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Oak Hills sophomore Kailee Hebert is a winner on and off the field

/ sports, SW Ohio

WCPO |

“Kailee is everything that we want our student-athletes to be,” Oak Hills athletic director Ben Hageman said. “Her dedication to the classroom in addition to being a four-sport athlete takes incredible dedication and commitment.”

Hamilton Schools officials acknowledge problems with virtual learning program

/ remote learning, SW Ohio, tech

Journal-News |

Mike Holbrook, superintendent told the board, the problems with the contractor-supplied computer program are being addressed but in hindsight the supplier “over-promised and under delivered.”

“There was a general misunderstanding of what VLI was,” said Rick Pate, executive director of secondary programs. “Many families thought it would be what it (at home learning) was last (school) year,” after all Ohio K-12 schools were ordered closed, he said. “Some families thought it (VLI) would be an easier route,” said Pate. But, he added, the VLI program “requires a significant parent involvement” of three to four hours a day, especially for younger students.

Holbrook last week announced families enrolled in the VLI program, who were originally obligated to stay in the at-home program for the first semester, will soon be allowed to opt out under the district’s new scheduling returning to live classes for all students starting next month.

Clermont Northeastern: Literacy Grant Update (audio)

/ grants, literacy, SW Ohio

CNE |

Hear what is happening with the Comprehensive State Literacy Development at the High School with principal TJ Glassmeyer. Amy Ellis and Tonya Schmidt discuss the impact at the elementary level.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation awards $1M to 6 nonprofits through Racial Justice Fund

/ grants, social-justice, SW Ohio

GCF |

Established in June with a commitment of $5 million over five years, the goal of the Racial Justice Fund is to advance matters of fairness and justice with a focus on the systems that affect the Black community, specifically criminal, economic and social justice. More broadly, the fund seeks to address the root causes of systemic racism through policy change. 

More at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Winton Woods District Adds Operational Levy to November 2020 Ballot

/ finance-funding, SW Ohio

WWCS |

The levy would generate $3.2 million annually for operating expenses related to educational programs. This is the first Winton Woods levy placed on the ballot in over 10 years that requests additional funding. 

“This levy will fund instructional services, ongoing educational and extracurricular opportunities for all students,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith. “In addition, it will provide funding for key identified areas of need including the Preschool Village, increased enrollment and additional school resource officers.”

More at Winton Woods City Schools.

Deer Park: Return to Full-Time Classes: Monday, October 5

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

DPCS |

At a Special Board of Education meeting, the decision was made to move forward with a return to full-time, face-to-face instruction beginning Monday, October 5th. The Board of Education will hold another special board meeting next Tuesday, September 29th at 4:00 p.m. to officially approve the full-time restart date as well as an updated school calendar. 

McClain HS gets metal detectors to take temperatures

/ coronavirus, Solutions, SW Ohio, tech

Highland County Press |

Jesse Mitchell, Greenfield’s technology director, had the great idea to put in the walk-through metal detectors, branded by Secvera, to take students’ temperatures quickly.

The machines register the students’ and staff members’ temperatures from the wrist, and a computerized voice reads off whether someone’s temperature is normal.

McClain Principal Matt Shelton said that the machines make the entrance to the building easy and eliminate big clusters of students. The budget for the machines was estimated to be around $3,000 each, and Shelton feels the investment helps things run smoothly each morning. 

Read more at the Highland County Press.

Former Reading teacher diagnosed with COVID-19 dies, family says

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

WXIX |

Sharon Hunt, 66, taught at Reading Community School at the elementary level for 25 years before retiring Aug. 1. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 just a few weeks into her retirement and later developed pneumonia according to family.

From Reading Schools: “Sharon had an impact on hundreds of students throughout her teaching career at Reading Hilltop. I had the privilege and honor of working with Sharon. Not only did she challenge her students academically, but she also instilled a love of reading and encouraged each of them to be a good person. If a child was hungry, she shared her lunch. If a student was having a bad day, she gave up her lunchtime to hang out with them,” said Reading Board President Beth Wernery. 

Local teachers take virtual learning to the next level

/ remote learning, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Over at Evanston Academy, Principal Stacey Hill-Simmons and her teachers have primarily used the internet to connect with their students these past five weeks, but for a special group of students, they host a drive-by every Friday to have that personal connection with their students who have Autism. 

For Montfort Heights Elementary Principal Kaitlyn Randall and her staff, inclusion and making their students feel connected no matter where they’re learning is priority for her team.

“We had one teacher who wore a crazy hat for lunch coverage in the building one day and she hopped on a Zoom meeting right after, and now our students are hoping on everyday just to see what crazy hat she has on,” said Randall.

Read the full article at WLWT.

More than a thousand join parade in support of two Little Miami football players

/ sports, SW Ohio

WLWT |

More than a thousand people from Warren County and beyond came out in droves during Little Miami’s homecoming game to support the two football players briefly suspended for carrying a thin blue and thin red line flag at a game two weeks ago.

The game on 9/11 caused a firestorm of controversy between the community and school officials after the kids were suspended.

The school later reinstated the boys, ruling the incident was not politically motivated.

Wilmington: Zone Planning Updates for In-Person Learners

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WCS |

Target date to make a determination for any change of schedule is Oct 2nd. Details of the plan to be released on Oct 2nd.  

Any new schedule would start on Oct 19th allowing everyone to have two weeks to be ready for the transition.

Tri-State football games canceled after positive COVID-19 tests, schools say

/ coronavirus, sports, SW Ohio

FOX19 |

Friday’s and Saturday’s games cancelled include Oak Hills and Lakota West and West Clermont vs Kings. Several student-athletes from Oak Hills and West Clermont are in quarantine due to close contact, the schools said.

Reading: District to Host Community Chats

/ leadership, SW Ohio

RCCSD |

The Reading Community City School District will be hosting Community Chats this fall at different times and locations throughout Reading. Reading Superintendent Jason Enix and Treasurer Colette Lewis will facilitate the meetings. 

The purpose of these informal meetings is for school district leaders to engage with the community and discuss issues facing the district; provide information and resources regarding our schools; develop relationships through outreach; and a commitment to transparent conversations within our community.

Read more at Reading Community City Schools.

Indian Hill: STEM Celebration with IHHS Teacher Myrtis Smith

/ STEM-STEAM, SW Ohio

IHEVSD |

Superintendent Kirk Koennecke debuts a new video series, Uniquely Indian Hill. He speaks with IHHS Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teacher Myrtis Smith. Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national organization that provides programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science – designated Indian Hill High School (IHHS) as a 2019-2020 Distinguished School.

Edgewood: Taking Band Practice Outside as Pandemic Persists

/ arts, SW Ohio

Spectrum News 1 |

Spectrum News 1 came to Edgewood on September 15 to see how student-musicians and band directors have adapted to playing music during the pandemic. Because of COVID-19, numerous restrictions have been placed on schools who want to provide this type of elective class for students. 

Hundreds of CPS parents sign petition to keep remote learning option

WLWT |

Hundreds of them have signed a petition urging the district to let remote learning continue.

“It’s not just my family that needs this other alternative. Hundreds of families need this and this is just the response from a few hours this morning,” said CPS parent Angie Wilson. Wilson has two kids in the district who need to stay home for health reasons.

The only option for those students in the blended plan approved by the school board is a switch to the Digital Academy.

Wayne Local: Experiential Learning

/ career-tech, SW Ohio

WLSD |

The Experiential Learning program at WHS is committed to work-based learning opportunities to gain experiences designed to provide students with real-world learning through partnerships with local business and industry.

Learn more at Wayne Local’s Experiential Learning Program

Springboro: National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

/ SW Ohio

Springboro Schools |

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, including six (6) Springboro High School students, in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Springboro High School students Elijah Barker, Lilian Coffin, Grace Gulczinski, Elliot Phillips, Haley Scott, and Krishna Singla have all been named a Semifinalist in the NMSC Program.

New Richmond Board of Ed recognizes quick-thinking athletic trainer

/ sports, SW Ohio

NREVSD |

Athletic Director Doug Foote presented athletic trainer Kari Boehmker with the Leading Lion Award in recognition of her response to two medical situations during a game day in late August. If not for her quick thinking and actions, what started out as a great day could have quickly turned disastrous, Mr. Foote explained.

Shots fired call causes brief lockdown of Lakota junior high school

/ school safety, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

When the shots fired incident happened, it was after school hours, but Liberty Junior School was placed on lockdown for those still on the grounds, according to Betsy Fuller, spokeswoman for Lakota Schools.

“Liberty Junior School went into an immediate lockdown for all students and staff who were on campus for extracurricular activities. Local law enforcement arrived immediately and the lockdown was lifted approximately 25 minutes later,” Fuller said.

Lakota: INCubatoredu@Lakota Cultivates 100 Future Entrepreneurs

/ curriculum, SW Ohio

LLS |

Lakota is only the second school district in Ohio – and one of just 125 nationwide – to make “Shark Tank” a class for its juniors and seniors.

The complete INCubatoredu curriculum that Lakota is following is a product of Uncharted Learning and is sponsored by Miami University’s Farmer School of Business John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship.

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FCSD Board of Education Member Announces Resignation Effective October 1

/ leadership, SW Ohio

FCSD |

Fairfield City School District received the resignation of Board of Education member Carrie O’Neal. She is relocating outside the district.

Read the FCSD press release.

Bethel-Tate: Remembering former Board member Mark Rose

/ leadership, SW Ohio

BTLS |

Mark Rose was a Bethel-Tate graduate and active member of the Bethel-Tate Board of Education from January 2006 through December 2013. Over his eight years of service on the board, he was Board president several times.

Rose passed away September 17, 2020, at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood at the age of 66.

Students with autism adapting to new normal, different challenges during pandemic

/ SpecialEd, SW Ohio

WKRC |

Teachers and staff at the Heidt Center of Excellence in Madisonville are helping ease the transition for students with autism, who have trouble with change.

“With students with autism, you have to be very explicit with them and tell them things straight forward, and, right now, we don’t have all the answers. We don’t really know everything, so it’s really hard to explain everything in those black and white terms that they learn best with,” Shelby Yates, the lead intervention specialist at the Heidt Center of Excellence, said.

About 100 kids are enrolled in the autism program at the Heidt Center of Excellence.

22 Sycamore Students Named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists

/ SW Ohio

SCSD |

Twenty-two Sycamore High School seniors were just named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholar program, placing them in the top one percent of high school seniors in the U.S. The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability based on their performance on the PSAT taken during the junior year.

Loveland school leaders ready to welcome all students back to district buildings

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

In a 3-2 vote, the Loveland Board passed a resolution to return to 5 day in-person learning in October.

Target dates for returning to 5 day in-person learning:

  • October 5th – PreK-4
  • October 12th – grades 5-8
  • October 26th – grades 9-12

Before the vote Tuesday night, one board member said the decision is “not written in stone,” calling it “guidance” the board is giving district leaders, highlighting what the board expects teachers and students to be able to achieve.

Additional information concerning the evaluation to return to full capacity is available here.

Lakota Receives Prestigious Auditor of State Award for Sixth Consecutive Year

/ finance-funding, leadership, SW Ohio

LLS |

Treasurer Jenni Logan was virtually presented with the award for the district’s clean audit and excellent record keeping. The award recognizes the district’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency.

Fewer than 5 percent of all entities that are audited annually earn the Auditor of State Award with Distinction – and Lakota has received the honor six years in a row.

Indian Hill: U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes Indian Hill High School Latin teacher

/ SW Ohio

IHVSD |

Latin Teacher Mark Atwood who was recently named a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teacher. Atwood was nominated by IHHS Class of 2020 graduate and current Columbia University student Liz Radway for the recognition. 

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors and their teachers.

CNE: Health center an icebreaker for CNE campus, surrounding communities

/ community, health/wellness, SW Ohio

Clermont Northeastern |

Clermont Northeastern School District remodeled the high school’s home economics wing into the new Mercy Health Center at CNE.

Superintendent Michael Brandt spent much of his educational career in urban settings, including Cincinnati Public Schools and Newport City Schools, before taking over at CNE in 2015, said, “Coming here to a rural environment, I was startled by some of the challenges that people had here trying to find quality medical care, so having this new ability to treat students here and for the community to have something here is really vital.”

CPS: Parent reaction to back to school plans

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

One of the biggest issues brought up by parents was the lack of consistency for a schedule. CPS board members said they’re trying to provide a choice for everyone.

Schools have taken steps to hire more building, long-term substitute teachers

/ HCESC, HR, SW Ohio

WKRC |

School districts in several communities, including Cincinnati Public Schools, have been recruiting daily, long-term and building substitute teachers to deal with a potential uptick in illnesses because of COVID-19. Hamilton County Educational Service Center provides substitute teachers to all of the schools in Hamilton County outside of Cincinnati Public Schools and to most of the schools in Clermont County.

“Recruitment has been good; hiring has been good,” said Matt Wendeln, a program manager at Hamilton County ESC.

“The needs are a little bit different because of COVID,” Wendeln said. “Schools want to be prepared for the emergency sick leave and those two-week quarantines or three-day stay-at-home. So they want to have some building subs lined up to do that. So that’s been the largest recruitment difference.”

Ripley Union Lewis Huntington – BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant

/ remote learning, SW Ohio, tech

RULH |

RULH was awarded the BroadbandOhio Connectivity grant in the amount of $95,338. The district will purchase Kajeet SmartSpots (20 new SmartSpots and reimbursement for 60 previously purchased with district funds). The district will also purchase 16 portable SmartBus Units that can provide internet access at remote locations parking lots and libraries.

More in the RULH newsletter.

Mason urges governor to reconsider protocols

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Mason’s Superintendent Jonathan Cooper has been in touch with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and his staff about the concerns, asking them to take a hard look at the data and reconsider the protocols.

“Could we look at some different parameters that we would allow more students to stay in school and rethink how we’re addressing quarantine so it’s based on data and scientific evidence?” he asked.

With 10,000 students in the district, the positive cases of coronavirus have only now gone above a dozen. To Cooper, that shows the schools are not fueling a higher infection rate. In addition to the 157 students who have been told to quarantine for 14 days, 100 other students have returned to in-person learning from quarantine.

Madeira Elementary student tests positive for COVID-19

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

WCPO |

Ten Madeira Elementary students and a staff member must quarantine after another student tested positive for COVID-19, the district’s superintendent announced to families Monday night.

Lakota Updates, Expands COVID-19 Dashboard

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

LLSD |

The updated dashboard has expanded to show all students and staff who are quarantined regardless of whether it is related to a positive case in-school or out.

View the updated Lakota COVID dashboard.

Fairfield teachers reinvent the classroom by teaching outside

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

WLWT |

At Compass Elementary in Fairfield, language arts teacher Jerica Hinson has gone a step further to reinvent the classroom by walking her students out of class and into the fresh air.

“To get them learning outside, it just retains their attention so much better. They’re happier. They’re excited to learn,” Hinson said.

Cincinnati Public Schools: K-12 students will go to in-person classes 2 days a week

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

CPS |

Public school children will go back to the classroom for two days each week under a plan approved Monday by Cincinnati Public Schools’ Board of Education.

Under a 1-2-2 model, all students will take part in distance learning on Mondays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a group of students will attend classes, followed by a separate group on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Farm-to-school program teaches students city farming

/ curriculum, health/wellness, SW Ohio

WCPO |

Students at James N. Gamble Montessori High School haven’t returned to the classroom just yet, but they are successfully making the shift to outdoor learning through agricultural sciences. Students in the farm-to-school program are learning the ways of farming in the middle of the city focusing on planting, harvesting and later eating crops like arugula, asparagus, mustard greens, rhubarb and more.

Mary Dudley runs the school’s food sciences program. She has her largest class ever this year. “I think of it as a social justice issue as students really need to know what they are eating, where food comes from and how they can contribute to a sustainable future,” Dudley said.

Southwest: Multiple students test positive for COVID-19

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

SWLSD |

On September 18th, the district was informed that a student at Harrison High School tested positive, a student at Harrison Junior School tested positive, and multiple students at Harrison Elementary tested positive.

Inside Milford’s Classrooms

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

MEVSD |

Video gives you a glimpse into what school looks like this year for Milford Exempted Village School District students and staff.

Mason: National Merit Semifinalists

/ SW Ohio

MCS |

Twenty-nine Mason High School students have been named National Merit Semifinalists. In February 2021, the Semifinalists will be notified whether they have advanced to Finalist standing.

US Secretary of Labor visits Great Oaks

/ SW Ohio

Great Oakes Career Campuses |

Great Oaks Career Campuses was the site of a meeting this week between U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and local business leaders. Representatives from P&G, Nehemiah Manufacturing, Perfetti Van Melle, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, JTM Food Group, KUTOL, and DPA Buying Group discussed the impact of COVID-19 on their business and on the region.

Wayne Local: National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists

/ SW Ohio

WLSD |

William (Eli) Click and Landen Stricker have been selected to be one of the 16,000 Semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Oak Hills School District bringing back students to in-person learning full-time

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WKRC |

Students in the Oak Hills School District will be going back to class full-time Monday. The decision comes after Gov. Mike DeWine said Hamilton County has remained at the orange level in the state’s color-coded advisory system. The district had been on a blended schedule.

Message to the Little Miami Community from Superintendent Greg Powers

/ SW Ohio

Little Miami Schools – Facebook |

Superintendent Powers addresses the community concerning reaction to recent events in the district.

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Every Child Succeeds names Jennifer Frey as president; Judith Van Ginkel retires

/ early-learning, leadership, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Business Courier |

The organization’s founding president, Judith Van Ginkel, is retiring; Jennifer Frey, a researcher, clinician and educator, will assume the role effective Nov. 9.

A Cincinnati native, Frey joins Every Child Succeeds after eight years on the faculty at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she is a tenured associate professor in special education and disability studies, and director of the early intervention and early childhood special education graduate program in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Every Child Succeeds targets low-income pregnant women and new mothers with at-home visits throughout Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

West Clermont teacher on administrative leave after Facebook posts

/ HR, SW Ohio

WKRC |

A teacher is on administrative leave after social media comments she made bashing the president. The Facebook post centers around the parade for President Donald Trump that happened over the weekend.

Chris Hicks, a Clermont County man who runs a “watchdog” Facebook page, says he was sent the teacher’s post. “The role of a teacher, they’re not regular citizens. They’re not editorial pundits. They’re government employments that we trust to raise and nurture our children and develop their minds,” according to Mr. Hicks.

The school district said in a statement that it is investigating all of the facts and the law and that the teacher will remain on leave while the investigation is ongoing. “We acknowledge the right of our professional staff to speak on issues of public concern. However, we must balance those rights against the interests of the district and the efficient operations of our schools.”

Talawanda families protest against remote learning, want more options

/ remote learning, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

30 students and parents gathered outside the district’s school board office in Oxford, Ohio, Wednesday morning to show support for in-person learning and faculty. The district is only offering remote learning. Some parents want the option of choosing whether their student stays home or goes back to the classroom.

Every Wednesday, the district offers students and teachers the opportunity to participate in either one-on-one or small group sessions to catch up on learning concepts and help those who are behind.

The Talawanda School Board of Education will revisit the virtual-only decision on Sept. 21 at its regularly scheduled meeting and discuss whether students can “safely return” at the end of the first nine weeks, according to a letter sent out to families on Monday.

Indian Hill High School student builds volunteer force to keep virtual students connected

IHEVSD |

In March, when the Indian Hill School District joined districts across Ohio in distance learning, Indian Hill High School (IHHS) student Sophie Chabris felt the distance.

Chabris turned that feeling into a plan of action for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. She created the IHHS Corona Care Callers Program. The mission of the program is to create meaningful connections between students, particularly those who are part of Indian Hill’s Brave Virtual Academy (BVA), a new learning option for Indian Hill families wanting to study in a flexible, online environment.

Edgewood City Schools closed Wednesday after 15-year-old makes threat toward school, officials say

/ school safety, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Butler County deputies arrested a 15-year-old boy for allegedly threatening to shoot up his high school. It was first thought there might be a second person involved but deputies ruled that out.

Someone saw an online post and tipped off police.

East Clinton makes smooth transition to ‘green’ schedule, say principals

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Wilmington News-Journal |

For the first three weeks of the new academic year, students received both in-person and online instruction and were split up into two groups, which halved the number of students in buildings. After Labor Day, students have attended school in person each weekday except Wednesdays, which will remain a remote learning day through Oct. 9.

CPS: Yellow Bus Riders Now Have Access to Notification System

/ SW Ohio, transportation

Cincinnati Public Schools |

Versatrans My Stop provides real-time information to parents about the estimated time of arrival, notification of a substitute bus driver and when an alternate vehicle will be picking up your child when the regular bus is out of service.

Avoiding Another Tragedy: Local program wins innovation award for school threat assessment

/ school safety, SW Ohio

WKRC |

The School-based Threat Assessment program just received the Ohio Bar Association’s coveted Innovation Court Practices Award.

Created by John William, administrative judge for Hamilton County’s Juvenile Court System along with court psychologist Dr. Nicole Leisgang, the tool is designed to differentiate kids who were less likely to carry out a threat from those who are more likely to do so. Dr. Leisgang also designed treatments for each group.

Northwest Local Schools, for instance, used the program last school year to determine a student who had uttered a threat was a low risk for carrying it out. The student was treated then returned to school instead of ending up in the system.

Since the implementation of the program, Hamilton County has not seen a single case of school violence. There are now efforts to replicate Williams’ program in other counties across the country.

Ohio school report cards available with limited data

/ assessment, Ohio, SW Ohio

School report cards out have limited data

Dayton Daily News |

The report cards from the Ohio Department of Education will contain only a handful of the normal data points because spring 2020 state tests in English, math, science and social studies were canceled after mid-March coronavirus-related school closures.

“While schools have less information available than in years past, we still emphasize the importance of gauging where students are in terms of academic achievement and using available district data to (improve) instruction,” said Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s superintendent of public instruction.

The main data categories that will be available are graduation rates and high school “prepared for success” measures, since that information is reported on a one-year lag, according to ODE.

Ohio releases state report cards (sort of)

Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch |

While much of the local data that was available was fairly comparable to 2019, there were some areas of improvement. For example, Cincinnati Public Schools improved its four-year graduation rate by 1.5 points, from 77.9% last year to 79.4% for the Class of 2019. CPS improved its five-year graduation rate by more than 5 points, from 77.9% to 83.5%. Graduation data lags a year behind on report cards.

Meanwhile, four-year graduation rates fell in North College Hill, Hamilton, Lockland, Norwood and Winton Woods.

The newly released data also lists the number of third-graders advancing to fourth grade with the literacy skills required under the state’s third-grade reading guarantee program.

Of 49 districts in Southwest Ohio, 36 advanced 100% of third-graders in 2020, compared to 22 districts in 2019. No district advanced less than 98.5%. But those figures are likely skewed because the state relaxed the program’s requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

View Ohio School Report Card Data

Winton Woods: Update on students returning to in-class instruction

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WWCS |

Services will resume on Tuesday, September 29 regarding phase 2 – our blended approach. During this transitional phase, students in preschool, kindergarten, ESL, and students with special needs will report to school in person.

During the week of October 5, phase 3 will be implemented for those students who did not want to remain virtual. Students will be attending school twice per week. Some students will begin on Warrior Blue Days, every Monday and Tuesday. The other students will attend on Warrior Green Days, every Thursday and Friday.

During phase 4, all students are scheduled to report on Monday, November 30, five days a week, in person.

Milford: Spieser gets baptism by fire as Milford schools superintendent

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Business Courier |

Spieser is relying on lessons learned from his education mentors over the years to help him through this once-in-a-lifetime situation caused by the pandemic.

A Q/A with Superintendent Spieser.

Brown County parents complain about systemic racism video used in class

/ curriculum, social-justice, SW Ohio

WCPO |

A teacher at Fayetteville-Perry Middle/High School attracted social media criticism from parents last week after showing her class a video about systemic racism.

The Ohio Department of Education confirmed it had linked to the video on a page called “Resources for Social Studies” — not as the main course, but as a supplement to a series of guest lectures on teaching about race and racism. ODE guest lecturer Cynthia Tyson, a professor at the Ohio State University, used it as an example of educational material that could be help explain the difference between individual and institutional racism in a classroom setting.

However, the video was made by an explicitly political media company called Act TV. The channel advertises its progressive values in its description and frequently posts videos criticizing President Donald Trump, the Republican Party and right-wing media organizations such as Fox News.

Fayetteville-Perry superintendent Tim Carlier said he was investigating the teacher’s use of the video in response to parent complaints.

Lakota school board picks pastor, youth coach to fill vacant seat

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

The governing board of Lakota Schools unanimously voted Monday evening to appoint Michael Pearl to fill an open seat on the board.

The Liberty Twp. resident — and former Lakota school parent of two graduates from the district — was chosen by the board among 50 applicants, said President Brad Lovell. The 46-year-old Pearl is the Pastor of New Day Baptist Church — and Director of The Saint Monica’s Recreational Center — both in the Hamilton County city of Lincoln Heights.

HCCAO Head Start returns after closing in March due to COVID-19

/ early-learning, SW Ohio

Highland County Press |

The Highland County Community Action Organization’s Head Start program has returned to in-person classes after previously closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School started back on Monday, Sept. 14, and Program Director, Valerie Williams reported a smooth start to the 2020-21 school year.

“We are taking many health and safety precautions this year to assure our children and staff all remain well,” Williams said. “We are following the state licensing recommendations of only having nine children in each classroom.”

Seven Mile Elementary Named 2021 Hall of Fame School

/ SW Ohio

Edgewood City Schools |

The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) has announced that Seven Mile Elementary has been selected as a 2021 OAESA Hall of Fame School. Seven Mile Elementary was one of nine schools in Ohio to receive this very special recognition!

The Hall of Fame School Award recognizes schools that engage faculty, students and the community to provide a quality school experience.

CPS Board Delays Decision On Whether To Return To School

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Public Schools |

After hearing from board members and dozens of teachers and parents, the CPS school board decided to wait for more data after concerns were raised about the Labor Day holiday.

Despite not deciding on a return plan, sports in the school district will return to competition this week. Non-contact sports will return to full competition, while next week, contact sports will be played only within the CPS district.

Lakota school board divided on selection of new member as vote nears

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

A divide between some Lakota school board members recently widened after the president said another member is “choosing to take us down this path of destruction of this district.”

Lakota Board of Education President Brad Lovell made the statement in response to criticism of him from member Lynda O’Connor on Friday during a board meeting discussing how to appoint a new member to fill an open seat. O’Connor has been lobbying board members to take the full 30 days allowed by state law to appoint a new member.

The board has seen a record 52 candidates seeking the fifth seat on the board governing southwest Ohio’s largest suburban school system. Board members are scheduled to vote on appointing a new member at their 6:30 p.m. meeting today.

Madeira 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

/ SW Ohio

MCS |

Ethan Henry, Luke Knull, Frederick Kyser, and Timothy Pinyayev will continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in the spring of 2021.

‘They should have shot them’: Lakota school board member resigns after arrest at Lakota West

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

The reason Todd Parnell resigned from the Lakota Local School District Board of Education was the email he sent saying police “should have shot” students arrested in Lakota West’s parking lot, said the board’s president on Friday.

The board initially allowed Parnell to cite personal reasons for leaving after asking him to resign, said Brad Lovell, board president, in a statement.

On Aug. 26, Lakota West High School Principal Ben Brown sent an email to parents about an incident with West Chester police officers and three teens, two of whom were students, Lovell said in his statement. Police were trying to serve a warrant.

What Parnell replied back via email caused the principal to email Superintendent Matt Miller and another top administrator.

Cincinnati Public Schools trying to bridge digital divide as 3,600 students miss classes

/ remote learning, SW Ohio, tech

WKRC |

An estimated 3,600 CPS students have not shown up for virtual school. Now, the district is actively reaching out to those students to get them connected.

School board member Mike Moroski says having thousands of Cincinnati Public Schools students not logging onto classes is unacceptable. Moroski says while that absence number is high, he points out that overall attendance is now higher than it was in 2019 at this time, but he also says there are a number of factors of why students may not be showing up.

“This is the most tragic of all: We have a transient population,” said Moroski. “A subset of the student body that is extremely transient that experiences housing insecurity throughout the school year.”

Mason student hit, killed by driver in Cleveland

/ SW Ohio

WCPO |

An eighth-grade Mason City Schools student was hit and killed by a driver in Cleveland on Friday, according to a spokesperson with the school district.

The district said Mason Middle School student Jared Camacho had attended Mason City Schools since preschool. “He was bright and funny with a warm heart,” said Tracey Carson, spokesperson for the district, in a press release. “He loved playing outside, swinging, drawing and putting things together.”

High school football games in Milford, Miamisburg canceled due to COVID-19

/ coronavirus, sports, SW Ohio

WCPO |

A pair of positive COVID-19 tests canceled two Friday night high school football games — one in Miamisburg, one in Milford — hours before kickoff. Confirmed covid cases were in Milford and Springboro.

Xavier: Gender and Diversity Studies (GDST) department enlivened by new faculty

/ equity, Higher Ed, social-justice, SW Ohio

The Xavier Newswire |

  • Dr. ShaDawn Battle is teaching First-year Seminar State-Sanctioned Violence in the U.S., and Gender and Diversity Studies and Social Justice.
  • Dr. Kayla Renée Wheeler is teaching First-year Seminar: Race in the Digital Age and GDST 210: Introduction to African American Studies. 
  • Dr. Mich Nyawalo is teaching First Year Seminar: Infectious Diseases and the Culture Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality and GDST 310: Theoretical Perspectives.

UC: COVID-19 update: recorded cases rise to 147

/ Higher Ed, SW Ohio

The News Record – UC |

The university reported another 39 positive cases of COVID-19 within the campus community, bringing the total number of cases since campus reopened to 147, according to UC’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Positive cases include 143 students, 3 university employees and 1 visitor. 

Zeigler appointed to fill empty seat on Wilmington City Schools’ Board of Education

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Wilmington News Journal |

A lifelong resident of Wilmington, Zeigler worked for Wilmington City Schools for 18 years prior to resigning as Holmes Elementary School principal in 2017.

Wayne Local: Treasurer Teaches Class on Finance and Personal Responsibility

/ curriculum, finance-funding, SW Ohio

WLSD |

The class is taught by Ron James, Treasurer for Wayne Local Schools. Overall, the class will touch on real life topics such as credit score, the power of a paycheck, taxes, money management, investing, borrowing, financial services, and insurances. 

Springboro HS student tests positive

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

The case involved a student who was a member of a high school athletic team, the district told parents and guardians in an email sent Thursday evening.

“This did not involve a classroom. Thanks to a proactive response by the student and our district staff, the high school student was not at SHS, nor in any classroom, this entire week,” the email stated.

Mt. Healthy Early Learning Center Moves Forward Into the Building Phase

/ SW Ohio

MTHCS |

SHP Architects and Mark Spaulding Construction Company, the newly chosen construction company, will break ground during the week of September 14, 2020 at the site of the former Rex Ralph building on Adams Road.

The new center for Mt. Healthy preschool and kindergarten students will take about a year to build and would be set to open for the 2021-22 school year.

Middletown: ICYMI Mike Diehl is an Inspirational Educator at MHS

/ SpecialEd, SW Ohio

MCSD |

In a recent article, Journal-News Staff Writer Michael D. Clark interviewed Mike Diehl, a classroom paraprofessional at Middletown High School. Diehl lost his arm in an accident when he was a firefighter. Now, he assists with the special education students at MHS and competes in international disabled strong man competitions.

Mariemont City Schools Opens Second Annual International Art Show

/ arts, SW Ohio

MCS |

Partnering with the Cincinnati Kharkiv Sister City Partnership (CKSCP), the show will feature work from 60 Mariemont students and 60 students from Kharkiv’s Lyceum of the Arts Magnet School.

The local exhibit will be on display at the Women’s Art and Cultural Center (WACC) Barn in Mariemont from September 9-16. The theme of the 2020 show is “Transportation” and the the display is free and open to the public.

Lakota West’s Student Athlete Advisory Board: More than Meets the Eye

LLSD |

Every other Sunday, August through May, nearly 60 of Lakota West’s finest student-athletes gather for two to three hours to practice a skill shared across all their sports: leadership. Senior members, or “veteran leaders,” organize and lead each meeting for their junior member counterparts, or “emerging leaders.” 

Following Jeff Janssen’s “The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual,” every meeting zooms in on a new chapter and theme, combining small group discussion with a former Lakota athlete as their guest speaker. 

Fairfield student, 5, raises school supply money with lemonade stand

/ community, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

When Principal Denise Hayes got a call last month about an incoming kindergartner who wanted to donate proceeds from a lemonade stand to her school, she thought it was sweet.

But when Cayden Cummings and his parents brought in a check made out to Fairfield North Elementary School for $1,020, she was shocked.

Bowling coach at West Clermont High School arrested, charged with sexual battery of former student

/ SW Ohio

Clermont Sun |

In a complaint filed with Clermont County Municipal Court, police say a 19-year-old former student reported to them on Sept. 8 that while she was enrolled at West Clermont High School, she engaged in a sexual relationship with Briggs. The former student was a member of the WCHS girls bowling team coached by Kevin Briggs during her senior year.

Three Rivers: Laptop shortage hits schools as virtual learning starts

/ SW Ohio, tech

WKRC |

Last spring, administrators Three Rivers Local School District ordered 600 new Chromebooks knowing that they had a big demand come this fall. They’re not here yet. The system has been able to make do with older machines but that doesn’t mean it has been easy.

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Norwood City Schools to return to full-time in-person classes Oct. 26

WCPO |

Norwood Schools plan to return to full-time in-person instruction on Oct. 26 as long as Hamilton County remains at the orange level or better on Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s Public Health Advisory Alert System, superintendent Mary Ronan said in an email sent to parents Wednesday.

Originally, the district’s plan involved returning to five days per week at school after the county returned to orange level for 30 days, but that timeline was extended by the school board Tuesday night.

NREVSD secures BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant

/ finance-funding, grants, SW Ohio, tech

New Richmond |

“New Richmond EVSD was awarded $45,000 with this grant opportunity. With the money, we will be able to help provide internet access to 150 students in our district. We will need to find the money to meet the needs of the remaining students who need this access as well.” Technology Director, Matt Prichard said.

Miami University students to return to in-person classes, president says

/ coronavirus, Higher Ed, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

University President Gregory P. Crawford announced the decision Wednesday morning in a letter to students, staff, faculty and the Oxford community, saying that the university will continue its novel coronavirus-prevention methods, including mask-wearing, limiting student gatherings to 10 people and maintaining social distancing.

“Today we write to let you know that we are moving forward with our plan to resume in-person hybrid classes on our campuses beginning Sept. 21,” Crawford’s letter states. The phased-in residence hall move-in will start Sept. 15.

Mariemont High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

/ SW Ohio

MCS |

As semifinalists, Gracie Bohl, Jonathan Cooper, and Jackson Hacias placed in the top one-half of one percent from the nearly 1.6 million students who took the PSAT last fall. They will now continue on in the 2020 competition in the hopes of earning one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered next spring.

CPS: Safe to practice but not to play? CPS football players want back on the game field

/ coronavirus, sports, SW Ohio

WLWT |

A Cincinnati Public Schools spokesperson released the following statement Wednesday:

“At the August 3 school board meeting, the administration recommended that students start the first five weeks of the school year under the distance learning model. This recommendation also included putting athletics on pause. We understand students and parents are disappointed. We have to make some tough decisions to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff. District leaders fully understand that sports and participation in individual and team-related activities are an important aspect of the school experience and development of students.”

According to data on the district’s website, there have been 13 reported cases of student athletes contracting COVID-19 in the district since the start of summer.

Cincinnati homeless student numbers increase amid COVID-19 pandemic

/ coronavirus, remote learning, SW Ohio

WLWT |

The average age of a homeless person is only 9 years old. Families comprise 40% of the homeless population. Children experiencing homelessness change schools seven to eight times per year.

“Right here in Cincinnati we served almost 4,000 children last school year, who were living in homeless situations,” Rebeka Beach said.

Beach is the director of Project Connect, an organization that began 25 years ago that works directly with families and students. Beach said it is a crisis and the numbers are increasing.

Southwest students back in class after delayed start

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

FOX19 |

“We knew that with mask requirements coupled with the intense heat that usually comes in August we thought it was probably a wise decision to push back three weeks,” explained,” explained Southwest Local School District Communications Director Mike Morris.

Mason: COVID-19 pre-K through grade 12 case data increasingly on public display due to Ohio governor’s order

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Kwan-Yin Nixon has a daughter in third grade at Mason Elementary. Nixon appreciates the fact Mason school leaders are now publishing weekly COVID-19 case counts.

“The fact they want to be so transparent and let the people know, that helps,” Nixon said. “It doesn’t so much ease the fear of it, but it lets people know that they’re not alone.”

Parents and students should know schools can present coronavirus data in different ways. The key is that districts be transparent.

More Tristate students back to class as schools continue reopening. So, how’s it going?

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Finneytown: Superintendent Terri Noe said the morning started out hectic for parents and students because of password issues but is starting to run more smoothly.

Sycamore: “Class sizes are small, and we are able to keep students apart,” according to spokesperson Mallory Bonbright. “(The) later start date was helpful in giving us time with planning and combing through all the details. Kids are wearing their masks and really happy to be back.” 

Southwest: Some of the parents were concerned about the mask requirement since the elementary and junior high schools don’t have air conditioning according to Mike Morris, director of communications for the district.

Dayton Public board OKs football, other fall sports to play games

/ sports, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

DPS high school football teams will begin play on the weekend of Sept. 17-19. That’s Week 4 of Ohio’s abbreviated six-game season, allowing DPS teams to play three regular-season games, then participate in the state playoffs, which begin the weekend of Oct. 9.

Mt. Healthy: Let’s Talk About Race In-Person Sessions at Mt. Healthy Jr/Sr High

/ equity, HCESC, SW Ohio

MTHCS |

A conversation about race and racism. Discussions facilitated by Katrice Quitter from Hamilton County ESC.

How schools plan to address learning lost to “COVID slide”

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

Lebanon started classes three weeks ago, and director of curriculum and instruction Mark Graler said in-person students took diagnostic tests last week and will again this week. Online students will take them later this month.

“I don’t think it makes sense to overwork students to make up for lost time or lost gains. Everyone experienced losses. We want students to love learning, and we aren’t going to achieve that goal by drilling them on what they missed due to the pandemic,” said Graler.

Research varies, but multiple studies say students can lose 20 to 30% of their school-year gains in reading and math over a normal summer. A 2020 study by national education firm NWEA suggests this year will be worse, with students on average losing 50% or more of their normal math gains.

Norwood schools install safety barriers to protect staff and students

/ coronavirus, re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WKRC |

As students are learning in person, the Norwood City School District wanted to make sure every single desk that a child sits at has a protective shield, separating them from others.

C Pathe, the Miamisburg-based company that makes the shields, designed them to achieve functionality and durability.

CPS: Remote Spring Semester Had Minimal Impact On CPS’ AP Test-Takers

/ assessment, SW Ohio

WVXU |

Kraig Hoover, the AP district program leader for Cincinnati Public Schools, says 65% of the students passed their tests in the spring 2020 semester, compared to 66% of students passing the year prior.

Carlisle Local: Re-open date delayed

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

CLSD |

Due to the new building still needing some finishing touches to be ready for the first day of school, the Carlisle Local Schools will be pushing back the start of the 2020-2021 school year until the week of September 14.

Talawanda football team defeats Harrison for the first time since 1995

/ sports, SW Ohio

WCPO |

The Brave defeated host Harrison 17-7 in a Southwest Ohio Conference opener for both teams this season.

Batavia: COVID-19 case sends Batavia High School students online, sacks football game Friday night

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Batavia Local Schools Superintendent Keith Millard declined to reveal who tested positive. He said the timing of the COVID-19 case, which he found out about late last night, was the reason he shifted high school students to one day of remote learning.

“These are very difficult case-by-case decisions,” Millard said. “We certainly didn’t want to have a situation where we opened school and potentially had students who we had not contacted who needed to quarantine.”

6 Princeton Elementary Schools selected to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

/ food-nutrition, SW Ohio

PCS |

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to children at eligible elementary schools during the school day.

Indian Hill High School students get it ‘Just Write’ at state competition

/ ELA, SW Ohio

IHVSD |

Indian Hill High School students, Joy On and Elsa Zhang, placed in the top 15 writers of the Just Write State Competition. Each will have stories featured in the Just Write anthology showcasing the best of the best from the competition. 

Student writers participated in three rounds, each 45 minutes long. For each round, writers were given a prompt and required to write in one of seven genres: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Mystery, Classic Horror/Gothic, Fantasy, and Narrative Nonfiction.

Felicity-Franklin awarded a Coronavirus Relief Funds – Broadband Ohio Connectivity Grant

/ finance-funding, grants, SW Ohio, tech

FFSD |

The Broadband Ohio Connectivity Grant is in the sum of $151,446.00. This grant money is earmarked to provide and/or improve high speed internet access to the families of the district. The district will be purchasing high speed internet equipped iPads, hot spots, and will be expanding the school WiFi outside of the building.

Cincinnati public school parent spending $55 monthly for internet, despite promise of free access

/ remote learning, SW Ohio, tech

CPS |

Some apartment complexes do not make use of Cincinnati Bell and therefore cannot access the free internet promised by the Connect Our Students program.

Safely Back to School

/ leadership, re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WCPO |

Superintendents from St. Bernard-Elmwood Place, Winton Woods, and Covington Independent shared their plans for bringing students back to fall learning and answered questions in a WCPO special on reopening schools.

Farm-to-school educators workshop connects kids to farm-fresh food

/ Solutions, SW Ohio

Clermont Sun |

The workshop aims to train to K-12 teachers and educators to integrate agriculture and food education into the school, classroom and extra-curricular activities.

Topics will include using school gardens and cooking classes for STEM, social studies and literacy education as well as a variety of ways educators can involve other parts of their school community in supporting farm to school education.

The cost of this event for teachers is covered by Green Umbrella / Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council with support from the USDA Farm to School program. Certificates will be provided for continuing education credits.

Registration

Sycamore Board Approves Contract Extension for Certified Staff

/ HR, SW Ohio

SCSD |

The agreement includes a one-percent salary base increase for the 2020-21 school year. Employees will also be eligible for longevity step increases during the term of this agreement.

Mason City Schools staff every school with mental health therapists

/ health/wellness, Solutions, SW Ohio

WLWT |

For the first time in the district’s history, each of the district’s school buildings will house a mental health therapist employed by Children’s Hospital.

“An effort or an emphasis on mental wellness is more important now than it’s ever been before,” said Superintendent Jonathan Cooper. “We have four buildings with 10,500 students and so we want to make sure that our students have access right there in the building to support them and our families have that access.”

Cincinnati Public Schools To Adopt New Anti-Racism Policy

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

WVXU |

Cincinnati Public Schools wants to be the first district in Ohio to adopt what it calls an anti-racism policy, focusing on how racism affects its Black students and staff. The draft policy aims to eliminate all forms of racism from the district.

CPS already has an equity policy, striving to promote inclusion, but the new anti-racism policy would focus specifically on fighting racism against Black students and staff.

CPS draft anti-racism policy

Local schools report ‘Zoom-bombings,’ increase security measures

/ cybersecurity, SW Ohio, tech

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Officials at Wyoming City Schools and Miami University say the schools are working with law enforcement to track down offenders.

FBI spokesperson Todd Lindgren said investigators have seen an increase in Zoom-bombing incidents since the spring when more schools and other organizations moved classes, meetings and events to online platforms.

The incidents at Wyoming City Schools and Miami University displayed nudity, profanity and discriminatory images, officials said. In the Wyoming case (occurring at the middle school), “The link to that meeting was very publicly shared… we will not be doing that again,” according to district spokeswoman Suzy Henke.

Increase in COVID-19 cases are in 18-24 age bracket for Hamilton County

Denise Driehaus, president of the Hamilton County Commissioners, said numbers show the increase in cases are coming from the 18-24 age group, and made that topic a main focal point in Wednesday’s county COVID-19 briefing.

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Southwest Local School District “State of the Schools” 2020

/ SW Ohio

SWLSD |

The Southwest Local School District administrative team provides the yearly “State of the Schools” presentation, an annual update to stakeholders covering all facets of district operations.

Greenfield: Smooth start to school year

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Hillsboro Times-Gazette |

Greenfield Superintendent Quincey Gray had nothing but positives to report from the first week back at school, which was last week, with preschoolers starting back this week.

Dohn High School students start school year from Fountain Square

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WLWT |

“What a better way to do something like this,” Superintendent Ramone Davenport said. “The kids got to come downtown. Most of our kids come downtown to catch the bus anyways. I said you know what we’re going to bring the school to them today.”

CPS Back-to-School Special

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Public Schools |

Join Superintendent Laura Mitchell for CPS’s first televised Back-to-School Special. This program originally aired on STAR 64 August 30, 2020.

After nearly 500 positive cases, Miami U. will require all students to be tested for COVID-19

/ coronavirus, Higher Ed, SW Ohio

WCPO |

The university said it has now seen more than 500 cases of COVID-19 and is requiring a daily symptom assessment for all students, faculty and staff. Citing an abundance of caution, the Butler County Health District previously ordered all student-athletes who returned to campus to quarantine for 14 days after 27 positive COVID-19 tests were reported on various teams Monday.

School officials traced many of those positive cases to an off-campus social gathering in early August.

New Richmond: Lobby effort pays off

/ legislation, SW Ohio

NREVSD |

After lobbying elected officials, New Richmond Exempted Village School District will recoup at least a small portion of money lost by changes in power plants.

“We’re thankful to the Ohio Legislature and Gov. DeWine for providing some relief for our district and others that have suffered financial hardship as a result of these significant changes in the energy industry,” Superintendent Tracey Miller said. “We’re especially thankful to Ohio Senator Terry Johnson and others for their tremendous support in moving this issue forward.”

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Lebanon School District hires contact tracer

/ coronavirus, health/wellness, SW Ohio

WLWT |

The district spent federal CARES money to hire a nurse to only track and work with those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

“The cases that we had during the first week, we were able to do all of the contact tracing within two to three hours, and the health department has told us that it would take them two to three days to do that amount of contact tracing,” according to Superintendent Todd Yohey.

By quickly identifying students and staff members who may have been exposed, the district said it can help control new outbreaks before they’re able to grow.

Dayton school board votes 4-3 to approve 241 layoffs, furloughs

/ Ohio, re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

The temporary RIF list includes teachers in nearly every area, but heaviest in music (20), art (17), preschool (16) and physical education (14). The list also includes 22 school nurses, plus a few counselors, library specialists and others.

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Crucial training for deaf and hard-of-hearing children affected by COVID-19 pandemic

/ SW Ohio

WCPO |

Ohio Valley Voices, the school that teaches children who are deaf and hard of hearing how to listen and talk, started meeting for in-person learning sessions in early August.

Executive Director Maria Sentelik said time is of the essence – the best window to learn these skills is between ages 1 and 3. She said, after that, the child’s brain starts reassigning space. Time lost due to the coronavirus pandemic threatened the students’ learning curve.

“Just the attention span of the preschoolers – you can’t do it remotely like you can in person,” said Ohio Valley Voices teacher Julie Carter.

Northwest Local phasing in students, preparing for most to be in-person

/ re-opening schools, Solutions, SW Ohio

WLWT |

“The phase-in days are very important, because it will give us small groups at a time to work in our cohorts, but it will also give us time to see what’s working what’s not working,” said superintendent Todd Bowling.

There will be a focus on masks, good hand hygiene and learning about the cohort method – the strategy Northwest is using to keep kids safe.

Kids won’t be changing classrooms between periods. “They will stay with the same group of 15 to 20 kids all day long and this will keep contamination down for them and possible contamination for our staff,” Bowling said.

Ohio Supreme Court: Madison schools can arm teachers as students return to classes

/ legal, school safety, SW Ohio

The Ohio Supreme Court granted Madison Local School District’s request to allow the implementation of a policy allowing trained personnel including teachers to be armed on school grounds Wednesday.

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ACOVSD: Lack of high-speed internet impacting remote learning in rural counties

/ equity, remote learning, SW Ohio, tech

WKRC |

“When we talk about internet, in many places throughout the county, it just doesn’t exist,” said Superintendent Rich Seas.

Seas said there are areas in Blue Creek that do not have internet service. There are also areas of the community in which radios in school buses do not work. Making hot spots available doesn’t help with the issue because they do not work in some areas.

Javier Mendoza, a spokesperson for internet provider, Frontier, told Local 12 Wednesday that the infrastructure in some neighborhoods allows for DSL internet service, which is slower than broadband. Satellite internet is available, but there are caps on the data that would make remote learning impossible.

Milford: Elementary school principal tests positive for COVID-19, school starts Monday

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Principal Selm of Pattison Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, school officials wrote in an email to families Wednesday. The email states Selm has not been at school since Friday and is quarantined by the Clermont County Health Department until Sept. 1, at which point she will return to work.

School office employees in close contact with Selm were contacted and isolated Monday through Wednesday as a precaution, but will return to the school office on Thursday as they are considered “critical infrastructure.”

Princeton: Districts, students adjust to ‘new normal’ as schools work to keep kids safe

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WCPO |

At Princeton City Schools, around 4,000 students are learning in-person, with a split schedule. The district said it’s focusing on everything from deep cleaning to social distancing while working with the Hamilton County Health Department to keep its students safe.

Schools are deep-cleaned every night and a special disinfecting film covers classrooms, killing germs for 30 days.

Mercy Montessori creates outdoor classrooms with tents

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WKRC |

Principal Patty Normile has been working with parents and experts for months on plans to make the school safe. She has set up tents outdoors to create spaces for teachers to hold some classes.

“Our goal is to have them outside as much as we can,” Normile said. “With the various guidelines of having the fresh air, it just seems like a no-brainer for our community.”

Lakota Welcomes Back Students in a Whole New Way

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

LLSD |

Lakota welcomed back its 16,800 students last week in a whole new way. While relationship building was still in the forefront, students and staff also spent the first days of school becoming accustomed to new safety procedures.

Employees at 5 Cincinnati Public Schools test positive for COVID-19

/ coronavirus, HR, SW Ohio

WKRC |

An employee at Hartwell Elementary School has tested positive for the coronavirus. CPS confirmed that positive test Monday, saying the employee is currently under a 14-day quarantine, as recommended by the CDC and the local health department.

President of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Julie Sellers says employees of four other schools have also tested positive — one at each at school. However, she says the notification process is causing anxiety among teachers and staff.

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Lebanon schools have five students with positive COVID-19 tests

/ coronavirus, remote learning, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Two siblings, one at the high school and the other at the at the junior high school, are the latest to test positive for the new virus since the district began the school year last Monday. Three other children tested positive last week during Lebanon’s first week of school.

The tests and resulting quarantines of more than 80 students after contact tracing prompted some parents who had decided to send their kids to school to go with the district’s online alternative.

An additional $150 fee is now required to switch to online learning.

Middletown City Schools reinstates fall sports, extracurricular activities

/ sports, SW Ohio

WCPO |

The Middletown City School District Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to reinstate all extracurricular and campus activities for this school year, including fall sports.

“Starting tomorrow, MCSD fall sports & marching band will resume normal practices and competitions,” the district tweeted Monday evening.

Reading: A Day in the Life of a Blue Devil

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

RCCSD |

What will a typical day look like for our Reading students? Read all about what to expect for our in-person and remote learners on school days.

27 Miami University Athletes Test Positive For COVID-19

/ coronavirus, Higher Ed, SW Ohio

WVXU |

A release says the university learned 27 athletes from various teams tested positive for COVID-19. Many, but not all, attended an off-campus gathering over a week ago.

All Miami University student athletes who have returned to campus are quarantined. The Butler County General Health District says any coaches and staff who were in contact with them are also quarantined.

University of Dayton switches to remote learning for first week of class

/ Higher Ed, re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WCPO |

According to WHIO, UD has increased to a “level 3” regarding coronavirus conditions on campus.

“Based upon testing and contact tracing that has been conducted over the past three days, we are moving all undergraduate courses to remote, online learning for the first week of Fall Term,” President Eric F. Spina wrote in an online message to students.

Batavia: First Day of School For In Person and Online Learners is August 31, 2020

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

BLSD |

In a message to the community, Superintendent Millard cites delays in furniture/tech, forecasted heat/humidity, and an elevator issue at the elementary school as the need for the delay.

CPS starting virtually this week, hoping to improve from spring

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WCPO |

CPS Director of Curriculum and Instruction Emily Campbell said the district will also ensure teachers and students set up designated instruction time to mimic the same support and attention students would get in classrooms.

“We will be there to make sure that kids have access—all kids have access—to the high quality curriculum that they would have gotten had it been face to face,” she said.

The district officials said they spent months planning for virtual instruction knowing it was a possibility. After listening to students, parents and teachers about the experience last spring, CPS has decided to primarily use one hub or starting point for remote instruction called Schoology.

Cincinnati Student Helps The Deaf Visualize Music

/ arts, Solutions, SW Ohio, tech

WVXU |

Aaron Ziegler, a senior at The Seven Hills School, has been working on the Chromatic Music Visualizer for a couple of years now and is currently getting feedback from music educators and the deaf community.

Ziegler programmed the software to associate chord values with different colors. “It’s basically able to show them all the emotions in the music in real time such that they are able to appreciate music with family and friends.”

The idea of color and emotions is not new. It has a name, synesthesia, and Russian composer Alexander Scriabin believed in it, associating colors to feelings and emotions.

Indian Hill welcomes Andrew Gruber to the administrative team

/ leadership, SW Ohio

IHEVSD |

Gruber will serve as the assistant principal of Indian Hill Primary School and Indian Hill Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year, pending Board approval. Gruber comes to the District from St. Xavier High School where he served as the director of enrollment management.

Fairfield Local joins lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

/ health/wellness, legal, SW Ohio

Hillsboro Times-Gazette |

Fairfield Local will join other Ohio school districts in a class action lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin. Participating in the lawsuit will not cost the district anything, but the lawsuit could help fund additional services for local students.

Milford to delay school by one week

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Milford EVSD will begin classes August 31st to give teachers and staff additional time to prepare for the coming year.

John Spieser, Superintendent Milford EVSD

Details as to the need for the extra week can be found on the Milford district website.


Madison: Positive Student Case

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

MLSD |

“Today (Aug 20), we received notification that a Madison student has tested positive for COVID-19.  While we must protect the privacy of the person involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family.”

Oak Hills schools change to blended-learning model until at least Sept. 18

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WKRC |

The plan includes two days a week in the classroom and three days remote.

Middletown: Remembering a Wildwood Elementary student

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

MCSD |

From the Desk of Marlon Styles, Jr., Superintendent:

“It is with great sadness that I report that one of our students has died as a result of a medical mystery, possibly from COVID-19 complications. Dorielis R., a Wildwood Elementary student, tested positive for COVID-19 in June.”

Dayton school board sets racial justice expectations

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Dayton Daily News |

Dayton’s school board unanimously approved a racial justice resolution Tuesday, declaring racism a public health and educational crisis, and requiring the district to take several concrete steps.

The actions required by 14-section resolution include expanding diversity and bias training, revising the discipline system to a restorative justice model, and producing annual reports on racial diversity in hiring and investigation of racial bias complaints, among other steps.

All CPS Students Receiving Computers and Access to Free Internet

/ equity, SW Ohio, tech

Cincinnati Public Schools |

CPS’ preschool students, kindergarteners and first-graders will receive iPads starting August 24. The device distribution program began in July originally with iPads and laptops for students in grades 2–12, while plans were worked out to provide iPads to the youngest students.

And, the Connect Our Students program with Cincinnati Bell to provide free internet in homes, which began in July for students in five schools, is being expanded faster than expected to include all CPS schools.

Efforts continue to ensure Greater Cincinnati students have Chromebooks, iPads for remote learning needs

/ SW Ohio, tech

WLWT |

Several Northern Kentucky school districts had to scramble to buy more devices due to in-class instruction delay.

Educators fear achievement gap is widening amid COVID-19, online learning

/ equity, SW Ohio, tech

WLWT |

It’s a problem that has existed long before the pandemic started: big differences in academic performance between lower-income students and their wealthier peers, known as the achievement gap.

New Miami: District Learning Plan 2020 – Blended learning days then virtual for first semester

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NMLSD |

The New Miami Board voted to go virtual for the first semester, which ends on January 27th. The district will meet on November 4th, at the end of the first quarter, to re-evaluate re-opening plan. A blended model will be used over the course of two weeks to “build relationships, distribute materials and technology, and teach students how to use their materials and technology effectively.”

21 Lebanon students quarantined after one tests positive for COVID-19

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WCPO |

The student who tested positive attended Lebanon High School, according to the district’s superintendent. No staff members have been quarantined.

The district, which resumed in-person classes Monday with a hybrid in-person/online model, urged parents to keep children who are feeling sick at home.

Dayton teachers union notified of upcoming temporary layoffs

/ HR, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

Contacted Tuesday night, Dayton Education Association President David Romick confirmed the union had been notified of a temporary reduction in force, but did not give further details.

Romick said that he did not have all the information yet on the number or type of layoffs that might occur, and he declined further comment. It is unclear how long any temporary layoffs might last.

Clinton-Massie superintendent disappointed in ODH face shield order

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Wilmington News Journal |

Before last Saturday, Aug. 15 the face shield was not prohibited in the school setting, said Supt. Matt Baker at the Monday school board session, and the school district had purchased a lot of face shields as an option to face masks.

He said some Clinton-Massie teachers felt like a face shield was going to be a good fit for them.

CPS superintendent is open to revisiting decision on fall sports

/ re-opening schools, sports, SW Ohio

WLWT |

One-on-one interview with Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell.

‘Supposed to be accepting’: Private school forces out Black children with locks, parents say

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Officials at Zion Temple Christian Academy in Avondale told the Johnsons that locks, a natural hairstyle for Black people, are not allowed at the school, Christina Johnson said, even though their son Asten was enrolled and wore the style last year.

An amendment to Cincinnati’s anti-bias law, approved last year by City Council, bans discrimination based on natural hair. But the law exempts religious groups.

Wilmington: Longtime farm owner, current WCS board member Steve Murphy dies

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Wilmington News Journal |

Wilmington City Schools (WCS) Board of Education member Stephen “Steve” Murphy died suddenly on Friday while vacationing in Tennessee. Murphy, 68, who presently was serving as the board president, had been a school board member since 2002.

How will special needs children thrive at school during a pandemic?

/ legal, SpecialEd, SW Ohio

WCPO |

As school districts prepare to resume in-person or remote learning, attorneys say, they face unprecedented risks and liabilities which could turn into lawsuits. For special needs children, it could be missing out on therapies and one-on-one attention that they are legally required to receive from schools.

Stacey Spencer, director of student services for Sycamore Community Schools, said Individualized Education Plan teams will meet with families of special needs children to come up with a plan for face-to-face learning before classes resume. They will also discuss a distance learning plan in case the district has to move to remote learning.

Mask-clad students at Lakota, Madison return to classrooms, Middletown hands out laptops

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Journal-News |

Both Lakota and Madison used a staggered schedule start, with only about half its student enrollments attending classes as determined alphabetically. The remaining students will begin today. Middletown’s 6,300 students will be learning remotely from home for an indefinite time until health and school officials deem it safer to return to school.

Franklin school board accepts treasurer’s resignation, severance package

/ HR, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Long-time Franklin school treasurer Jana Bellamy submitted her resignation Monday. Bellamy has worked in school finance for nearly 35 years, with nearly 28 years with the Franklin schools. Bellamy has been on personal leave since April but has been “on-call” to assist interim Treasurer Robert Guiffré, according to Board President Rachel Ruppert-Wolfinbarger.

Parents, student-athletes protest CPS decision to suspend sports

/ coronavirus, sports, SW Ohio

WCPO |

Dozens of student-athletes and parents rally against a Cincinnati Public Schools decision to suspend fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, Aug. 17, 2020. On Monday, Superintendent Laura Mitchell said the district has already had nine confirmed cases of students who have COVID-19 and were practicing sports.

Marking Women’s Suffrage By Encouraging Voting Through Esports

/ e-sports, social-studies, SW Ohio

WVXU |

YWCA Greater Cincinnati and Game Day PR are partnering to reach “a new generation” of voters by live streaming video games played by local female gamers.

“They will play for over six hours on Tuesday and their whole mission will be to encourage people to register to vote that day,” says Jackie Reau, Game Day CEO and YWCA Greater Cincinnati board member.

Viewers will be able to watch on the streaming platform Twitch. The gamers will talk about the importance of voting and registering to vote. Viewers will be able to ask questions and get information like a link to their local board of election in a special chat room.

Middletown City Schools announces fall athletics will resume skills training today

/ sports, SW Ohio

WCPO |

The Middletown City School District announced a partial lift of the July 30 suspension of all fall extracurricular and campus activities. Starting today, fall sports and marching band will resume skills training while obeying the Ohio High School Athletic Association Phase One return to play guidance.

Lakota West High School parking space known as ‘Thin Blue Line’ vandalized

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Lakota Local Schools Superintendent Matt Miller sent out a letter to the families and addressed the vandalism:

“This act shows the need for us to come back together as a school community so we can engage on the topic of racism, police brutality and social justice in a responsible way. This is a public health issue and our students need an environment where we can be candid, listen and clearly establish values that avoid being influenced by political propaganda and special interests.”

The call for more diverse curriculums in schools grows after recent protests

/ curriculum, social-justice, SW Ohio

WCPO |

Recent protests led by groups such as Black Lives Matter, have raised the question of how schools teach students about race and culture, and what can be done to give them a more rounded approach to these topics.

“I think now’s the time for us to have these conversations,” Elgin Card, Lakota Local School District’s senior director of diversity and inclusion, and who oversees the Lakota Outreach Diversity and Inclusion department, said.

Springboro graduates pressing school district to do more against institutional racism

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Three Springboro High graduates are pressing local school officials to go further in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The trio has collected nearly 300 signatures on an on-line petition urging the district to take “a stronger stance” against racial Injustice.

WCPO 9’s Safely Back to School Special examines Tri-State districts’ plans

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WCPO |

WCPO 9 News presented a look at Tri-State schools and their plans to reopen — or keep students at home — during the coronavirus pandemic.

The program focused on:

  • Schools moving class starts online
  • Parents express childcare concerns at CPS virtual town halls
  • Tracking students who fall behind in online learning
  • Wyoming Fine Arts Center using learning pods
  • Tri-State schools preparing for socially-distanced learning
  • Pleasant Ridge parent volunteers make learning tools for families

HCESC A ‘Top Workplace’ for 2020

/ HCESC, SW Ohio

HCESC has once again placed in the top 3 of Cincinnati area workplaces in the large business sector. From 2013-2016, the Educational Service Center located in Forest Park was consistently in the top three with a number one placement in 2016.

Lakota Welcomes New Administrators for 20-21 School Year

/ leadership, SW Ohio

LLSD |

A roundup of leadership changes at Lakota Local Schools.

Indian Hill Middle School Navig8tes student leaders to help launch a Brave Return to School

/ leadership, student-voice, SW Ohio

IHEVSD |

Teachers welcomed back eighth grade student-leaders in a socially distanced learning setting as training to prepare to welcome incoming sixth grade students as part of the Navig8tors program.

State grants position CNE to be a leader in literacy

/ literacy, SW Ohio

CNE |

Clermont Northeastern will receive $1,575,000 over four years – $1,050,000 for the elementary school and $525,000 for the high school – from the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant program.

CPS board passes policy requiring masks for students, teachers

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WLWT |

The policy will apply to all students and staff members, as well as anyone else, including visitors, who enter a school.

Those who are wishing to have an exemption to this policy may be required to show a written explanation or certification from the student’s or staff member’s health care provider. A principal, department head or superintendent may then decide whether to grant approval.

Cincinnati Nature Center offers multiple paths to educate, entertain children this school year

/ curriculum, SW Ohio

WCPO |

A variety of programs and curriculum for after-school, full day, and supplemental learning is being made available as the school year begins.

Finding Alternatives To Face Masks For Individuals Who Are Deaf

WVXU | Cincinnati Edition

Many educators are wondering how to safely teach in-person classes with cloth masks, when this presents challenges for some students with disabilities.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss alternatives to cloth face coverings are St. Rita’s School for the Deaf President Angela Frith; and Sharonville Family Medicine Dr. Will Sawyer.

Indian Hill welcomes Director of Operations and a new Primary School Principal

/ leadership, SW Ohio

IHEVSD |

The Indian Hill School District welcomes seasoned administrator Jim Nichols to central office in the role of director of operations, and Dr. Erin Owens to the role of Indian Hill Primary School principal with the start of the 2020-2021 school year. 

The District restructured administrative roles following the departure of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Ault, who left in July to begin serving the Three Rivers School District as superintendent.

Mark Ewing named new OSBA regional manager

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Highland County Press |

Former southwest Ohio school board member Mark Ewing recently joined the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) staff as southwest regional manager. He replaces Ronald J. Diver, who passed away earlier this year after holding the position for nearly 20 years. 

Ewing served 12 years on the Batavia Local Schools Board of Education in Clermont County and eight years on the Great Oaks Career Campuses board while representing his local board as president, vice president and delegate to the OSBA Delegate Assembly.

Locals form Autism and Special Needs Support Group

/ community, SW Ohio

West Union People’s Defender |

Adams County Coffee, Tea, Autism and More, founded by Sherri Edington, Brittany Greene, and Heidi McAdow, is a peer-to-peer support group for families and individuals who are living or impacted with autism or other special needs to connect with others in order to share successes, resources, information, experiences, and needs.

Three Rivers: Return-to-School Plan

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TRLSD |

August 24-28: Staggered Start.

August 31, 2020, will be the first official day for all students to return to school under a plan that follows Hamilton County COVID color coding status.

Cincinnati Country Day School retires Indian mascot, ‘effective immediately’

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

The school’s Indian mascot was adopted in the 1950s. In an email to district families and alumni sent Tuesday morning, Board of Trustees President Joel Brant and Head of School Anthony Jaccaci said more than 300 community members shared their views regarding the Indians mascot through emails and a series of five Zoom meetings. Ultimately the board voted to no longer use the Indian mascot.

“An overwhelming majority voiced their desire to see the mascot changed (90% of those who spoke on the Zoom calls and nearly 80% of those who emailed the school with their opinions), and none spoke more loudly than the students themselves,” the email reads.

Area COVID-19 experts give their take on back-to-school issues

Cincinnati Enquirer |

The Enquirer presented three local infectious disease or COVID-19 doctors with questions they’ll have to consider for their own kids. 

  1. Would you send your kids to school (in the building)?
  2. Would you want your child to wear a face shield or cloth mask?
  3. Would you allow your child to take a school bus? If so, one student per bus bench (typically, it’s two)?
  4. If not a bus, how will your child get to school safe from COVID-19? 
  5. Would you require your child’s classroom school desks to be separated by 6 feet? (Some are doing 3 feet). Would you keep your child home if the desks are 3 feet apart?
  6.  If a student or teacher in your child’s classroom gets COVID-19, would you quarantine your child at home for 14 days? 

Here’s who responded:

  • Dr. Kevin Joseph, chief medical officer, TriHealth.
  • Dr. Thomas Lamarre, infectious disease specialist, The Christ Hospital.
  • Dr. Robert Frenck, professor of pediatrics for the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

See their responses at the link below:

Mt. Healthy City School District Awarded Literacy Grant to Continue Work and Become Model Site

/ literacy, SW Ohio

MHCSD |

Mt. Healthy City School District became a recipient of the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Education. The funds from this grant will prepare North and South Elementary Schools as model sites of evidence-based  literacy practices for other schools looking to build their literacy programs.

‘It was really rough‘: School changes spotlight digital divide for needy families in Butler County

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio, tech

Middletown Journal-News |

For years, almost all students – regardless of their family’s income – have had access to laptops and other digital learning devices at their schools. A few local public school districts, including Talawanda, Lakota and Mason, also allowed most students to take their laptops home.

But the spring onset of the coronavirus forced schools to scramble. Some even resorted to inviting school families – if they even had digital devices – to drive or walk to schools to access free wi-fi available from parking lots.

Northwest Local School District doing test run of in-person learning

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WLWT Cincinnati |

From the bus stop to the classroom and back home, Northwest Local Schools is giving us a small picture of what the 2020-2021 school year might look like in person with a summertime test run.

The program, which started Monday, includes extra hygiene and sanitizing like:

  • Taking temperatures before students come in the building
  • Replacing all water fountains with filling stations
  • Placing two hand sanitizers in each room, as well as Clorox wipes
  • Cleaning desks and have custodians clean at various times during the day

Administrators have asked teachers who are currently teaching summer school to journal what they think is safe or needs improvement.

Lebanon City Schools pass face covering policy for all staff, students and visitors

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WCPO Cincinnati |

A policy that requires all students, staff and visitors to Lebanon City Schools to wear face coverings at most times during the school day was passed by the school district’s board of education Monday night.

Fairfield Local schools plan to resume normal schedule

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Hillsboro Times-Gazette |

The Fairfield Local Board of Education voted 4-1 Monday to reopen district schools for the 2020-21 school year on a normal schedule beginning Monday, Aug. 17. Under this plan, all Fairfield students will attend school in-person five days a week.

The district is offering full virtual learning options for those who are interested. Seventy-seven people expressed interest via a survey about full virtual options.

Ohio schools are getting a refresher course in flexibility this summer amid pandemic

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WLWT Cincinnati |

Focus on Princeton, Sycamore, and Mt. Healthy. Middletown, Norwood, and BCESC are mentioned.

Princeton Superintendent Tom Burton said he has parents in his district still weighing options.

Sycamore district administrators are working “pretty much non-stop” to finalize its plans. The Board is expected to vote on what the Aviators are calling their “Healthy Back to School Plan” on Thursday.

Mt. Healthy leaders were delighted with an 80% response rate from parents to the survey they sent out. They’ve had such strong support for remote learning, they can space out the rest to accommodate social distancing.

Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit shines light on equality, bias

/ arts, social-justice, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Business Journal |

“Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…“, the first comprehensive midcareer survey of the work of this influential artist, runs Sept. 4-Nov. 8.

Through photography, sculpture, video and collaborative projects, Thomas invites viewers to examine the role of everyday imagery in perpetuating ideas and to become active participants in the process of dismantling bias. 

Art On The Bridge: Student Exhibit Gets New Venue

/ arts, SW Ohio

WVXU Cincinnati |

The Purple People Bridge between Newport and Cincinnati has become an outdoor art gallery this summer. Twenty photographs from local middle and high school students will be on display for the next month. The photographers are all taking part in the Fusion exhibit.

Talawanda: Myaamia Culture, Imagery Lessons Added To ‘Ohio As America’ Curriculum

/ curriculum, social-studies, SW Ohio

WVXU Cincinnati |

Fourth grade is when Ohio students learn about state history, usually focused on just that – history. Now a curriculum developed by Miami University and the Myaamia Center focusing on the modern-day culture and imagery of the Miami Nation is being added.

The lessons will be taught in the Talawanda school district and will be available to teachers statewide in the Ohio As America 4th grade online textbook provided to more than 20,000 students in 91 districts by Ohio History Connection. Two 50-minute lessons focus on the Miami Nation’s history, culture and imagery, specifically ribbon-work – the art of creating intricate geometric patterns from ribbons.

Middletown: Official – Schools start with remote learning for 2020-21

On Monday, July 20, 2020, the Middletown Board of Education voted to start the 2020-2021 school year in a remote learning environment due to the increased spread of COVID-19 in our community.

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Lakota School District now offering virtual learning as permanent option

WKRC Cincinnati |

The Lakota Local School District will now be offering virtual learning as a permanent option for all students in grades K-12.

“Some kids like to work at their own pace,” said Superintendent Matt Miller. “I’ve had some families reach out to me during the spring when we were remote learning saying, ‘Please keep this as an option. My child really likes it.’” This is something district leaders have been wanting to roll out for a few years now, but the pandemic pushed things to the forefront.

Classroom or remote learning decision looms for thousands of Greater Cincinnati parents

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WLWT Cincinnati |

Many parents throughout Greater Cincinnati are facing a quandary. They’re being asked by school officials to decide whether they want to send their elementary, middle or high school students back to class this fall or have them learn remotely from home.

“We’re going to try to get them to give us a commitment on who’s going to come to school and who’s not,” said Dawn Gould, spokeswoman for Kings Local Schools in Warren County. “At that point, we’ll be able to work on our transportation and more of our classroom, kind of capacities, too.”

Hillsboro schools to start as regularly scheduled

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Hillsboro Times-Gazette |

The Hillsboro City Schools will start the 2020-21 school year as originally planned on Aug. 12 with all students and staff required to wear a face mask, face shield or face covering in the classrooms, superintendent Tim Davis said at Monday’s board of education meeting.

Trotwood-Madison students will start the school year online

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WRGT/WKEF |

Students in the Trotwood-Madison City School District will be learning online for at least the first nine weeks of the school year, according to the school district. 

In a statement the district said “at this time, the current status of Montgomery County and the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Health leads us to believe that providing 9 weeks of a 100% virtual program is the best course of action for now. This plan allows us to monitor and make adjustments as necessary.”

Three Rivers Reopening Timeline

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

TRLSD |

Draft plan to be shared with board on July 22; final plan to be approved July 28th; staff returns Aug 11; students return on staggered start beginning Aug 24th.

Milford: Return to Learning Information

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

MEVSD |

There are two Return to Learning Options – In-Person Learning and Eagle Online. This completely-remote learning model goes above the virtual learning curriculum that students and families experienced while schools were closed this past spring. With Eagle Online Milford teachers will provide direct instructions.  

Read their plan details.

Deer Park Schools 2020 Reopening Plan

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

DPCCSD |

Two options: face-to-face and virtual; teachers will use supplies provided to spray desks, chairs, and any common materials needed before new students transition into the room.

Read the full plan at Deer Park Schools.

Clermont: Return to School Plan Draft Version 1.0

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

CNE |

Will be returning to school full-time starting August 24, 2020.  Also offering staff led self-guided online learning for families selecting the remote option.

Bethel-Tate: Two COVID-19 Pandemic Conditions of Operation Models for the 2020-2021 school year have been developed and approved by the Board

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

BTLSD |

All buildings to utilize the Full Return Operation method as well and the Facial Covering policy. While on any School Board owned vehicle –all students, passengers are required to wear a face covering. While in school it is strongly recommended that students in 3rd grade and higher wear a face covering unless they are unable to do so for a health or developmental reason.

Wyoming City Schools 2020-2021 Plan for Return

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WCSD |

In school learning options tied to Ohio COVID-19 Risk levels; online learning option available.

Cincinnati nonprofit names first executive director

/ SW Ohio

Cincinnati Business Courier |

Cradle to Career Cincinnati (formerly StrivePartnership) announced Monday that Bruce Wayne Jeffery has been named executive director as well as vice president ofcommunity action of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. Cradle to Career Cincinnati’s mission is to improve educational, social and health outcomes from cradle to career. 

In July, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati in collaboration with KnowledgeWorks transitioned sponsorship of the StrivePartnership Cradle to Career initiative to the YMCA. StrivePartnership, an education advocate that has collaborated on successes like Cincinnati Preschool Promise, has built a national reputation for its groundbreaking work.

KnowledgeWorks will continue to provide funding to the organization for the next three years.

Racism Declared A Public Health Crisis In Hamilton County

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

WVXU |

Hamilton County commissioners are declaring racism a public health crisis. The three-member board approved the resolution Thursday unanimously.

The declaration focuses on partnerships to reduce racial inequities in health. It addresses training and benchmarking for county offices, conducting an economic disparity study, and expanding the office of economic inclusion. The sheriff has agreed to active bystander, implicit bias and crisis intervention training for deputies.

Here’s what back-to-school will look like in all 22 Hamilton County public school districts

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WCPO |

Each of Hamilton County’s 22 school districts is arriving at its own set of back-to-school plans for the fall, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the shape of the world around them.

Here’s what we know about what parents and students can expect. All information is current as of 6 p.m. on Friday, July 17.

School districts plan for staffing issues as some teachers plan to stay home due to COVID-19

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Many districts are actively recruiting more substitutes, as most are retired teachers who fall in the most at-risk age group for COVID-19.

“I have 14 staff that have indicated they have concerns out of a teaching staff of about 260,” said Little Miami Local Schools Superintendent Greg Power. Power plans to us those teachers with health concerns for remote learning.

The issue of fewer substitutes could have a big impact on the school year. “There could be some days where we can’t open the building because we don’t have enough subs,” he said.

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Middletown City Schools announces health, safety measures for new school year

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WKRC – Cincinnati |

Students who attend Middletown City Schools will have to wear a face mask in class.

School Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. announced the change in protocol Monday. He’s basing his change on information received from Gov. Mike DeWine. The district will have masks for students and staff if they need them. Staff will also wear face shields.

Lakota names high school principals

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Lakota Local Schools |

Lakota Local Schools in Butler County announced July 13 it has hired new principals to lead its two high schools this fall – Ben Brown at Lakota West and Yejide Mack at Lakota East, effective Aug. 1. 

Brown will be moving to Lakota West High School from Ridge Junior School, where he has served as principal for the past three years. Brown has spent the last 15 years as an administrator in Lakota, which includes principal positions at Adena, Independence and Union elementary schools.

Mack has been an assistant principal at Sycamore High School since 2014. Previously, she was a math teacher at Cincinnati Public Schools before becoming an assistant principal at Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School.

Learn more at LakotaOnline.com

Fairfield schools superintendent: We will follow guidelines of state agencies

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Plans are still evolving on what students and their families can expect when classes resume Aug. 19 in the Fairfield City School District.

“We’re stressing the fact the plan could change,” said Superintendent Billy Smith. “We can’t emphasize that enough. People have a thirst for information and we’re trying to keep up.”

“If there’s one thing I would want people to know, is the school district is adhering to guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education,’’ Smith said. “When we have to make decisions we go to those two documents.”

Teachers Push Back As CPS Details Plans To Return To School

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WVXU |

Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Union President Julie Sellers said she received “five, six, seven hundred calls” of teachers expressing a concern about a return to school in the fall. “I do appreciate all the details of the plan and the focus on safety but there are still too many unanswered questions,” she said. “What will be the cause for us to close?”

Lebanon High School athlete tests positive for coronavirus, superintendent says

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

WLWT |

A Lebanon High School student on the girls soccer team tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the superintendent. Lebanon City Schools Superintendent Todd Yohey told WLWT the school district was made aware of this information on Sunday.

Clinton-Massie Schools seek path to safe reopening

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Wilmington News Journal |

A school board work session was held Thursday to talk about procedures, policies and parameters for reopening brick-and-mortar schools next month.

Mask breaks and outdoor tents will be a part of the solution.

Dayton Schools Will Temporarily Move Online If COVID Cases Arise

WOSU |

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabth Lolli says that whenever a student tests positive for the coronavirus, their school will shut down and move online temporarily.

“If a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, DPS is prepared to immediately transition the building affected to online learning,” she said in a prerecorded voicemail message. “If that individual lives with someone at another school, both buildings will be closed for 14 to 28 days,” she says. So, a high school student who tests positive could also shut down their younger siblings’ junior high and grade schools.

‘Dear Miami University’ highlights discrimination, hate on campus

/ Higher Ed, social-justice, SW Ohio

WCPO |

Miami University students are speaking out in a series of anonymous posts through a new Instagram page about racism and harassment on campus.

Click on the “Dear Miami University” Instagram page and you’ll see nearly 200 posts about discrimination on campus. Students and even alumni write about being called racial slurs, sexually harassed and even being singled out in the classroom for the way they talk.

Forest Hills School District Return to Learn Plans

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

FHSD |

The three plans:

Learn more at Forest Hills website.

Clermont Co. official thinks child abuse going unreported during pandemic

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

WCPO |

O’Reilly said abuse cases are down nearly 50%. However, he thinks just because the case numbers are down means they aren’t being reported.

“Normally, you’ve got pediatricians, you’ve got teachers, you’ve got kind of that front line of defense of child abuse is recognizing it,” O’Reilly said. “What do you do when there’s not that front line?”

Butler County schools adjust to feed students during summer of coronavirus

Journal-News |

Thanks to increased federal and state local funding, school food programs for free and reduced student meals are keeping busy this summer.

The school-based programs in Butler and southern Warren counties are most active in the area’s largest schools systems – Lakota, Hamilton, Fairfield, Middletown and Mason. In general, smaller enrollment districts in the area are coordinating free student meal distribution during the week with local pantries and other charitable organizations.

Great Oaks: Restart Your Future 2020 Re-opening plans

Great Oaks |

GO will start the year on an A/B schedule. Students will be divided into two groups, with the A group on campus Monday/Thursday and the B group on campus Tuesday/Friday, with Wednesday as a remote learning/remote assistance day for all.

Half of our juniors and half of our seniors will be on campus at a time.

See the full plan at https://www.greatoaks.com/restart/.

Madison Schools stops campus activities amid coronavirus jump in Butler County

/ coronavirus, sports, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Madison Local School District has suspended all activities on campus including but not limited to extracurricular activities, MYAA (Madison Youth Athletic Association) and Knothole (baseball) until further notice,” officials posted on the district’s website.

Madison Superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff told the Journal-News district officials took the unprecedented action in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s comments earlier in the day about Butler County’s continued jump in coronavirus cases moving it closer to Level 4 state category, which is the highest warning level.

SLSD Re-Opening Plan for Fall 2020

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Southwest Local School District |

Option 1: 100% Face-to-Face Instruction at school

Option 2: 100% Virtual Instruction at home, with SLSD Teacher Support

Norwood City School District 2020 Back to School Plans

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

NCSD |

Includes a 100% virtual program for families wanting a remote option using Edgenuity software along with other districts in Hamilton County.

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Mason City 2020 Learning Model

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Mason City Schools |

Staff report back on August 12th for 6 days of professional learning. Aug 20th and 21st will be small group family orientations. Students return in a staggered fashion beginning Aug 24th. 

Learning options, depending on circumstances, includes in person 5 days a week, blended, remote learning, and fully online, asynchronous learning with support.

Learn more about their plans via Superintendent Cooper’s presentation at the July 7th Mason Board of Education Meeting.

Some teachers may not be heading back to school in the fall due to COVID-19 concerns

WLWT |

“I know that there are teachers who are saying they can’t risk their lives, that they know that they are not going to be able to come back,” Cincinnati Federation of Teachers president Julie Sellers said.

Sellers says some of those Cincinnati public school teachers are considering a one year leave of absence. She said that leads to staffing issues, with no guarantees there will be enough replacements.

Little Miami announces plans for 2020-2021 school year

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LMSD |

In class, face-to-face instruction and remote learning through Virtual Learning Academy.

North College Hill City School District 2020-2021 Academic Plans and Options Proposal

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NCH |

Virtual and blended learning options. Students attend 2 days a week and learn remotely 3 days a week. Teachers/staff in building 5 days a week providing direct instruction 4 days a week.

Read the full plan at NCHCitySchools.org

Dayton schools will switch to online learning if necessary

Dayton Daily News |

In the event of a COVID-19 diagnosis, parents and guardians would be notified immediately and beginning the next school day students in that school building would be working online from home for 14 to 28 days, according to a release from the district Monday afternoon about its Safe School Restart Plan.

CPS board member says full week, in-person classes for students not out of question

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WLWT Cincinnati |

Days after Cincinnati public school board members voted to limit in-person class time for students to two and three days a week, board Vice President Ryan Messer said Monday there’s talk of creating more socially-distanced spaces where kids can learn, more often.

“Leveraging some community spaces, rec centers and other spaces throughout the community — that would give us the opportunity to expand beyond our classroom walls,” Messer said.

Hamilton County is red on Ohio’s new COVID-19 health alert map. What does that mean for you?

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Cincinnati.com |

Hamilton, Butler, and Montgomery counties were among seven designated red – a step below the most serious level. You won’t get specific guidance from state officials. For now, the only mandate is: use your best judgment.

Franklin makes moves for bond issue to construct new school buildings

/ finance-funding, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

The Franklin Board of Education approved a resolution to place a bond issue of $66.02 million on the Nov 3rd ballot to participate in a Ohio Facilities Construction Commission program by raising enough funds. It wants to construct a new grade 9-12 high school with career tech and renovate the existing Franklin High School into a middle school to house grades 6-8.

Mask rules for Lakota school reopening draw both praise, criticism

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Journal-News |

Lakota Schools’ recent decision to require all of its 16,800 students to wear masks when classes resume next month under the threat of the coronavirus has school parents and residents talking.

Lakota officials unveiled their back-to-school plans earlier this week and so far the district, which covers West Chester and Liberty townships, is the only one in Butler County to have tentative plans requiring students to wear masks.

Forest Hills: Fundraising begins for AHS logo and brand transition

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FHSD |

Transition will happen in phases; led by a steering committee with subcommittees focused on Communication, Timeline and Selection Process, Honoring the Past, Branding and Fundraising.

Read more at the Forest Hills School District website.

Virtual summer camps provide options for families in southwest Ohio

/ arts, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Three local arts organizations — ArtWorks, Wave Pool, and The Well — have teamed up with ArtsWave and other local and regional organizations to spearhead a program called Camp cARTwheel, which includes two sets of virtual summer camps that will run in late July.

Sycamore Schools Back to School 2020 Planning

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Sycamore Community Schools |

On July 2, Gov. Mike DeWine shared new guidelines for Ohio schools for the start of the 2020-21 school year. 

The Pandemic Planning Task Force and the Sycamore Board of Education are carefully reviewing this new information in conjunction with recommendations from the CDC, Hamilton County Public Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our framework for returning safely to school will be directed by these new recommendations in the interest of the safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff. We are also considering the data collected from our family and staff surveys. 

We would like nothing more than to have our students back in our buildings this fall five days a week with precautionary measures in place, but need time to evaluate how these newly released guidelines fit within our plans with the Board of Education. The district will provide an online academy led by Sycamore teachers for students who cannot or choose not to attend in person no matter what face-to-face option is approved by the Board.

Read more at the Sycamore Community Schools’ website.

Northwest High School Welcomes New Principal

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NWLSD |

Northwest Local School District (NWLSD) is proud to welcome Joe Pollitt as the new Principal of Northwest High School. 

Pollitt brings a wealth of knowledge to NWLSD with over 21 years of experience working in education. Pollitt spent his first year working for Cincinnati Public; however, his last 20 years have been spent working for Northwest Local Schools.

Read more at NWLSD.

Great Oaks healthcare students earn national recognition

Great Oaks |

Students in Great Oaks healthcare career programs at area high schools continue to show their skills and knowledge, this time on the national stage.

Student competitions to test the students’ skill and knowledge in a variety of healthcare categories were held through online testing and videotaped presentations. See the list of area students.

Associate superintendent latest to leave DPS after short stay

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

Michael Sullivan, one of Dayton Public Schools’ two associate superintendents, has resigned after just one year with the district. Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the district was sad to see Sullivan go but understood his desire to “return home” to Indiana, where his family remains.

CPS Students Grades 2–12 Receiving Computers

/ SW Ohio, tech

Cincinnati Public Schools |

Cincinnati Public Schools is offering computers to all CPS students in grades 2–12 to do school work in classrooms and at home, in support of the recent Board-adopted Blended Learning model for the 2020–21 school year.

Read more at CPS

Local pediatrician weighs in on in-person K-12 classes this fall

WLWT |

Dr. Chris Peltier, featured in Gov. Mike DeWine’s Thursday coronavirus briefing, says sending children back to school in the fall is the best decision. 

Dr. Peltier is a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Mount Carmel and has been for the last 21 years. He is also the president-elect of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently strongly recommended children return to class in the fall.

https://www.wlwt.com/article/local-pediatrician-weighs-in-on-in-person-k-12-classes-this-fall/33108121

Forest Hills School Board votes to retire Redskins mascot at Anderson HS

/ social-justice, sports, SW Ohio

WCPO |

School board members met virtually Thursday afternoon voting 4-1 on retiring the long-debated Redskins name amid growing pressure to remove racially-insensitive imagery across the country. Members also met Tuesday evening for a nearly two-hour discussion.

Anderson Superintendent Scot Prebles said Thursday the process of removing the mascot could include a steering and sub-committees for logistical purposes plus a private donation fund to cover the cost.

CPS, Cincinnati Bell Partner to Give Internet Access to Families at Five CPS Schools

/ SW Ohio, tech

Cincinnati Public Schools |

Cincinnati Public Schools and Cincinnati Bell have partnered to bring free internet for one year to help children at five CPS schools. Families at Hays-Porter School, Fairview-Clifton German Language School, Roberts Academy, Rockdale Academy and South Avondale School were chosen as the participants in the pilot, called Connect our Students. 

It is likely to expand throughout the district in the coming months.

Madison: Back to School Plan for Parents and Students

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Madison Local Schools |

“Madison Local Schools will do our best to decrease the likelihood of infection with COVID-19 with good hygiene, cleaning, and safety procedures, however being in a public place has a certain level of risk that cannot be eliminated.”

See the full letter to parents at MadisonMohawks.org

New Richmond HS Principal, Mark Bailey, retires

/ leadership, SW Ohio

NREVSD |

After 33 years as an educator in the district, the NRHS Class of 1982 alumnus is retiring.

“The reason I have decided to retire is that my mother’s health has been in decline, and with the uncertainty the 2020-2021 school year brings due to COVID-19, I feel I must place myself in a position to be there for her,” he said in his heartfelt letter. “We never truly have enough time to adequately pay back our parents for all of the support and sacrifices they made for us.  I am reminded of the lyrics written by John Lennon, ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.’  It pains me to think that I will no longer play a role in the continued successes of New Richmond High School, but I feel that it would be best for me and my family to move on.”

Read more about Mark Bailey’s career in education at NRSchools.org.

UD requires that students be tested before return to campus

Dayton Daily News |

The university will require proof of a negative test performed within five days prior to arrival on campus before the start of classes Aug. 24.

Wilmington City Schools renews pledge to inclusion

/ equity, social-justice, SW Ohio

Wilmington Journal News |

The Wilmington City Schools (WCS) Board of Education members this week publicly renewed commitments to students in a statement that used the vocabulary of diversity and inclusion in the wake of this summer’s remarkable anti-racism movement.

Ross: School re-opening communication update

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RLSD |

Ross schools intend to begin the 2020-2021 school year with all students attending a full day of school on a daily basis (5 days/week). Full plans to be released July 24th.

“Viking Voices: The People of Princeton”

/ equity, social-justice, SW Ohio

This episode featured Hamilton County ESC’s Katrice Quitter speaking with Superintendent Tom Burton about Princeton’s Equity Team. 

New Miami Reopening Plan

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NMLSD |

All student attending on a regular basis beginning Sept 8. Remote learning based on individual needs and family requests.

See the full plan at New-Miami.k12.oh.us

Hamilton City: Re-opening plan

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HCSD |

Masks recommended for students and in some instance may be required. HCSD will offer remote learning for parents who do not wish to send their child to school.

Forest Hills: New principal, assistant principals named at June board meeting

/ leadership, SW Ohio

FHSD |

Heather Hoelle, will assume principal duties beginning August 1. Ms. Hoelle joined the Ayer team in 2015 as assistant principal. Hoelle’s former assistant principal position will be filled by Joy O’Brien.

O’Brien has been at Forest Hills for 12 years, serving the last four years as Mercer Elem assistant principal. Former Mercer teacher, Kimberly Beard, will return to Mercer to take over assistant principal duties.

Edgewood City Schools Reopening Plan

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ECSD |

Masks recommended for students but not required. ECSD will offer remote learning for parents who do not wish to send their child to school.

Carlisle chooses new superintendent from southwest Ohio district

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

The Carlisle school board approved a one-year contract for David S. Vail, who is retiring from the Miamisburg City Schools on July 31. Vail will start as Carlisle’s superintendent on Sept. 1.

Tom Isaacs, superintendent of the Warren County Educational Services Center, will serve as Carlisle’s interim superintendent from July 31 to Aug. 31. He will not be receiving any additional compensation to fill in until Vail starts.

Bethel-Tate: COVID-19 Community Update

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BTLSD |

“Our intention is to have students back in the building while offering a remote learning option for parents who do not feel comfortable sending their children back.” A detailed plan should be ready by mid-July.

Read the full letter to the Bethel-Tate Local School Community at Bethel-Tate.org

Wilmington City Schools seeking best, safest option for reopening

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Wilmington News Journal |

Every classroom in the Wilmington school district will have a touchless hand sanitizer station as part of COVID-19 prevention efforts for the upcoming academic year.

In addition, every employee will be provided with a face shield, which Wilmington City Schools (WCS) Superintendent Mindy McCarty-Stewart thinks will be especially helpful when teachers work in close proximity to students who then will be able to see facial expressions including smiles — unlike face masks.

WCS will provide a virtual education option for parents to register K through 12 students who have specific needs and are unable to attend school in the green zone or in a hybrid format that combines remote and at-school learning.

Northwest Local Prepares for Fall 2020

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NWLSD |

Northwest Local School District (NWLSD) parents and families will be able to choose to send their children back to in-person classrooms or to continue online learning from home during the upcoming school year.

Middletown: “Return to Learn” Plan & Guidelines

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MCSD |

“After careful planning and collaboration, we are now excited to announce Middletown City School District will reopen all our schools for the upcoming school year, including bringing all students back to the classroom.”

Lynchburg-Clay students earn Superior ratings at State Science Day

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Highland County Press |

These students were Sydney Hamilton with “The Effect of Stratification on Germination Rate of Milkweed” and Allison Kohus with “The Effect of Silver Nanoparticles on Daphnia.”

In order to compete in the district and state competition; these students had to answer questions, submit photos of their display boards, prepare an eight-minute presentation and submit their research reports.

Lockland Schools to Offer Students Two Back-to-School Options

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Lockland School District |

Two options: remote Learning from home and on-site learning in the classroom.

Lakota: 2020-2021 School Year Plans Announced

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Lakota Local Schools |

Four plans depending on circumstances. “Plan A” will go into effect and bring students into classrooms this August.

Finneytown: Important Update about next School Year

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Finneytown LSD |

If allowed to return Face to Face, Finneytown would have half the students 2 days a week and the other half 2 other days a week with A and B schedules that were either consecutive or alternating.

Dayton Public safety protocols include face shields, temp checks

Dayton Daily News |

Protocols include face coverings provided by district, alcohol wipes, and desks will be arranged in rows – facing forward.

Bethel-Tate Welcomes New Assistant Principal Hass and Athletic Director Simmons

/ leadership, sports, SW Ohio

Bethel-Tate Local Schools |

Tom Haas is familiar with the area having grown up in Batavia and Amelia. He has spent the last seven years as a mathematics and engineering teacher at Norwood High School.

Dan Simmons comes to Bethel-Tate after serving 26 years in West Clermont Schools where he was the athletic director/dean of students, head track coach, and assistant football coach at both Amelia Middle School and Glen Este High School.

CPS approves blended learning model for 2020-2021 school year

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The Cincinnati Board of Education approved a Blended Learning Model for Cincinnati Public Schools for the 2020-21 school year earlier today.

The CPS Board of Education approved a “go-forward” plan that “provides the best balance of safety and academic success” for their students according to a post on their website from Superintendent Laura Mitchell.

The plan will return students to in-person instruction 2–3 days per week. CPS offers a digital academy as an alternative to the partial in-person instruction.

Read the letter to the CPS Community to learn for complete details.

Native American group supports removal of Anderson High School’s nickname

/ social-justice, sports, SW Ohio

WKRC |

The Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition (GCNAC) board of directors sent a statement to the school district Sunday supporting the removal of the nickname.

Mt. Healthy High School Athlete Tests Positive for COVID 19

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MTHCS |

As of Sunday June 28, all athletic conditioning programs are suspended until Monday, July 13. Mt. Healthy Jr/Sr High School will be closed until July 13 for deep cleaning and sanitizing. 

Lakota Virtual Learning Information Sessions Announced

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Lakota Local Schools |

To help meet the needs of families, the district will offer a 100-percent online K-12 education through the Lakota Virtual Learning Option this fall.

Franklin City Schools 2020-2021 Reopening Framework Parent Guide

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Franklin City Schools |

2 models: in-person and remote. Parents must notify school by 7/31 if selecting remote learning. School begins for all 8/18.

https://www.franklincityschools.com/media/documents/FCS%20Re-Opening%20Plan%20Parent%20Version.pdf

Church leases Anderson High auditorium for Sunday services in exchange for $400,000 AV donation

/ community, finance-funding, SW Ohio

Cincinnati.com |

The $400,000 in audiovisual equipment will be installed at Anderson High School and then donated to the school district at the end of the lease. The church will pay Forest Hills $3,000 in monthly rent for five years, beginning Oct. 1.

COVID-19’s Impact on Edgewood’s School Funding

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Edgewood City Schools |

A decision was made to reinstate the fee to participate in sports and extracurricular activities for the 2020-2021 school year. The paper calendar was eliminated as well.

Area superintendents: After once-high turnover, jobs have been more stable

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Journal-News |

For now, most public school districts in Butler and southern Warren County appear they will have the same superintendents in place when classes are scheduled to start for the 2020-2021 school year in August and early September.

A few years ago, that was not the case.

Great Oaks Salute to Leaders recipients

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The Clermont Sun |

Great Oaks has two of the honorees in the 2020 Salute to Leaders through the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Jayden Matzek received The Up ‘N Over Leadership Award, presented to an outstanding student. Angie Kovacs, a Great Oaks Business Management satellite instructor at Batavia High School, received the 2020 Education Award.

Lakota loses both high school principals

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Business Courier |

Gary “Elgin” Card, principal of Lakota West High School in West Chester Township, is taking a position in the district’s central office. Suzanna Davis, principal for Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, is leaving for employment outside of the district.

Lebanon joins districts allowing parents to choose where students learn when school starts

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Cincinnati.com |

That decision will have to be made next month and will only apply to the first semester, said Todd Yohey, superintendent of Lebanon City Schools district.

“We didn’t think it would be fair to ask parents to commit for the entire school year because things may change,’’ Yohey said. “We’ll re-evaluate and then decide.”

The plan was developed with input from the Warren County Health District, responses from 4,000 parents in the district, and under common guidelines developed by Warren County educators.

Local non-profit gives deserving kids and families a pep rally in Amberley Village

/ SW Ohio

WLWT |

The Most Valuable Kids organization held the pep rally at the Amberley Village Municipal Building for deserving families and kids who needed items to make summer fun.

Sycamore: Back to School 2020 Planning

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Sycamore Community Schools |

Three options being considered: face-to-face learning, remote, and a combination of the two.

Option #1: Full Face-to-Face Learning

  • Students attend school five days per week
  • Precautionary measures in place
  • Masks for students and staff
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures
  • Online academy for students who cannot/are uncomfortable attending face-to-face

Option #2: Combination of Face-to-Face Learning and Remote Learning

  • Green and Gold Sessions
    • Students would attend face-to-face either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday
    • Extension activities/assignments on non-attendance days
    • Wednesday: no student attendance
      • Deep clean buildings
      • Extension activities/student check-in/teacher collaboration
  • Online academy for students who cannot/are uncomfortable attending face-to-face
    • Possible purchase of online platform

Option #3: Full Remote Learning

  • Enhance delivery from Spring 2020
  • Assessment/grading practices in place
  • Adjustment of course content

https://www.sycamoreschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=11&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=5090&PageID=1

Minority Athletic Directors Association gives scholarships to local student-athletes

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Cincinnati.com |

The four scholarship recipients were: Darian Braddix (Princeton High School basketball and track and field), Kamille Harris (Mount Notre Dame tennis and track and field), DeAnte Gray (Wyoming basketball) and D.J. Woods (Sycamore marching band).

In the last four years, the association has grown as a way for minority athletic directors to collaborate for professional development opportunities while looking for ways to help bring minorities into the profession of interscholastic athletics.

Brown County schools common agreement for reopening Fall 2020

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

School district superintendents from each public school district in Brown County, along with the Brown County Educational Service Center, Southern Hills Career Center, and Brown County Health Department came together on June 18, 2020 to identify common practices for school re-opening in Brown County.

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Sycamore To Participate in BLM March for Justice

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

Sycamore Community Schools |

Sycamore Community Schools Culturally Responsive Practices team is proud to participate in the Black Lives Matter March for Justice on June 27 at 2:30 p.m. This peaceful event has been organized by former and current Sycamore students. Please consider joining us as we work to successfully educate all students, families, and staff, and implement improvements to address inequities.

It is essential that we take action against racism and bias in our schools for two reasons:

  • To increase awareness of systemic barriers that disadvantage students of color.
  • To encourage and support educators as they seek to adapt instructional and leadership practices to respond more effectively to the needs and aspirations of all the children they serve.

https://www.sycamoreschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=11&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=5091&PageID=1

Three Rivers Board of Education announces Mark Ault as next Superintendent

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Three Rivers Local Schools |

The Three Rivers Board of Education is excited to announce that Mark C. Ault, Ed.D., has been named Superintendent of the Three Rivers Local School District, effective August 1, 2020. The Board of Education approved the selection at the June 23rd meeting. Dr. Ault will be transitioning into the role over the next month, helping our administration plan for the upcoming school year. Dr. Ault is coming to Three Rivers from the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District where he has served as the Assistant Superintendent for the last 15 years.

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Ross Superintendent resigning for new position

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Scott Gates will take the position of assistant director of alternative education with the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC), which serves all 10 public school systems in the county.

East Clinton Schools to give parents option this fall

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Wilmington News Journal |

If there is a regular start-up for school this fall, East Clinton will provide an instructional option for parents and families who don’t want to send their kids back because of coronavirus concerns. East Clinton Superintendent Eric Magee made the announcement Tuesday night during a board of education meeting.

Dayton Public Schools to offer full in-person classes with 2-foot distancing, plus online option

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said school will start on Aug. 17, a week later than originally planned, to give the district time to train staff on health and safety guidelines. They will offer full in-person classes starting in August, with a separate online option for families that request it.

Lolli said DPS will maintain a distancing requirement of only two feet between students in their classrooms, but said students will be required to wear face coverings. The district is ordering a type of clear face shield for each student that goes on like a pair of glasses and can fit over eyeglasses.

Police in Schools: Push at Cincinnati Public Schools to remove officers

/ school safety, SW Ohio

WKRC |

School board member Ben Lindy is asking the administration to take a look at the current model and relationship the district has with the Cincinnati Police Department and take a look at other options and then compare.

Currently, 16 Cincinnati Police officers serve as school resource officers in all 52 Cincinnati Public schools. They also check in with other public and parochial schools in the city.

Lebanon schools announce plans to open for students in fall

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Lebanon City Schools |

Two options: in-school with safety precautions; individual online learning via the Virtual Learning Academy.

CPS options for the fall have millions of dollars in extra costs

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WCPO, WVXU, and Cincinnati Public Schools |

Cincinnati Public Schools on Monday night unveiled five potential plans for the 2020-’21 school year.

According to WCPO, the district said “consistent, in-person learning is critical for all grade levels,” and so plan options to return to the classroom in the fall include two variations of face-to-face learning and three variations of blended learning. That’s where students would take in-person classes anywhere from 2-4 days per week and learn remotely for the rest.

The least expensive of the five plans — one that would split students into two groups with alternating in-person attendance to facilitate social distancing — would cost Cincinnati Public Schools an additional $23 million over the course of the school year.

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Educators stand in solidarity for Black students at RiverScape rally

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

Two Miami Valley high school teachers, Indie Thompson and Mary McKnight, co-organized the Educators Stand in Solidarity Rally that drew around 150 people who wore “Red for Ed.”

“Regardless of where we teach, we all deal with Black students and the inequities that they face,” McKnight said. “I think the community and the students need to know that we’re here for them.”

Mary McKnight
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New Middletown school annex construction ahead of schedule – designed for CBL

/ curriculum, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Rosa Parks Elementary will have 13 additional classrooms, but its current learning spaces will also be dramatically remodeled to better accommodate a new instructional approach — Challenge Based Learning — the district plans to install there.

The CBL learning technique duplicates – in an age-appropriate style – a team project approach toward solving real-world problems using traditional academic subjects. CBL also encourages the development of interactive communication skills, leadership and teamwork that will better prepare students for their work careers as adults.

Note: Challenge Based Learning was created by Apple in 2008 for the Classrooms of Tomorrow-Today project. It primarily focuses on students and teachers coming together to investigate and solve community problems.

Western Brown High School DECA chapter members earn state organization’s highest honors at virtual conference

/ career-tech, student-voice, SW Ohio

The Clermont Sun |

The competition is designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students’ academic understanding and skills development.

Students receiving recognition at the state level were: Rebecca Stanley who placed 1st for her Franchise Business Plan; Jasmine Kiser who placed 2nd in the Professional Selling Event; and the team of Jenna Easterling, Jillian Henry, and Sophia Murrell placed 3rd with their Career Development Project Management activity. The WBHS DECA Chapter II also made it to the finals for their pin design. No winner was announced due to the event’s cancellation.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Students are taught and led by advisors, Kristin Depenbrock and Mike Goins who are satellite teachers for Southern Hills Career and Technical Center.

Fairfield and Middletown set in-person graduations for the summer

/ coronavirus, graduation, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Middletown High School will hold a series of graduation commencements outside next month at the district’s football stadium, and participants are being asked to wear protective masks.

And joining Middletown, officials at Fairfield Schools said they intend to hold a previously scheduled, indoor commencement in August unless further restrictions are imposed by the state.

Cincinnati offers “Wi-Fi To Go” to some communities

/ equity, SW Ohio, tech

WCPO |

The City of Cincinnati, Metro, Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission are launching a new program Monday to bring free Wi-Fi to some neighborhoods across the city for the week of June 22.

The program, called “Wi-Fi To Go,” will provide internet access to certain communities via access vans which will park at a location within the city for one day from 1-5 p.m.

Masks on students? Online or in-person? Schools debate what classes will look like

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

Dayton area schools are actively planning for fall, with several districts including Fairborn, Franklin, Mad River, Brookville and Lebanon aiming to fully reopen their buildings in August.

Troy Superintendent Chris Piper said any mask policy is “a big issue for many of our families,” especially because most of the district’s buildings lack air conditioning and get warm. A recent Ohio PTA survey showed the issue was a hot-button, and Hopkins, the Brookville superintendent, called it “our most divisive issue.”

State Science Day winners announced – 4 from southwest Ohio

/ Ohio, science, student-voice, SW Ohio

More than 1,200 students from grades 5-12 participated in State Science Day this year held by The Ohio Academy of Science.

Every year, about 10,000 students from schools across Ohio participate in local science fairs and are judged on different criteria. The students who achieve the best ratings are invited to be in district science fairs. Judging this year, took place over several days back in May and early June.

This year 4 local students from southwest Ohio won at the state level:

  • 7th-grader Maura Risk of Mother Teresa Catholic in Liberty Township, received first place for the project Best Materials That Reduce Heat.
  • Eighth-grader Alexander Krol of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, received third place for the project The Capture and Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide from a Closed System: How Much CO2 is Absorbed per Gram of Soda-Lime.
  • Tenth-grader Anuj Raghavan of Mason High School in Mason received first place for the project World Without Waste: Separating Laminated Plastic from Paper.
  • Eleventh-grader Justin Huang of Mason High School in Mason received first place for the project Preparation of Reusable PVA-Nano TiO2 Foam for Wastewater Treatment.

Each recipient will receive a $100 prize and a certificate signed by Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson.

Mason Middle School was one of 14 schools to receive the Harold C. Shaw Memorial Outstanding School Award recognizing the highest possible school and team achievement at State Science Day.

Full program available for viewing.

Springboro hires new school superintendent

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

Larry Hook, superintendent of the Carlisle Local Schools, has been hired away by the Springboro school district.

The school board voted 4-1 during virtual special meeting Thursday to approve a two-year contract with Hook, who was at Carlisle for 10 years. Hook previously worked as assistant superintendent in Springboro.

West Clermont Names Daniel Romano as Treasurer

/ leadership, SW Ohio

WCSD |

Romano has 22 years of experience in school finance and previously served as treasurer/CFO of both Toledo Public Schools and Sylvania City Schools.  He is also the founder and CEO of Edventures in Learning and previously served as CFO and managing director of Root Learning.

Mason parents will be able to choose between in-person and online classes for upcoming school year

WCPO |

“This pandemic just reiterates how important it is to be agile,” said Mason City Schools public information officer Tracey Carson.

Carson said the district worked with the Warren County Health Department to come up with new safety procedures for students who do return to buildings in the fall. The district also got feedback from students, staff, families and over 40 focus groups that included health care professionals and business leaders.

Three Rivers School District replacing superintendent

/ leadership, SW Ohio

WKRC |

In an email sent out to families and the community, the Board of Education says Craig Hockenberry will no longer hold that post. The board says his role will now be as a consultant to the board.

For the time being, Holly Sims (Principal, Taylor Middle School) will be the acting superintendent.

Library Prepares Educational Programs to Curb ‘COVID Slide’

/ literacy, Solutions, SW Ohio

Spectrum News 1 |

The summer slide is pretty typical, but with school ending this year remotely, many are worried of a “COVID slide”, meaning an even greater loss of learning for the kids. That’s why the Cincinnati Library upped their educational programming for the summer.

“A lot of the programming that we’re doing over the summer is really focused on trying to support our families across the community and keeping kids engaged with their reading and math skills especially but in a fun way because you know, it’s still summer,” Maggie Killman the Lifelong Learning Manager at the public library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County said.

The library made age specific booklets with different educational activities for the entire summer. They’re free to pick up from any open local branch along with a free book.

Fairfield science team wins $100K for school in national contest

/ science, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

The Butler County teens invented a phone app that could someday save the lives of infants forgotten by parents in the backseat of dangerously hot vehicles.

Speaking up and speaking out against social injustice – students discuss solutions

WCPO and WVXU |

CPS students discussed several topics over the past three weeks as part of the weekly “Speak Up and Speak Out” video conference hosted by Cincinnati Public Schools including strategies on ways to improve civic duties including voting opportunities, school curriculum and instruction and interactions with police.

video

Video from WCPO – https://www.wcpo.com/sports/high-school-sports/ohio-high-school-sports/cincinnati-public-schools-encourages-students-to-speak-up-and-speak-out-against-social-injustice

One discussion point went directly to how the students feel the schools need to update what is being taught in social studies and English classes. 

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Warren County superintendents create outline of plan to get students back in class this fall

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Superintendents met with the Warren County Educational Service Center and Warren County Career Center last week to identify common practices for reopening Warren County Schools. Leaders discussed what the reopening process will look like while continually implementing safety protocols to keep everyone healthy.

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The plan released Tuesday to WLWT covers every school district in Warren County. School leaders want parents to see the plan and for them to understand there will be decisions they’ll have to make for their students before they return to schools.

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Princeton: A Conversation with Students – Race & Racism

/ HCESC, SW Ohio

PCS |

Princeton City Schools will host a conversation about race and racism with Katrice Quitter (HCESC) for student in grades 7-12 on June 18th.

New Richmond schools gathering ‘pertinent information’ after teacher accused of using racial slurs at protest

/ HR, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Parents and students are pressuring the New Richmond Exempted Village School District to terminate s social studies teacher at New Richmond Middle School who is accused of shouting racial slurs during a Black Lives Matter protest in the village of Bethel on Sunday.

Studio that employs artists with special needs reopens

/ SW Ohio

WKRC |

InsideOut Studio employs more than 50 diverse artists with all types of disabilities. It is a social enterprise of Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati, supported by the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out Session 3

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Public Schools |

For students, by students to discuss racial injustice and inequities in our city and country. Community Leaders participating are Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac and Deputy Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools Tianay Amat.

Northwest Offering a Number of Summer Learning Opportunities

/ SW Ohio

NWLSD |

This year, Northwest Local School District (NWLSD) is offering a variety of educational opportunities for students over the summer in order to reinforce the knowledge that students retained over the course of the school year and to provide learning opportunities that will help prepare students for the upcoming year.

Students in kindergarten through grade 5 will have the ability to engage in skill practice in reading and math using IXL Learning. Elementary students entering grades 2 and 3 will also have the opportunity to participate in in-person literacy intervention classes in July and August and high school students will have the opportunity to participate in advanced placement camps.

Online resources will be available to all students, regardless of grade level.

Read more from NWLSD.

Fairfield student survey shows drop in reported use of drugs and alcohol by teens

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

The survey is conducted every other year by the Fairfield Prevention Coalition. It asks students if they used prescription drugs that weren’t prescribed to them, alcohol, tobacco or vaping, and marijuana in the previous 30 days of the survey, along with other questions.

The survey shows reported underage tobacco use is down 86%; prescription drug abuse is down 38%, underage alcohol use is down 51% and marijuana use is down 16% from 2008 – the first year of the survey.

“The hot spot is that marijuana use is up (since the last survey),’’ said Deborah Neyer, the coalition’s executive director. “Most use starts in eighth grade – between 12 and 13 years old. We’re beginning to see a lackadaisical attitude about marijuana use.”

Fall plan for Cincinnati Public Schools involves complicated decisions, mixed signals from parents

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WLWT |

Survey shows CPS parents ‘extremely concerned’ about COVID-19 in schools, worried about effectiveness of remote learning.

Forty-seven percent said they’re either ‘hesitant’ or ‘extremely uncomfortable’ sending their kids back to school this fall. But seven out of 10 parents said they’re worried about their kids’ mental and emotional health when they’re learning online, usually at home.

The same number are worried about their kids’ ability to learn effectively in a remote setting.

Milford school board expected to hire John Spieser as superintendent on Thursday

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Spieser began his career in education with the Milford schools 26 years ago. He taught life science at Milford Junior High for six years, then earned his administrator’s license and worked as assistant principal of Mason High School and then of Bethel-Tate High School.

Spieser was principal and director of K-12 curriculum for the Little Miami Schools, followed by tenures as principal of the Glen Este Campus in the West Clermont Local Schools and, for 15 years, of Clark Montessori High School in Hyde Park.

He returned to Milford in 2015 to serve one year as director of secondary curriculum before becoming director of human resources in 2016.

24 people applied for the Milford schools superintendent post.

West Clermont to Build New Field House through Partnership with Mercy Health

/ finance-funding, sports, SW Ohio

WCSD |

The 6,000-square-foot, pole-barn structure will include baseball and softball batting cages, hitting nets for boys and girls golf, indoor training rooms for fall and spring sports, and space for team meetings, practices and hosting other large activities like Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) events.

The construction of this building – including the architect fees – will be at no cost to the district’s general fund and will be paid for completely through the Mercy Health Sports Medicine Agreement. As part of this agreement, Mercy Health and Wellington Orthopedics have secured the naming rights.

The Young Voices Behind The Movement

WVXU |

Joining WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition today is Nadyaa Betts, co-president of the Walnut Hills High School Black Culture Club and one of the organizers of a June 12 March for Justice protest on campus. Also joining the program is Santino Jordan, he took part in a Hyde Park protest put on by a Withrow High School graduate. And Ayesha Chaudhry, part of a group that organized a COVID-safe march in Mason this past Saturday.

Data shows inequities span cradle to grave for Dayton black residents

/ equity, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

In some areas — such as growth in the black-white wage gap, segregation and opportunities for black children — the Dayton region fares poorer than most other large metropolitan areas, data shows.

These racial disparities are not new and they are not accidental, experts said, they are the culmination of more than a century of policy decisions. But they also said racial equity is achievable with intentional effort, and a partnership of several local organizations has formed to push toward that goal.

Students lead Black Lives Matter march: ‘The Mason I know is loving and vibrant as much as it is flawed.’

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Ayesha Chaudhry, a rising senior at Mason High School, said Floyd’s death – which occurred on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes – was a “wake up call.”

“There’s a real problem in Mason with our representation and education, and I think the George Floyd travesty was just a wake up call for a lot of us,” Chaudhry said.

Fairfield High School mourns loss of another student

/ SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

The Fairfield City School system has been hit hard this week by the deaths of two high school students in less than a week.

St. Ursula Academy removing Marge Schott’s name from stadium, campus building

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

WCPO |

Schott’s name will be removed from the academic science, world language, and arts facility completed in 2000, as well as Schottzie Stadium, the athletic facility on the north side of campus.

Yellow Springs Schools— District faces funding cuts, uncertainty

Yellow Springs News |

In looking at per-pupil amounts, Yellow Springs’ reduction of $261 per student is higher than any other district in the county. Beavercreek is close, at $259, while Fairborn has the lowest at $185, according to the state. The formula for making the cuts was based on a district’s relative wealth.

Clinton County school superintendents meet with health officials

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Wilmington News Journal |

Wilmington City Schools hosted a meeting Wednesday, June 10 with multiple stakeholders in the field of education and public health to discuss the opening of schools in fall 2020. The superintendents of all four public schools in Clinton County were present along with Dr. Terry Holten, medical director of the Clinton County Health District, Pam Walker-Bauer, Clinton County health commissioner, and Dean Lynch, Southern Ohio Educational Service Center superintendent.

All parties agreed to work together and hope to provide plans to their respective communities in the near future. The superintendents pledged to meet multiple times in the next month to help share ideas around safety.

National recognition for Batavia High School business management program

/ career-tech, SW Ohio

The Clermont Sun |

Students earned the Quality Chapter Distinction as one of BPA’s most involved and active chapters. The chapter was recognized with the Community Service Award, Marketing and Public Relations Award, Social Media Award, and the Chapter of Excellence. The Batavia Chapter also earned the Special Olympics Award.

The 74 sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the 2019-2020 Batavia High School BPA chapter are enrolled in the Business Management satellite program offered through Great Oaks Career Campuses.

Cincinnati Public has four ideas for fall education, including continued remote learning

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer and WCPO |

On Wednesday, district leaders presented four options during a Board of Education meeting:

  • In-person classes: The first scenario would have students return to classrooms five days a week. The district does not have the space to allow for placing student desks 6 feet apart, so it would space students 3 feet apart in this model.
  • Blended learning: This scenario would involve students taking in-person classes in schools either one or two days per week, while learning from home on the remaining days. The scenario has higher staffing and transportation costs.
  • Distance learning: This scenario would have students learning from home five days a week. It poses a challenge for families in terms of child care. It would also lead to a decrease in staff and would pose a low-risk safety risk but a high academic risk.
  • Hybrid learning: This option calls for elementary students attending in-person classes five days per week, and high school students attending in-person classes just one or two days per month. This would eliminate the need for child care for families with the youngest children.
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Fairborn schools receive $750K donation for technology

/ SW Ohio, tech

Dayton Daily News |

Thanks to a $750,000 donation from an anonymous Fairborn graduate, the school district will be updating its technology plan.

The district is currently two-to-one technology at Fairborn High School, but only during the day. This donation will allow the district to supply high school students with technology they can take home with them.

The district hopes to implement one-to-one technology in the lower levels in the next one or two years.

North Adams High School named National Beta School of Distinction

/ SW Ohio

The People’s Defender |

The award honors Beta Clubs striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership, and service to others.

National Beta is a non-profit, educational youth organization committed to promoting character and social responsibility, encouraging service involvement to school and community, and fostering leadership skills.

Middletown Arts Center partners with local schools on virtual exhibits

/ arts, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

“Apart But Together: Art During a Pandemic,” a four-part series, will feature a collection of nearly 200 pieces of art from 9th-12th grade students, beginning on Friday.

The exhibition is a collaborative partnership between Middletown Arts Center and several local high schools, including Lakota East High School, Lakota West High School, Monroe Senior High School, and Middletown High School.

‘Racism is an educational crisis’: CPS board member wants more anti-racism instruction for students

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

WLWT |

As Ohio lawmakers push to declare racism a public health crisis, one Cincinnati Public School board member says it’s also an educational crisis that needs to be addressed.

“In every single system across the country, nobody outperforms white in every category, and nobody under-performs black, nobody,” Mike Moroski said.

Wednesday, he plans on speaking with fellow board members about what more they can do to close the racial achievement gap. He said integrating more anti-racism and black history instruction are just a couple of ideas, and he plans on discussing more.

Bond Hill teacher marches against police brutality, carrying her students’ words

WCPO |

Andrea Spinney didn’t decorate her sign with a slogan when she marched with anti-police brutality protesters on Sunday. She used the words of her own summer school students.

Spinney teaches English at Woodward High School in Bond Hill, where a little over 92% of residents are black. She said her students know firsthand what it’s like to be scarred by encounters with police.

Cincinnati Schools Hosted Speak Up Speak Out Forum

Spectrum News 1 |

A half dozen Cincinnati Public school students shared their voices Wednesday afternoon after protests have been organized around the country after George Floyd’s death.

“This is an opportunity for the young people in the city of Cincinnati to rise up in peaceful demonstration to take a stance against racism that is seen in our communities and potentially also experienced within our schools,” Laura Michell, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent said.

The virtual meeting was open for all seventh through twelfth grade students. The students that were selected to talk, shared how they’re feeling in today’s world. The Speak Up Speak Out forum will continue weekly to allow the conversation to continue.

Resolution declaring racism public health crisis on horizon in Hamilton County

WLWT |

The resolution will be modeled, in part, on a similar measure approved by Franklin County commissioners in Columbus a few days before the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests nationwide and in Cincinnati.

Deer Park: Schools preemptively get ready for reopening guidelines

/ re-opening schools, SW Ohio

WLWT – Cincinnati |

In Deer Park, administrators hope to get their students back in school after the governor spoke Tuesday looking to get kids back in class. And for the district, it’s about more than improved learning.

CPS Students Speak Up, Speak Out Forum Launches Wednesday

Cincinnati Public Schools |

CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out is an opportunity for CPS students to speak up and speak out and have their voices heard surrounding racial injustice and inequities in our city and country. Community leaders will come together to dialogue with our student leaders on how we can effectively make true progress and support them through this time of injustice and racism.

The primary audience is 7th- through 12th-grade students, with a special focus on our African-American Students; Open to media and community in a listen-only mode.

Young people in Springboro protest death of George Floyd

Journal-News |

The Springboro event organizers, Katherine Cismesia and Brooklynne Stange, both 16, are students from Springboro High School.

‘I write from my angered, but hopeful heart’: Middletown schools leader shares protests message with students

/ social-justice, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Marlon Styles Jr. posted a message to his Twitter account at 4:40 p.m. Monday entitled “a message to our students” in the Butler County school system, writing “the mistreatment of African-American people in this country is on display and must change.”

Bethel community picks up bill for graduating seniors’ unpaid fees

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

The Clermont Sun |

Some 13 Bethel-Tate High School seniors who had accrued unpaid students fees, in total more than $6,000, and were in jeopardy of not being able to participate in the school’s upcoming commencement ceremony were given a helping hand from the local community, who banded together to help pay off these debts, acknowledging that many are living in economically uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local schools begin to bring student athletes back for training

/ sports, SW Ohio

WKRC – Cincinnati |

Wyoming and Lakota West are two of at least four high schools that brought their athletes back.

Cincinnati protest organizers list changes they want to see in city, criminal justice system, schools

/ equity, social-justice, SW Ohio

WCPO |

The list has a total of 15 items including, “#9. We demand Cincinnati Public Schools and local universities reconsider their relationship with the Cincinnati Police Department and consider the impact of teachers, professors, students and parents.”

“The intention of this list is to deliver a clear message to the media, local politicians, the Cincinnati Police Department and people of Cincinnati as to the goal of recent protests,” the list reads.

U.S. News ranks Ohio’s top high schools: See where area schools rank

/ SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Education analysts sometimes question school rankings, saying they just mirror community wealth statistics. Of the schools U.S. News ranked as its top 10 in Ohio, all but one are in districts that rank in the top 5 percent of the state in median income. The one outlier, Walnut Hills, only admits students who score high on an entrance exam.

Ninety percent of the rankings were based on some form of test scores, including Advanced Placement exams and state math and English tests, according to U.S. News. That data includes how a school’s minority and low-income students did on those tests. The last 10 percent is based on four-year graduation rate.

Even digitally, this Cincy nonprofit seeks to keep education alive through the summer

Cincinnati Enquirer |

GCEN is partnering with Cincinnati Public Schools and Teach for America – Southwest Ohio, among others, to launch #EveryStudentLearns, a free digital summer intervention program focused on providing continuing education for students in the summer months. 

The initiative launches June 15 and will run until July 17, with classes five days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Teens create first-of-its-kind publication in Cincinnati despite coronavirus setbacks

WCPO – Cincinnati |

The name of the publication, “Tellus Zine,” comes from the latin word “tellus” which means earth, and “zine,” which is a self-publication. Photography, painting, poetry and short narratives are just a few highlights readers will see.

Along with the board members, Tellus Zine will feature creative works from 22 young adults ages 12 to 21. The publication is free and is accessible at Telluszine.org. There is also information on how teens can get involved in the next edition.

Local Universities Finalizing Plans For The Fall

WVXU |

Cincinnati State says its students will do remote learning this fall with the exception of required labs and skills learning.

University of Cincinnati has a plan for administrators, researchers and faculty. Researchers will return June 1. Much of the employee base will come back to campus July 2. Other employees will return Aug. 3, working alternating schedules. Before researchers, faculty and administrators are allowed back they must complete an online information session on CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines and do a self-administered wellness check. They will wait until late June to announce what the student experience will be like for the fall semester.

Xavier and Miami universities have announced students will come back to campus this fall for in-person instruction.

Thomas More says it is also preparing for a return to in-person classes.

Northern Kentucky University told WVXU a decision will be made at the end of June.

A week in high school graduations: Drive-in theater, dressed-up bus, Land of Illusion and more

/ graduation, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

State-ordered social distancing brought on by the spreading coronavirus scuttled long-standing high school commencement ceremonies. And in recent days, some Butler and Warren county school districts used a variety of novel approaches unimaginable until recently.

Franklin: Front Porch Classroom – Teacher tutors student after learning she has no computer, internet

/ equity, SW Ohio, tech

WKRC – Cincinnati |

Stay at home orders were hard on many students. For a Franklin second-grader, things got challenging when she didn’t have internet access and a computer to do her school work.

When the student couldn’t go the classroom, the teacher brought the classroom to the student.

Finishing school in a shutdown: Butler and Warren County districts working to make it special

/ graduation, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

The historic coronavirus shutdowns have forever marked the last portion of the 2019-20 school year as one of the most unusual and challenging in Ohio school history.

Miamisburg schools to hire Indiana educator Laura Blessing as new superintendent

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Dayton Daily News |

CPS Facing Budget Cuts And An Uncertain Start To The School Year

/ finance-funding, SW Ohio

WVXU – Cincinnati |

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting state budgets, Ohio schools are facing $300 million in cuts to K-12 education. Cincinnati Public Schools will see its funding cut by more than $8 million at the end of the state fiscal year on June 30. As Ohio’s third largest district, it could also see enrollment grow significantly this fall under the pandemic – but will classes resume in-person or online?

Listen to Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education Members Eve Bolton and Mike Moroski:

Listen to Roselawn Condon Early Intervention Specialist Hollie Finley Miller; and North Avondale Montessori Teacher Nico Love Stiles:

GreenLight Fund raises nearly $3.5M to help Greater Cincinnati’s low-income children and families

/ community, SW Ohio

WCPO – Cincinnati |

Since GreenLight launched in Cincinnati in 2015, the organization has supported bringing three nonprofit organizations to town that have good track records in other cities. Cincinnati was the fourth GreenLight Fund city and became the model for the fund’s national expansion.

What Butler, Warren county schools are planning for graduation ceremonies

/ coronavirus, graduation, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Some area high schools will experiment with non-traditional and virtual graduation ceremonies this month and next while some school officials are still waiting to decide how their seniors will be honored during the time of the coronavirus.

As CPS students face final week of class, how well did remote learning go?

/ remote learning, SW Ohio

WCPO – Cincinnati |

Monday kicks off the final week of classes for students attending Cincinnati Public Schools, and with the end of the year winding up so differently from the start, the district said they have learned a lot from the new approach to teaching.

Middletown High School planning virtual graduation ceremony this week

/ graduation, SW Ohio

Journal-News |

Principal Carmella Cotter notified students and parents that several members of senior class requested to pick up their diplomas early because of commitments such as military, so the school decided to hold a virtual graduation ceremony on Tuesday, the originally scheduled graduation date.

Remembering Tony Yates

/ sports, SW Ohio

WLWT – Cincinnati |

In 1952, Yates and his Lockland High School basketball team won the state title. He was part of the first African American team to win any state championship.

He would go on to become an assistant basketball coach — then eventually, the head coach of the UC Bearcats in the ’80s.

CPS: School Nutrition Association Names Jessica Shelly as Mideast Director of the Year

Cincinnati Public Schools |

The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has named Jessica Shelly, student dining services director, as the Mideast Director of the Year. 

The award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of school nutrition directors who manage effective school meal programs that are providing healthy, appetizing meals to students. 

Goshen: New Administrators in 2020-2021

/ leadership, SW Ohio

Goshen LSD |

The Goshen Local School District Board of Education approved Mrs. Ashley Andrewsas the new Principal of Spaulding Elementary School following the appointment of current Spaulding principal Mr. Tom Turner as the new Director of Student Services.  Mr. Turner is transitioning to the role of Director as a result of the retirement of long time administrator Mrs. Nancy Spears.

Read more on the Goshen Local School District website.

Hands that serve: Little Miami Schools dishing out hot meals daily

WKRC |

The Little Miami School District serves about 500 hot meals daily from that kitchen.

Hamilton graduation plans include drive-in theater, drive-thru diplomas

/ graduation, SW Ohio

Journal-News

Their virtual graduation will appear on the silver screen at the Holiday Drive-In on Old Oxford Road on May 20 and May 21 at 9 p.m

Watch how Anderson High School students and staff are producing a digital musical

/ arts, SW Ohio

Cincinnati.com

Anderson High School students and staff get creative to produce a digital musical performance of “Man of La Mancha.”

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Cuts coming to Brown County school budgets

/ finance-funding, SW Ohio

Brown County Press

The highest per pupil impact is on Fayetteville at $190. Eastern follows at $189, RULH at $166, Georgetown at $154 and Western at $123.

As a percentage of operating costs, Eastern takes the biggest hit at 1.75 percent, followed by Fayetteville at 1.50, Georgetown at 1.48, RULH at 1.30 and Western at 1.29.

Clifton Cultural Arts Center ends search for new home, plans $8.5 million complex

/ arts, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Leaders of the center said Wednesday they intend to build an $8.5 million facility on a vacant lot on Clifton Avenue, next to the Clifton United Methodist Church and about two blocks north of Burnet Woods Park.

How Greater Cincinnati’s colleges rank on Covid-19 preparedness

Cincinnati Business Courier |

Educate to Career, a California-based education nonprofit, ranked four-year schools into tiers based on how adaptable they are to life during the coronavirus. To be in Tier 1, the highest group, schools had to be able to deliver full curriculum online and in-classroom (and have) a minimum of 3 years of experience in delivering online curriculum.

Digital Divide: Potential solutions for those with no internet

/ equity, remote learning, SW Ohio, tech

WKRC Cincinnati |

Abbigayle Burcham is literally one in a million — actually make that 6 million. The North College Hill sophomore is part of the estimated number of U.S. households with school-aged children who lack home internet access, according to the Census.

Xavier, Miami hopeful students can return to campus for fall semester

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Xavier and Miami University leaders are devising plans to fully open their campuses in the fall, welcoming students back for face-to-face instruction after about five months away. But the plans are not definite and likely won’t be for weeks.

Kings’ school’s graduation to include live TV broadcast via WKRC/CW

/ graduation, SW Ohio

The Journal-News |

As area school officials scramble to put together non-traditional but coronavirus-safe high school graduation ceremonies, Kings High School seniors will be spotlighted on their own local TV show.

The southern Warren County school district has joined in a partnership with Local 12 WKRC-TV to broadcast a graduation program on the station’s affiliated channel “The CW” on Sunday, May 31, said Dawn Gould, spokeswoman for Kings Schools.

Great Oaks senior ceremonies available to the world online

/ graduation, SW Ohio

Highland County Press |

Every year, graduating seniors from Great Oaks Career Campuses gather with teachers, staff and parents to celebrate their achievements, receive the professional credentials earned, and listen to final words of wisdom from their peers and campus administrators.  

Although the students will ultimately go through graduation and receive their high school diploma from their original high school, the Great Oaks senior ceremonies have been an important tradition for students throughout the school district’s 50-year history. 

This year’s senior ceremonies for graduating seniors will be shown online. 

CPS: With community help, Hispanic Chamber donates 500 computers to Cincy students learning from home

/ EL, equity, SW Ohio, tech

WCPO |

CPS officials said these computers will not only help children complete work, it will also help families get in touch with social services and other resources that are operating online during the pandemic.

ACOVSD Board holds special meeting to discuss graduation

/ coronavirus, graduation, SW Ohio

The Peoples Defender |

The Adams County Ohio Valley School District (ACOVSD) Board of Education held a special meeting Saturday, May 2. This meeting was held virtually, in compliance with the Stay Safe Ohio public health order, and a link to the live YouTube video, which remains viewable on the district’s YouTube channel, was posted to the district’s website. The purpose of this meeting was to review and discuss plans made for graduation in accordance with current safety guidance.

Schools in Highland County to lose $1M

Times Gazette |

Views on cuts and budgets from Highland County schools’ superintendents.

Canceled field trips, no teacher training, deficits are possible effects of Ohio K-12 cuts in Greater Cincinnati

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Views on cuts and budgets from superintendents in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Southwest Ohio schools see mixed results on ballot issues

/ finance-funding, levy, SW Ohio

Eleven districts in southwest Ohio were asking voters to increase or extend funding for schools. Below are the unofficial school levy and bond issue results as of 4:00am Wednesday, April 29th, 2020.


Edgewood Schools levy substitute – passed 

For                  1,503             56%

Against           1,202             44%


Kings School bond – failed

Against           4,012              51%

For                  3,785              49%


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“Adams County Adopt a Senior 2020” has taken Facebook by storm

/ SW Ohio

via The People’s Defender |

To say that the 2019-20 school year has been a strange one for the county’s graduating seniors would be one of the world’s biggest understatements. Along with the recent determination that schools will be closed to in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year, also came the cancellation of many of the traditions and shenanigans that come with the final weeks of being a high school senior.

This year’s seniors are left hanging, with no replacements for the moments such as that final prom or those final goodbyes to friends.

Reading High School’s class of 2020 thanks favorite teachers

/ SW Ohio

via WKRC |

At Reading High School, the annual Influential Teacher Awards are still happening; there’s just no crowd there to cheer them on.

Each year, the high school recognizes its top 10 academic students, who in turn give a speech about the teacher that most influenced them during their time at Reading.

St. Joseph delivers food, schoolwork and a familiar face

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

via Cincinnati Enquirer |

For six weeks on Mondays and Thursdays, four teams have been riding across the city and as far east as Amelia dropping off bags of food and manila envelopes of schoolwork.

More schools are choosing therapy dogs, even with an uncertain school year ahead

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via WCPO |

Currently, the Hamilton County Education Service Center and Circle Tail have placed six therapy dogs in schools, where they work as interns until the school decides to pick up the bill by hiring the dog.

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WLWT Day of Giving campaign helps Greater Cincinnati students, families knocked down by COVID-19

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via WLWT |

Channel 5 partnered with more than 20 school districts in Greater Cincinnati to give people an easy way to help students and their families who’ve been impacted by the coronavirus.

Lakota: Specials Find Special Place in Remote Learning

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At a time when art, music, technology, exercise and creativity are a daily outlet to help offset the emotional toll of quarantine, Lakota’s “specials” teams are rallying to fuel their families’ idea banks.

Just as they do in a traditional learning environment, Lakota’s daily K-6 specials – art, music, gym, health, technology and STEAM – play a critical role in developing the whole child. Besides supporting social, emotional and mental health, they provide a creative outlet through which students can oftentimes apply their academic content. 

Milford Students Sing for Children’s Hospital Video

/ arts, community, Student Voice, SW Ohio

via Milford EVSD |

Milford High School was set to perform “High School Musical Junior” as their spring play, but the COVID-19 shut down canceled the show. Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center reached out and asked our students to provide vocals for this video!

10 Milford student provided the soundtrack: Paige Riek, Andrew Richmond, Lesley Webster, Anna Verderber, Lexi Fields, Emma Stevens, Sophie Mailloux, Isabelle Rowe, Payne Ackermann, and Everett Nabors.

Loveland High School students earn national silver medals in the 2020 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards

/ arts, literacy, SW Ohio

via The Clermont Sun |

Loveland High School students Claire Beseler, Nicole Pedicini, and Sophia Stokes have earned National Silver Medals for their submissions to the 2020 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.

Forest Hills School District taking remote learning week by week

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via WLWT |

Turpin High School math teacher Lindsey Stelzer still sees her students every day. Now, though, they appear in boxes on her screen.

Calculus class is much different these days. Stelzer uses a virtual blackboard for lessons during Google hangouts and students hold up their answers.

Remembering Marching Mother Zella Mae Cumberland

/ equity, SW Ohio

via Times-Gazette |

Hillsboro resident Myra Phillips was just 6 or 7 when she marched with her mother, Zella Mae Cumberland, and other mothers and their children. Though Phillips wasn’t totally aware of it at the time, she was marching with the group that would be remembered as Hillsboro’s Lincoln School Marching Mothers.

Cumberland and other mothers were marching to end segregation in Hillsboro’s elementary schools. Though Hillsboro High School was already integrated by 1954, there were still two all-white elementary schools, Webster and Washington, and one all-black elementary, the Lincoln School.

Schools light up stadiums, neighborhoods to honor Class of 2020

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via Cincinnati Enquirer |

Many Cincinnati schools participated in a Be the Light, Ohio tribute to the Class of 2020 on Monday night, April 20. The event was already in motion before Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the closing of public school facilities for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 

At 8:20 p.m., which translates to 2020 in military time, high schools turned the lights on in their stadiums and encouraged their communities to turn on their porch lights. Depending on the school district, the lights stayed on for at least 20 minutes. Here is a collection of those moments. 

See what local school districts posted to Twitter at the link below.

Princeton: For students without home internet, this district’s school bus delivers access to learning

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via Cincinnati Enquirer |

Though families can also access WiFi from several school parking lots, the bus program is particularly important for those families who may face transportation barriers. The bus was previously used as a mobile library and remains filled with books.

Indian Hill High School senior gets $40,000 Amazon scholarship, paid internship

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via WLWT |

The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program helps high school seniors who have completed or are currently enrolled in an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or other computer related field of study.

Cintas Center is closed through July. What does that mean for high school graduations?

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via Cincinnati Enquirer |

The Cintas Center is closed through July 31, according to university spokesperson Doug Ruschman.

All on-campus events have been canceled through that date. Ruschman said the Cintas Center event crew is working with area high schools to look at potential new ceremony dates beginning Aug. 1.

Cincinnati Public to broadcast lessons on TV

/ coronavirus, remote learning, SW Ohio

via Cincinnati Public Schools and Cincinnati Enquirer |

“CPS TV” will begin at 7:30 a.m. and run throughout the day. The lessons will air on the community access channel: channel 15 for Spectrum and 803 for Cincinnati Bell, according to school board member Mike Moroski.

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Special Education at Home

via Dayton Daily News |

Dayton area school officials talk about the challenges in responding to the needs of special education students while at home. About 237,000 students in Ohio’s public school districts — about 15 percent — have been identified as having a disability, according to state data.

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Talawanda schools mourn death of Treasurer, Mike Davis

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via WLWT |

CPS Invites Students to Participate in Concerts on the Couch

/ arts, SW Ohio

via Cincinnati Public Schools and WCPO |

Music teacher Lederrick Wesley is leading the district’s new initiative, “Concerts on the Couch.” His idea is simple: Instead of inviting a large audience to one physical location to watch students perform, invite them to the hashtag #CPSConcertOnTheCouch.

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The scheduled “virtual performances” will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 16 and April 30, so clips should go up then for maximum visibility

Library Information Center Taking Calls From Across The Country

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via WVXU |

Librarians with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are still fielding calls despite facilities being closed by the pandemic.

The library’s Virtual Information Center (VIC) has responded to 4,491 calls, 748 emails, and 1,542 chats and texts since closing March 13.

What the coronavirus shutdown could mean for summer school in Butler County

/ coronavirus, SW Ohio

via Journal-News |

At this point it’s all speculation, but among the various scenarios possible could be the conversion of summer break into final semester of the current 2019-2020 school year, so that students can complete their academic requirements to move on to the next grade for the scheduled start of the 2020-2021 school year in August.

Or summer school learning may primarily be remedial instruction for students who did not progress academically via remote learning programs – or their families did not have the necessary internet access – area public and private schools are offering.

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Deer Park school distributes hundreds of laptops, but lost time and home WiFi are concerns

via Cincinnati Enquirer |

Deer Park families retrieved nearly 300 Chromebook laptops from Amity Elementary to bolster student learning during the novel coronavirus crisis.

St. Xavier student creates website for grocery delivery during pandemic

via Cincinnati Enquirer |

The site has been up for two weeks and in that time h