Date: April 20, 2020
From Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske
Dear OH families:
Earlier today, Gov. DeWine made a tough decision and ordered school buildings across Ohio to remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. For Ottawa Hills Local Schools, the decision means we remain committed to the Remote Learning Plan and schedules through the end of May.
While warranted from a safety perspective, the decision further disrupts our school year and adds uncertainty into the already turbulent lives of every parent and student. District staff and faculty are saddened that we will not be physically present with your children again this academic year. The COVID-19 crisis continues to claim not only lives, but our traditions and social patterns. In the words of Gov. DeWine, it’s a real shame.
The loss is especially great for our seniors. I place the focus on them in this week's "Face Time with Fineske!" video. (Watch "Face Time with Fineske" No. 3)
But we still have 27 days of school remaining. And so we continue to be focused on educating and supporting your children to the best of our collective abilities. To that end, I will be reconvening our Coronavirus Response Team soon. Our discussions will center around examining the unique effects of the closure on the 62 members of the Class of 2020 and their families. I also will provide an update to the Board of Education tomorrow as its regular monthly meeting.
Until options and plans are fully discussed, we need everyone to stay the course with the Remote Learning Plan and continue to do the following:
- Students at every grade level: Focus on your homework, attending virtual classes, and completing lessons and assignments.
- Junior/Senior High students: Checking email daily.
- Parents: Continue building structure into your child’s at-home study schedule and supporting them emotionally and intellectually.
We can take solace in knowing we are not alone. Ohio has more than 600 school districts grappling with this news. We are confident that our Remote Learning Plan, technology, students, and families are working well together. But we continue to hear your feedback and make adjustments as needed.
You will hear more from us in the days ahead. Until then, please continue to heed the advice of health professionals: practice social-distancing, keep washing your hands, and thinking positive thoughts. We will get through this together and be better for it!
Dr. Adam Fineske