What You Need To Know: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

  • K-4 Optional Chromebook/Hard Copy Workbook Drive-Through Pick Up Reminder

    UPDATE - K-4 Chromebook-Workbook Pick Up - Last Names A-L 4/1 and M-Z 4/2

    Reminder to Complete the Request Form for the April 1 & 2 Pick Ups at Lewis-Parkside-Roxbury

     

    GETTING READY FOR AT-HOME LEARNING STARTING APRIL 6 

    Solon High School - Continued At-Home Learning Starting April 6

    Solon Middle School - Continued At-Home Learning Starting April 6

    Orchard - Getting Ready for At-Home Learning April 6

    Lewis Elementary - Getting Ready for At-Home Learning April 6

    Lewis Pick-Up Map April 1-2

    Parkside Elementary - Getting Ready for At-Home Learning April 6

    Parkside Pick-Up Map April 1-2

    Roxbury Elementary - Getting Ready for At-Home Learning April 6

    Roxbury Pick-Up Map April 1-2

     

    NEXT PHASE OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN: CONTINUING AT-HOME LEARNING AFTER APRIL 6 - MARCH 23 UPDATE

    We hope this message finds you well. In ordinary times we would not contact you with important educational information over spring break. But these are far from ordinary times.

    Over the past week, our administrative, curriculum and technology leadership teams have been meeting virtually to lay out the next phase of our at-home instructional plan for Solon students. While we do not have any official notification, it has become clear in recent days that Ohio school closures will likely continue far past the original April 6 end date.

    The information you will receive in the next few days will lay out how your child will continue learning virtually at home beginning April 6 in ways that are meaningful and engaging, not just keeping them busy. This is an important distinction as we honor both our district mission and the Governor’s request to keep learning in place.

    At the same time, we understand and empathize that families are under stress and dealing with circumstances beyond imagination just weeks ago. We know the Governor’s stay-at-home order further heightens these challenges. We are doing everything we can here to foster the necessary partnership with you in furthering your child’s education.

    There will undoubtedly be some bumps along the way, but your child’s teachers, counselors, building principals and our other support team members will be here working with your students every day we are in session at home. Education is an essential state service and we take that responsibility seriously.  

    What you can expect

    March 23-27

    This is spring break and there are no additional instructional expectations for students.

    Be on the lookout for a school-specific information sheet that details the changes you and your child will see for their learning starting April 6. These detailed plans will include such information as new daily teacher office hours, what your child needs to do to access lessons and what your child can do to receive help or have questions answered.

    March 30-April 3

    For next week, March 30-April 3, your student will follow the learning opportunities and assigned work as outlined at the beginning of the mandated school closure. (Google Classroom/teacher websites for grades 5-12 and teacher websites/packets/emailed lessons for grades PreK-4.)

    Our teachers will continue their work adjusting instruction to be flexible and deliverable through a virtual platform. Your child’s teachers will be available through email and Google Classroom to answer questions with a 24-hour turnaround time. As a reminder, all Solon staff emails are FIRSTNAMELASTNAME@solonboe.org.

    Beginning April 6

    As we enter phase 2 of education at home, our district K-12 instructional platform will shift entirely to Google Classroom. Prior to April 6, students will receive any information necessary to log in and begin learning in their Google Classrooms, if their teachers have not yet used a Google Classroom this year. Google Classroom was selected for ease of student access and flexibility for virtual instruction with opportunities for teacher feedback to students on their work.

    For our older students already using Google Classroom, their experience will look similar.

    Daily instruction will include video lessons to create a stronger connection with students and better foster student learning over a digital platform.

    Assessment of student learning will also continue using electronic assessments students already know. For those students not yet using electronic assessments, their teachers will provide explicit help and practice. All assessments will have a 24-hour completion window providing students and families with flexibility as we know family schedules are altered.

    There are still many questions to be resolved regarding issues such as future scheduled events and return to school. As that information becomes available and decisions are made based on guidance from the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health, we will communicate with you right away.

    FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION INFORMATION - MARCH 22 UPDATE

    We know the COVID-19 social distancing measures enacted by the Governor and Ohio Department of Health are creating financial hardships for many of our families.

    Our Nutrition & Food Services team will continue providing daily Grab and Go lunches for students in need each scheduled school day. There is no lunch service this week (March 23-27) while “spring break” continues. Grab and Go lunches resume on March 30.  

    If your family circumstances have changed recently, please consider filling out a Free & Reduced Lunch application. This application can be completed at any time.

    FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION

    STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPLETE THE FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION

    INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOLON SCHOOLS GRAB & GO LUNCH

    If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Lynne Hutchison, director of Food & Nutrition Services, at lynnehutchison@solonschools.org.

     

    STUDENT CHROMEBOOK REPAIR/EXCHANGE - UPDATE FOR MARCH 18, 2020

    Today is the first day of at-home learning for our students. As this rapidly changing situation unfolds, we will continue to provide updates and adjustments to our instructional plans for your child’s continued learning opportunities at home.

    If your child’s Solon Schools-issued Chromebook is in need of repair during this time, it can be dropped off at Arthur Road School and exchanged for another device. Please use the main entrance to the building on the north side of the school (up the stairs and facing Orchard Middle School). The doors are locked, but please use the buzzer and a member of our technology team will let you in to exchange the device. Please use the following Google Form to log your child’s name, grade, Solon student ID number and the problem with the Chromebook. Please also tape this information to the device.

    Chromebook Exchange Form: https://forms.gle/gVALui2qnjbKBvw66

    Chromebook repair exchange will be available during the times scheduled below:

    Week of 03/18 – Wednesday and Friday – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Week of 03/30 – Monday and Thursday – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

     

    When submitting a student Chromebook for repair, the following information must be provided:

    Student name and grade:

    Solon student ID for verification:

    The problem with the Chromebook:                         

    At the time of the drop off, a loaner Chromebook will be issued if all of the above information is provided. The contract concerning your child’s original school-issued Chromebook still remains in force during this time as well.

    Thank you for your cooperation as we implement plans to be sure students have the tools they need to support their learning at home.

     

    MESSAGE FROM THE SOLON BOARD OF EDUCATION - MARCH 16, 2020

    Never before have the careful words of our Solon Schools mission and core beliefs been more relevant.

    Most often, you hear us reference our commitment to “Every child every day.” But in these exceptional times, we will lean into the backbone of that mission: our collaborative partnership among our families, students, staff and community.

    As we always do, our Solon Schools team is taking a measured and systemic approach. At all levels we are engaged in incremental decision-making to meet the most-immediate needs of our students today while keeping an eye toward the bigger picture that lays ahead as this situation unfolds. 

    Throughout this crisis, we have been in constant consultation with local, state and federal public health authorities and elected officials to ensure our decisions are rooted in the best information and data available.

    All around us, daily life is changing. We are in uncharted waters and everyone is doing their very best to anticipate the next steps in a constantly evolving situation. We don’t have all the answers yet, but our school community is doing everything possible to make this a smooth transition. Closing a school district and continuing the learning for all students at home is beyond difficult. It is complicated and requires a patient and tolerant response from our families and community, who are partners in this effort. The sheer magnitude of this process and the yet-unknown challenges we will need to tackle in the weeks and months ahead will certainly create temporary inconveniences and disappointments for us all. 

    During this unprecedented event, it is our feeling that centralized communication is the best way to avoid confusion, therefore, all questions and concerns are being forwarded to our Superintendent Pro Tempore, Fred Bolden, who is handling district-wide responses. Rest assured, the Board has worked in close partnership with the administration throughout this very difficult time and will continue to do so.

    As members of the Solon Board of Education, we fully support all of our administrators, teachers and support staff. We greatly appreciate the considerable time and energy they are devoting to this ever-changing situation to ensure our students’ education continues. Notably, our key administrative leaders, Fred Bolden, Debbie Siegel and Tim Pickana, have demonstrated focused and clear leadership, using a collaborative approach to develop a blueprint to deliver the essence of our proven educational program in a way we never imagined. In addition, we would like to recognize Tammy Strom for her unfailing support and superb crisis management skills. 

    Together as a community, it is time to band together and adhere to the recommendations to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes supporting one another to provide a sense of security and help manage the stress of this major change.

    Solon Board of Education

    Julie Glavin, President

    John Heckman, Vice President

    Leanne Jones

    Kevin Patton

    Marilyn Thomas

     

    UPDATE FOR MARCH 15:

    SOLON SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED ON MONDAY, 3/16.

    SOLON HIGH SCHOOL - COVID-19 UPDATE for 3-15-20

    SOLON MIDDLE SCHOOL - COVID-19 UPDATE for FAMILIES and STUDENTS 3-15-20

    ORCHARD MIDDLE SCHOOL - COVID-19 UPDATE FOR STUDENTS and FAMILIES 3-15-20

    LEWIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - COVID-19 UPDATE for FAMILIES 3-15-20

    PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - COVID-19 UPDATE for FAMILIES 3-15-20

    ROXBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - COVID-19 UPDATE for FAMILIES 3-15-20

    SOLON PRESCHOOL - COVID-19 UPDATE for FAMILIES 3-15-20

     

    At-Home Learning Opportunities Message to Families - March 13

    These are certainly unchartered times. The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is creating challenges and disruption for all families. Our entire Solon Schools team is working as quickly as possible to implement our plans for continued learning during this unexpected and mandated school closure. Our buildings will be closed but student learning will continue.

    At every level, our administrative team, curriculum leads and classroom teachers have been creating lessons and resources for student learning opportunities at home. This is a fluid situation and we will build on and alter our plans as this situation unfolds.

    Our Solon spring break will go on for students as scheduled from March 20-27. At home learning opportunities will be available for students on March 18-19 and again March 30 to April 3.

    Additionally, the district’s Nutrition & Food Services Department is planning for the continuation of the National School Lunch Program to ensure there is no interruption of meal service to students who need it. Details on the meal service will be communicated to families on Monday.

    While the buildings are closed, our custodial team will be sanitizing and disinfecting every building to be ready for when students return.

    Monday, March 16, is a regular school day and the end of 3rd quarter for all Solon Schools.

    FOR EACH SCHOOL:

    Solon High School students need to take home their Chromebooks and chargers as well as all books and educational materials they need for every class. SHS students will continue to see assignments, lessons and class information from their teachers in Google Classroom. If students have questions about any material, they should email their teachers or use the method of communication teachers requested students use to connect with them during this time away from the building. For our students with disabilities, their interventionists and related service personnel will provide them with learning opportunities through email to complete at home that are aligned to their goals.

    Our technology team will provide support for students who experience issues with their Chromebooks during office hours at the Arthur Road School building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 18, 20, 30 and April 2.                   

    ALL clubs, activities and athletics are SUSPENDED.  

    Solon Middle School students need to take home their Chromebooks, chargers, books and any other materials they will need for all of their classes. SMS students will follow the mini-lessons and complete the practice posted in each of their teachers’ Google classrooms. Students should log into their teachers’ classrooms each day March 18, 19, 30 and 31 and April 1-3. For our students with disabilities, their interventionists and related service personnel will provide them with learning opportunities through email to complete at home that are aligned to their goals.

    If students have questions or need help, they should email their teachers.

    Our technology team will provide support for students who experience issues with their Chromebooks during office hours at the Arthur Road School building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 18, 20, 30 and April 2.       

    Orchard Middle School students need to take home all educational materials they will need for all of their classes. Orchard students will access online learning at home just as they do currently for homework. Students will log into their teachers’ Google classrooms for literacy, math, science and social studies each day on March 18, 19, 30 and 31 and April 1-3. For our students with disabilities, their interventionists and related service personnel will provide them with learning opportunities through email to complete at home that are aligned to their goals.

    In literacy, students should read an independent reading book for at least 30 minutes per day as well as complete the writing prompt teachers will provide with their Google Classroom.

    For specials classes, Orchard students should visit their teachers’ Google Classrooms or the Orchard website once each week

    If students have questions or need help, they should email their teachers.       

    For Lewis, Parkside and Roxbury students, learning opportunities will posted online through teacher websites at www.solonschools.org

    Each student should read for 20 minutes each day. For writing, students will follow a posted prompt each day from their teacher’s website.

    For our students with disabilities, their interventionists and related service personnel will provide them with learning opportunities through email to complete at home that are aligned to their goals.

    If your child has questions or needs help, please email their classroom teacher. Teachers will correspond with families in response to messages each day school is “in session” during the closure. 

    At Solon Preschool, teachers will be emailing parents with a packet of learning materials connected to what students would be working on if they were here at school.

    The Preschool teachers will also send home a weekly newsletter with ideas for parents aligned with the learning targets, concepts and skills students would have been covering in the classroom.  

    If you have questions, please connect with your child’s teacher through email.                      

     

    DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS & UPDATES:

    Governor Announces Mandatory School Closures March 17-April 3

    District Program & Event Cancellations & Postponements March 11-19

    Message to Solon Schools Families - Coronavirus Update 3-10-20

    Message to Solon Schools Families - Two Students in Self Quarantine 3-9-20 

    Universal Precautions - Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus 3-3-20

    INFORMATION LINKS:

    Stop the Spread of Germs - Respiratory Diseases

    Stop the Spread of Germs - Wash Your Hands

    Talking to Your Child about the Coronavirus

    Managing Fears & Anxiety of the Coronavirus