Benton-Carroll-Salem School District has implemented a Remote Instruction Plan beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 to continue as high quality teaching and learning as possible. This Remote Instruction plan will continue through at least Friday, May 1, 2020. Flexibility is key during this period. Be calm. Be well. Be kind.
Governor Extends School Building Closure
At his 2 PM press conference today, Governor DeWine indicated that all Ohio K-12 school buildings will be closed through Friday, May 1st. Therefore, Benton-Carroll-Salem School District buildings will be closed until May 1. All activities and events are cancelled until May 1.
That said, we don't need buildings to have high quality education. Teaching and learning remain open for business! Our Remote Instruction Plan will continue through May 1. Teachers and students will continue their work together.
Teachers will continue to be available to students/parents for assistance, including help with technology issues. We have administration and staff in our buildings during normal work hours to answer phones and help students and parents with school work.
Does the work of students during Remote Instruction Count?
Yes, the Remote Instruction school work that students are completing does count! According to HB 197, the teaching and learning taking place remotely (both online and paper based) will count, and will allow us to consider these days as “in-session” school days even though students are not reporting to a physical school building. Therefore, the district is not anticipating making up school days in the summer.
April 10 (Good Friday) and April 13 (Easter Monday) will still be holidays. We do not expect teaching and learning to be happening on these days. There will be no meal service on April 10 and April 13, but we will be sending extra food home on Thursday, April 9.
Mental Health and Well Being
These are challenging times for adults, and more so for young people. If you think your child can benefit from talking to a counselor, please do not hesitate to call your child's school on March 30 or after. I also want to remind you of the Crisis Text Line:
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.
One suggestion for our overall mental health is for us to all get outside and walk, or do some kind of physical activity (while practicing social distancing). Something as simple as a walk can do wonders for the mood and help with anxiety.
What is happening with Commencement for the Class of 2020?
Commencement is a seminal moment in the lives of young people! We may have to postpone the OHHS Commencement (May 17) due to an Ohio Department of Health Order limiting the number of people who can get together. We are considering options and alternatives if we are forced to postpone Commencement. We will strive to have a traditional, face to face Commencement. We believe our Class of 2020 deserves to have this memory and recognition! Stay tuned.
The latest news and information will be sent via emails and will be posted to the front page of the district website, www.bcssd.com. You can also follow the Superintendent on Twitter: @BCS_Supt
Be Calm. Be Well. Be Kind.