On April 20, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine ordered that all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings remain closed to students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
We know the governor’s order to close school for the rest of the school year presents a challenge to our families. Our district is working diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being.
Remote Learning to Continue
Although our school buildings are to remain closed, remote learning will continue through the remainder of the school year, which is May 21. We will continue to adjust and administer our virtual learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources to the best of our ability, and distribute free meals to our students.
If you have not had an opportunity to read our Remote Teaching and Learning FAQ for Parents, please take the time to review the information by clicking the link above. As changes are made, we will continue to update the document.
Future opportunities will be available for students in need of a chromebook. Please contact your building principal if you have a need.
Our school district staff will continue to provide meals, support and remote learning options to our students for the rest of the school year. During scheduled school days, our teachers will maintain office hours Monday through Thursday and will be available via email to support our parents and students. Teachers and building principals will be sharing their remote learning plans and expectations with parents and students on an ongoing basis. If your student does not have accessibility to online course work because of issues with connectivity to internet service or lack of a device on which to work, please contact your student’s principal. We can assist you by creating an individual work plan for your student, if necessary.
Administrators and support staff will also be working remotely and are available on weekdays via email.
Board of Education
Our upcoming scheduled board meetings are May 4, 2020, at 6:30 PM, and May 26, 2020, at 6:30 PM. All BOE meetings will be held virtually until further notice and can be accessed live online at www.Facebook.com/nwlocal/, as well as on Spectrum Channel 4, Fioptics Channel 854, and online at www.waycross.tv/northwest. Due to the nature of this meeting, public participation has been suspended. If you have any questions for the Board of Education, please email Todd Bowling, NWLSD Superintendent, at [email protected].
Food service operations are ongoing despite the building closure and will remain in place throughout the remainder of the school year. Staff will continue to comply with the most current health guidelines when distributing meals.
We will continue to distribute food every Thursday at Struble Elementary, Taylor Elementary and Pleasant Run Elementary, until the end of May. The scheduled dates are April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14 and May 21. The distribution locations will be open from 11 AM - 2 PM.
After the school year ends, the district is planning to continue providing free meals through our summer meal program. The distribution of these meals is dependent on the most current orders from the governor. We will keep our community updated on our food delivery model as we move forward.
Mental Health Support
School district counselors continue to offer office hours for their students. Please email your student’s counselor directly to schedule an appointment. Our mental health partners have continued to support their students through teletherapy. Best Point by the Children’s Home has fully implemented a HIPAA compliant, telehealth program, called Updox. This program allows providers to continue with service delivery through the use of video conferencing with our students and families. They are able to provide counseling, care coordination and medication management services through this protective platform.
If your student received services from Children’s Home or Camelot prior to remote learning and have not had contact yet or you are now interested in Children’s Home services for your student, please click here to initiate services Referral or contact Dustin Gehring, NWLSD Assistant Director of Student Services at [email protected]. To visit the Children’s Home online, please click this link: https://www.thechildrenshomecinti.org/page/referral
Our professionals are reaching out to families to ensure they have open lines of communication during the closure, and to make alternative plans if necessary. Our counselors will be monitoring emails and reaching out to our school families in need. Please reach out to your school counselor via email or voicemail if your child is in need. For more information about mental health, visit Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services online: https://mha.ohio.gov/
If a student or parent is in crisis, you can reach out to the following local hotlines for assistance:
Hamilton County: Talbert House Crisis Hotline (513) 281-CARE (2273) or text Talbert to 839863.
Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021
All kindergarten registration for kindergarten questions should be directed to Matt Piening [email protected] or Kerri Lovelace [email protected].
Preschool Registration for 2020-2021
All preschool registration questions should be directed to Melissa Obermeyer [email protected]
School Facilities/Grounds Remain Closed
Per the governor’s orders and OHSAA, all school, playgrounds, and athletic facilities are closed and use of our facilities by outside groups has also been suspended until further notice.
Scheduled Spring/Summer Events
All athletics (per OHSAA guidance), field trips, overnight trips, performances, award programs, and parent-teacher conferences have been canceled through the remainder of the school year. Our high school administrators are working on options to reschedule prom pending the directives on large group gatherings.
The governor and the Ohio General Assembly enacted House Bill 197 to address issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic. This legislation states that Ohio students who were on track to graduate at the time of the ordered school-building closure will be permitted to graduate on time in the Spring of 2020.
We recognize the importance and tradition of our high school graduation ceremony. We are looking at options concerning ways we can still celebrate the hard work of the seniors in the Class of 2020. Please look for additional communication concerning this in the coming weeks.
With the current building closure orders, the district will offer summer school virtually for middle and high school students. Students who will be required to participate in summer school will be notified by the building principal.
We are still discussing plans for our summer Pre-AP camps for incoming 9th and 10th grade students. Camps will need to be held virtually due to current building closure orders. We will communicate these plans with our parents in the upcoming weeks.
Summer Sports Camps/Programs
Under the current guidelines, no sport camps or summer programs will be hosted by the school district this summer. We will follow the latest directives when determining the status of summer conditioning programs for our student-athletes. Look for communication from our athletic director and coaches about summer conditioning.
Status of 2020-2021 School Year
No specific decisions have been made at this time on the status of our buildings being re-opened in August. The state continues to monitor the status of the COVID-19 outbreak and our ability to resume normal activities.
In his press briefings, Governor DeWine has made it clear that Ohio’s schools and businesses will not be operating in the same way until there is a vaccine available for COVID-19. Our district administrators have been planning and consulting with other education leaders and public health officials for alternatives to comply with the governor’s most-current orders and maintain a healthy environment for staff and students.
For More Information
We have also set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19: https://www.nwlsd.org/HealthServices.aspx. Please email Keva Brice, NWLSD District Nurse, at [email protected], and your email will be returned in a timely manner.
For all questions related to your child’s assignments, please email your child’s teacher or the building principal.
We appreciate your support and know that we will continue to work together as a school community to navigate through these challenging times together.