Message from Dr. Cosby about School Closure 4/21/20

April 21, 2020

Dear Mt. Healthy Parents and Students, 


As you may have already heard today, 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. All Mt. Healthy City School District buildings will be closed through the end of May, 2020. 


While the governor’s order to close school for the rest of the school year may present challenges to some of our families, please know that Mt. Healthy City School District administrators and teachers are working diligently to partner with you in continuing 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. 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 breakfast and lunch pickups for our students on a weekly basis. Continue to visit www.mthcs.org often for updates and any changes. 

 

What about services to students with disabilities?

Our schools will continue making a good faith effort to provide services for all students. If a student with a disability cannot access the alternate delivery models being used by other students, then the Office of Student Services will consult with parents and/or caregivers to determine how to implement the student’s IEP and meet the needs of the student during the closure period. 

Staff Availability

During scheduled school days, our teachers will be available via email and/ or other methods 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. For those students who do not have access to online learning, hard copies of assignments by grade level will be available.

Administrators and support staff will also be working remotely and available between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm on weekdays via email.


Board of Education Office Hours

Although some essential staff will be reporting, the Mt. Healthy City School District Board of Education office is closed to the public until further notice. Central Office staff are still available to assist parents via phone or email. We will update registration information for preschool and kindergarten parents this week. Leave a voicemail at 513-729-0077 and your call will be returned within 24 hours. Staff will be checking and responding to their email daily.


Meal Distribution

Mt. Healthy Food Service will continue preparing and distributing meals to students 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. 


After the school year ends, the district will continue to provide 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

Our social workers and counselors continue to reach out to families to ensure they have open lines of communication during the closure, and to make alternative plans if necessary. Additionally, counselors will be monitoring emails and reaching out to our school families in need. Please reach out to your school counselor or school social worker via email or voicemail if your child is in need. 


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/Open Enrollment Registration for 2020-2021 

All registration for kindergarten and preschool in addition to other grades will take place online until further notice. Please check our website for details. If you have any questions about registration, please call 513-729-0077 and leave a message or email MtHealthyRegistration@mthcs.org



Board Meetings

Boards of education are required by law to meet at least once every two months. Although school boards typically meet more regularly than this, school boards may legally cancel school board meetings and reduce the number of school board meetings to the statutory minimum. 


Our Board of Education plans to meet virtually and will hold its next meeting on May 18, 2020. The district will record this meeting and post the recording on our website. Minutes from the meeting will also be posted online. Due to the nature of this meeting, there will not be a public participation section. If you have any questions for the Board of Education, please email the Superintendent at lcorner@mthcs.org.


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 cancelled through the remainder of the school year. Our high school administrators are working on options to honor our seniors that meet the directives on large group gatherings.


Graduation

Last week, Mr. Buchheim, Mt. Healthy High School Principal, sent a letter to parents explaining graduation requirements and the expectations for students during 4th quarter. If you did not receive a letter, please contact the Jr/Sr High School main office to inquire. Please know that Mt. Healthy administrators, teachers, counselors, and coaches have students’ best interest at heart and that we will work together to provide assistance and flexibility for the benefit of doing what is right for students.


We recognize the importance and tradition of our high school graduation ceremony. As of now, the current graduation date has been postponed, but we are looking at alternate dates for this summer. How we can hold a graduation ceremony for our seniors will be dependent on the governor’s orders for large public gatherings. We hope to find a unique way to celebrate the students' accomplishments.


If you have 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 unprecedented times.

Yours in education, 

Dr. Reva Cosby

Superintendent, Mt. Healthy City School District