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LONDON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATIONS

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS, STAFF, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

MAY 1ST - AUGUST 1ST

Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, Governor Dewine closed all schools and assigned students to eLearning through the end of the school year. The following information is meant to support students, staff, families, and the community regarding our district operations during this time.

All London City School District buildings and grounds will remain closed until further notice except for the following purposes:

  1. Essential staff is required to report as directed by their direct supervisor or principal.
  2. Food Distribution at London High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 - 12:30 pm through May 20th (Summer food distribution will be communicated separately);
  3. Tech Support daily from 12 - 12:30 pm through May 22nd;
  4. Teachers or other staff members during a time designated by the superintendent or principal;
  5. Pre-scheduled visits by parents or students with prior approval by the appropriate administrator.

When visiting a school for an approved purpose, all individuals must agree to the following:

  1. Use the school’s main entrance and upon entering immediately use hand sanitizer;
  2. Take your temperature and record using the directions located at the main entrance;
  3. Do not enter the campus or leave campus immediately if you exhibit a fever or respiratory symptoms like coughing;
  4. Wear a face covering or mask over the mouth and nose;
  5. Practice effective social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the anticipated changes for seniors this year?

Consistent with guidance from the Governor and the Ohio Department of Education and with consultation from the Madison County Public Health Department, London City Schools has announced plans to honor graduates in a modified commencement ceremony this year. You can read more about the district’s plan here.

Senior Awards and Signing Day

Our senior awards will still take place on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 as previously scheduled. Scholarship winners will be announced during a live broadcast beginning at 7 pm. During the program, a virtual signing day, consisting of senior portraits and college and career plans will be shared.

Will London still hold high school exams this year?

High School exams will be canceled this year. Instead, students will be asked to complete a reflection on their experiences with eLearning.

What is the plan to finish the year from an instruction standpoint?

The district's last day for instruction remains Thursday, May 21st, 2020. However, beginning the week of May 11th, students will not receive any new assignments. After this date, students will be tasked with completing a reflection on eLearning and to complete any outstanding assignments. More information on this process will be shared through Google Classroom.

Are there any plans for a virtual Fine Arts Festival?

The district Fine Arts Festival was originally scheduled for April 4th. Although our on-campus event was canceled, a virtual Fine Arts Program is in the works. Here is a quick video announcing our Elementary program. Look for further updates to be pushed out through our district app and other communication platforms.

When will students be able to pick up materials that may have been left in lockers or in classrooms?

We understand that students may have left personal belongings at school prior to spring break. Each individual school is devising its own plan in order to retrieve these items. Communications on when and how students will be picking up items will be sent by each school principal.

Our school nurses will be arranging for the safe pick up of any unused medications. Parents of students with medications left at school will be contacted individually to schedule a time for pick up.

What about awards for spring sports?

Unfortunately, along with the state school closure came the cancellation of spring sports. We are very disappointed our London athletes did not get to compete in the sports they love. The following guidelines have been developed to support our high school spring varsity athletes. If students were active members of a spring sport in good standing at the time schools were closed, the following is applicable:

  1. All seniors will earn a varsity letter;
  2. All sophomores and juniors who earned letters last year will be awarded a letter again this year;
  3. For all other athletes, this season will serve as a placeholder for future awards depending on next season’s performance. If an athlete on a roster and in good standing this season qualifies for a varsity letter next spring, the athlete will be awarded two varsity letters.

How will Preschool screening be affected by the district closure?

Our district Preschool screening has moved online for the coming school year. Preschool staff will continue to contact families to finish up any needed appointments.

What are the plans for Kindergarten Screening for the coming year?

Kindergarten Screening will take place on Monday, May 11th, but it will be a bit different this year. Our spring “screening” will focus on a collection of records and any outstanding enrollment paperwork. An actual “screening” will take place in August either before the school year or at the start of school. Kindergarten parents will be contacted directly as to the new screening dates and times.

How do I pay my child’s student fees?

Student fees should be mailed to each individual school. Please contact the appropriate school to verify the exact amount owed and clearly mark on the payment, the student’s name, and grade level.

What About Next Year?

School districts have been told to make a variety of contingency plans for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. LCS is currently planning for students to take courses in a variety of ways including traditional, a blend of campus and online instruction, and purely online options. If given the flexibility, the district will work to provide all options to families.


MARCH 23rd - MAY 1st

Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, Governor Dewine closed all schools and assigned students to eLearning until at least May 1st. The following information is meant to support students, families, and the community regarding our district operations during this time.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will the school year be affected by the transition to eLearning?

The previously approved academic calendar is still in place, although students will be conducting their studies virtually. This means that previously scheduled days off like Good Friday and the Monday after Easter will still be treated as non-instructional days. It is anticipated that the last day of school (Thursday, May 21st) will remain the same.

How will eLearning work?

eLearning will be done via Google Classroom, which is a program available via the web or an App. Each teacher will be posting daily/weekly video lessons and corresponding assignments. A list of Google Classroom links along with links to help and directions can be found on the eLearning webpage on the district website. Teachers will post weekly assignments on Monday morning of each week by 9:00 am with a due date of Sunday 11:59 pm.

What if I don’t have a suitable device or reliable internet access to complete my eLearning Lessons?

District devices are not required to complete eLearning, but we realize there is a large difference in access to the internet and devices for many of our families. Fortunately, over the last two years, LCS has invested in a 1 to 1 Device Program for all students in grades 6-12. In order to assist our P-5 students, we have launched a device lending program for students in grades PK-5.

Google Classroom is available as an app and can be accessed on a smartphone. In addition, several national providers including Spectrum and Comcast have offered free internet service for families for the next two months. Provided families practice effective social distancing and remain in vehicles, district wifi can also be accessed on district devices from school parking lots.

As a district, we are exploring several other ways to help families, who may not have reliable internet service. We intend to launch a pilot program in the coming weeks to assist with this process.

What happens if my student needs tech support for their Chromebook?

Students who have issues with Chromebooks may visit London High School from 12-1 pm each weekday for assistance. Effective social distancing will be maintained at all times. Students are asked to complete a Tech Request Form in advance.

Will grades be assigned during eLearning?

Yes. Grades will be assigned as normal with one notable exception.

The district began assigning eLearning assignments on Wednesday, March 25th. To support students in the transition to eLearning, any grades assigned between March 25th and April 3rd will be assigned a Pass (100%) or the grade will be exempted. This means grades assigned during this two-week transition can only help a student grade.

How will this affect seniors preparing to graduate?

The closure of schools and COVID19 affects this year’s seniors in a few important ways:

  • Eligibility: HB197 gives schools the right to grant a diploma to a student if the student is “on track” to graduate. LHS is currently using the end of the 3rd quarter to make this determination. Students will be informed of their graduation status by mid-April.
  • Community Service: Requirements to complete community service will be waived for this year’s seniors.
  • Graduation Honors: The first 7 semesters (not this last semester) will be used to determine graduation honors such as Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Top 20. 
  • Scholarships: Scholarships: Due next Thursday, April 9th. It can be submitted via email or during tech support time. Seniors can access all scholarship applications here.
  • Senior Signing Day: Senior Signing Day, which was originally scheduled for May 1st has been postponed. A virtual signing day is in the works.
  • Senior Exams: Senior exams are still scheduled as originally planned.
  • Senior Awards: Senior Awards are currently still scheduled for May 19th at 7 pm in the LHS Auditorium.
  • Commencement: Commencement remains scheduled for Sunday, May 24th in the London High School gymnasium. The date, time, location, and process of holding commencement is subject to change. Commencement WILL occur. It simply may not be on the same date or manner as in year’s past.

What happens if I am currently taking an AP Course?

Students taking AP courses will continue instruction virtually. The college board has established this year’s AP exams to be taking online. Your teacher will provide more information as the testing date nears.

Will state tests like End of Course Exams be given this year?

No. All state assessments have been canceled for this school year. The Ohio Department of Education has not given any further information on how this might affect high school students with End of Course Exam points. Once this information is received, it will be provided to students and parents.

Also, no Ohio district will receive a school report card this year.

Will final exams be canceled as well?

Currently, students should plan that end of semester exams will be assigned.

How does the school closure affect the State’s 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee?

Ohio’s 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee is designed to identify students who are behind in reading. One guideline from this law is that students who do not meet a specific qualifying score on a state-approved assessment may be retained in 3rd grade the following year.

Changes approved in HB197 allow schools (not a test) the opportunity to determine if the student is not reading at grade level. Parents of students at risk for not meeting the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee will be contacted by the student’s teacher by mid-April.

How will scheduling for the 2020 - 20201 take place?

NOTE: All district parents must update their student information annually. Receiving scheduling information is contingent on parents updating student information in Final Forms by May 21st.

LHS students will receive Schedule Request Forms via their school email accounts by April 2nd. Once completed, school counselors will be working to schedule students for classes. Students will be informed which classes they will be scheduled for by May 4th.

LES and LMS students will have class schedules or classroom assignments emailed to parent emails listed in final forms by June 1st.

How can I best discuss the Pandemic with my kids?

The Ohio Department of Education has compiled some best practices for talking with your kids about the Pandemic and supporting their social, emotional, and behavioral health. You can find those resources here.

Is the district planning to do anything to assist in feeding students?

In concert with our district values of "We Deal in Hope" and "We before Me," LCS is currently delivering "Raider Rack Food Sacks" to 10 locations across the district. LCS employees are making deliveries to 10 different locations between 11 am - 11:30 am every Monday (Breakfast and Lunch for Mon./Tues.) and Wednesday (Breakfast and Lunch for Wed.-Fri.) In addition, Grab 'N Go Raider Rack Food Sacks will be available at London High School from 12:00 - 12:30 pm. Effective social distancing will be maintained at all times. If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete this sign up form and designate the location. You only have to submit the form once but please complete one form per student.

Deliveries for Sufficient Grace (Meals for the weekend) will take place each Wednesday at the same locations and times. If you would like your child to participate, please contact Melissa Canney melissa.canney@london.k12.oh.us at 740-852-5700 ext. 2109.

London City Schools is actively exploring ways food can be provided to students over the summer.

How does the school closure affect special yearly trips like Camp Nuhop, Washington D.C., and Prom?

While it is impossible to reschedule every canceled event, LCS is committed to providing our students with special experiences like Camp NuHop, Washington D.C., and Prom.

The 6th grade trip to Camp Nuhop has been postponed this year. This year’s 6th-grade students will travel to Camp Nuhop during their 7th-grade year on March 22nd - 24th. All payments for the trip will be applied to next year.

This year’s 8th-grade students will travel to Washington D.C. next school year from October 26th - 29th. Likewise, all monies collected will be applied for this trip as planned.

The London High School Prom originally scheduled for May 2nd at the Makoy Center has been postponed. London is committed to holding a prom, even if it may occur during the summer. Information on a rescheduled date will be communicated when possible.

What about other special events across the district?

Currently, all events planned until May 1st are canceled. Events after May 1st will be determined on a case-by-case basis and communicated whenever possible and appropriate by each school.

What is the latest update on Spring Athletics?

With the Governor closing schools until May 1st, all OHSAA sports have been postponed until at least May 1st, 2020. OHSAA has announced they will be sending an update to schools with an adjusted spring sports timeline should the Governor allow it. This information will be provided to student-athletes and families as soon as it is known.

Will student support services still be available to students?

Yes. The district is still very interested in providing support to students and families as best we possibly can. If you are in need of food and clothing, grief and loss support, depression and suicide screening, mental health counseling or to help connect with social service resources, please contact Melissa Canney at melissa.canney@london.k12.oh.us or 740-852-5700 ext. 2109.

My child received counseling services at school from The Counseling Source. Will this still continue?

Yes. Counselors are actively contacting student families in order to set up Telecounseling appointments.

Due to the closure of schools, will students have to go to school in the summer?

No. It is anticipated that the last day of school will remain the same, Thursday, May 21st.

How do I enroll a new student into the district during the district’s closure?

New student enrollment will resume on May 1st, 2020.

My child participated in a fundraiser as school was closing. What do I do?

Each building will be reaching out to students who were involved with fundraisers. If you have a specific question, please contact the individual responsible for the fundraiser or the school office.

Will the LCS Campus be open during the state school closure?

All London City Schools and the district campus will be closed until at least May 1st, 2020.

No individual will be allowed on campus or in any building unless under one of the following exceptions:

  • Essential staff as assigned by an administrator,
  • Student/parent food pick up and tech support from 12 - 1 pm school days in LHS commons only,
  • Teachers from 11 - 1 pm daily and only to their classrooms to work alone.
  • Parents of students accessing the district wifi from a district device. (All individuals must remain in their vehicles).

When on campus for a permissible reason, individuals agree to take and record temperature upon arrival, be only in the locations designated, and maintain at least 6 feet social distance from others. Any individual who may feel unwell or who may have been exposed to COVID19 should report this immediately to a district administrator.

How will the district closure affect Board Meetings?

HB197 has given districts flexibility with open meeting requirements. The April Board of Education meeting is still scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be publicly broadcast. Any individual wishing to address the Board may do so in writing in advance of the meeting. Information may be sent to Kristine Blind via email at kristine.blind@london.k12.oh.us. Public comments for the meeting should be received by 12 pm on April 14th.

How do I pay my child's student fees?

Please send payments by check or money order directly to the child's school. Please be sure to add a notation that the payment is for school fees and include the student's name.

How do I stay up-to-date with the district response to COVID19?

London has created a webpage to document and communicate the district's response to this developing situation. In order to ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date information, please download the district’s app, which is available through Google Play and the App Store, follow the district on Twitter, or like the district’s Facebook page.

How do I contact someone at the district for assistance?

For time-sensitive issues occurring during the district's closure, please contact the correct district or school office either through email or voicemail. Every attempt will be made to return your inquiry as soon as possible.

Staff email addresses can be accessed using the following links:

Will London City Schools continue to be as awesome as possible despite the pandemic?

In a word - yes.