Central Crossing High School
4500 Big Run South Road | Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: (614) 801-6500 | Fax: (614) 875-1249 | Attendance: (614) 801-3395
Dr. Jill V. Burke, Principal | Steve Fairs, Assistant Principal | Jon Marshall, Athletic Director | Dana Ortman, Assistant Principal
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March 17, 2020
Dear Central Crossing Families,
There is a phrase, ‘May you live in interesting times.’ We think it is fair to say that we are living in interesting times right now. The purpose of this letter is two-fold: 1) sharing resources with parents on talking with their children about the Coronavirus; and 2) communicating the processes we will be using to continue education.
In times of crisis, parents may have difficulty knowing what to say when talking to their children. This is normal. As things seem to change on a day-to-day basis, concern can make both children and adults anxious.
1) We would like to offer some things to think about in case your child appears to be struggling with the current situation:
● Children look to adults for how to respond in times of crisis and will mirror the reactions of adults. The words we use and the actions we take will frame how children view this new circumstance. Remaining calm ourselves helps reassure our children to do the same.
● Routines are our friend. Routines bring familiarity and comfort to our lives. When we know what to expect and feel some level of control, we are better able to adapt to changing circumstances. Regular bed, meal, study, art, and play times are some of the ways to embed routines into our daily lives. Unpredictability and loss of control can leave us feeling stressed and anxious.
● Regardless of the logic, it is important to listen to children’s feelings and answer their questions as best we can. Fear is an extremely contagious and powerful emotion. For some children fear can lead to irrational conclusions that cloud their every thought and action. Being able to verbalize these fears allows caregivers the opportunity to add a touch of realism, practicality, and being proactive. It also helps us reframe their concerns, so these fears can be significantly reduced.
● Finally, communicate hope. While children are very good at sensing insincerity, they are also influenced by aspirational thoughts and behaviors. Hope for better days and better outcomes can be more powerful than fear. Communicating that hard work, good decisions, and ingenuity will lead to a better tomorrow is an empowering thought.
- For tips and expert guidance, please consider exploring the following links:
○ Talking to Children About COVID-19 ( from the National Association of School Psychologists) https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-saf ety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-res ource
○ The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC Institute – part of STARR Global) https://starr.org/covid-19-school-cancellation-and-trauma/
2) We will be educating students remotely for a period of time. Below are answers to some of the questions we have received about this process:
- What about Devices and Internet access?
○ Almost any device that supports Internet browsing will work. Your child does not need to have a ‘Chromebook’ to access the lessons from their teachers. Any computer, tablet, phone or other internet capable device will work for this purpose.
○ Last Friday, we made our first attempt to ensure that every home has access to a personal computing device. Many families already had their own device(s) and some students borrowed a device from school. If your student did not borrow a device or an additional device is needed because your household has multiple students attending the South-Western City School District and one is not sufficient, please contact your child’s school attendance line leaving your child’s name, grade, and a call back phone number. We will make arrangements with you to secure a device.
○ We are in the process of securing an extremely limited number of wireless access points. These requests will be based on financial need beginning with the senior class and working downward through grade levels. Follow the procedure above if you have this need and we will try to assist you to the best of our ability. For requests that can’t be met, please consider exploring places near your residence that offer this service for free or consider accessing district WiFi from common areas outside of our school buildings. Please remember that social distancing (6 feet) is a best practice and congregating on school property is currently prohibited. Several Internet-providers are also offering free services for the next few weeks to those in need.
○ One final note: the district will not be filtering devices or access points while students are working remotely. While the district acceptable use policy remains in full effect, we are counting on caregivers to monitor the use, search activity, and social interactions in which students engage through these devices.
○ If you encounter any technical problems with your child’s Chromebook, please contact our Helpdesk for Chromebook assistance by calling (614) 801-3014 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- How will learning activities and submitting assignments work?
○ Email will be the primary method of communication during this time period. Every student has been issued a district email/account address.
○ Assignment and learning activities will be distributed through email or another learning platform that have already been used in the classroom (such as Google classroom and iReady). These activities should take your child a regular class period to complete (25-50 minutes). Please remember some students work more quickly than others so times may vary. Videos, text, links to Websites, and downloadable PDFs will be among the most common materials with which students interact. While some activities will be completed in a single sitting, others could take several days. Students should expect to submit three items per subject per week that will receive teacher feedback. This will likely take the form of a graded activity. This could happen automatically as a normal course of the lesson, they may require uploading a pdf, it could be in the form of an email to the teacher, OR printed/created to submit in a physical form.
- What is the best way to communicate with staff?
○ All staff have email addresses and phone extensions. Staff will communicate these directly to students. The format of email addresses in our district is email@example.com. Please be patient as our staff members work through their email and phone messages. Between student and parent communication, creating lessons in a new way, providing students feedback, and taking care of their own families, they will be stretched very thin at times. Many staff will be working remotely, therefore we encourage the use of email to communicate with staff members.
● How will the end of the grading period be handled?
○ March 20 marks the end of the grading period. Recognizing the unexpected way this grading period has ended, students are encouraged to communicate with teachers sooner rather than later so that grades can be calculated for the quarter.
○ Teachers have been asked to finalize third quarter grades no later than March 30, 2020.
○ All assignments given beginning March 24 will be considered part of the final grading period.
● How will the district be distributing food to those in need?
○ Our building will be used to distribute ‘Grab-n-Go’ breakfast and lunch meals for students who need food assistance. Meals will be available from 10:00 a.m. till noon, Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 23. A list of locations will also be available on our district Website at www.swcsd.us.
○ For families with more immediate food needs, please visit our Website for additional resources.
○ Assignments and other materials can also be returned during food pick up times. Please include the building and teacher name on any assignments/materials.
● How do I get the medication(s) my child left at school?
○ If your child has medication in the clinic that you need to have returned, please contact the school clinic at (614) 801-6500.
We are grateful for our families who partner with us to make this community stronger for our children. Thank you for your patience over the past few days as we worked through our plans to close school, finalized our remote learning options, and provide families with the tools to help support their children’s learning at home.
Sincerely, Dr. Jill V. Burke Principal
Graduating Seniors Message - March 2020
Dear Graduating Class of 2020.
Due to the state-wide closure of schools, many students and parents of the Class of 2020 are concerned about meeting graduation requirements. As of today, the state has not offered any information about relaxing the requirements for graduation, so it is important that students understand what they have done and may still need to do to meet the requirements for graduation. We will continue to update seniors and their families as new information is made available to us.
Ensuring that the Class of 2020 is on track to graduate is important to us all. Over the next few weeks, your school administrators and counselors will review the status of each senior to determine the extent to which students have met the graduation requirements. It is important, in the meantime, that you are actively engaged in the online work and experiences your teachers provide you. Please do everything you can to keep up with the virtual learning experiences your teachers are creating for you.
On a more personal note - What you are experiencing is unfair, and we certainly acknowledge that feeling. You have worked so hard over the last 12 years. You deserve to have your senior year experiences. None of us know what will happen as we move forward, so we need to continue to work toward our graduation with optimism.
There are so many questions you will have as we work through the school closure, so I want you to know that we at Central Crossing are committed to making sure you are supported throughout the next several weeks and months. Please know that we are here to support you. You will not have to navigate the uncertainty alone. We will get through this together. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these unprecedented times.
For more information about the requirements for seniors graduating in 2020, click here.
Dr. Jill Burke
RESPECT * RESPONSIBILITY * RECOGNITION
Our mission at Central Crossing High School is to challenge our students to achieve their greatest potential in a safe learning environment, while fostering a sense of belonging and mutual respect for our diverse community.
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You can call 2-1-1 (614.221.2255) or visit www.211centralohio.org to reach thousands of social service, government, and community resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing.
- If your student did not borrow a device or you need an additional device because your household has multiple students attending SWCSD and one is not sufficient, please contact your child's school attendance line and leave your child's name, grade, teacher's name, and a call-back number. The building will make arrangements for you to secure a device.
- Spectrum will offer 60 days free internet. #1-844-488-8395
- Comcast will offer free internet for low-income customers
- South-Western City Schools- Students will be able to pick up a lunch and a breakfast for the next morning. Children 18 and under must be in attendance in order to pick up food. Can pick up from CCHS or other locations:
- Columbus City Schools is offering free breakfast & free lunch to ALL children 0-18.
- Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Officials said if you pick up breakfast, you will also be able to pick lunch. If you pick up lunch, you take breakfast for the next morning.
- Locations: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/7560
- Piada - free kids pasta with sauce, cheese and a fountain drink, Monday – Friday (March 16 – April 3), during lunch hours of 10:45am - 1:00pm.
- Fusian Sushi- $1 pb& jelly sushi rolls for children
- Greek Express- From now until April 3rd, Monday to Friday 11am-2pm we’ll provide any school age child who is affected by lack of school lunches with free lunch at any of our 5 locations.
- Smoked on High Barbeque: Starting 3/18/2020, kids can get an order of drummies or pulled chicken for free for the next 3 weeks.
- Nasty’s Sports Bar and Restaurant in Hilliard: Kids eat free Sunday’s and Monday’s
- Uber Eats: waived all delivery fees
- El Rodeo Mexican: Free meals K-12 Monday-Friday from 2pm-5pm (no purchase necessary)
- Roosters: Free kids meals age 12 and younger starting 3/16/2020 through 4/5/2020
- Cota has rides to food pantries. https://www.cota.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COTA-How-to-Get-to-Your-Local-Food-Pantry-v3-Copy.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1GXzgiki0QiVC7jhNU0IBaPWHyYnY7K2mmxh8oNoAmuD5H3Nj4vaeRj4s
- Lunchbox: Delivering free meals for students who don’t have transportation https://www.thelunchboxohio.org/emergency-food-bags
- Mid Ohio Foodbank https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/get-help/
- Grove City Foodbank https://www.grovecityfoodpantry.org/getfood.html
- Gladden Food Pantry (WestSide): http://gladdenhouse.org/food-pantry/
- Other food pantries in the area: https://www.foodpantries.org/
- St. Stephen’s Community House Food Pantry
- Food Nutrition Center: available for all Franklin County Residents (no zip code restrictions). Families can visit 1x a week through March 2020. Food will be pre-boxed foods ONLY.
- AEP: Suspending shutoffs
- Columbia Gas: Suspending shutoffs
- HandsOn Central Ohio provides easy, immediate access to thousands of programs and services available at a range of nonprofit, government, and healthcare organizations across Central Ohio. Click here for an interactive resource map or click here for a searchable online database, with information on how you can get help with Adult Care, Emergency Food or Clothing, Health Care, Housing and Utility Assistance, and Mental Health and Counseling Resources.
- CAP4Kids offers a listing of many community agencies who are committed to serving children and families, including information on Child Care, Food Assistance, Immigration/ESL, Legal and Financial Help, Medical Conditions or Supplies, Safety, and Shelters. Click here to access the CAP4Kids listing.
- Action for Children has a comprehensive listing for more than 1600 child care providers in Central Ohio who are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or the Department of Education. To ask for assistance in finding child care, call Action for Children's Information and Referral team Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at, 614-224-0222 or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Many other resources: https://columbus.org/combatting-covid-19/
Dear Students, Parents and Staff,
The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is seeking nominees for our annual Helping Hands and Outstanding Educator Awards. Please take a moment to nominate a staff member or volunteer that you believe goes above and beyond for our students and school and is deserving of recognition.
Click here for the nomination link: https://forms.gle/pmnCB54g4BpEp4hC6
Additionally, the PTSA will be updating their bylaws and identifying individuals for officer positions for the 2020-2021 school year. The bylaws meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18. Please contact Christine Thompson at email@example.com to find out more information on PTSA.
Dr. Jill Burke
PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION
“See Something, Say Something”
Officer P. Shaw
The tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Fl., is a parent’s worst nightmare. I want to share with you a campaign that can help shed light on suspicious activity. The Department of Homeland Security has a campaign called “If you see something, say something.” I cannot stress this campaign message enough to our parents and students. If you or your student hear or observe any unusual items, situations, surveillance, or someone eliciting information please notify law enforcement immediately. You are able to do this one of three ways:
- Call the Grove City Division of Police: 614-277-1710
- Use the Safer Ohio tip line provided by the Ohio Department of Safety
- Call or text 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764)
- You can remain anonymous
A few reminders that can help keep our students safe:
- If you see an unattended item either in the school or outside, report that to a staff member so it can be looked at.
- Items your student may have forgotten at home can be brought to the front desk. Please do not meet your student outside of the building to deliver these items. This creates an issue of students propping open doors.
- If you are at the school and you see anyone that looks like they don’t fit in, or they seem out of place please notify a school official, and if it's after school hours please call the Grove City Police at 614-277-1710 and report it. It is always better to call than not.
We will be working with the students this year on the “see something say something campaign”, as well as the text a tip. If you have any safety concerns please don’t hesitate to call.
Officer P. Shaw 47
Grove City Division of Police
As you may be aware, the use of Vape Pens, JUULS, “Dab” Pens and other smoking devices are on the rise among teenagers. According to the Surgeon General, “current e-cigarette use increased 78% among high school students during the past year, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, currently use e-cigarettes” (Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth). Tobacco companies are advertising these devices to be “safe” alternatives to smoking and many of our teens are viewing them that way. South-Western City Schools is greatly concerned about the health and well-being of our students and there are many reasons we wish to deter students from using these devices. The large amount of nicotine and other drugs/substances that can exist in these devices as well as the danger that comes from the fact that they are in large part unregulated make these devices harmful and potentially very dangerous to our teens.
Please see the attached information to learn more about the dangers of these devices.
*Please note that the use of “dab” pens or other devices that use THC oil or any other illegal drug will result in ten days of out of school suspension and a potential recommendation for expulsion.