From Mrs. Richards

Dear OV families,

What a unique time we are in. These are uncharted territories and we recognize how incredibly difficult this situation is for many families.
Our fabulous teams at OV have been working hard to identify meaningful instructional activities for your child to do while he or she is at home for an extended period of time.

Continuity of education will be necessary for our students throughout the impending shutdown. Our goal is to provide you with activities that are aligned with what your children typically do during the school day, recognizing that it won’t be the same as being in the classroom, but everything should be familiar.

We worked to provide enough materials for each child to be engaged in academic learning for approximately 2 hours a day. In preparation, we have asked our teachers to plan and provide online resources for the courses they teach. While we understand there are limitations to the instruction that we can provide for our students during an extended period of time, there are many resources that we can make available for our students to keep them engaged and up to date in their learning.

We certainly recognize that there is a lot going on for our families right now and realize you may not be able to complete all of the activities given in a day. Our intention is to just provide you with resources to keep your children actively learning and prevent regression while they are not coming to school.

If your child experiences any frustrations, please feel free to have them discontinue the activity or, make adjustments to it.
Our cafeteria staff, along with our drivers and aides, initially plan on making at least one run a day to drop off breakfast and lunch, along with student supplies. If you would prefer we not stop at your house, just let them know when they drop off meals. This may change, depending on the situations in our counties.

Mr. Decker is also encouraging students to keep practicing their musical instruments. This includes our 4th grade through 12th grade students.
Finally, please keep your children home during this time, especially if they are sick in any way. This is not a time for play dates, sleepovers and birthday parties. To prevent the spread of this, or any other illnesses, this is a time to stay home as much as possible.

We know this is a stressful time for our students, staff and community, and we appreciate your partnership as we navigate this unknown territory together. Please feel free to reach out to any of our staff members through email if you have any questions or concerns along the way.
Much of the information being provided to us is quickly changing, so we thank you in advance for being patient, understanding and supportive during throughout this process. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Shelly Richards, Principal
Otselic Valley Central Schools
315-753-7218 ext. 4036

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