GOVERNOR DEWINE CALLS FOR OHIO SCHOOLS TO CLOSE
The Worthington Christian School Board of Directors has authorized the following actions in response to Governor DeWine’s call for Ohio schools to close for three weeks beginning next week:
- From Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, WC will be closed. These days will be considered “calamity days” in the same way a ‘snow day’ would. We have plenty of time built within the school calendar to take these five days and still comfortably meet the state requirements for annual instructional hours.
- From Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 29, WC will take its regularly scheduled spring break.
- Beginning Monday, March 30 through at least Friday, April 3, WC will be in session but will conduct all classes online rather than at school.
- All school facilities will be closed to students from Saturday, March 14 until at least Sunday, April 5.
- All student activities including, but not limited to, face-to-face classroom instruction, middle and high school athletic programs, music concerts, drama productions, face-to-face tutoring sessions, and clubs are suspended immediately and shall not meet until no earlier than Monday, April 6.
- Upon further direction from the state or due to the judgment of the school board under consultation from health professionals, the board may elect to extend these conditions beyond Friday, April 3.
So, what comes next?
- School will be in session, as usual, tomorrow, Friday, March 13. Students should plan to take home all textbooks and materials they will need to continue instruction online. Teachers will help students with recommendations on what to take home.
- School is in session beginning Monday, March 30. Students will be expected to participate in all online instruction beginning that day until face-to-face instruction at school resumes. Online instruction will typically not take place during the entire regular school day and will not feature extensive real-time instruction from the teacher. This will be a new experience for many students and teacher but we are committed to providing meaningful instruction during this time.
- The last day of school will remain Thursday, May 21. No additional days will be added to the calendar.
- Instructions on accessing and using online instruction portals, work expectations, completion of assignments and other pertinent information will be sent home prior to the beginning of online instructions.
- The situation remains fluid and we expect will continue to change over time. Thanks for bearing with us as we figure out the best way to navigate this.
Finally, Scripture commands us repeatedly, “Do not be afraid.” At the same time, we are encouraged to “understand the times and know what to do”. We believe that COVID-19 represents a significant public health risk, especially to those in vulnerable segments of our populations. As Christians, it is important for us to act out of love for each other, our neighbor and the larger community. We choose not to react out of fear or hysteria, but out of a realistic recognition that this situation requires us to protect others, particularly those in our community who are more vulnerable.
None of us asked for the coronavirus, yet God sent it anyway and yet is still good. Pray that we would be able to navigate the tasks ahead of us for his glory, for the benefit of our students, and the protection of everyone involved.