It’s February and the second semester is in full swing for our students. There is a lot going on around the district and I hope this update helps to keep you current on what is happening.
First, February will bring the first round of the vaccination of our staff for the coronavirus. We are working closely with the Portage County Health Department to carry this out and you will not see any disruptions to the student day for round one. Round two will occur on Thursday March 18th, 2021. You will not see any disruptions to the school day that day, but we will have a remote day on Friday March 19th, 2021. We have had many talks with our county health department and when the majority of reactions are occuring, is after the second vaccination. In order to be proactive, and not be short on substitutes, we are making Friday March 19th a remote day. Students will not be in the building that day and instead will have all their classes and assignments online that day. We wanted to get this message out sooner than later so you can plan accordingly.
The school calendar for the 2021-2022 school year was approved by the Board of Education in February. It is now posted on our website for easy access and use. A few things you will notice is the district will no longer have early release days next year once a month like has happened in the past. In addition, we will move to a full week for spring break next year instead of a long weekend. We hope by getting this calendar out early, it will help with planning for next year for your family.
Many of you have probably heard that Governor DeWine would like a plan in place by April 1st for each district on how they will intervene with students who are behind due to the pandemic and lost school days. In Windham, we will start with after school tutoring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays this spring. This will occur both at the JH/HS and KT. The teachers and principals are currently working on which students to target based on grades and assessment results. More information will be coming to families soon. In addition, we will be offering a summer school program for students in K-12 to help those students who are struggling. More details and specific dates will be released later this spring. We will run the summer school program from 9-noon when it occurs. If after all this support we still have students struggling, we will once again offer after school tutoring next school year. Please continue to talk with your child’s teachers and share what you are seeing and hearing at home. We are a team and must work together to make your child successful!
February has been a bitter cold month so far. Hopefully, there is warm weather and sunshine on the horizon. Continue to mask up and social distance and most importantly, stay safe! Go Bombers!