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LONDON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATIONS

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

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.

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 accessible 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 students 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 end of the 3rd quarter will be used to determine graduation honors such as Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Top 20.
  • Scholarships: Scholarships - Due next Thursday, April 9th. 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 Awards: Senior Awards are currently still scheduled for May 19th at 7 pm in the LHS Auditorium.
  • Commencement: Commencement remains scheduled for Sunday, May 21st 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 in 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 cancelled 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 cancelled 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 student’s 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.

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 Friday 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 cancelled event, LCS is committed to providing our students 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 cancelled. 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 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 district’s 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 individually 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 comment for the meeting should be received by 12 pm on April 14th.

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.