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Bulldog Bulletin - January 13, 2022
Posted 1/13/2022 at 11:01:52 AM by Keith Millard [staff member]

As we near the end of the week, just a quick Bulletin on where we are with Covid as a District.

 

Over the past few days several updates have been made to the Covid19 Information Page. Additions include an updated Covid Dashboard tool and a new page for the revised CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines that the District is following.

 

https://www.bataviaschools.org/COVID-19Updates.aspx

 

With the recent surge in cases, we have returned to the daily dashboard tracking approach that was last used from January to May 2021.  This daily look will help to better quantify the effect that Omicron is having inside of our schools.

 

After a pretty rough start of the week with case counts and quarantines, Wednesday leveled off a bit, and we are all hopeful that the predicted peak and quick decline of Omicron in the not too distant future, will in fact become a reality.

 

As we have seen a number of nearby schools make the move to temporary remote learning, I can not rule out that possibility at some point.  However, a move to remote learning would only occur as a last resort should staff and/or student absences make in person instruction temporarily impractical.

 

In working through this moment, we continue to highly encourage masking indoors during the school day and vaccines for all who are eligible, as both are tools that will help in our quest to stay open for instruction.

 

I know that in late October we had high hopes that the descending glide path of the Delta Variant was a signal for better days ahead with the pandemic.  While Omicron has temporarily dashed this hope, there is going to be another side to the pandemic, we will just need to keep hanging on for a bit longer.

 

Stay safe and keep supporting each other,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - January 1, 2022
Posted 1/1/2022 at 5:49:45 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

A quick Bulldog Bulletin to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  As we welcome 2022, here are a few items to note as we return to school on Monday, January 3rd.

 

As construction is now in full swing and we have had lots of rain, Bulldog Place is a bit muddy (this might be underselling it a tad depending on the day).  This will get better as the buildings continue to rise out of the ground, but for now we appreciate your patience with this phase of the project.

 

When we return to school on Monday, the by-pass road will be open and used for elementary car rider drop off and pick up (CLICK HERE for a map that details this change).  For the high school, parents dropping off and picking up students will continue to use the entrance from Old 32, and staff/student drivers will use the entrance from Batavia Road.

 

Over the next six to eight weeks, work will be taking place to relocate utilities under the existing high school staff parking lot, which means the connector road between the high school visitor lot and the high school staff lot will be closed during this time.

 

This link will take you to the most recent construction photos from December

 

In regards to the latest Covid news, there’s not a great way to talk about the challenges that are most likely ahead for the next several weeks.  If there is a silver lining, the quick turnaround in case counts in South Africa (where the Omicron variant was first discovered) indicates that this current case count spike may be short-lived.

 

For new positive Covid cases, we will be following the revised quarantine guidance released by the CDC this past week.

 

For close contact exposures that occur in the school setting, we will continue to follow the mask to stay/test to play reduced school quarantine guidelines that have been in place since November.

 

To help maintain in-person instruction, we continue to urge everyone who is able to get vaccinated (and boosted if eligible), and continue to highly encourage mask wearing regardless of vaccination status, given the transmissibility of the Omicron variant.

 

I hope you found moments of happiness and joy during the holiday season, and I look forward to all of the positive things that 2022 has in store for us.

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - December 16, 2021
Posted 12/16/2021 at 10:58:36 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

For those who follow the news with any kind of regularity, it can be easy to feel discouraged with the many challenges that appear in the daily headlines.  One of the things that has been so refreshing is to see amazing acts of kindness and generosity that our students participate in, especially during the holiday season.  Here are a few examples of what our students have been up to as they have sought to serve others:

 

  • The Elementary School fifth graders partnered with the High School Interact Club to sponsor a  building wide hat, coat, and glove drive to benefit Summerside Feeding Ministries.

 

  • Elementary school students, in partnership with the PTO collected canned goods in support of Empower Youth.

 

  • The Middle School HOPE Squad sponsored a building wide clothing drive to benefit Give Like A Mother. 

 

  • The Middle School NJHS provided goodies to our local police and fire departments to share our gratitude for their work in our community.

 

  • The High School Interact Club volunteered at the Rotary Spaghetti Dinner, collected financial donations for the League of Animal Welfare, and spearheaded donations for Summerside Feeding Ministries.

 

  • The High School Spanish National Honor Society raised funds for the Dragonfly Foundation.

 

  • The High School Business Professionals of America visited with residents of the Batavia Nursing Care Center and brought gifts for each resident including holiday cards and slippers.

 

  • The High School National Honor Society recently hosted a December Blood Drive with Hoxworth Blood Center, organized a soda tab collection for the Ronald McDonald House, and has been supporting students through a peer tutoring program.

 

  • The High School HOPE Squad supported student well being by hosting a therapy dog day at BHS, created a HOPE wall in support of mental health, organized and ran the Fall HOPE Squad pep assembly, and has hosted several student kindness initiatives.

 

  • Through the PTO, all high school students had the opportunity to participate in a winter coat dive as well as support Toys for Tots through gift donations.

 

Learning how to give back to others and be generous not only financially but through the gifts of time and talents does not happen by accident.  I am thankful for the intentionality of these fantastic groups, their student members, and staff advisors in seeking to brighten the lives of others.  In doing so, they are learning the time-tested lesson that when we give out of compassion, generosity, and selflessness, the giver benefits just as much as the receiver.

 

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful holiday season,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - November 23, 2021
Posted 11/23/2021 at 12:05:46 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

Just a few quick updates as we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

At the most recent Board of Education Meeting, the District calendars for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years were approved.  In order to accommodate the end of the construction project, the 2022-2023 school year will be ending slightly earlier than usual in May 2023, and the start of the 2023-2024 school year will be after Labor Day.  The graduation dates for the Classes of 2023 and 2024 are also identified on the calendars.  The calendars are now live on the District website at this link: https://www.bataviaschools.org/DistrictCalendars.aspx

 

On the construction front, we are in the ‘moving lots of dirt’ phase of the project, and are getting ready to begin digging and pouring the foundation footers at the high school site.  Work is also progressing on the ‘Bulldog Bypass’ road that will connect to the existing elementary school service/bus drive.  On the middle school site, work is continuing on underground utilities and stormwater systems, with building pad and foundation work scheduled to begin in the next several weeks.  The following link will take you to the most recent batch of construction photos for November: https://www.bataviaschools.org/BuildingProjects.aspx

 

As the Holiday Season approaches, we are excited to welcome back in person choir and band holiday performances by our middle and high school students.  The complete listing of performances can be found on the District website under the ‘Upcoming Events’ section.

 

Finally, while the holidays can be festive for many, the season can also be a time that is difficult for some.  Should you, a loved one, or a friend experience a mental health crisis, there is support available in Clermont County around the clock, including the Clermont County Crisis Hotline at 513-528-SAVE (7283), or the crisis text line that can be accessed by texting the keyword ‘4hope’ to 741 741.

 

Wherever your family gatherings take you, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - October 26, 2021
Posted 10/26/2021 at 10:16:39 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

To kick off this edition of the Bulletin, I want to share some long awaited news about a change in Covid-19 quarantine guidelines that were released by the Ohio Department of Health.  For Covid-19 exposures that occur at school or during school sponsored activities, students will now have the option to remain in school and wear a mask instead of having to quarantine at home.  For students involved in extracurricular activities, there is now a test to play option, where students can continue to participate by testing negative when the exposure is first identified and testing negative again between days 5 - 7 after the identified exposure.

 

You can read more about these changes from the Ohio Department of Health by clicking on this link.

 

An important note to keep in mind is that these changes are for documented exposures that occur in the school setting only, and the original quarantine rules still apply to all non-school exposures (ex. exposure to a positive Covid-19 case in the home).

 

Second, in anticipation of approval of a Covid-19 vaccine for students ages 5 - 11, the District is once again partnering with the Clermont County Department of Public Health to offer a voluntary after school Covid-19 vaccine clinic on November 12th beginning at 5pm at the Elementary School.  More details regarding the clinic will be communicated by the end of next week.

 

Third, after going on hiatus in 2020, the Rotary Spaghetti Dinner is back on November 13 from 4:00 - 7:00 at Batavia Elementary.  This event helps to support annual scholarships for both Batavia and CNE seniors, and is great as both a dinner night for the whole family or carry out to eat on the run.

 

Fourth, the District Annual Notices webpage has been updated, and can be accessed by clicking on this link..  Requests for paper copies of specific annual notices may be sent electronically to Leah Boerger electronically at boerger_l@bataviaschools.org

 

Finally, just a reminder that on Tuesday, November 2nd school will not be in session for the middle school or high school due to election day.  The elementary school will be in session and will run on a normal schedule.


All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - September 30, 2021
Posted 9/30/2021 at 12:29:24 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

As every Bulletin since February 2020 has contained multiple references to Covid, this seems like as good a Bulletin as any to take a break from bringing it up.  Below are several non-covid informational items of interest:


Construction Site Walk


Join us at noon this Saturday (10/2) for a behind the scenes walking tour of the construction sites at Bulldog Place.  We will meet by the front entrance of the elementary school and take an hour-long tour beginning with the elementary addition followed by the high school and middle school sites.  Please wear shoes you are comfortable getting slightly muddy!


Craft Fair


After going on hiatus in 2020, the Batavia Craft Fair is back this year at Batavia Elementary School.  This year’s fair will be held on Saturday, October 23rd from 9am to 3pm.  There will be a wide variety of vendors in order to get a jump start on holiday shopping as well as concessions available.  This has been a very popular event and we are excited for its return to Bulldog Place!


Spaghetti Dinner


Joining the craft fair in making a return this fall is the annual Rotary Spaghetti Dinner.  This year’s dinner will be held at Batavia Elementary School from 4:30 - 7:30pm on Saturday, November 13th.  Proceeds from this event directly benefit the Rotary Scholarship Fund, which annually awards scholarships to students from both Batavia and CNE.  This is a great event for a sit down dinner with family as well as for carry-out meals.


School Calendar Changes


Due to the construction project, a minor change has been made to this year’s school district calendar in order to accommodate voting at our school locations.


On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the High School and Middle School will NOT have school for students (the elementary school will still be in session on this day)


On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, the Elementary will NOT have school for students (the middle and high schools will still be in session on this day)


Free and Reduced Meal Forms