Update April 2, 2020
Dear Students, Parents, and Community:
At his daily briefing on Monday, March 30, Governor DeWine announced the mandate that all K-12 school buildings will
continue to stay closed through Friday, May 1st.
As a result of Monday’s mandate from Governor DeWine, the Continental Local School District will take the following
● School buildings will be closed for students and public through Friday, May 1st at 3:00 pm
● All student-related activities through this time frame are suspended. This includes all field trips, athletic
practices, academic, extra-curricular and athletic events.
● All use of school facilities by students and the public will be prohibited in that time frame. This includes
gymnasiums, weight rooms, indoor batting cages, baseball and softball diamonds, and public walking in our
We want to express our appreciation to you, the parents, students, staff and community for all your cooperation and assistance
during this unprecedented time. Obviously, this situation is proving to be a trying time for all of us. Everything you have done to
continue to learn, to teach, to guide, to stay safe and healthy during this crisis has been remarkable and appreciated.
With the extension to May 1st for school buildings to be closed, we continue our efforts to be the very best for your
son/daughter. Based on what we have experienced with the distance learning format and what we consider our needs to be
after two-plus weeks, we are adjusting our focus for next week (April 6-10). Students will not be receiving any new materials for
homework, assessments, etc. Instead, the first week of this extended mandated school closure (April 6-10) will be spent
allowing our staff to concentrate on the following:
● Virtual Professional Development: In collaboration with curriculum personnel at the ESC, staff members will hold
scheduled virtual conferencing meetings with fellow county educators in their subject area/grade level. These sessions
will focus on best distance learning practices and sharing of ideas on how to best deliver learning, create assessments,
etc. The hope here is that staff will exchange good ideas and subsequently utilize the shared knowledge to serve your
● Playing Catch-up: Staff members will be focusing their academic efforts on contacting students who are missing
expected work from the first two-plus weeks of the distance learning format. Parents of students with missing work are
strongly encouraged to respond to the staff’s attempts to reach you and/or your son/daughter. As part of these
communications, staff members will set time submission of the missing work.
Specifics you may need to know from your elementary or high school principal
● On Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 from 12pm – 6pm parents can pick up supplies.
○ Chromebooks will be available for K-2 students and students who did not take one the last time.
○ Packets can be picked up for preschool – grade 2 and students who do not have the internet.
○ Materials will be on tables in the foyer outside of the elementary office. Teachers will not be present and
students will not be permitted in the classrooms.
○ Completed packets can be dropped off. Parents can also use the Notes App on their phones to scan or take
pictures of completed packets and send them to teachers. This would eliminate the need to turn in packets.
○ Students who are doing online work and already have their Chromebooks do not have to pick up any supplies.
○ We are recommending that students return their library books.
● Teachers are supplying three weeks worth of paper/pencil lessons for students who are unable to complete online
work. Students who are using online materials will receive their lessons each week starting April 14.
● The next phase of working on packets and/or distance learning will begin on Tuesday, April 14.
● Students who are doing their work online need to complete their assignments on time. Grades will be entered into the
gradebook and work will appear as missing if it is not completed. The second set of packets will be collected in May
and will be graded.
● Students will receive letter grades for the 4th quarter. Students who choose not to do work will receive a failing grade.
● Teachers are always available during the day to provide support through Class DoJo, Google Classroom, and email.
Parents can also call the elementary building and leave a message. Messages are checked on a daily basis.
● Students need to check their Google Classroom daily, especially grades 3-6.
● Spring pictures have not arrived.
● The next phase of distance learning will begin on Tuesday, April 14th.
● New lessons and assignments will be posted by 9am on Monday each week for the next three weeks. All assignments
for that week are due on Sunday night. Anything not turned in by Sunday night will be considered late and your grade
will be reduced by up to 50%.
○ Assignments that are not submitted by the due date will appear as “missing” in ProgressBook. You can still
turn in the assignment and receive at least half credit, even if it is past the Sunday deadline.
● We will continue to use the CHS grading scale and use letter grades for your 4th quarter grades.
○ Students that do not give effort and do not participate in distance learning will receive a failing grade for the 4th
quarter (and risk loss of credit (HS) or retention (JH).
○ REMINDER: 4th quarter grades will determine athletic eligibility for soccer & volleyball for next year!!!
● Teachers will be establishing “virtual office hours” for you to meet with them in a virtual setting to help support the
materials they are providing online. Watch your email and the website for further details on the days/times.
● Students are asked to check their grades and their email daily and communicate regularly with teachers.
● The School Musical and Prom have been postponed (not cancelled) until a time it is safe to hold for our students. The
spring sports season is also on hold until the Governor and/or the OHSAA make a final decision.
● Students without internet access can drop off packets from the first three weeks and pick up packets for the next three
weeks from the HS Office on Tuesday, April 7th from 10am-4pm.
To stay up-to-date with student quarter grades, parents are encouraged to continue checking ProgressBook
(https://parentaccess.noacsc.org). We will continue to also utilize our text alert system to provide you with necessary updates
and information. If you are not already utilizing our text alert system, you can subscribe here: http://ohioalerts.org/Continental
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Continental Local Schools appreciate your efforts and commitment to your child’s education. To help you stay informed,
please use our website: www.continentalpirates.org. You can also get the latest updates on COVID-19 at
coronavirus.ohio.gov which is updated daily at 2 pm by the Ohio Department of Health as well as hear Ohio Governor Mike
DeWine on Facebook, PBS, and the Ohio Channel every day at 2 pm.
● No new work from April 6th through 10th. Virtual school resumes on April 14th.
● Teachers will be reaching out to students who are struggling with the first 3 weeks of work to get that
completed by the 9th of April.
● Drop off of old completed material and pick up of new materials will be April 7 & 8 at the Drop off of old completed material and pick up of new materials will be April 7 & 8 at the elementary and April 7 at the high school. See above for specific directions.
Yours in Education,
Danny F. Kissell