Batavia Local Schools

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Batavia, OH 45103
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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

April 12th - 11:00pm

A few quick updates as we head into our fourth week of remote learning:
 
1. Grab and Go breakfast and lunch is FREE for any person 18 or younger (this includes non-school age little ones at home) and happens every Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  A new pickup site at the corner of Harmony Court and Pleasant Acres Drive is being added beginning Monday, April 13th.  Click here for full list of pickup locations and times.
 
2. If you have not filled out Census information yet for your household, please take a few minutes to do so by clicking here.  An accurate count of all residents is very important for both Batavia and Clermont County.
 
3. If you still need to vote in the March 17th Primary Election, click here for information on requesting a ballot, which must be postmarked by April 28th in order for your vote to be counted. 
 
4. Now that we are three weeks into remote learning, everyone is staring to get the hang of things.  For all things virtual learning, please click here to visit the district remote learning page. 
 
The week ahead should hopefully provide some insight as to what life will look like for schools after May 1st.  Updates on the status of the school closure along with information regarding our seniors will be shared as soon as new information is available.
 

 

April 5th - 12:00pm

I hope everyone is hanging in there and adapting to this new temporary rhythm of life.  The entire staff misses seeing the students and families each day. Remember to keep taking it a day at a time...it’s more manageable that way.

 

As the Governor has now officially extended the school closure and stay at home order through May 1st, the link below will take you to a new District remote learning webpage, which contains links to each building plan and other useful items.

Remote Learning Page


The new stay at home order means all District facilities, including buildings and all athletic fields are closed to students and the public through May 1st.


Beginning April 6th, breakfast and lunch grab and go service will be available at 5 neighborhood locations as well as at Batavia Elementary School every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Meals are free for any child ages 18 or below. The link below has more details.

Food Service Delivery Locations and Schedule


For those who have internet connection needs, two extended wifi hotspots have been set up at Bulldog Place.  The link below will give you more information.

Bulldog Place Wifi Hotspots


For our open enrolled families, the open enrollment application period opens on Monday, April 6th.  More information is at the link below.

Open Enrollment Instructions


Regarding graduation and prom, the high school is currently working on a set of backup dates in June and a second set of backup dates in July should social distancing rules be extended past May 1st.


As far as coming back to school, our remote learning plans are focused on getting us through the next four weeks, and once the Governor announces plans past May 1st additional guidance will be released on how the school year will be concluded.


Keep taking care of yourself and each other.


Keith


 

 

 

March 30th - 10:00pm

Today the Governor announced that schools across the state would remain shut through Friday, May 1st.  All district activities and sporting events are cancelled through this date.  Options are currently being considered for re-scheduling Prom, which is unfortunately affected by this closure.  As we have anticipated that an additional closure period would occur, the academic plan detailed in the March 29th update provides information on the path forward for the next several weeks. 

 

March 29th - 10:00pm

Below are important updates for this week:

 

Food Service

Breakfast and lunch grab and go meals will be available again this week (March 30 - April 3) at Batavia Elementary School and Batavia Middle School from 9:30am to 11:00am.  There may be changes to meal sites in the future, but not prior to April 6th.

 

Family Support

Families in need of food or with other family support needs can send an email to [email protected].  A team has been established to respond to all support requests (Note: Academic questions should be sent to individual teachers or building principals).

 

Facilities

The middle school football field, high school baseball field, high school softball field, elementary school playgrounds, and the old Batavia Elementary playground at 215 Broadway are closed for all users.

 

The high school track and stadium field along with the high school tennis courts are open for individual, informal, non-team, non-organized physical activity, and all social distancing directives from the Governor’s office and the Ohio Department of Health must be followed in order for these facilities to remain open.

 

Academic Plan - March 30 to April 3

Elementary activity boards 3 and 4 will be posted on Monday, March 30th on the Batavia Elementary Website.  Families in need of paper copies of assignments may pick them up between 9:30am and 11:00am each day at the elementary school.

 

Batavia Middle School students will be receiving an email from their grade level teacher teams with assignments for the week of March 30th.  Families in need of paper copies of assignments may pick them up between 9:30am and 11:00am each day at the middle school.

 

Batavia High School student assignments will be posted to Google Classroom for the week of March 30th.  Students in need of printed assignments should email either Mr. Derickson or Mr. Stevens.

 

Academic Plan - April 6 to ???

As of this writing a decision has still not been made by the Governor’s office as to when schools will be allowed to re-open.  However, given the extension of the federal government social distancing policies through April 30th, we are planning for remote learning experiences that will be extending for at least the next several weeks.

 

This week our teachers will be working in grade and department level teams on new remote learning activities that will begin the week of April 6th.  We realize the heavy demands that are on all families during this crisis, and our goal for all grade levels is to find a good balance that includes expectations for daily learning along with a recognition that the academic load can not be the same as it is when students are present at school each day.

 

More information regarding remote learning beginning the week of April 6th will be made available by Friday, April 3rd.

 

Open Enrollment

The enrollment application for current open enrolled families will be available on the Central Enrollment webpage on Friday, April 3rd.  Applications will be accepted electronically beginning Monday, April 6th. More details will be posted when the application goes live on April 3rd.

 

State/AP Testing

Last week the legislature passed a bill that suspended state testing for this spring.  For our high school students enrolled in AP courses, your teachers and counselors will be in touch with you regarding plans for both AP exam review and remote AP exam administration.

 

Seniors

While no decision has been made yet regarding prom, senior awards, and graduation, we are watching events unfold daily and are working on various contingency plans depending on how long Ohio’s stay at home order and the associated school closure lasts.  This is certainly not how anyone envisioned senior year going for the Class of 2020, and we will figure out a way to celebrate our seniors and their fortitude during this time should originally scheduled dates be pushed back.

 

Part of the legislative package that was passed last week included graduation flexibility for the Class of 2020.  Over the next two weeks the high school administrative and counselor team will be working with members of the Class of 2020 on specifics regarding the completion of spring coursework and other requirements necessary prior to graduation.

 

COVID-19 Information

 

State of Ohio Information

 

Federal Information

 

March 20, 2020 - 4:00pm 
 

As our first full week of operating in ‘remote learning’ status draws to a close, a few updates:

  • Between now and April 1st, teachers will be reaching out by phone to all families to check in with you and your child.  If your family has a specific food or other family support need, please communicate this need to [email protected]

  • Our second week of remote learning from March 30 - April 3rd will run the same as it did during this past week.  At the time of this writing, no decision has been made by the Governor’s office regarding when school will reopen, and staff are currently planning for what instruction will look like should we be out past April 3rd.

  • For our Seniors in the Class of 2020, we know this is a very stressful time, and more information regarding senior scholarships, prom, and graduation will be made available once a clearer direction on how long school will be closed is provided by the Governor’s office.

 

I know I speak for the entire staff in saying that we miss seeing the students and we know how hard it has been for everyone to have the regular rhythms of school life completely upended.  The good news is that this will not last, and we are fortunate to live in a day and age where we have technology tools that allow us to stay connected. Keep leaning on one another for support and we’ll all get through this by taking it one day at a time.


 
March 16, 2020 - 10:00pm
Two quick updates as we continue to get up and running with food service and academic lessons this week.
 
First, grab and go pickup breakfast and lunch service continues at Batavia Elementary School and Batavia Middle School from 9:30 to 11:00am each day. 
 
Second, all lessons for this week are now posted:
Batavia Elementary School - Use this link to access lesson boards 
Batavia Middle School - Grade level assignment emails were sent to parents Monday.
Batavia High School - Assignments have been posted to Google Classroom
 
 
March 13, 2020 - 7:00pm 
 

Before jumping into the update, I just want to take a moment to recognize all of the members of the Batavia staff for their efforts over the past 48 hours.  Taking an operation that is designed to serve kids that arrive each day and flipping the switch to a service model where the kids you serve suddenly aren’t there is a big undertaking.  The teamwork and mission focus displayed was a testament to the care and concern the staff has for the students and community on a daily basis. It was a proud superintendent moment to see it all in action!


Below are the most recent information updates from categories shared in Thursday’s communication:


Academic Activities

Today, teachers in each building developed lessons that students will complete at home during the week of March 16th and the week of March 30th.  Each building principal has sent an email with specific details, and all assignments for the week of March 16th will be communicated electronically by Monday.


Building/Student Activities

All student activities, including athletic practices and contests, are cancelled through April 5th.  The Ohio High School Athletic Association has banned all team activities during this time. The buildings will be closed to all outside events and groups.


Food Service

As a district we will have two Grab N’ Go Stations open for breakfast and lunch purchases at Batavia Elementary and Batavia Middle School from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM each day during the weeks of March 16th and March 30th.  Normal cafeteria procedures will be in place (a student who is eligible for free meals will receive meals for free, a student who is eligible for reduced price meals will pay the reduced price, and full pay students will be charged the regular price).


One of the most upsetting things to us as educators regarding the closure has been the disruption of daily food service operations, and we have worked to quickly find a solution that will be helpful to families.


Please contact your building principal with questions or to alert regarding special circumstances with families who may need help accessing meals.


Just as a reminder, the latest information from the Ohio Department of Health can be found here and the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control can be found here.


Please take care of yourself and look out for one another as we all walk this road together.


Keith
 
March 12, 2020 - 10:30pm

It has certainly been a whirlwind 48 hours.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through a vast amount of information as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.


The District will be closed beginning tomorrow (3/13/2020) and will remain closed through Sunday (4/5/2020), which marks the end of Governor Dewine’s school closing order.  While we anticipate reopening beginning Monday (4/6/2020), this could change depending on the status of the COVID-19 situation at that point and further orders from the governor.


Tomorrow, staff will be reporting and will be working on lessons to be completed at home both next week (March 16 - March 20), as well as the week of March 30 - April 3 (which is the week after our scheduled spring break week).


More information regarding at home assignments will be sent by the end of the day on Friday (3/13/2020).


Below are several other important items as we prepare for these next three weeks:


Student Books/Instruments/Medicines

These can be picked up at school tomorrow (Friday 3/13/2020) during normal building operating hours.  Any unavoidable conflicts that would prevent picking items up on Friday can be handled on a case by case basis by emailing the building principal.


Activities

All activities that are hosted at district buildings are cancelled during this three week period.  We are awaiting final guidance from the OHSAA and SBAAC on spring sport athletic practices/events and will communicate tomorrow (3/13/2020).


Food Service

We plan to run a modified form of breakfast and lunch service during this closure, and are awaiting final guidance from the Ohio Department of Education before making final plans.  An update will be communicated tomorrow (3/13/2020).


Election Day

Batavia High School and Batavia Middle School are both designated as election day sites on Tuesday, March 17th, and will be open for primary voting as scheduled.


While necessary, closing school for this length of time is very difficult for everyone involved, and as a district we will work to be a source of support during these uncertain times.  Keep hanging in there, and remember to follow the CDC’s guidance on reducing the spread of COVID-17.


Additional updates will be coming out tomorrow.



 
 
 
 
March 12, 2020 - 4:00pm
 
Batavia Local Schools will be closed beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, and will remain closed through April 3, 2020.

At this point we anticipate a return to school date of Monday, April 6, 2020.  Please be aware that this date is subject to change by order of the Governor.

This closure is in response to Governor Mike DeWine's announcement that all schools will be closed for three weeks, beginning Monday, March 16th.

More information regarding learning from home, spring events, extracurriculars, and food service will be forthcoming.

This continues to be a very fluid situation, and we appreciate your patience and partnership during this challenging time. 
 
March 12, 2020 - 2:15pm
It's been a busy day of meetings and conference calls on COVID-19, and much has changed since the last Bulldog Bulletin on Tuesday (3/10/20). 
 
As of this update, school remains open and certain after school activities are going to be postponed/cancelled.
 
A more comprehensive update will be provided later today after the Governor's press conference (3/12/20).
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