Dear Ontario School Families:
Thinking back to last August, who would have ever thought our year would end in such a way. It’s been a trying time for all of us, and I want to thank our staff, parents and community members for supporting each other during these difficult times. We did our best to provide our young people with the educational and emotional support they needed during emergency remote learning. At the same time, we recognized the importance of sharing in the sacrifice to protect our friends and neighbors during this health crisis. This was a true example of the Warrior Way!
While wrapping up this school year, we have begun to look forward to the 2020 - 2021 school year. Know that Ontario Schools is committed to providing a safe, positive and innovative learning environment for all students. We are working diligently on plans to reopen and restart our schools in the fall of 2020. At this time, we don’t know exactly what that will look like. What we do know is that the health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. There is no one plan that will satisfy all of our needs, but our primary goal has to be to balance safety so that learning can take place.
The Ontario School District understands that it is part of a strong and connected community and will continue to develop plans to reopen and restart school with the support and partnership of city leaders, business leaders, parents, staff and the community. We are currently preparing for a variety of scenarios and will follow the guidance of Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Education and the Richland Public Health Department. School this fall may look entirely different in many ways from how school has ever looked. We will do our best to make it a smooth transition but there will be hiccups and bumps in the road. Reopening our schools will look different from school district to school district throughout our state and nation – and even when compared with some of our neighboring districts. However, we remain committed to creating the best plan for our Ontario students.
We will communicate the progress of our planning throughout the summer. What we know for sure is that there is no replacement for an Ontario Schools teacher who works directly with an Ontario student. No matter what the return to school looks like, relationships will be at the center of it all. Regardless of the final option(s) that are approved by the Department of Health, all students will work with our excellent and caring teachers. Rest assured our staff is committed to connecting with students each and every day.