Extended Closure

All Mariemont City Schools Buildings and facilities are closed. See the Coronavirus Updates webpage for details.

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Mariemont City Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

March 30 (4:30 p.m.) Update (see all district updates below)

Mariemont City Schools Community,

In his daily press briefing this afternoon, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement extending the closure of all of Ohio’s public, community and private K-12 school buildings through May 1, 2020, due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

We know that this extended closure is not ideal for anyone, but the Mariemont City School District remains committed to maintaining the continuity of services the best we can during this difficult time. We began our Remote Learning Program today and all student services, including mental health and counseling services, lunch delivery and nursing support, are ongoing as requested. 

All students are required to participate in the Remote Learning Program, which can be accessed here. The Remote Learning Program is a substitute for school-based instruction and therefore, participation in learning activities is required and will be utilized for attendance and assessment. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher – all staff members can be reached via email during normal working hours and are available for virtual conferences upon request.

To clarify any confusion regarding report cards and recent legislation passed by the Ohio state legislature on March 24 – student report cards will continue at the end of each grading period. The state has eliminated the yearly report cards it assigns to districts and individual schools (which you can read more about here.) The elimination of state district/school report cards will not impact the students, their grades or the quarterly report cards.

As a reminder, the Mariemont City Schools’ third quarter grading period has been extended through Thursday, April 9, and student report cards will be issued on Friday, April 17. 

It is important to note that with the closure of all district buildings, all extra-curricular, athletics and community events in our buildings will be cancelled through May 1. We will await further guidance from the Ohio High School Athletics Association (OHSAA) regarding specific plans for what may remain of the spring season.

Please know that Mariemont City Schools is committed to making sure all students and families have what they need during the extended school closure. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please visit www.mariemontschools.org/INeedHelp

As always be sure to check the Coronavirus Updates webpage of the district website for the latest information. There you will find an updated FAQ document as well as helpful links and resources. Should you have additional questions, you can email [email protected] or submit them through the Coronavirus Updates webpage. 

Sincerely,

Steven Estepp
Mariemont City Schools Superintendent


 

March 30 (1:00 p.m.) Update (see all district updates below) 

On March 13 we communicated about a staff member at Mariemont Elementary School who had been tested for COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution after showing flu-like symptoms. The test results were finally delivered on March 30 and the staff member tested NEGATIVE for Coronavirus.

Mariemont City School District Coronavirus FAQs

How long will Mariemont City School District Buildings be closed?
The Mariemont City School District buildings are currently scheduled to be closed through Friday, May 1. The Remote Learning Program was launched on Monday, March 30.

We are monitoring communication being provided from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Hamilton County Public Health Department (HCPH). We will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts and government officials to determine if classes will be able to resume on May 4.

Why have schools in the state of Ohio closed?
While COVID-19 has not, by and large, had a significant impact on youth, that is not the case for our senior population. Even though children are not as severely affected by COVID-19, they are still able to carry and transmit the virus. As children leave school and return home, they meet with parents, grandparents and other friends and family members who may be much more susceptible to COVID-19. 

Social distancing is an effective means of preventing spread of COVID-19, which school closure accomplishes. The Governor’s order to close schools was implemented because, while we are early in the outbreak in Ohio, it is imperative that we get in front of this situation as quickly and effectively as possible to reduce transmission as much as possible and subsequently, save lives. 

In addition, keeping transmission of cases lowered while reducing the velocity of the spread will enable our healthcare system to keep up with an increasing number of cases.

Will instruction continue during the closure?
Mariemont City Schools implemented a Remote Learning Program on Monday, March 30.

You can access the Remote Learning Program at our Coronavirus Updates webpage. This webpage will serve as the hub for all students to access their assignments during the building closure. Students can click on their grade level link to access their assignments.

The Remote Learning Program is a substitute for school-based instruction and therefore participation in learning activities is required and will be utilized for attendance and assessment.

What if I (or someone I know) need(s) assistance with breakfast and/or lunch for my child(ren) during the school closure?
Mariemont City Schools is working hard to ensure that all students in the district 18 years of age and under, regardless of their situation, have food to eat during the extended school closure. Lunches are being delivered Monday-Friday to those who request assistance. If you would like to arrange for delivery lunches for your chlid(ren), please complete the Extended Closure Lunch form and someone from the district will be in contact with you.

What if my child(ren) needs counseling/mental health services during the school closure?
Contact the district’s Director of Student Services Tricia Buchert ([email protected]) to discuss options and arrange assistance.

Will the third quarter still end on Friday, March 20?
No. The third quarter grading period will be extended until Thursday, April 9. Report cards for all students will be issued on Friday, April 17.

Will senior traditions like prom, the post-secondary celebration and graduation be impacted by the extended school closure?
The district is committed to doing its very best to make sure our seniors get to experience so many of the senior traditions that we know are very important.

We are already in communication with venues and providers about the possible need for alternate dates and will continue to do so as the future for us becomes clearer in the coming weeks. Please know how important we know these traditions are to our seniors and their families and accept our commitment to do all that we can to make them happen in some way. We will keep you informed as soon as we know anything more about these important events and how they may be impacted.

How will the extended closure affect AP classes and testing?
The College Board is in the process of creating a new testing option for AP tests. Currently, they are providing free remote learning resources and developing a new at-home testing option. At this time, we know that traditional face-to-face exam administration will not take place and that there will be two different testing dates for each AP subject to accommodate students who would rather take the test sooner as opposed to later while the content is still fresh and students who will want more time to practice. 

We expect to hear more from the College Board regarding the full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP exam and additional testing details on April 3.

For the 2019-20 exam only, students will be able to take a 45-minute online exam at home that can be used on any device or with a photo of a handwritten test. AP curricula will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

For more information, visit the AP Central website here.
 
Are Mariemont City School District buildings and facilities open during the extended school closure?
No. All Mariemont City School District buildings and facilities are closed at this time and staff is working remotely. Phone lines are being monitored. Staff members can be contacted via email. Questions about the closure and/or the Coronavirus impact on the school district should be emailed to [email protected]
 
Will school events and travel be cancelled?
All school events/activities and travel are cancelled at this time through May 1.
 
Are athletic practices and contests cancelled? 
Yes. The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSSA) has suspended all athletic activities through May 1.  This includes practices, scrimmages and games as a school team, instruction by our coaching staff and the use of school facilities. 

The OHSAA has also ruled that spring athletes are not permitted to participate with club or rec teams for tryouts, conditioning or practice.  Athletes also may not participate in “Coronavirus popup leagues.” The purpose of this ruling is for all teams to have a level playing field.
 
As of now, the OHSAA will allow practices to resume May 2.

How will Mariemont City Schools be keeping families, staff, and students informed regarding Coronavirus?
Mariemont City Schools has created a Coronavirus webpage on the district website to relay accurate and timely information from the CDC, ODH and HCPH as it relates to our district. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, the webpage will be monitored and updated as new information is available.

The district also will send emails to all parents, guardians and staff if the need arises.

What is Mariemont City Schools doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other common flu strands?
Custodial staff will be doing a deep clean of all buildings during the school closure. This deep cleaning will include classrooms, bathrooms, the lunchroom, common spaces, door handles, emergency bar on doors, etc.
 
How is Mariemont City Schools ensuring busses are clean?
Our Department of Transportation has added additional disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to all busses as an added precaution to provide safe travel to and from school. Additionally, the inside of each bus is being cleaned on a frequent basis.
 
How will the AAA driving school classes planned at Mariemont High School be handled? 
Because of the extended closure of schools, the AAA driving school classes that were scheduled during the closure dates at Mariemont High School have been cancelled.  The plan moving forward is to resume the classes when school is reopened and back in session.   AAA will add all missed classes to the end of the schedule as make up dates.

If you have any questions about the schedule or the AAA Driving School program call the school at 513-762-3207 or email [email protected].

Is the Mariemont High School construction project being impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic?
Our architects and owners representatives are all working from home remotely and are able to continue their work. Turner Construction continues to work on the high school site at this time. The district is working closely with all members of the construction team to monitor how COVID-19 may impact the project.
Coronavirus Questions and Concerns
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If you or anyone you know needs assistance accessing mental health/counseling services or food during the extended closure, please reach out to Director of Student Services, Tricia Buchert, at [email protected]

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