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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

High School Groundbreaking - 11:00am

Middle School Groundbreaking - 11:30am

 

State Testing

As soon as we return from Spring Break students will begin to take annual State tests.  After being cancelled last year due to the statewide school closure, students will once again be participating in these important assessments.  While the results are not being used for the state report card this year, the results are extremely important, as the data will be key in helping to determine academic needs as we emerge from the pandemic.  Please encourage your child(ren) to do their very best on the days they will be testing in the coming weeks.

 

K-8 Language Arts Curriculum Adoption

A project that was pushed to the side by Covid was the curriculum adoption project for Language Arts in grades K-8.  We are excited that this work is back on track and the goal is to have a new Language Arts series in place at the elementary and middle school by the start of school next year.

 

2021-2022 Open Enrollment

For families who are open enrolled in the District, the annual application window is open from April 7 - April 30.  More information, including changes on where applications are to be submitted, can be found here: https://www.bataviaschools.org/OpenEnrollment.aspx

 

Have an enjoyable spring break and happy Opening Day to all of our Reds fans!

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - February 17, 2021
Posted 2/17/2021 at 8:38:27 AM by Keith Millard [staff member]

As you probably have heard in the news, Governor DeWine has laid out a vaccination schedule for school personnel throughout the State of Ohio.  For Clermont County school employees, the week of February 22nd has been designated for the first dose of the vaccine, and for Batavia specifically, vaccinations will occur on Friday, February 26th.

 

In order to accommodate approximately 200 staff members who will be vaccinated on a staggered appointment schedule at West Clermont High School (which is the vaccination site that we have been assigned to), Batavia will operate on a remote learning schedule for this day.

 

The second dose of vaccine will be administered either on Friday, March 19th OR Friday March 26th, depending on which vaccine is received on February 26th.  This day will also be a remote learning day, and the specific day will be announced as soon as it is known.

 

Finally, as we have used our last three allotted snow days, any future days where school has to be closed due to the weather will be a remote learning day, following the same remote learning schedule from a few weeks ago.

 

I know we are all tired of this late winter blast...keep hanging in there.  Spring isn’t too far away!

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - Special Weather Bulletin
Posted 2/8/2021 at 4:54:17 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

Bulldog Bulletin - Special Weather Bulletin

 

In this Covid year, I was at least hopeful that winter weather would not become a major issue, but looking into the next few weeks, it is something that must be considered.

 

In order to meet our minimum hours of instruction and not have to extend the school year, we are limited on the number of additional days school can be closed with no instruction taking place.  On the flip side, the traditional snow day is the type of school age ritual you hate to see go during this time where so much has felt upside down.

 

The plan moving forward is to find a balance between the need to get instructional days in while still allowing for a few of those unanticipated magical days for kids where they wake up to an unexpected day off.

 

Between now and the end of the school year, the next three days of school that have to be called off due to weather will be considered “traditional” snow days.

 

After the third day, any additional days where school is off due to weather will move to our remote learning schedule.

 

Looking down the road several weeks to when school staff Covid vaccinations in Clermont County occur, the current plan for Batavia is to shift to remote learning on those days.  The vaccination schedule for Clermont County has not yet been finalized, so additional details will be communicated as soon as they are available.

 

Thank you as always for your continued support and flexibility as we work through this Covid school year together.

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - February 5, 2021
Posted 2/5/2021 at 12:38:23 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

To begin this Bulletin, I would like to just say ‘thank you’ to everyone for their flexibility this past week.  Keeping in-person learning going has been a priority for the District since the start of the year, and the switch to remote learning this past week was done only as a last resort.

 

Looking ahead to next week, the plan is to return to in-person learning beginning Monday, February 8th.

 

Should there be further issues with transportation capacity moving forward,  the following steps will be taken prior to moving to a full district remote schedule:

  1. Temporary shut-down of individual routes on a day by day basis (with no route being shut on successive days unless no other options are available)

  2. Moving the high school to remote learning on a day by day basis

  3. Moving both the high school and middle school to remote learning on a day by day basis

The elementary school will only move to remote learning if all of the steps above still do not allow for transportation necessary to operate the elementary school.

 

Looking ahead between now and spring break, the potential does exist for additional days where there is a switch to remote learning or days where school is not in session due to the weather, Covid cases, staffing issues etc.  While the goal continues to be remaining open for in-person instruction, it is important to have backup plans in place for your student(s).

 

Thank you again for your part in making this week work as well as it has, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday.

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - January 2, 2021
Posted 1/2/2021 at 11:53:30 AM by Keith Millard [staff member]

For the first Bulldog Bulletin of 2021, I want to start by wishing you a Happy New Year.  Here’s to better times ahead for us all as the year progresses.

 

As we prepare for returning to school on Monday, there are a number of very important informational items to share.

 

To start, it is important to keep in mind that while there is optimism about what lies ahead for the spring and summer, the next few months are going to continue to be challenging until vaccinations become more widespread.

 

The most important thing, and I can’t stress this enough, is the need for continued vigilance in wearing masks and distancing, not only during the school day, but also at all after school and community events.  While we had great success keeping school open this fall, the reality is that the second half of November and December were very challenging from a staffing perspective.  


In order to get through the next couple of months it will take everyone doing their part.  While there is light at the end of the tunnel, we are in the part of the tunnel that is going to take the greatest effort to get through.

Close Contact Quarantine Changes

One of the biggest challenges for everyone prior to break was dealing with quarantines due to being in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with Covid-19.  For those who had to quarantine multiple times, it was especially difficult.  In December there was a bit of relief, as schools had the ability to shorten the quarantine time from 14 to 10 days in the academic setting (with 14 days still required for athletics).  

 

Over the break, the Governor announced preliminary results of an evaluation conducted by Ohio State in partnership with school districts in Ohio that examined the relationship between close contacts who were wearing masks appropriately and the spread of Covid-19.  The findings suggest that  “Children who were close contacts and appropriately masked had rates of COVID-19 that were similar to children with no known COVID-19 exposure in school. The COVID-19 rate in the comparison group suggests community transmission outside the school setting.”

 

Based on this evaluation, the guidance on quarantines has changed.  Beginning with our return on January 4th, if a student, teacher, or staff member is exposed in the classroom setting to someone with COVID-19, quarantine will not be recommended for the exposed individual(s) as long as everyone is appropriately wearing masks and other appropriate protocols are followed (ex. hand washing, classroom sanitation, existing classroom setups, etc.) 

 

This change, however, will not eliminate all contact tracing or quarantines.  There are a number of settings where contact tracing and quarantines will still occur.  These include (but are not limited to) lunch, busses, athletics, extra-curriculars, as well as close contact exposures that occur outside of school.  If a person is considered a close contact in any of the above scenarios, s/he will still have to be quarantined for 10 days from the last date of exposure.

 

For athletic quarantines, the District will continue to follow the guidance from the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Ohio Department of Health, which allows for a return to school after 10 days, but wait until 14 days have passed until a return to athletic participation.

Covid Communication Changes

In an effort to be transparent and communicate openly, the approach taken prior to break was to notify the entire district by email every time a positive case was identified.  In addition, emails were sent to families whose students were in a classroom or activity where the positive case occurred, regardless of whether the student was or was not a close contact.  The result of this was a large volume of emails, many of which pertained to the same case.

 

In order to reduce the number of emails families are receiving and to provide more clarity and context to our communications, the following changes will be made beginning January 4th.

  • A new web page has been established that will contain daily positive student and staff case counts.  Each Friday afternoon an email will be sent out with a link to this page.  This will replace the building wide emails that were previously sent.

  • Email communication will continue to be sent to the parents or guardians of all students who share a classroom space or have participated in a school activity with a student, teacher, staff member, or coach who has tested positive for Covid-19.

  • Phone communication will continue to be made with all families of students who are considered to be close contacts and who must quarantine.

By making these changes, the goal is to provide a clearer picture of Covid case counts within the District, while still meeting communication expectations from the Ohio Department of Health.

Reporting A Positive Case Or Quarantine From The Break

As you could probably tell from emails you received over the break, parents and the health department continued to contact us regarding positive cases.

 

If, during the break, your child:

  1. Has been tested and is awaiting a result, 

  2. Has received a positive test result 

  3. Has been quarantined as a result of being a close contact

It is important that your child not come to school and this information be communicated with your child’s school building using the following email addresses prior to their return:

 

Batavia High School

derickson_t@bataviaschools.org AND hollandsworth_j@bataviaschools.org

 

Batavia Middle School

wainscott_e@bataviaschools.org AND hollandsworth_j@bataviaschools.org

 

Batavia Elementary School

munro_r@bataviaschools.org AND hollandsworth_j@bataviaschools.org

A Final Thought

The pandemic has been a dark time for us all, in so many different ways.  If you have lost a loved one, a job, or your sense of security and normalcy due to the pandemic, my heart goes out to you and your family in the most sincere way.  I do hope that along the way, you have been able to find some silver linings even among the dark clouds.  I had no idea the lessons I would come to learn over the course of 2020, and while I’m happy to see it go, I’m looking forward to using those lessons to make 2021 the brightest year it can be.


All the best,


Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - December 8, 2020
Posted 12/8/2020 at 12:07:41 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

A few quick update items for this edition of the Bulletin.

 

Chromebook Deployment

After waiting patiently for our Chromebooks to arrive, they finally were delivered just before Thanksgiving, and have now been deployed throughout the District.  At the middle school, students have been assigned devices that they take between home and school each day.  At the elementary school, each student is assigned a device for use throughout the day, with devices returned to homeroom carts at the end of each day.  The District has been actively working toward becoming a 1 to 1 District since the 2017-2018 school year. This achievement is a milestone worth celebrating in this Covid year.

 

Quarantine Length Revision

Late last week, The Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health released updated guidance on quarantine lengths for persons identified as close contacts with someone who has tested positive for Covid19.  The revised standard the District will be following is a 10 day quarantine from the last date of exposure as determined by contact tracing.  The CDC has found that the likelihood of a person transmitting Covid19 after day 10 is extremely low (1.4%).  The reduction in the length of quarantines will help get students back to school sooner without compromising safety.

 

Free Meals Now Through May 2021

The USDA recently announced that the free breakfast and lunch program for all students will continue through the end of the school year.  All students, regardless of income level, are able to get breakfast and lunch without charge, and we are encouraging all students to participate.

 

For students who are online, the weekly  breakfast and lunch pickup on Wednesdays will also continue through the end of the year.  If you have a student learning at home, and would like to participate in this program, please contact Adrienne Tompkins at tompkins_a@bataviaschools.org

or by phone at: 513-732-2343 x.7268 (NOTE: Those currently participating do not need to take any additional actions).

 

Deadline To Request A Switch To 2nd Semester Online Learning - Friday, December 11th.

Even with the elevated local, state, and national case numbers, our return to in person learning has been very successful, and our case counts are exceedingly low when compared to all of Clermont County.  While the next few months will continue to be challenging, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel, and hope that a corner will be turned in the next 8 to 12 weeks.  For families that wish to make a switch to remote learning for the second semester, please use the link below.  This switch is for the entire semester, and the deadline to request a switch is this Friday (12/11).

 

https://www.bataviaschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GU22UY&dasi=3302

 

It’s a tried and true adage that tough times really are the measure of character, and as a District we are passing this test with flying colors.  I am deeply appreciative of everyone’s efforts to keep our buildings safe and learning continuing in this moment we are all experiencing.  Every individual action makes a difference as we work through this time together.

 

All the best,

 

Keith

Bulldog Bulletin - December 3, 2020
Posted 12/3/2020 at 3:55:38 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

Note: This edition of the Bulletin contains information on requesting a switch from in-person to online learning for the second semester.  If your child is currently an in-person learner, and you plan for your child to remain in-person for the remainder of the year, you can stop reading after the chart below.  

Thanks!  

- Keith


Recently, families of students who are currently online were given the option to return to in-person learning beginning with the second semester, which begins on January, 19, 2021.  Approximately 40% (200 students) across K to 12 selected this option.  The remaining students (just over 300) will stay online for the remainder of the year.  As the returning students are spread across all grade levels, we will be able to maintain all of our health protocols that we returned to school with.


For our face to face students, the option does exist to move to online learning beginning with the second semester.  As the return to in person learning has been very successful, with few Covid cases, we are encouraging students who are learning in-person to remain in-person for the rest of the school year.


The chart below shows the number of Covid cases by building since July, and our total number of cases only represents 0.004% of all cases in Clermont County, which is a very encouraging statistic.


chart showing the number of covid cases (27) in the district from July to November

The larger issue for some has been needing to quarantine due to close contact with a positive Covid case (whether inside or outside of school).  There are changes on the horizon for how long quarantines must last which should hopefully help lessen quarantine durations as we move into the second semester.  Also, as vaccine distribution begins this month and accelerates into January, there is optimism that things should begin to improve as we head into the spring.


If you would like for your child to switch from in person learning to online at the semester (January 19, 2021 start date), please fill out the form for the appropriate building using the links below.  A separate form needs to be filled out for each student moving from in person to online learning.  As we only have a little over four weeks left in the current semester, changes will not occur until January 19th.  Due to the complicated nature of running both an in-person and on-line option, any change to online learning is final, and anyone who changes at the semester will remain online, even if the pandemic gets better heading into the spring.


Finally, each form has a specific set of additional information to consider prior to committing to switch your child to online learning, and each information statement must be acknowledged.


The deadline to request a switch to online learning is Friday, December 11, 2020.  Requests will not be accepted past this date.


Batavia Elementary School Form:


https://forms.gle/mZzgRJHycJWaLYT5A


Batavia Middle School Form:


https://forms.gle/PFP74bWLvLHnk9pz6


Batavia High School Form:


https://forms.gle/z6BdsBAVYqrGmiLy9

Bulldog Bulletin - November 19, 2020
Posted 11/19/2020 at 1:13:16 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the lead for this edition of the Bulletin is how thankful I am for the role everyone has played in keeping face to face learning going for our students.  While it hasn’t been easy, everyone has done a great job inside of the buildings adjusting to how school needs to operate differently in order to remain open, and the evidence of our success inside of the buildings has been the low number of confirmed Covid cases that have been identified since July.

 

Confirmed Covid Cases


July

August