Dear Parents, Students, Teachers and Staff Members,
It is hard to believe a new school year is upon us. As you know, this school year for students, staff, and parents will look quite different. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for everybody across this great nation. Not only will we overcome and conquer these new challenges, but it will also make us stronger as an individual and community. It will remind us not to take the simple things of life for granted.
I want to reiterate that the members of the Carrollton Exempted Village School District Board of Education and I realize that there are many questions and concerns for the opening of this school year. The Carrollton Exempted Village School District will follow guidance from the Governor, state and local health department officials regarding school openings or possible closures. This year's return to school will come with some new protocols and procedures in order to keep everyone safe and healthy
The Remote Learning Options Guide can be found on the District’s website. We encourage you to review this document to better understand the options available to parents. They include (1) Face-to-face instruction, and (2) Remote online learning. The remote learning option has two choices for parents. They are: (1) Parents utilizing Google Classroom that is delivered by a Carrolton teacher; or (2) Choosing Acellus, which is facilitated by a Carrollton teacher. Both options are available free to parents. Students will be able to transfer back to a traditional setting every nine-weeks.
When the District conducts traditional face-to-face instruction, everyone must acknowledge the importance of protecting themselves and others. Students experiencing flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, chills, nausea, etc.) must stay at home and follow the Carroll County Health Department’s quarantined recommendations. In addition, Carrollton Schools will provide face coverings for students and teachers. We strongly encourage all parents to take your student’s temperature and provide them with a face-covering before he/she enters the school bus or building. We continue to hope for a vaccine and effective therapeutics to treat the spread of the coronavirus. Until then, our individual behavior will become the most effective defense against the virus. Our goal is to ensure students are safe. After all, they are our first priority.
Finally, we know that there will be some families who choose to have their students learn from home. We want to accommodate that choice. Teams of teachers have worked all summer to build courses on the new learning management system called Google Classroom. This will enable your student to stay connected to his/her teacher and classmates while learning from home in a flexible model. There will be an after school outreach program for students in grades K-12. Remote learners and traditional learners will have the opportunity for tutoring in small groups. More information will be forthcoming.
In order to have a successful school year, everyone must work closely together, listening to one another's concerns and doing our part to contribute to a positive, healthy and safe school experience. We will overcome these uncertain times.
Dr. David Quattrochi, Superintendent