April 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
This week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio’s schools will remain closed through May 1st. We are anticipating the possibility of a longer-term closure and have been working on plans for how to best serve our students and their families during this difficult time.
In recently passed legislation, the Ohio General Assembly called upon all Ohio schools to “continue to provide ways to keep students actively engaged in learning opportunities” during this closure period. Green Inspiration Academy has an obligation to provide continued education of general education students and students receiving special education services. Parents and care-givers, also have a requirement to ensure that student’s complete classroom lessons.
This letter is intended to provide you with some updated answers and information. Please understand that there are many uncertainties in the area of education right now and the guidance is not always clear. It is a difficult time to navigate but our staff will keep you updated as much as possible.
Pass Fail Grading System. Green will advance to the next higher grade any student who has completed all the requirements required to graduate or advance as of March 17, 2020. However, the School Board or the school shall determine if a student may advance to the next higher grade- based upon their ability prior to March 17, 2020.
Classroom Lessons. Next week you will be contacted by your student teacher regarding technology and delivery of additional classroom lessons via online or by pick up and drop off of materials.
We recognize that each home and family has a different level of digital and remote connectivity, and we’re sensitive to the unique needs of our students with disabilities, and our foster and homeless youth. We are asking that you stay in touch with your classroom teacher so that we can determine the plan that best works for each student.
Examples of learning opportunities might include telephone calls, FaceTime or Zoom class meeting opportunities, Classroom Dojo connections, shared digital learning spaces like Google Hangout and more formal online class opportunities like those offered to our Advanced Placement students.
If a student does not have access to internet, or computer we will provide standard based lessons and other classroom materials. Our Special Education teachers will also provide students with appropriate materials and means of parent contact.
Pickup Location. Green will to continue to provide hardcopy packages of grade-appropriate materials in reading, math, science and social studies throughout the duration of this closure. For now, we will continue to distribute at The Boy’ Campus at 4265 Northfield Road in Warrensville Heights.
Again, what will be important during this time is to identify the level of remote connectivity each student and family has so that our school can provide the best supports possible through that connectivity, all focused on providing multiple ways for Green students to remain actively engaged in learning opportunities during this closure period.
For now, every Green family can help by ensuring that students are staying home and safe, continuing to remain academically engaged in the content and resources available so that when we are able to resume more typical school functions, we will all be ready to thrive!
Please visit the Green website regularly to keep up to date with all of the information and resources available to kids and families: greeninspirationacademy.com/covid-19/
We thank you for your support and understanding during this unique time. Working together, we will provide a remote learning experience that will be successful while keeping everyone safe. Please be patient as more information will be forthcoming in the near future. If you have any other questions, please contact your building principal, Mr. Rallings or Mrs. Stephens.
Thank you and be safe.