
  • Every 45 minutes change gloves, wash hands, and work spaces.  (This will be done during prep as well as distribution)
  • Volunteers asked to change gloves twice during the 11 – 1 pm distribution time and sanitize.
  • Tape used to mark where an employee/volunteer needs to stand.
  • Scarlet and Grey will continue to clean the kitchen after our two day operation with more powerful cleaning agents in the air as well as on surfaces.
  •  We will no longer use cardboard boxes unless they have been sanitized first.
  • All Kroger bags are brand new and have never been used.
  • Families stay in the Vehicle and pop the trunk or back if possible.
  • Masks will be worn by all employees and volunteers.

While you do not need to sign anything we know that for many of you circumstances have changed drastically. Applying for Free/Reduced Lunch could be very helpful now and at the beginning of next school year as you get your feet under you again.

APPLYING FOR FREE/REDUCED LUNCH 

We recognize the current economic environment has likely changed the financial situation of many of our families.  You are encouraged to complete a lunch application online to determine if your family might qualify.  It only takes a few minutes. If you qualify, this will be effective for the rest of this year after buildings open and the first month of school in the fall.   Then a new application must be submitted for next year.

Go to www.lunchapplication.com

Choose “Milford-Williamsburg-Finneytown-John Paul” as the district. Complete the application but skip the “student number” section if you don’t have this information. 

Pay close attention to the section that asks for  permission to share application information with school officials. 

If you want Finneytown to determine if you qualify for a 50% reduction in 2019-2020 school fees you must indicate this by checking “yes” and signing permission. School fees are only waived if you qualify for FREE lunch, not reduced. Previous school fees on your account are still your responsibility.

 If you have a high school student, check “yes” for the other listed items so waivers or reduced fees for AP exams, college applications and ACT/SAT exams can be provided through your child’s guidance counselor. 

If you have any questions about the application process or need a paper application, please contact Milford Food Services.

 Kathy King (513) 576-2290 or king_k@milfordschools.org

 Kim Gregory at (513) 576-4160 or gregory_k@milfordschools.org

Remote Learning (RL) 

Grades will be given. Report cards will come out as usual at the end of the year. Building principals sent out information about RL going forward. If you did not receive that information, please look at the website at finneytown.org and check out the COVID-19 Headquarters. Click on Remote Learning. There are links for all grade levels. Remember that the goal is to do as much as possible online so that paper is not changing hands. 

Staff will have scheduled time to be available to students and have scheduled meetings. Assignments will be made available each week. Please remember to take time to relax and get outdoors when possible. We know how difficult and overwhelming things are at this time. We are here to help. Staff will be reaching out to each and every student. Please respond so we know you are okay. If you do not have a computer or Internet, please let us know. We will work with you to make sure to help you get through the barriers if possible. Things keep changing and we do not know all the answers. We will update you as we get new information. If you have questions, ask. We need to work together to get through this! 

Building principals sent communications out and mentioned Maslow and Bloom. Maslow’s research is about a Social Emotional needs hierarchy and that is really important right now. Many of us are worrying about really basic needs like shelter and food. Bloom’s research is about levels of instruction and progressing up the pyramid. That is also important at this time. For example,  we gave meals to about 650 students last Tuesday. Each child got breakfast and lunch for 5 days. That is around 6500 meals that were handed out. In addition, O Pie O donated 50 lunches that were also handed out. Our Wildcat Serve has helped over 100 families with staples like toilet paper and peanut butter, diapers and raviolis, and other needed items. That is part of our connections to Maslow. At this point, those needs are more important that Bloom’s research. The information sent out about RL and how to connect to staff is a connection to Bloom. We all know that RL is not the best way for students to learn, but it is what we have at this moment and we want to make it the best experience possible. 

Thank you to each one of you who has helped hand out meals, donated items, delivered items, and all the other great stuff going on. I keep reading on social media about the great things you are doing for others. One thing that was suggested is to have kids write cards to hospital patients who cannot have visitors or to the hospital workers. They would appreciate a quick note or fun picture. You can send by mail to any hospital. Just address to a patient or worker with the address of a hospital. I’m sure they will love them. I’ve been assured by the County Health Commissioner that they can run them through UV lights or something to sanitize. This is an amazing community and I am very proud to be part of it. Please be safe and try to stay healthy!

Technology

Again, if you need a device or do not have Internet Access, please let us know. If a device breaks, please bring it to the Tuesday meal pick up and we will have you pull over and a technology person will help you. Stay in your vehicle and a person will come to you. You can turn in the broken device and get a loaner. If you need a charger or something else, they can help with that as well. Once the device is fixed, if it is one that is normally assigned to your 6th – 12th grade student, our technology people will contact you when it is fixed to turn in the loaner and pick up the fixed device at the next Tuesday meal pick up. 

Website COVID-19 Headquarters

Check out the new page on our website https://finneytown.org/flsd-covid-19-headquarters/

We have lots of information to help with this trying time. There are links to RL, to mental health resources, and FAQs. Please feel free to email any questions or concerns to me at tnoe@finneytown,org. I will get it to the correct person to address your email. 

Thank you

I want to take a moment to thank some of our partners in this adventure. I will include more as we go and hope not to leave anyone out because each of you means a lot to me and this community.

United Methodist Church Food Ministries

Fleming Road UCC

Northminster Presbytarian Church

Kroger

Lifespring Christian Church

Elementary PTA

Secondary PTA

Wildcat Serve

O Pie O

La Soupe

Milford Nutrition Services

Scarlet and Gray Custodial Services

Petermann Bus Services

Finneytown Community Members

Finneytown Staff

Springfield Township Police Department

St. Xavier High School

Thank you for each act of selflessness, each donation, and each caring thought. Thank you for helping Finneytown Local Schools provide resources to our families during this really tough time. 

Respectfully,

Superintendent Terri Noe