Frequently Asked Questions
How long are schools in the South-Western City School District closed?
The South-Western City School District will be closing all of its schools at the end of the school day on Friday, March 13, 2020 to prepare for compliance with the Governor's direction. All indoor extracurricular events and activities are postponed or cancelled through April 2, 2020.
- The first several days of closure will be treated as calamity days. Students will follow all regular calamity day practices and procedures.
- March 24 through April 3 will be considered school days with content being delivered and shared electronically.
- April 6-10 is our scheduled spring break per the master calendar.
How do I talk with my child about the Coronavirus?
In times of crisis, parents may have difficulty knowing what to say when talking to their children. This is normal. As things seem to change on a day-to-day basis, concern can make both children and adults anxious.
We would like to offer some things to think about in case your child appears to be struggling with the current situation:
- Children look to adults for how to respond in times of crisis and will mirror the reactions of adults. The words we use and the actions we take will frame how children view this new circumstance. Remaining calm ourselves helps reassure our children to do the same.
- Routines are our friend. Routines bring familiarity and comfort to our lives. When we know what to expect and feel some level of control, we are better able to adapt to changing circumstances. Regular bed, meal, study, art, and play times are some of the ways to embed routines into our daily lives. Unpredictability and loss of control can leave us feeling stressed and anxious.
- Regardless of the logic, it is important to listen to children’s feelings and answer their questions as best we can. Fear is an extremely contagious and powerful emotion. For some children fear can lead to irrational conclusions that cloud their every thought and action. Being able to verbalize these fears allows caregivers the opportunity to add a touch of realism, practicality, and being proactive. It also helps us reframe their concerns, so these fears can be significantly reduced.
- Finally, communicate hope. While children are very good at sensing insincerity, they are also influenced by aspirational thoughts and behaviors. Hope for better days and better outcomes can be more powerful than fear. Communicating that hard work, good decisions, and ingenuity will lead to a better tomorrow is an empowering thought.
- For tips and expert guidance, please consider exploring the following links:
- National Association of School Psychologists - Talking to Children About COVID-19
- National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children - COVID-19, School Cancellation, and Trauma
- Ohio Department of Health - Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety
- Child Mind Institute - Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control - Manage Anxiety and Stress
My child wasn't at school on Friday, March 13. How do I borrow a Chromebook?
Our buildings are making every effort to get Chromebooks and Internet HotSpots into the hands of students who need these tools. If your student is in need of a borrowed device or temporary Internet HotSpot to use for remote learning and you have not been able to secure one, please contact the school’s attendance line at your child’s school and leave your name, your child's name, grade, a call-back number, and whether you need a device or HotSpot. Someone will contact you with a time and location to pick up a Chromebook and/or HotSpot. Please know that the temporary HotSpots are in short supply, but we will try our best to meet your needs starting with high school students.
We will follow this same process for any borrowed Chromebook that has technical difficulties (device breaks, needs repair, or needs to be replaced) or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 801-3014.
Please remember that the devices on loan from the district have limited filtering capabilities while students are working remotely. While the district acceptable use policy (Board Policy 7540.03) and bullying, harassment and intimidation policy (Board Policy 5517.01) remain in full effect, we are counting on caregivers to help monitor the use, search activity, and social interactions in which students engage through these devices.
How will the district be distributing food to those in need?
We are distributing "Grab-n-Go" style breakfast and lunch packages to students at 15 school locations throughout the district. Per federal regulations, children 18 and under must be in attendance in order to pick up food. Children may pick up food from any one of the sites listed on our Website Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - noon. This service will be suspended during our normally scheduled Spring Break of April 6-10.
On Monday, March 30 AND Wednesday, April 1 AND Friday April 3, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank will continue to provide prepackaged dinners to any South-Western student starting at 3:30 p.m. at Westland High School, 146 Galloway Road. As this is also a federal program, students must be in attendance in order to pick up the food.
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How do I get the medication(s) my child left at school?
If your child has medication in the school clinic that you need to have returned, please contact the clinic by using the phone number supplied in the parent letter sent home from your child's school on March 17.
How will learning activities and submitting assignments work?
- Email will be the primary method of communication during this time period. Every student has been issued a district email/account address.
- Assignment and learning activities will be distributed through email or another learning platform that have already been used in the classroom (such as Google classroom and iReady). These activities should take your child a regular class period to complete (25-50 minutes). Please remember some students work more quickly than others so times may vary. Videos, text, links to Websites, and downloadable PDFs will be among the most common materials with which students interact. While some activities will be completed in a single sitting, others could take several days. Students should expect to submit three items per subject per week that will receive teacher feedback. This will likely take the form of a graded activity. This could happen automatically as a normal course of the lesson, they may require uploading a pdf, it could be in the form of an email to the teacher, OR printed/created to submit in a physical form.
What is the best way to communicate with staff?
All staff have email addresses and phone extensions. Staff will communicate these directly to students. The format of email addresses in our district is email@example.com. Please be patient as our staff members work through their email and phone messages. Between student and parent communication, creating lessons in a new way, providing students feedback, and taking care of their own families, they will be stretched very thin at times. Many staff will be working remotely, therefore we encourage the use of email to communicate with staff members.
How will the end of the grading period be handled?
- March 20 marks the end of the grading period. Recognizing the unexpected way this grading period has ended, students are encouraged to communicate with teachers sooner rather than later so that grades can be calculated for the quarter.
- Teachers have been asked to finalize third quarter grades no later than March 30, 2020.
- All assignments given beginning March 24 will be considered part of the final grading period.