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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


As breakfast and lunch is again free for all students this year, the number of free and reduced meal forms received by the District has declined significantly.  As these forms help determine eligibility for additional benefits such as fee waivers and pandemic electronic benefit cards, it is important that this form be completed by families that may qualify.  If you have completed a form in the past, or think you might be eligible, and have not completed a form for this year, we are asking that you complete a form and return it as soon as possible.  A copy of this form can be obtained from your child’s building or accessed electronically here: 21-22 Application with Fee Waiver NSLP .pdf


All the best,


Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - August 23, 2021
Posted 8/23/2021 at 1:56:04 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

Just a few quick items now that we are a week into the school year.


When school ended in May and our plan for the current school year was written, Covid was in a very different place than it is now.  With the rise of the Delta variant, the slow fade of Covid that we were all hoping for is no longer a reality.  


As a school district, our commitment is to maintain five-day, in person instruction, and to avoid having to return to remote learning unless absolutely necessary.  On a daily basis we are monitoring building level, Clermont County, and Southwest Ohio Covid data.  


At the time of this writing, we are aware of how quickly case counts and quarantines are emerging within our elementary school population for whom vaccines are not yet available. 


Should we get to a place where there is evidence of ongoing in-building transmission, continued increases in Covid cases, or higher rates of quarantines, a change in masking protocols will be implemented; as masks are the next effective layer of protection against Covid-19.


The link below will take you to our District Covid-19 Dashboard, which has been re-designed to make it easier to view for the current school year.  Dashboard data is updated every Friday, and includes positive case counts along with quarantine counts.


Covid 19 Dashboard

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


As part of the federal response to Covid 19, every school district has been allocated funds to mitigate the impacts of Covid.  A requirement of the most recent allocation is the creation of a Local Use of Funds Plan that covers the three years in which the funds can be spent (between now and September 2024).  Our ARP ESSER plan invests heavily in staffing to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on learning, as well as on curricular materials, which will be the foundation for strong educational experiences that will benefit all students.  In addition, the plan makes investments in technology, indoor air quality, and student experiential grants.  More information on this plan, including ways to provide feedback, are available at the link below.


ARP ESSER Local Use Of Funds Plan

https://www.bataviaschools.org/ARPESSERLocalUseofFundsPlan.aspx


Finally, on the construction front, this week is the big week where you will start to see significant changes at Bulldog Place.  The first noticeable difference will be the installation of the construction fence, and the beginning work on the roads that will eventually carry re-routed traffic through the campus.  For the next several weeks, Bulldog Place will continue to be opened, and traffic will proceed through gates that remain open during construction of the new roads.  Once these roads are completed, traffic will be re-routed as construction will begin inside the fenced work zones.  Needless to say, it is going to take some getting used to, and we appreciate your patience as we adjust to the reality of operating school and navigating construction at the same time.  Click here to view a map that details the different zones that will be in place during construction.


All the best,


Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - August 11, 2021
Posted 8/11/2021 at 12:58:39 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

I am excited to welcome you back to the start of school this coming Monday, August 16th.  Welcoming students back after the summer is one of the highlights of the school year and we are looking forward to getting the school year underway.

 

If you have not had a chance to read the Bulldog Bulletin from July 28th (which is located just below this edition), I would encourage you to read through it, as it contains important information on masks and safety protocols.  As we start the year, masks are required for all passengers on school busses per federal guidelines, and highly recommended but not required for everyone inside the school building, regardless of vaccination status.

 

This week the Ohio Department of Health released quarantine guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.  The full guidance can be read here, and below is a quick summary for general reference when there is a positive Covid case reported in school:

 

If you are fully vaccinated, and you are exposed to a Covid case for 15 or more minutes at less than 6 feet of distance inside the school building, you will be able to remain in school and no quarantine is necessary, but you will have to wear a mask in school for 14 days OR until a negative covid test result is received (with the test occurring at least 3 days after the initial exposure).

 

If you are not fully vaccinated, BUT CONSISTENTLY WEARING A MASK CORRECTLY, you will only have to quarantine if you are less than 3 feet from someone identified with Covid for 15 or more minutes.  If quarantined under this scenario, the person would be able to return to school after 7 days with proof of a negative Covid test result administered on or after the 5th full day following exposure. (For those choosing not to have a Covid test, the quarantine period is 10 days).

 

If you are not fully vaccinated and not wearing a mask, you will be quarantined if you are less than 6 feet from a Covid case for 15 or more minutes.  The quarantine can end after 7 days with proof of a negative test result administered on or after the 5th full day following exposure; otherwise, the standard quarantine of 10 days will apply.

 

It is critically important to conduct symptom checks prior to coming to school, and keep your child(ren) home if they are not feeling well.  It is also vitally important to notify your child’s building nurse if your child has been tested for Covid and has results pending using the contact information below:

 

Elementary: hollandsworth_j@bataviaschools.org

Middle School: graham_l@bataviaschools.org

High School: rafferty_s@bataviaschools.org

 

If your student has been fully vaccinated, please email a copy of the vaccination record to your student’s school nurse using the following contact information:

 

Middle School: graham_l@bataviaschools.org

High School: rafferty_s@bataviaschools.org

 

The above guidelines only apply to exposures occurring in classroom settings. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 outside of the school setting should not attend school or extracurriculars until a return date has been determined by the school nurse.

 

Finally, we are aware of the issues with updated bus stop information not displaying in the parent portal.  As of this writing (the morning of 8/11) the bus stop information is from last year.  We are actively working to resolve this issue, and expect a resolution in the next twenty four hours.  A district wide email will be sent once this issue has been resolved and correct bus information is available.  I apologize for the delay and we are working diligently to correct this issue.

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - July 28, 2021
Posted 7/28/2021 at 7:41:36 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

Happy late July to everyone.  I hope the summer was good to you and your family.  As we gear up to return to school on August 16th, there are a number of important informational items in this edition of the Bulletin.

 

Masks

I’ll lead off with the topic that is on everyone’s mind, which is masks in school.  Over the past few days there has been a flurry of information released on recommendations for mask wearing in school from the Ohio Department of Health,  Cincinnati Children’s Hospitalthe Centers for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

To begin the school year, we will be following the guidance from Children’s Hospital, the CDC, and the AAP by highly recommending that masks be worn inside school buildings during the school day regardless of vaccination status.  Information and understanding about the impact of the Delta variant continues to evolve daily, and the use of masks inside the buildings gives us the best opportunity to maintain full time in-person instruction.  While this is not a mask mandate, a return to requiring masks could occur if it is the difference between having in person instruction or having to return to remote learning.  

 

The only exception to this (and this is important to understand) is on school busses, where all riders must wear a mask.  This requirement includes trips to and from school, field trips, and sports trips. There is currently a federal order which mandates masks on all forms of public transportation, and this mandate includes school busses. (click here to read more about this order).

 

Covid Safety Protocols

 

In addition to highly recommending masks during the school day inside the buildings, there are a number of Covid related safety practices that will continue this school year, including:

  • Spacing of at least three feet where possible

  • Use of hand sanitizer between class changes

  • Cleaning of classroom desks between class changes

  • Assigned seating in classrooms, busses, and cafeterias for contact tracing

  • Nightly cleaning of classrooms using our Clorox 360 machines

  • Quarantines per health department guidelines

Also, a new air purification system using Covid relief dollars is being installed on the air handlers at all three buildings to enhance the neutralization of airborne pathogens.  Long after Covid is not the issue it is currently, this upgrade will be beneficial to overall indoor air quality, and we will be able to move this system from the current buildings into the new buildings once construction is complete.

 

Vaccination and Quarantines

 

While the district is not mandating vaccines, they are still the number one tool out there to prevent infection with Covid-19.  Any vaccinated person will not have to quarantine should they be considered a close contact to someone who has Covid-19. (Here are a couple of recent articles on the impact the vaccine is having and the difference in outcomes between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals: article 1article 2).

 

Once we get a little closer to the start of the school year, a communication will come out with information about submitting student Covid-19 immunization records.

 

For our 7th grade students who still need their Tdap vaccine, and 12th grade students who still need their meningitis vaccine, a back to school vaccination clinic will be available by appointment only on August 11th at Batavia High School.  Click here for more information on signing up for the clinic.

 

Back to School Open House Schedule

 

Batavia Elementary

Wednesday, August 11th 5 - 7pm - Pre-K to 2nd Grade 

Thursday, August 12th 5 - 7pm - Grades 3 - 5

 

Batavia Middle School

Thursday, August 12th 4 - 6pm - Grades 6 - 8

 

Batavia High School

Monday, August 9th

Freshman Orientation

     9 - 11am Last Names A - L

     1 - 3pm Last Names M - Z

Freshman Parent Meeting - 6PM

Sophomore Parent Meeting - 7PM

 

Thursday, August 12th

Student Open House 2:30 - 6:30pm

Junior Parent Meeting - 6PM

Senior Parent Meeting - 7PM

 

Transportation Sign-Ups and Freeze Dates
If you have not completed a transportation form for the coming school year, please complete one as soon as possible at this link.  Only students who have a form filled out will be scheduled onto a bus.  Also, there will be a transportation freeze from August 9 - 18th, during which time no changes to routes will be made.

 

School Breakfast and Lunch

For the coming school year, breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided free of charge to all students thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even so, if your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch it’s extremely important to fill out the free/reduced meal application to continue to receive important benefits, including school fee waivers and access to supplemental food assistance.

 

Construction Update

There is some exciting news to share on the construction project.  First, the elementary addition project is well underway, and it won't be too long before walls are starting to come up out of the ground.  Second, on July 14th bids were opened for the middle school and high school project. Monarch Construction submitted the winning bid, which was formally awarded at the July 19th Board meeting.  Many of you remember that Monarch was the company that built the elementary school, and we are excited to be able to team up with them to complete Bulldog Place.

 

While formal construction is scheduled to begin on September 13th, you can expect to see increased construction traffic once school begins.  A pre-construction kick-off meeting will be occurring the week of August 9th, and a detailed construction traffic and parking pattern for Bulldog Place will be shared at the conclusion of this meeting.

 

With our successful bid day, the project is still on track for completion in the Summer of 2023, which means we are now on the two year countdown clock for moving everyone into the new buildings!

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - June 25, 2021
Posted 6/25/2021 at 11:44:38 AM by Keith Millard [staff member]

I hope your summer is off to a good start.  A few quick items for this edition of the Bulletin.


First, I want to welcome Mark Pierson to Batavia as our new Athletic Director.  Mark comes to us from the other side of 275, where he currently serves as the Athletic Director for Lawrenceburg High School.  Mark brings a number of years of both AD and classroom teaching experience to the District, and he is excited to get started as the fall athletic season is quickly approaching.  In addition to Mark, I am excited to announce that Tim Young will be joining the athletic department as our new Assistant Athletic Director.  Tim is a familiar face to many of us and he will be a great asset for our student athletes, coaches, and families.  Our current athletic director, Matt Blandin, will be transitioning to a new professional opportunity, and I want to thank him for the impact he has had on the athletic department during his tenure, and his steady guidance of the athletic department through the trials and tribulations of Covid.


Second, in order to ensure all of our busses are routed correctly, we will once again be having families sign up for bus transportation for the 2021/2022 school year.  You can access the form by clicking HERE.  It is important to complete this form by Friday, July 16th.  Any student for which a form is not turned in will not be scheduled on a bus route this fall.


Third, the District has an opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to become a bus driver.  Paid training is available and it is a great way to serve in the District once students return to school.  Shawn Young, our transportation supervisor, is available to answer questions at young_s@bataviaschools.org or by phone at 513-732-xxxx.


Finally, we are excited to be just around the corner from beginning construction on the elementary addition.  Conger Construction was awarded the contract as the general contractor for the project at the May Board of Education meeting,  For the middle and high school projects, we are currently out to bid on both buildings, and anticipate a mid-September construction start assuming we have a successful bid opening day on July 14th.


As things are opening up, I hope you have had the chance to enjoy some summer fun we all missed out on last summer!


All the best,


Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - May 16, 2021
Posted 5/16/2021 at 2:58:58 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

To start off this edition of the Bulletin, I want to congratulate the Class of 2021 on their accomplishments that were recognized at the senior awards and class signing ceremonies last week and wish them best of luck in all their future endeavors as we gather this Thursday for their graduation.  Covid brought very unique challenges to this class of graduates, and I am proud of the way they persevered and persisted through the twists and turns of this school year.

 

In addition to our graduates, the high school recently inducted new members into the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, along with the Middle School welcoming new members into the National Junior Honor Society.  I have been very impressed with the quality of the academic and extracurricular credentials all of the new inductees possess, and am excited to watch as they grow both as leaders and learners in the coming school year.

 

As we look towards the end of this school year, the final day for students will be on Friday, May 28th.  This past week there was a flurry of news surrounding changes in Covid mandates as vaccinations continue to drive down case rates both in Ohio and across the country.  As Ohio’s health orders for schools do not expire until June 2nd, we will continue to operate as we have throughout this school year, with masks still required during the school day for all staff and students.  Once we get into the summer, work will begin on developing Covid related protocols for next year.

 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the most important thing we can do is make sure as many eligible people as possible are vaccinated against Covid19.  By reducing transmission through vaccination, we are limiting not only the ability of the virus to spread, but also limiting chances for the virus to mutate further, which is a key in our shared goal of fully returning to normal in a post-pandemic world.

 

Our next after school vaccination clinic at Batavia High School will be held on Wednesday, May 26 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.  This clinic is open to anyone ages 12 and up, for both the first dose of the vaccine as well as second doses for those who attended the shot clinic on May 5th.  Anyone who receives their first dose on May 26th will be able to come back to the high school for the second dose on June 16th.  Please spread the word about these shot clinics to anyone you know who has not been vaccinated.  For more information and a complete schedule of vaccination dates/sites,  please visit the Clermont County Health Department website at: https://ccphohio.org/covid-19-vaccine-info/

 

Finally, I want to specifically mention and congratulate Jeanne Rasfeld and Jackie Roberts on their retirements at the end of this school year.  Jeanne will be sorely missed in Kindergarten and transportation won’t be the same without seeing Jackie on a daily basis.  Both Jeanne and Jackie exemplify all that is great about being part of the Bulldog family, and on behalf of the entire Batavia Community I want to thank them for their service to our students and wish them both health and happiness in the next chapter of their lives.

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - April 22, 2021
Posted 4/22/2021 at 5:11:32 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

There are two exciting pieces of information to share in this edition of the Bulletin.  First, as a follow up to the Governor’s request that schools partner with local health departments to offer Covid19 vaccination opportunities, I am happy to share about a new County-wide vaccination initiative between the Clermont County Department of Health and all of the county school districts.  Beginning this Saturday and running through the following Wednesday, clinics will be held following the schedule below.



These clinics are open to everyone (not just students age 16-18), regardless of the school district you live in (for example, if the shot clinic at Goshen High School is more convenient for you schedule wise, you are free to sign up to receive the vaccine there).


When picking a location, it is important to remember that you will have to return for your second dose 21 days later.  Using Batavia as an example, if you attend the clinic on Wednesday, May 5th you will have to return to the Batavia location for your second dose on Wednesday, May 26th.

 

As the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people 16 and older, I want to encourage any eligible student who has not been vaccinated along with all members of the community to be vaccinated at any of these sites.  The key to ending the hold that Covid has and to reduce the number of variants from increasing is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

 

If you have already been vaccinated but know of others who still are in need of a vaccine, please pass this opportunity onto them.  Click HERE for information on how to register, along with specific information regarding the Batavia High School clinic event.


Second, as part of our pandemic recovery plan, we are excited to announce a summer enrichment experience opportunity through the creation of the Batavia Local Schools Student Catalyst Grant program.

batavia schools catayst grant graphic


Funding for this initiative has been made available using Covid relief dollars designated for academic supports and enrichment.  For the initial grant round, $30,000 has been allocated to fund individual student summer enrichment opportunities up to $250 per student.  To learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply, please click here.

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - March 29, 2021
Posted 3/29/2021 at 9:06:32 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

The change in seasons sure has a way of making things feel a little brighter.  As I've been writing this edition of the Bulletin, my gaze continues to be drawn to my window, where signs of spring abound, and I am reminded of how much we have to be grateful for as a school district in spite of the year we have all had to walk through.

 

Below are several important updates that are broken down by topic.

 

Covid19 Vaccine

As of today (3/29), everyone ages 16 and up is eligible to be vaccinated, and I would encourage everyone to be vaccinated at your first opportunity.  For the next couple of weeks it is going to take some perseverance to obtain an appointment, as demand will be exceeding supply.  This will even itself out fairly quickly, and the best guidance I can give is to keep at it if you can't get an appointment right away, and to check appointment websites daily.  Our path back to normal includes getting as many people vaccinated as possible and continuing to wear masks and focus on distancing and hand washing during this critical time.

 

Below are links to several websites where you can schedule vaccination appointments:

 

Clermont County Health Department

 

Hamilton County Health Department

 

Kroger

Ohio Kroger pharmacies and clinics will dedicate an hour of each day exclusively to offer COVID-19 vaccines, check appointment availability

For the Cincinnati mass vaccination clinic, search for zip code 45207 (Cintas Center – Open to Public) 

Meijer

https://clinic.meijer.com/

WalMart

https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

Construction Update

With construction set to begin a little more than two months from now, there is a lot to catch up on with the building project.  Beginning Wednesday night (3/31) through Thursday night (4/8), there will be five opportunities to get an update on the project, see updated project images, and have your questions answered.  Dates, times, and meeting links are listed below:

 

3/31 - 7:00pm (online)

https://meet.google.com/hfz-aupd-yxg

 

4/1 - 12 noon (online)

https://meet.google.com/hfz-aupd-yxg

 

4/7 - 3:15pm (online)

https://meet.google.com/hfz-aupd-yxg

 

4/8 - 4:15pm (in-person)

Live presentation at Batavia Elementary School

(This session is primarily for staff, but members of the public unable to participate in any of the other sessions are welcome to attend).

 

4/8 - 7pm (online)

https://meet.google.com/hfz-aupd-yxg

 

Construction Groundbreaking

To kick off construction at Bulldog Place, groundbreaking ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, June 1st on campus.  These are open to all members of the public and will be recorded for those unable to attend.

 

Elementary Addition Groundbreaking - 10:30am