Transition to Virtual Learning

LONDON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATIONS

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS DURING VIRTUAL LEARNING

NOVEMBER 30TH, 2020 - JANUARY 1ST, 2021

How will the SCHOOL YEAR be affected by the transition to virtual learning?

The previously approved academic calendar is still in place, although students will be conducting their studies virtually. This means that previously scheduled days off for Thanksgiving and winter break will still be treated as non instructional days.

How will VIRTUAL LEARNING work?

Virtual learning will be done via Google Classroom, which can be accessible via the web or the Google Classroom app. Please contact your child’s teacher for access to your child’s Google Classroom.

You can access more information about each school’s plans below:

What if my student is already enrolled in the RAIDER REMOTE program?

Current Raider Remote students (Full time virtual throughout the semester) are unaffected and will remain in RR until at least the beginning of the 2nd semester. All parents will be sent a survey and will be able to “opt in” or “opt out” of Raider Remote beginning on Wednesday, December 2nd. In order to effectively plan for the program, parents must complete the survey by Friday, December 11th.

How will my SPECIAL EDUCATION student be served?

Students who are receiving intensive special education services will be prioritized for on campus instruction in accordance with their Individualized Education Plans and pending approval of a district proposal to Madison County Public Health. Special education teachers will notify parents directly as soon as possible to inform parents on the logistics of this plan.

What if I don’t have a suitable DEVICE to complete my virtual lessons?

District devices are not required to complete virtual learning lessons, 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. If you are in need of a device, please contact your child’s teacher.

What if I don’t have a reliable INTERNET CONNECTION needed to complete my virtual lessons?

Thanks to a recently received Ohio Broadband Connectivity Grant, London City School District has expanded free, outdoor wifi, which is available anywhere on our campus to our community. In addition, our district is continuing our hotspot pilot program for any economically disadvantaged family, who does not live in an area with available internet access. Please contact Julia Smith (julia.smith@london.k12.oh.us) for more information.

What happens if my student needs TECH SUPPORT for their Chromebook?

Students who have issues with Chromebooks may visit their respective school main office anytime between 9 am - noon each school day for assistance with the physical maintenance (i.e. broken screens, trackpads, etc.) of a Chromebook. For issues association with issues like software, login, etc., please complete a tech request form and our team will follow up with you.

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

Similar to the spring, London City Schools staff will be delivering meals to several community locations on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am - 11:30 am. Families may also pick up meals behind London High School on the same days from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Families picking up meals are asked to pull behind London High School to the rear kitchen entrance. Please remain in your vehicle and Food Service Personnel will assist you.

All children 18 and under are eligible to participate even if they are not enrolled in school. 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.

Please contact Teresa Murry at 740-852-5700, ext. 3025 or teresa.murry@london.k12.oh.us with any questions.

Will SUFFICIENT GRACE still be in operation?

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

Will GRADES be assigned during virtual learning?

Yes. Grades will be assigned as normal.

What is the latest update on WINTER ATHLETICS?

The November 23rd, 2020 Madison County Public Health Order placed all sports and extracurricular activities on hold beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020 until January 1st, 2020. The order will be reevaluated by December 21st, 2020.

What happens if I am currently taking an AP COURSES?

Students taking AP courses will continue instruction virtually. Your teacher will provide more information as the testing date nears.

Will END OF COURSE EXAMS be given this year?

Yes. End of Course Exams are required this year. A schedule and procedures for taking the exams will be released by London High School at a later date.

What about other SPECIAL EVENTS across the district?

Currently, all events planned until January 1st are cancelled.

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 Mrs. Melissa Canney at melissa.canney@london.k12.oh.us or 740-852-5700 ext. 2109.

My child received COUNSELING services at school. Will this still continue?

Yes. Counselors are actively contacting student families in order to set up Tele-counseling appointments.

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

Enrollment will remain open and be conducted by appointment. Please contact Mrs. Kim Crumley at kim.crumley@london.k12.oh.us or 740.852.5700, ext. 2117 in the district office for more information.

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

All London City Schools and the district campus will be closed to the public until at least January 1st, 2021.

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

  • District staff as assigned by administrator,

  • Special education students as approved by the Madison County Health Department;

  • Student/parent food pick up and tech support,

  • Parents of students accessing the district wifi. (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 regular December Board of Education meeting is still scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 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 Ms. Kristine Blind via email at kristine.blind@london.k12.oh.us. Public comment for the meeting should be received by 12 pm on December 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 campus 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.

Google Classroom: Please contact your child’s teacher.

Raider Remote: Please contact Mrs. Kylie Pritchard (kylie.pritchard@london.k12.oh.us) for students in grades K-5 or Mrs. Carla Shaw (carla.shaw@london.k12.oh.us) for students in grades 6-12.

Special Education: Please contact your child’s teacher, Director of Student Services Mrs. Sarah Knaebel (sarah.knaebel@london.k12.oh.us), or Administrative Assistant Mrs. Julia Smith (julia.smith@london.k12.oh.us).

Device Lending (P-5): Please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Internet Connectivity: Economically disadvantaged families, who do not live in an area with available internet access may contact Mrs. Julia Smith (julia.smith@london.k12.oh.us).

Food Service: All children 18 and under are eligible to participate even if they are not enrolled in school. 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. Please contact Mrs. Teresa Murry at 740-852-5700, ext. 3025 or teresa.murry@london.k12.oh.us with any questions.

Sufficient Grace: Deliveries for Sufficient Grace (Meals for the weekend) will take place each Wednesday at the same locations and times as food service. If you would like your child to participate, please complete this sign up form. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Melissa Canney melissa.canney@london.k12.oh.us at 740-852-5700 ext. 2109.

Student Support Services: 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 Mrs. Melissa Canney at melissa.canney@london.k12.oh.us or 740-852-5700 ext. 2109.

Enrollment: Enrollment will remain open and be conducted by appointment. Please contact Mrs. Kim Crumley at kim.crumley@london.k12.oh.us or 740.852.5700, ext. 2117 in the district office for more information.

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.