The past few weeks have been full of unprecedented challenges for our nation, state and community.
I am grateful for the flexibility and patience that the Grandview Heights community and families have given school district leaders as we navigate through these circumstances, which continue to change rapidly. I am also grateful to our teachers and staff who have been diligently working as we transition to remote learning.
For the latest information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus and Grandview Heights Schools, as well as additional resources, we recommend families make daily visits to our website, ghschools.org. We have created a specific tab, "COVID-19 Updates & Resources," that is continuously updated as new information is announced.
As a district, we remain committed to our mission to maximize and personalize every student's learning. Remote-learning days are not considered time away from school, but rather time for an alternative style of learning.
While there is no perfect substitution for in-person instruction, our teachers are ready and equipped to engage with their students in ways that best support their learning needs.
Due to the generous support of our community, we are able to provide a technology device to each and every student so they are able to access specifically designed online learning from home.
Our students are familiar with their devices and, if necessary, are able to access tech support through the technology department's help desk.
The online instruction information and materials for student learning can be found under the "COVID-19 Updates & Resources" tab at the district's website.
During this transition, we are confident that our reliance on technology for learning and interaction will provide a solid foundation for student success.
It is not unusual for individuals to experience anxiety during times of uncertainty. It is important to know that our children may be experiencing anxiety as well.
The structure of learning will be more important now than ever before -- even if this type of participation and engagement looks different than what they experience in the classroom.
As well, our counselors and staff remain committed to providing emotional support to our students.
The education, safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. We will continue to nurture both their academic needs and their socio-emotional needs.
This crisis has many of us reeling, yet our community continues to rally. The way people are working to help one another is a testament to the heart of our Grandview Heights Schools.
We're all in this together.
Andy Culp is superintendent of Grandview Heights Schools.