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@example.com
) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com
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.