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A message from the Superintendent, Charles Smialek, Ph.D.

March 23, 2020

 

How our lives have changed from the last time I wrote a message for the Monday Monitor!

I hope that you and your families are healthy and coping well with this forced isolation. I know I speak for our entire educational family when I tell you that we dearly miss all of our students and hope for a return to normal as soon as it becomes possible.

This message will address both curriculum and instruction and food services in an attempt to provide as much clarity as we can at this point. However, as we have all well learned, developments unfold seemingly every day and our website (www.parmacityschools.org) remains the best means of keeping up with the ways in which we are adapting to provide as many services throughout our district as we are able.

First, our plan for curriculum and instruction will remain the same through April 3. This week, March 23 - 27, is considered “Spring Break.” Then, teachers have already provided learning activities that students should complete for the week of March 30 - April 3.

These learning opportunities will not figure into formal grades but we still encourage students to complete them to keep their skills sharp. We decided to use this first phase of closure to learn more about how we can still “teach” during this adverse time and will use the anecdotal data we have been able to gather to plan for more structured learning from April 6 through the resumption of traditional school days. Many districts have taken this same approach as we had very little time to address issues such as internet access and other challenges families face in working remotely through lessons and assignments.

We will work this week and next to forge our plan for what we envision to be a longer closure post-April 6 and provide as much clarity as possible before that date.

Second, we will continue to provide as many meals as possible to our students. The most significant challenge in this endeavor is securing the proper amount of food given our continued commitment to relying on locally produced, fresh products.

We announced Sunday, March 22, that we can now distribute meals a second day, adding Friday, March 27 to our already planned Wednesday, March 25. Please complete the survey on our website (www.parmacityschools.org) to secure your participation, then continue to check the site for further developments.

Thank you all for your patience as we work through our collective challenges as a united school community!