Dear Parents & Guardians,
Governor Mike DeWine’s most recent decision to extend the closure of schools to the end of the academic calendar year now sets in motion additional unique opportunities for Ohio’s educational system. We will continue to use the online process while buildings are not accessible. Napoleon Area City Schools will be closed through the end of the school year - Friday, May 22, 2020. As a reminder, our learning community is still working to provide students an education remotely. Your child’s district owned Chromebook is a strategic learning tool. Please continue to work with your child while he/she works online with his/her teachers.
As to your child’s district owned chromebook, students in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11 who attend Napoleon Jr.&Sr. High School will keep their devices over the summer. Students who attend FCCC or CBI will get further directions on how to turn in their devices from the vocational school (the device Four County issued to you for this academic school year). Four County will let you know of the date and time to return the device. Information regarding the return of school owned materials will come later in this update. The Class of 2020 will keep their chromebooks. Any FCCC or CBI senior may have a Chromebook as well. In order to obtain a Napoleon Area City Schools’ chromebook, FCCC or CBI students should email email@example.com for assistance. The junior class has graciously purchased the Class of 2020 the chromebooks.
Since schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, all extracurricular and co-curricular activities are cancelled. Students should continue to communicate with their respective advisors and coaches. They offer students, parents, and families support. Student-athletes should look for updates on social media and from coaches. The athletic department is still working on ways to support and recognize student-athletes, especially seniors. NHS prom scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020 is cancelled; however, seniors please check your email. We are creating a prom video. We encourage seniors to participate. The annual JH and HS student-award assemblies have been cancelled. Students will receive certificates in the mail when the school year ends. The annual ABC Awards Night is cancelled. Seniors will be receiving their awards prior to the end of the school year. Any awards earned by students in grades 9, 10, and 11 from ABC will be provided in the fall of 2020. Seniors should continue to look for updates and check their email and social media frequently. Your patience and cooperation regarding extracurricular and co-curricular activities is greatly appreciated.
Students are required to participate each day with our online learning platform. NJSHS teachers will continue to provide instruction to students during the closure. If you have questions about student work, please contact your child’s teacher(s) during regular school hours (M-F). Your child is encouraged to contact his/her teacher(s) directly. If you contact a teacher after 3:30 p.m. or on the weekend, you may not receive a response until the following school day. Your child’s teachers will not be available on these days.
It is important to share with our families that due to the current situation, students taking high school courses will not have second semester exams. The week of May 18-22, 2020 (which would have been exam week) will be a week when students may catch up on any or all assignments. There will be no new instruction during the week of May 18-22, 2020. Since we are not having semester exams, the calculation of percentages of a student’s overall semester grade will change. The traditional formula of Quarter 3 (40%) + Quarter 4 (40%) + Exam 2 (20%) = Semester 2 Grade (100%) will now be Quarter 3 (50%) + Quarter 4 (50%) = Semester Grade (100%).
You should expect your child to participate in school work for one to two hours maximum daily. Students and parents should consider a school day equalling two hours of work. Students should continue to submit assignments, as they are being graded. We are currently in the fourth quarter and earning letter grades for the second semester. Students in grades 7 & 8 will receive a Pass (“P”) or Unsatisfactory (“U”) for the final fourth quarter grading period. A Pass or “P” is equivalent to completing 50% of the required coursework. Students in grades 9, 10, 11, 12, or students taking high school courses as 8th graders will receive traditional letter grades of A, B, C, D, or NC for the final fourth quarter grading period. “NC” equals “No Credit”. Converting a failure (“F”) letter grade will not take place until teachers submit the end of year grades. The conversion will take place prior to grades being finalized, stored, and the issuance of grade cards and transcripts. As for individuals concerned about eligibility standards set forth by the OHSAA or NCAA, we are following the appropriate guidelines to ensure students will be able to participate in athletics in the fall of 2020. If you have any concerns regarding student eligibility, please contact Mr. Andrew Ham, Athletic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage parents to help students establish a routine. Depending on the age and grade level of your child, he/she may need more or less assistance and guidance. If your child is using Google Classroom, parents are able to have access. If you would like to gain access, please contact the individual teacher.
If your child is in need of school counseling assistance, please contact Mrs. Natalie Harvey (grades 7-9) at email@example.com, Mrs. Heidi Mekus (grades 10-12 last names A-K) at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Mrs. Megan Frankart (grades 10-12 last names L-Z) at email@example.com.
The date of Friday, May 15, 2020 will be for student materials drop off or pick up. Currently, any items left behind by students are being removed from lockers. Upon arrival, please park in the front visitor lot. Procedurally, a single parent or student will enter the main concourse doors (front school doors) at the designated time. Enter only the high school gym, as all other areas of the building will be locked and unaccessible. District owned materials will be dropped off at the appropriately labeled grade level table on the east gym deck (i.e. textbooks, library books, band instruments, etc.). If you believe you left something in an academic or athletic locker, the items will be contained within a labelled plastic bag. The student’s name and locker number will be on the plastic bag. Please take your items as identified on the grade level pick up table and exit the side gym doors. By following the established route, it creates a one way traffic pattern. In addition, seniors who participated in art classes will have their projects and pieces of artwork available as well. They will be on a specific table.
Individuals who enter the building should use appropriate self-distancing practices. We encourage the use of masks, handkerchiefs, or some other type of cotton/cloth material to cover one’s nose and mouth. The use of gloves would be wise. If a parent has students in multiple graded levels, they should plan on arriving at the time slotted for the oldest child. The designated hourly time periods are as follows: 8-9am - 7th grade; 9-10am - 8th grade; 10-11am - 9th grade; 11-12pm - 10th grade; 1-2pm - 11th grade; 2-3pm - 12th grade; and 3-4pm - Anyone who missed a time slot due to a conflict. The format is self-service. As a means to maintain the appropriate self-distancing practices, very few staff members, if any, will be available to assist during the drop off and pick up process.
As it pertains to school fees, please refer to the following link located on the building’s webpage on how to use Pay Schools: http://www.napoleonareaschools.org/1/News/213#sthash.2yEzLetQ.dpbs.
Graduation commencement is a well-deserved and time honored tradition. We recognize and value our graduation ceremony. A separate communication will be provided to address the graduation ceremony for The Class of 2020. Seniors, as well as parents, will find the communication to be extremely helpful.
We understand there will be many more questions from families, as well as employees. We are working very hard to share answers as soon as they become available. Many of our answers will depend on direction from outside sources such as the Governor’s Office, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, and state & local health departments. We continue to look for guidance from the Governor’s office and the state legislature. We have asked everyone to approach our current situation with compassion. We want to keep students engaged with school. We value our community and understand the importance of school in your child’s life. We look forward to everyone’s return; and hopefully, a return to normality will be sooner than later. Although we may be eager for such a status in our lives, we shall continue to follow the instructions of those providing guidance for our state and local communities.
Wishing your family the very best. Stay healthy and stay safe.
Mr. Ryan J. Wilde, Principal