June 30, 2020
Hello Cloverleaf Families!
I thought it would be a good time to give you an update about our planning for next year. As you know, we created a 53-member Cloverleaf Task Force to study and create a method for the reopening of our schools for the 2020-21 school year. To date, the Task Force has met three evenings.
The first job of the Task Force was to gain parent perspectives about the re-start of school. To that end a survey was created and advertised to our parents through the district’s all-call and email system. Through consideration of the 1,216 responses received, we learned a great deal about the perspectives of our parents. First and foremost, we learned that 87.3% of our parents would send their children to physical school buildings where employees are required to wear masks, students are given the option to wear masks, and the district were to create a comprehensive social distance plan. We created those parameters in anticipation of similar parameters being released by the state in the future. Another significant finding was that 35.6% of our parents would have their ability to work affected by a schedule in which students were educated at home on certain days of the week. This number was over 50% for our elementary parents.
In consideration of the perspectives of our Cloverleaf families, the Task Force determined that it should be the goal of Cloverleaf Local Schools to house 100% of our students in PK-12 every day for those parents who choose to send their children to the physical school. Of course, with social distance requirements, this means we do not currently have enough square footage of educational space to make this happen. Our School building social distance implication team is researching possibilities to add educational spaces to our plan, including portable classrooms.
For those parents who are not comfortable sending their children to a physical building, we are planning a virtual solution as well so all students can receive a Cloverleaf education.
As of the writing of this email, the state has yet to release its school re-opening guidance document (likely release will be July 2nd). The Cloverleaf Task Force is committed to considering the guidance of the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health to create the safest possible learning environment for our students.
As a result of the work of the Task Force, eight sub-committees were established to study specific areas where focused work is needed. Those eight areas include:
1. School building social distance implications/strategies/procedures/capacities
2. Transportation options
3. Building and grounds cleanliness/sanitization
4. Student/staff mental health considerations.
5. Student/staff health medical considerations- including legalities
6. Students with disabilities accommodations and compliance
7. Specials (art/music/PE/library/playground feasibility)
8. Sports/extra-curricular activity options
We are still in the midst of our work and have a lot of “heavy lifting” yet to do with regard to our re-opening. That being said, one significant change is that a recommendation will be forthcoming to the Cloverleaf Board of Education to delay the start of school to Tuesday, September 8th! The reason is that the associated planning of schedules, transportation, infra-structure, and staff development for a newly created schedule is going to make it impossible to start school in August.
I know this is a lot of information, but I want to keep you informed. The next big area of study is going to be to create school schedules within the confines of transportation requirements and social distance guidelines. There are still some major unanswered questions at the state and local level that we will need answered prior to beginning this work. I will provide more updates as the work of the Task Force progresses.
Daryl Kubilus Jr.
Cloverleaf Local Schools
Task force continues its work
June 18, 2020
Hello, Cloverleaf Community!
Given the uncertainties of next school year, I think it best to provide periodic updates regarding our district’s planning for next school year.
As I mentioned in my Cloverleaf all-call to parents last week, we have assembled a task force of multiple Cloverleaf constituencies to consider the re-start of school for the 2020-21 year. The first meeting of the 53-member task force was held on June 4. In that first meeting we discussed some of the assumptions we needed to make to guide our work as well as the questions we need to answer in order to have the necessary background information to make informed decisions about school in the fall.
Included in the discussion was a need to gauge some of the perceptions of our parents. That was in the form of a survey that was administered this past Tuesday through Sunday. I am happy to report that we had 1,217 parents respond to the survey.
The task force worked to identify 10 work groups (nine to begin now, one to begin later) to begin the background work that will lead to us developing a district-wide schedule. Those work groups include:
1. School Building Social Distance Implications/Strategies/Procedures/Capacities
2. Transportation Options
3. Student/Staff Mental Health Considerations
4. Food Service Options
5. Sports/Extra-Curricular Activities
6. Building and Grounds Cleanliness/Sanitization
7. Student/Staff Health Medical Considerations- Including Legalities
8. Students with Disabilities Accommodations and Compliance
9. Specials Classes (Art/Music/PE, etc.)
10. Schedule Options (final group to begin meeting after the first nine complete their work)
The next meeting of the task force will consist of reviewing survey results as well as reporting out on the work of the first nine work groups. I am hopeful the state will release the final version of its “guidance” document shortly, as that document will have implications for our work.
I will continue to keep you informed as to our progress.
Daryl Kubilus Jr.
Cloverleaf Local Schools