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COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority.  In coordination with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County (PHDMC), Ohio Department of Health(ODH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are sharing resources regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact on our school community.  

Oakwood Schools Counselors

As we continue to take precautions to keep ourselves and one another healthy and safe during these unprecedented times, we want to make sure our students, families, and staff know the mental health and overall wellness of our students continues to be a priority. 

As a district school counseling team, we will continue to be available to support our students and our families as needs or concerns arise, just as we would be during a typical school day. Together, we stand strong, ready to demonstrate that No Lumberjack Is Alone. 

Coping During COVID-19
Kelly Owens - Oakwood High School
Paige Lumpkins - Oakwood High School
Adam Woessner - Oakwood High School
Joan Bline - Oakwood High School
Hillary Waugh - Oakwood Junior High School
Michael Wadham - Harman School and Lange School
Amber Perrott - Smith Elementary and Lange School

Resources

Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County
Local COVID-19 Updates 
Helping Children Cope With Stress during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Ohio Department of Health
Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov 
Hotline for Questions - 833-4-ASK-ODH (275634)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National COVID-19 Updates 

Helplink 2-1-1
24 hour lifeline to free, confidential and compassionate professional help with financial, legal and other issues

Ohio Legal Help
Learn how COVID-19 is affecting legal and government organizations and the benefits available. 

Local Food Pantries
For assistance with food and household goods

Oakwood Schools FAQ

We continue to learn new information each day as our country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have compiled a list of questions we have heard and our answers to help you make good decisions, "keep the learning going" and find necessary information.

Oakwood Schools FAQ

If you have any questions that are not covered, please contact us at hale.traci@oakwoodschools.org.

Oakwood Schools Statements

We are continuing to update our school community on changes that impact all of us.  We will continue to send these updates through our Messages email system as warranted.  If you are not receiving information from the District, please enroll or update your Messages account.  Information to enroll or update your Messages account, please go to our Email Mailing List page. 

END OF YEAR UPDATE

May 31, 2020

Dear Oakwood families,

Traditionally when a school year comes to a close, students, families and educators take a moment to reflect on the year that was.  Certainly we can all agree, the 2019-2020 school year is one we will never forget.  Along with the challenges of the last two months, I hope you won’t forget Homecoming, the Fun Run, Halloween parades, concerts, sporting events and all the amazing achievements of our students.  

Once again this year, Oakwood students and staff, whether physically in our buildings or working from home in a new environment for education, demonstrated their commitment to education and to one another.  I applaud the efforts of our students, staff and parents who have worked so hard to “keep the learning going.”

Now, it is time to look ahead to the next school year.  We know the economic, medical, social and academic landscapes are continuing to shift and expectations, requirements and possibilities will continue to move with them throughout the foreseeable future.  While there are so many unknowns, we believe, even in the best-case scenario, things will look different when we return in August than they did in early March.

We have begun a multi-step process to prepare for whatever the future holds.  This three-step design process focuses on three main areas:  Learning and Teaching, Finances, and Operations.  Each of these areas are key for meeting our goal of continuing to provide quality learning opportunities in a safe environment for students and staff while consistently re-evaluating and adjusting, and staying within our financial means.  

Data collection began with surveying families, students and staff members.  Our three core teams are now using that data, along with information from health, safety and education experts to develop ideas and create options for returning to school in the fall.  Our teams will be seeking input, suggestions and feedback from various stakeholders during the next  several weeks with a goal to have a prototype developed by early July.

Like you, we are feeling the pinch of changing economics and the uncertainty of the future.  When Gov. DeWine announced $300 million in state funding reductions to K-12 schools, our budget experienced a loss of $400,000 for the final two months of our current fiscal year which ends in July.  We also know those cuts are just the beginning and additional cuts are anticipated for the 2021 budget.  Like all businesses, institutions and local, state and federal governments, we are doing our best to provide the level of service our community wants and expects, while keeping a focus on long-term sustainability.  We know there will be changes, they are inevitable.

So as we develop our plans for the future, we are thinking proactively and planning ahead to maintain the resources needed to reach our goal of ensuring student success. 

We hope as you wonder about the future, you know we will not waver from our commitment to our guiding principle of “doing what is best for students.” 

We will continue to update you on our progress to restart Oakwood Schools.  Enjoy your summer break and please stay healthy and safe.

Latest Update from Oakwood Schools

April 20, 2020

Oakwood families, 

Following Gov. DeWine’s announcement today to keep school buildings closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, I wanted to share the following information with you.  We have been working in anticipation of this announcement to be as prepared as possible to share how the announcement will impact Oakwood Schools, students, families and staff.

First, we will continue off-site instruction through the end of the school year on May 28.  We appreciate all of the work that has gone into developing, implementing and facilitating this program in our District.  We know it has placed a heavy burden on all of you and we appreciate the support and dedication to helping provide the best educational opportunities possible to our students during this unprecedented time.  We also understand every family situation is different. We encourage you to do what you can to keep students engaged, while putting the health and safety of your family first.

Second, to further support our students, families and staff, there will be no new assignments at any level given to students after May 15.  Please understand, we are NOT ending the school year early.  We have made this decision to allow students to successfully complete the school year.  The last nine days (May 18 - May 28) without new assignments will allow students and staff to catch up, wrap up and clean up.  

At the Junior and Senior High levels, there will be no second semester exams.  Also following the OHSAA eligibility guidelines, fourth quarter grades (not second semester or final grades) will be used to verify fall athletic eligibility.  OJH/OHS student-athletes will need to earn five (5) passing fourth-quarter grades to be eligible for the 2020 fall season.  

At the elementary level, students are encouraged to complete all of their assignments, including in the Related Arts (art, library, music, PE and Spanish).  Related Arts teachers will continue providing feedback for completed assignments. If a student does not participate in the Related Arts off-site assignments, students will not be penalized on their Standards Based Report Card.  Related Arts teachers will be able to mark "Not Observed" for students in K-4 and mark N/A for students in 5th-6th who have not participated in off-site instruction assignments. 

Next, we know the end of the school year typically includes many celebrations, honoring our students for their achievements.  We are currently at work, making plans to recognize our students and their families for their great work.  

For the Class of 2020, the following events have been tentatively rescheduled:

  • Senior Academic Awards and Recognition Program tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, July 9 at UD. 
  • Baccalaureate tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, July 12 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
  • Commencement tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at Dayton Convention Center

    We will continue to update you on these plans as we learn more about the state’s guidelines for large group gatherings.  Senior families are reminded to refer to the Class of 2020 page on the District’s website.

We know there are a number of other events that were planned throughout the District to honor students.  Please look for information to come directly from your building principal regarding those recognition events.

Building principals will also be sending information detailing how students can retrieve personal belongings left in classrooms or lockers and turn in textbooks and any borrowed Chromebooks.  Materials will not be collected until after the end of the quarter on May 28 to allow students to complete their work.

Finally, because our buildings will remain closed to the public, initial work on Phase 1 of our Master Facilities Plan will begin immediately.  We will continue to share information regarding Phase 1 on our website, on social media and through District publications.  Our custodial staff will also begin on their summer maintenance projects and summer cleaning. 

We know it continues to be a trying time for all of us.  We appreciate your support and feedback as we continue to adjust and make plans to best serve our students, our families and our community.  We hope you stay healthy and stay engaged as we finish out this history-making school year. 

Kyle

School Closure Extended Through May 1

March 30, 2020

Due to today’s pending order from the Ohio Department of Health and Gov. Mike DeWine, Oakwood Schools will remain closed for face-to-face instruction through May 1, 2020.  We will continue to provide off-site instruction and other necessary services to our students throughout that time. 

We are very proud of everyone in the Oakwood Schools community who has made the transition to off-site learning so smooth.

Thank you to our teachers and staff who quickly moved into off-site instruction, providing valuable learning opportunities for our students, and seeming to never miss a beat.  We appreciate the efforts of our parents who are teaching, coordinating and assisting their children, while often maintaining their own workload and a household under trying conditions.  And most of all, we appreciate and are proud of the students who continue to do their assignments, participate with their teachers and peers and push through at this difficult time.

We will continue to update you as we receive information and make decisions about events.  Teachers will be in contact with students by the beginning of next week (following this week’s Spring Break) to continue with off-site instruction.

Oakwood, we are in this together and know this health crisis won’t last forever.  Please stay healthy and take care of each other.

Legislative Update

March 25, 2020

Good news out of Columbus today.  The Ohio House and Senate approved legislation that will waive state testing and the state report card for the 2019-2020 school year and allow seniors who were on track before the health crisis hit to graduate high school.  The legislation now goes to Governor Mike DeWine who is expected to sign it into law.

The legislation also grants local governments flexibility to hold meetings remotely, permits school districts to use distance learning to make up for lost hours and puts a freeze on the EdChoice voucher eligibility criteria for a year.

We want to thank our local representative Jim Butler  and senator Peggy Lehner for their consideration and prudent action.

Operations Update

March 19, 2020

As of 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, Oakwood Schools is moving into a new phase of operations due to the ongoing COVD-19 health crisis.  Our key personnel who had been continuing to report to our buildings in an effort to maintain some operations as “normally” as possible, will now be joining our teachers and other staff members in working from home.  Our buildings will be officially closed starting at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 20 through April 5.

This two-week closing of the buildings with all staff working off-site whenever feasible will enable us to have a full 14-day isolation period for our staff, leading to our planned return Monday, April 6.  We are encouraging our staff to continue to practice the prevention guidelines as established by the CDC.

Our staff, including building principals, administrative assistants, technology support and other administrators, will continue to be on duty during normal school hours to provide support.  If you have questions, you can email staff members and you should expect replies in a timely manner. If you contact staff members after school hours, you should expect a response the following business day.

Our teachers will continue to provide off-site instruction through at least Friday, March 27.  The District will recognize the week of March 30 as Spring Break. During that week, students and staff will not be participating in off-site instruction.

The following resources are available to assist you at this time:

We will continue to follow orders and guidelines from the City of Oakwood, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County and Ohio Department of Health regarding school closures.  We will update you with information as soon as we receive it.  

Please know we are continuing to do our best to provide services, education and support to our students, staff and community.  We thank you for your support and patience during this, hopefully, once in a lifetime event.  

Kyle

Coping with COVI-19

March 18, 2020

As we continue to take precautions to keep ourselves and one another healthy and safe during these unprecedented times, we want to make sure our students, families, and staff know the mental health and overall wellness of our students continues to be a priority. 

As a district school counseling team, we will continue to be available to support our students and our families as needs or concerns arise, just as we would be during a typical school day. Together, we stand strong, ready to demonstrate that No Lumberjack Is Alone. 

At this time, email will be our primary and initial method of communication.  On weekdays, you can expect us to respond to your email within 24 hours. At present, we are collecting and developing resources that we all can use to help process and work through this disruption to our lives: whether it’s an app for your phone, internet links to virtual support groups, tools to help you understand distance learning, websites or books to recommend, we will still be working hard to connect you to the help you need, when you need it.

If you, your student, or a peer is experiencing a more extensive or crisis-related concern (such as severe depression, self-harm, harm to others, or suicidal ideation), please immediately contact one of the following resources:

  • Crisis Care (937) 224-4646
  • Crisis Text Line-Text CONNECT to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Drug and Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
  • 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
  • Dayton Children’s Crisis Center (for students 17 or younger)
    • Monday through Friday 8:00 am - midnight
      Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pm - midnight
      Visit the ER during other times
    • Miami Valley Hospital or Kettering Medical Center ER - if 18 or older

We are currently developing additional information on our District and building websites.  You can visit those pages on our websites. Individual school counselors will be sharing building-specific information with you through newsletters, so be sure to continue to access that information as usual!

Again, feel free to reach out to any of us, your school counselors; we are here for you.
Kelly Owens, OHS
Paige Lumpkins, OHS
Adam Woessner, OHS
Joan Bline, OHS
Hilary Waugh, OJHS
Michael Wadham, Harman/Lange
Amber Perrott, Smith/Lange 

Oakwood Schools Closing

March 12, 2020

In light of today’s order from Gov. Mike DeWine, Oakwood Schools’ campus will be closed to students and the public starting the end of the school day Friday, March 13 through at least Friday, April 3.  Gov. DeWine says state officials will review the situation at that time.

We will be using Monday, March 16 for staff professional development with off-site learning opportunities beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27.

“We have to do this if we are going to slow this down,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.  Gov. DeWine urged all citizens to use “common sense and good judgment” to protect themselves and one another.

Our team is continuing to prepare lessons to provide quality off-site learning opportunities for all of our students.  We know these lessons can never replace the work done in our classrooms but it is crucial we sustain our education efforts.  We will share details of our off-site learning plans with families as soon as possible.

We know you will have many questions about procedures and policies during this closure.  We are working to develop those answers and will share with you in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience.

 

COVID-19 Update

March 11, 2020

Good evening Oakwood families,

As promised, we are sharing information to keep you updated on the constantly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and how it impacts our school community.  Today, we attended a meeting with officials from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, Greene County Public Health and school leaders from around the area.  All of us are working together to take the precautions necessary to slow the spread of the virus and keep our communities safe.

At this time, District officials are following Gov. Mike DeWine’s recommendation and our schools will remain open. 

“I’m not ordering to close schools. We may get to that point, but not today,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in his afternoon press conference. 

Our staff is preparing for any extended closures by developing lessons that would allow continuing education for all Oakwood students.  We are using all of our available resources and talents to make sure we can provide quality learning experiences for our students if we must have an extended closure.

There are a number of scheduled events taking place in our District in the upcoming days.  We will continue to evaluate on an individual basis whether to hold, postpone or cancel these activities.  At this point, our events from now until Monday, March 16 will go on as scheduled. 

We will continue to stay in constant contact with area and state health and education officials to ensure we are making decisions based on the most accurate and up-to-date facts.  District leaders will meet on a daily basis to continue to update our plans regarding events and travel.

As Gov. DeWine said in today’s press conference, “we should not panic” but should take responsibility and make informed decisions about our actions.  Thank you for being patient as we work through this unprecedented and constantly changing situation.

Kyle Ramey
Superintendent

COVID-19 Information

Feb. 28, 2020

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority.  In coordination with the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are sharing information from the CDC to make you aware of the current situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  

While we hope it will not be needed, Oakwood Schools does have procedures in place as part of the District’s emergency operating plan and general safety plan to handle situations regarding the spread of illness.  The District will also follow recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, the CDC recommends the following actions: 

  • Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.  If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We encourage staff, students and families to follow these precautions at all times.  For the latest information from the CDC, you can visit their website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html  

If you have additional questions regarding the District’s procedures, please contact your school nurse.