March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
Dear South-Western Families,
We hope you are being safe and taking care of yourself and your family.
A lot has happened to change the way we educate and care for our children and families over the past couple of weeks. We know you have been receiving information from your child’s teachers, building administration, and the district. We are very proud of the way our staff members have found new and creative ways to educate and help feed our children, working with community groups and other education groups.
We have been taking our lead from both Governor DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton as they update everyone daily on the status of the Coronavirus in Ohio. Our plans may require adjustment, based on their continued guidance. As adjustments and additional guidance are available, we will share what that means to the South-Western community as quickly as possible. We’d like to take this opportunity to update you on all of the areas that may assist you in helping us continue to educate and care for students based on our current understandings:
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 email@example.com 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.
Student Food Distribution
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.
All staff members have email addresses. The format of email addresses in our district is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be patient as our staff members work through their email messages. Between student and parent communication, creating lessons in a new way, providing students with feedback on their work, and taking care of their own families, they will be stretched very thin while working remotely from home.
Telephones and Voicemail Extensions
All teachers have voicemail extensions on which students and parents can leave messages regarding classwork. All extensions and the directions for leaving a message can be found on your child’s school Website.
As many of our staff members are working from home, we have set up voicemail on each building's attendance telephone line. Please leave your name, phone number, and a brief message and we will return your call as quickly as we can. Please also be patient as our staff members work through their voicemail messages.
Web Resources (www.swcsd.us)
Our main Website has a variety of resources for parents to use while assisting their children adapt to home learning. Teachers are sending home resources, buildings are posting resources, and the district is sharing additional activities on its social media accounts.
Thank you for your patience. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. And we look forward to seeing you in the future.
Dr. Bill Wise