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Superintendent Message | July 17, 2020

Last Updated: 7/27/2020 5:07 PM

July 17, 2020

Dear Black Tiger Families, 

We truly appreciate all of the feedback that we have received via emails, surveys, and personal conversations regarding our reopening plans for the fall. We understand that our days are filled with uncertainty as the news of the Coronavirus changes daily. We take all of this to heart. Our number one concern remains to be the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff.  

In light of the news from Governor DeWine on July 2, and with your helpful feedback, we have refined our instructional plans.   We are devoted to supporting you through this time and will continue to work on creating the best learning environment possible for “Every student; Every day; Every opportunity!”  

In order to personalize education for all students, we need you to decide which learning environment described below will work best for each student in your care.  Please review the information, and then follow the link at the bottom of this page to let us know your decision. Friday, July 31, is the deadline to complete the Commitment  Form.  Your decision will be a firm commitment for FIRST SEMESTER 2020-2021, from August to December 2020.

 

OPTION 1: 

  • All K-5 students will be at school all day Monday through Friday daily during Risk Levels 1 and 2, and at school all day on a rotating basis during Level 3 (In general, A-K on Mondays/Tuesdays and L-Z on Wednesdays/Thursdays, with virtual learning on the other days and times. Families will be scheduled to attend on the same days. (Ohio’s County Risk Level Guidelines
  • During Risk Levels 1 - 3, all 6-12 students will be at school through 12:30 daily on a rotating basis. In general, A-K on Mondays/Tuesdays and on L-Z on Wednesdays/Thursdays, with virtual learning on the other days and times. Families will be scheduled to attend on the same days. 
    • This option will be as close to traditional school as possible when students are in the building.
    • On the days that they are in school, students will participate in most classes like they would have before the Coronavirus pandemic.
    • Students will receive grades for all classes. 
    • Students who take high school level coursework will receive credit for those courses upon passing.
    • Students will be required to participate in both in-person and online work in order for full attendance to count for those days. 
    • The district will implement safety protocols to the highest degree possible.  This includes physical distancing of three to six feet, wearing masks or face shields when needed for all grade levels, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices. If your child has not been wearing a mask, please buy one now and have them begin wearing the mask for 30 minutes at a time to get used to it.
    • Our source for health and safety guidance is the Summit County Health Department.  
    • If students are riding Cuyahoga Falls City School District (CFCSD) buses, they will be seated two-to-a-seat. We will be making efforts to have siblings sit together if possible. All students who ride CFCSD buses will be required to wear masks or face shields on the bus and at the bus stop, regardless of age.
    • Every CFCSD student will have every opportunity to participate in after-school activities at their school building, including extra-curricular activities, regardless of the learning option they choose.
    • If state or local regulations require a school closure, the district would shift into blended learning, which will be delivered by your student’s teachers.  Based on feedback from this spring, blended learning during 2020-2021 will include daily student-teacher interaction and instruction through Google Meet or Zoom, and small group and individual learning opportunities for all students. Resources and content will be organized into Google classroom environments so that all information is housed in one location. 
    • In the event of extended school closures, the district will offer support to parents and caregivers regarding technology or instructional needs.  
  • All students K – 12 will learn from home during Risk Level 4. 

 

OPTION 2: 

  • Students AT HOME DAILY regardless of Risk Level - Individual Online Learning with Support using Black Tiger Remote Learning Academy. Students do not report to the building for the first semester (August to December 2020).
    • Students will take part in all instruction at home via remote learning. This option is different from what students experienced during remote learning last spring.
    • Students participating in this option will be using an online curriculum and platform designed by an outside company for the basis of instruction.
    • The curriculum will meet the same standards as our Cuyahoga Falls City School District (CFCSD) curriculum, but it will not necessarily match the same pacing or activities that are delivered in school buildings. 
    • Students will receive instruction from CFCSD teachers who have been selected because of their passion to build relationships with students and their ability to engage students in learning using the Cuyahoga Falls curricula and resources using the online platform. Cuyahoga Falls City School District (CFCSD) teachers are devoted to creating a culture of caring. They will facilitate and support student learning, create an online classroom community and communicate regularly with families.
    • Students and teachers will participate in virtual check-in meetings designed to support student course progress and provide opportunities for students to connect with the teachers and with each other.
    • Students will receive grades for all classes. 
    • Students who take high school level coursework will receive credit for those courses upon passing.
    • Attendance will be taken daily via live sessions, completion of assignments, etc. Students will be required to participate in both in-person and virtual work in order for full attendance to count for those days.
    • Elementary students (K-5) will be expected to have access to log into their Google Classroom during  student hours (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) to participate in live instruction with their teacher and to take part in small group learning opportunities. Although students will not be online for the entire learning day, students need to be available to engage with their classroom community of learners to continue growing their social skills, interacting with peers, and to engage in interactive learning.
    • Secondary (6-12) students will also be expected to log in during traditional school hours for daily live check-ins, as well to meet with teachers as necessary for assessments and help.
    • Students will be in class with the other students who have chosen Option 2, who may be students from another building in the district. (This does not apply at the high school level.)
    • Every CFCSD student will have every opportunity to participate in after-school activities at their school building, including extra-curricular activities regardless of the learning option they choose.
    • The district will provide a Chromebook for each student to use at home if necessary; students will not be asked to share devices.
    • Students will earn grades for their work, and students who are taking high school level courses will have the opportunity to earn the appropriate credits.
    • Students will have access to courses in all core areas (English language arts, mathematics, sciences, and social studies).
    • Students will also have limited access to special area courses (K-5) and elective courses (9-12).  Students in grades 9-12 may not have access to their full schedule as planned this past spring.
    • If state or local regulations require a school closure, students participating in this option will continue as scheduled.

 

Please click here to complete a Google form for EACH of your students no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our district. Go Black Tigers!

Dr. Todd M. Nichols

Superintendent/CEO

Cuyahoga Falls City Schools


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