Swanton schools closing for a month starting Friday


Students will transition to online learning

On the heels of Governor Mike DeWine’s school closing, it was announced that Swanton Local Schools will be closed beginning Friday and until April 14. There will be no school for students on Friday, March 13 or Monday, March 16.

Teaching staff will report to their respective buildings on Friday, Monday and Tuesday in order to prepare for the transition to online learning.

Online instruction will take place through April 3 at which point the district’s previously scheduled spring break will begin.

High school and middle school students will be able to enter those buildings on Friday, Monday and Tuesday in order to retrieve any materials that they may need to learn from home.

Parents of elementary students will be able to pick up a Chromebook and other materials for their students from 1-3 p.m. on Monday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

The district will be suspending all clubs, sports, recreation sports, other activities and facilities will be closed to all groups from March 16 through April 4.

The district food service director is working on plans to be able to continue to provide breakfast and lunch for anyone ages 0 to 18 years of age.

“We have a lot of details to work out but our initial plan will be to take meals to drop off locations around our community so that students can easily pick them up,” said Superintendent Chris Lake. “This will begin with breakfast Monday morning. We will inform the community of the drop off locations by this weekend.

“This is truly an unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in today. Our goal is to be as flexible as possible to try and continue to provide educational services to our students. We understand that not all students have access to the internet and our staff will work to make accommodations for those kids. We ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters.”

Parents can still email teachers and reach out to district administration with questions. The district will send more updates as they are available.

“We will get through this together. I hope you all stay safe and healthy and I cannot wait to see all of our students return to school on April 14,” said Lake.

Evergreen schools

At this time, Evergreen Local Schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, according to a letter from Superintendent Eric Smola. There will not be online instruction during that time.

“Every school district in the state of Ohio is handling this directive differently. Because I believe it is in the best interest of our students, I am implementing adding our district make-up days when both teachers and students can come back together as usual and continue normal instruction,” Smola said. “In case of a high number of unexpected school closures, adding make-up days at the end of our school calendar has always been our protocol. These make-up days were already included on the district calendar.”

During the three-week shutdown, students will not receive assignments or homework. If the shut down is extended by Governor DeWine, then at-home instruction will be implemented beginning April 6.

Evergreen’s scheduled spring break is March 16-20. After that students will remain out until at least April 6.

Make-up days will be added to the calendar.

May 21 will now be a full day of school, no longer dismissing one-hour early. Students will be in session on May 22, 26, 27, 28, and 29.

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Students will transition to online learning