Dear Spartan Families, June 4, 2020
This week, (June 2) Governor DeWine announced that he has every intention to allow Ohio’s K-12 school buildings to open in the Fall. There will be general guidelines for health and safety, but the Governor says much will be left up to individual school districts to meet educational needs in the safest ways possible.
Right now, we are reviewing results of our recent parent survey on remote learning, as well as assembling administrative teams to work on exactly what school will look like in the Boardman Schools come August 31st (our first day of class). We expect more detailed guidelines from the Governor in the next few weeks that will help us to craft the best plans for Boardman. Look for an update in early July.
Although there is still some uncertainty to the exact details of the start to next year, there is one change that impacts Boardman Glenwood Junior High that will be implemented in the Fall. This change will impact Glenwood’s class schedule, start and end times, and busing. These modifications are the result of months of planning and parent input before the pandemic.
Start and end times at BGJHS will move up approximately one hour earlier. We are predicting that doors will open at 7:20 a.m. for students with homeroom starting at 7:30 a.m. Dismissal will be moved up to 2:45 p.m. This change will align Glenwood with the high school schedule and students will be bused together in grades 7-12.
These changes produce many benefits:
Significantly increases instructional time for math and language arts
Transitions 7/8th grade students for a successful high school experience
Solves the parental concern of active students getting home too late after activities and then having to balance homework and family responsibilities
Reduces the cost and increases the time efficiency of transportation, allowing the District to move to a 2-Tier busing system which produces an estimated cost savings of over $100,000
While this new schedule at BGJHS produces many positive outcomes for students and families, we realize it may introduce time conflicts for others. We apologize for any inconvenience but we cannot afford to pass on the opportunity to strengthen instruction, lower district spending, and increase efficiency as all Ohio schools are being challenged to do more with less.