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Extended Break Information and Details

 

Timeline (as of 4/30/20)

 

Ohio Dept. of Health Order Closing School Facilities

A major announcement yesterday was the Director of the Ohio Dept. of Health’s order that all school buildings will be closed through June 30, 2020. Through a call to the ODH, it was clearly stated that this extends to all school facilities as well and includes stadiums, baseball/softball diamonds and tracks.  This clearly prohibits all schools from making their facilities available to club/travel/non-interscholastic sports during this mandatory shut-down.  While we have no authority over each school’s facilities, our oversight to complying with this is the mandatory no-contact rule that has been in place.  Please see below for an update on this “No-Contact Regulation.”

 

The OHSAA’s No Contact Period Extended through May 31, 2020

The OHSAA’s “No-Contact Regulation” is now extended through May 31, 2020. While this limits the ability for school coaches to directly coach their student-athletes and will also handcuff them from coaching them in non-school programs, it is a result of current restrictions and orders and puts all programs on the same level playing field.  This regulation was implemented long before modern methods of communication and, while we have received many questions on what coaches can or cannot do as a result of “zoom” meetings, text messaging, etc., we have provided guidance that we would ask you to distribute to ALL your coaches.  The intent of this regulation was to prohibit direct contact with students, not electronic methods.  However, many have taken that to a new level to develop various interpretations of their own.  This guidance, which also includes some updates to our General Sports Regulations, is posted at:  https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/OHSAAUpdatesApril30.pdf

 

4/22/20 Update

 

Dear East Muskingum students, families, and staff: 

On Monday 4/20/20 Governor DeWine announced that students would not return to school and that remote learning would be in place through the end of the school year.    
 
* Students with internet access in grades 3-12 will continue to receive instruction through Google Classroom.
 
* Students with no access to the internet and K-2 students will receive additional paper packets next week.  More detailed information related to the packets will be released in the coming days.  
 
* All Spring sporting events have been canceled. 
 
* We fully intend to honor the Class of 2020 in some manner and much of that is based on gathering size per the Governor's orders.  
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together through this crisis.
 
Updates will be posted to the district website, social media, and the All Call system.
 

***An open wireless network has been created for access from all of our school buildings. It does not require a password. Distance from the building can make a difference in signal strength. You can get a decent signal from the parking lot and the signal strength is better the closer to the building you can park. The Middle School and Larry Miller have a much better signal at the rear of the building versus the front of the building.

NOTE: Please remain in your vehicle and adhere to safe social distancing. The WiFi connection utilizes the district web filter for all internet traffic and users must adhere to all district internet policies.

Open wireless network: eastm-open (no password)
 

4/3/20 update


Governor DeWine extended the mandatory school closure through May 1, 2020 earlier this week and yesterday (4/2) extended the “Stay at Home” order for the same period of time. Per orders from the Governor, we will continue to provide learning opportunities, making every attempt to accommodate students based on the resources available to them at home.  We must work through this together with patience and the understanding that it is new and different to everyone. We miss the daily interactions with students and will make every attempt to stay connected through this school closure.


Most importantly we all must adhere to the recommendations of the medical experts to prevent the virus from spreading.  Please Stay at Home and practice safe social distancing if you must go out in public.


Stay healthy!



Friday, April 3

• Paper packets are mailed to students

                    

April 6 – May 1


K-2 students - Paper instructional packets will be mailed to all K-2 students Friday, April 3rd.  Teachers at this level will also remain in contact through the Remin app, letters, email and phone.  We encourage students to read daily and practice math facts and sight words. Completed work can be placed in the collection bins at the respective building where your child attends


Students in grades 3-12 with internet access will continue to receive lessons and feedback from teachers through Google Classroom, Zoom, and email.  


Students in grades 3-12 with no internet access will receive paper packets via mail.  Packets will be mailed Friday, April 3rd.  The Daily Jeffersonian has allowed us to use newspaper stands as collection bins for the paper packets.  The bins will be placed in front of all buildings and are marked by grade where appropriate. Teachers will contact students and parents by email, letter, Remind and phone.


Staff Directory - Full searchable list for finding Teacher emails if needed
 

 

ADDITIONAL STAFF INFORMATION 

 

* Teachers will have limited time in the buildings so that we are conforming to the stay at home order from Governor Dewine. Your principal will communicate to you when those opportunities will be.

 

* The focus of any assignment should be on learning, not grades. The district will provide guidance on adjustments to grading periods, etc. once school resumes. 

 

* With regard to work completion, students will receive a grace period for completing work upon their return to school. This grace period will be extended for those with the accommodation of extended time on their IEP or 504.

 

 

TEACHERS ARE ASKED TO:

 

* Assess and provide feedback on student work that has been submitted electronically

  • Feedback/assessment should be in a timely manner based on type of assignment.

 

* Produce electronic lessons that approximate material that would have been covered during the missed class time

  • Post lessons/assignments/assessments in a timely manner as students finish previously assigned work.

 

* Communicate with students using District approved platforms only.

 

* Staff will be expected to check their emails at least twice daily, once before noon and once before 4:00 p.m. 

 

* Staff will be expected to provide a minimum 2-hour daily time window where they will be online in their Google Classroom and/or email to answer any student or parent questions. In addition, teachers will be expected to provide any additional online instruction/tutoring based on students needs. The time window established by each teacher will be communicated to parents and the building principal.

 

* Staff are encouraged to connect weekly with principals and grade level team as needed.

 

* In the event students/families do not have access to online platforms, teachers and principals will work to provide alternative means of access to curriculum, i.e. mail paper packet.

 

Google Classroom is the preferred platform for grades 3-12

 

* Teachers have access to district-provided laptop

 

* All students have a district assigned email address.

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION and 504 EXPECTATIONS

 

* With regard to work completion, students will receive a grace period for completing work upon return to school. This grace period will be extended for those with the accommodation

of extended time on their IEP or 504.

 

* Intervention specialists and related service providers will schedule and provide specifically designed instruction and related services remotely. Intervention Specialists will collaborate with general ed teachers. For students not able to access curriculum online or students who are alternately assessed, plan to provide a list of daily living/transition activities which they could do at home. We will continue to meet IEP, ETR, and 504 requirements, and document services provided as required by law.

 

* Staff will be required to schedule and participate in the annual review meeting.

 

* In the event an evaluation is underway or coming due, assess whether the evaluation can safely continue in light of COVID-19 related closure. If completion is not feasible, the team can consider conducting a records review, in order to adhere to the deadlines, followed by completion of the evaluation, as indicated in the planning form, upon resumption of school.

 

* For initial evaluations, we will make case by case decisions.

 

* Importantly, all decisions made regarding IEPs and evaluations must be documented in a prior written notice.

 

* Prior written notices should be comprehensive and include details regarding the decision and the basis for the decision - including documenting all attempts to include the parents in the process.

 

* Meetings will be conducted via phone conferencing.

 

* All required team members must participate unless ill or excused.

 

* ETRs will be conducted with the information available (completed assessments, teacher reports, and grades are some examples), ETR’s may have to be reopened once students are back in school. This will be a case by case decision.

 

* Email the parent invitation and DRAFT IEP or ETR to parents prior to the meeting.

 

* If you become ill and cannot conduct the meeting, please email building principal and Special Education Director.

 

* Meetings that are not required to keep IEP/ETR in compliance can be postponed/rescheduled.

 

 

LESSON DELIVERY

 

* We recognize that successful remote learning will look differently at various grade levels and subject areas. Below are the lessons delivery guidelines for teachers:

 

* Google Classroom will be the platform utilized for classroom assignments in grades 3-12 (Paper packets will be mailed to students with no access to the internet).

 

* Teachers in grades K-2 will mail assignments to all students and will provide instructional information to parents via email. Teachers will provide timely communication to parents on instruction and progress.

 

* The focus of any assignment should be on learning, not grades. The district will provide guidance on adjustments to grades once school resumes, or at a later date.

 

**There are several options for presentation of new materials, teachers are expected to collaborate with their peers to discuss possible ideas. Some ideas include:

=         Include links to videos or resources online in their Google classroom. This could include materials from adopted textbooks or online programs used in each course.

=         Instructional videos, screencasts, or online lessons through Google Hangout. Assistance can be provided upon request.

=         Send copies of assignments via email for those not able to access Google classroom.

=         Send assignments via mail if there is no access to the internet.

 

 

STUDENT SUPPORT PARAMETERS

 

* Teachers will be expected to provide a minimum 2-hour daily time window where they will be online in their Google Classroom and/or email to answer any student or parent questions. In addition, teachers will be expected to provide any additional online instruction/tutoring based on students needs. The time window established by each teacher will be communicated to parents and the building principal.

 

* All communication will be through district approved platforms currently in use. Other platforms would not be permitted to maintain consistency for parents and students, and to provide appropriate documentation of communication.

 

* Additional feedback on assignments could be provided as needed.

 

* Students should be held accountable to complete assignments, and teachers should monitor student understanding in order to make adjustments to future plans.

 

* In the event any student or family does not have access to Google classroom, teachers will be asked to provide paper packets of assignments and resources where possible via mail. If this is not possible, the student will not be penalized for any of these specific assignments not completed.

 

 

Helpful Links (as of 4/1/20)  

Staff Directory

Google How-to's and Tutorials (as of 4/1/20)

Additional Educational Resources (as of 3/20/20) 

General Governmental Guidelines on COVID-19

 

 

ARCHIVED INFORMATION

  • On March 30th, 2020, Governor Mike Dewine extended the original school closings in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all K-12 schools will be closed through Friday May 1.
  • On March 12th, 2020, Governor Mike Dewine directed that, in order to prevent the      spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all K-12 schools will be closed from Monday March 16, through Friday April 3. ALL East Muskingum buildings and properties will be CLOSED during this time.

Continuing Education Information  (as of 4/2/20)

During the break, each individual school provided a variety of tools for ongoing education. They also provided ways to stay in contact. That information is provided HERE 

Technical Assistance 

If a student needs technical assistance, please contact the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher in conjunction with the tech department will work to provide support. 

Food Service (as of 3/29/20)

  • East Muskingum Schools provided round 1 of the Muskie Meal Bags for students on Wednesday, March 18th.
  • Round 1 Muskie Meals contained breakfast and lunch for three days. They were distributed in a drive-up manner, right to the vehicle window in the front of John Glenn High School. Pick-up took place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Around 200 Muskie Meal bags were distributed March 18. 
  • Round 2 Muskies Meals were distributed on Sunday March 22 from 4 pm - 6 pm.    They included breakfast and lunch for 5 days. Over 500 Muskies Meals were handed  out
  • Round 3 Muskies Meals were distributed on Sunday March 29 from 4 pm - 6 pm. They included breakfast and lunch for 5 days. Over 500 Muskies Meals were handed out.  

Plans related to future meals are subject to change and will be announced via the district’s all call system and social media when available. 

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