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Spartan Family:                                                                       July 23, 2020

Thank you for your patience as we work to create plans for the return to school. We have been in weekly meetings with administrators, teachers, and the Mahoning County Board of Health to guide us through this process.  Please understand that the information we are sharing is based on our current situation in Mahoning County. COVID-19 presents unique challenges that will undoubtedly require everyone to be flexible and to modify our plan as guidelines change at the local, state, and federal level.  

Based on family feedback, we are planning two learning options: an every day in-person model, as well as a remote learn-from-home option. While many details are still being finalized, our Board has decided to require students and staff to wear face coverings and follow social-distancing guidelines where practical. We recognize that there are some students who are unable to wear a face mask. These exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Each building will be working on detailed plans to meet health and safety guidelines. These details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

The start of the school year for students will be delayed by two weeks The first day of school will now be Monday, September 14. Our staff will begin in August, as planned, to allow us to make necessary building-specific changes and curriculum adjustments. This will include professional development for both of these models: in-person and remote instruction.

Parents may choose whether each of their Boardman students participates in-person or via remote-learning. This is a decision that families must make based on their individual circumstances. We know these decisions are not easy.  Please keep in mind that students in grades 7-12 who are learning via the remote option will still be able to participate in extracurricular activities (activities that meet after school and participants do not receive a grade - athletics, clubs, Quiz Bowl, drama, etc). 

It is also important to understand that plans will be made to address the individual needs of our students on IEPs. Once your family has made the in-person or remote-learning decision, we will work with you on an individual family basis to meet the needs of each child. 

Next Step for Parents:  

It is imperative that families opting for remote-learning fill out and return the Remote-Learning Registration form by Friday, August 7. Expectations and guidelines for the remote-learning option are included in the application form.

In an effort to make sure every parent receives a form, we are mailing them to all of our families. However, the form is also easily accessible on our website. The remote-learning option is a nine week commitment. 




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