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This page has been created specifically to help keep our students and parents informed of news and updates regarding the District's extended break, as well as to provide access to resources and the academic contact that your child will need over the next three weeks to complete their assignments.

"We know this is a challenging time for all families. We want to reaffirm our commitment to do whatever we can to support our Cruiser students and their families during this very difficult time."                                                                           - Garilee Ogden, Superintendent 
ONLINE CLASSES BEGAN ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
Students get their assignments and instructions through
their Clever or Google Classroom account

Question of the Day

"Given the Governor's decison to close schools through May 1, will GM Schools still have spring break? Yes, we will still have our scheduled spring break, which runs from April 10 - 17.
 
If you have a question, refer to our FAQs (at right), or email us at [email protected].

News & Updates

Accessing Your Child's Grade Card

With schools being closed we will not be able to send grade cards home nor mail them to families. All student's grade cards are now available through our online parent portal, called ProgressBook. Click here to be taken to the ProgressBook page of our website. If you don't have a ProgressBook account, email [email protected], and provide the name, date of birth, and school your child(ren) is currently attending. Steve will email you back with your ProgressBook registration information and instructions on its use. 
 
Grade cards will be available beginning on Friday, April 3.
 
For parents of students with special needs: In addition to the online report card, an individual progress report for your child will be mailed to your home.
 

March 30, 2020 Update

On March 13, 2020, to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID10), Governor DeWine placed all of Ohio’s public school districts on a three-week extended spring break. Today, at Governor DeWine’s afternoon press conference, he announced Ohio's public schools would remain on the extended break through at least Friday, May 1. 

In addition to today's gubernatorial order for schools to remain closed through Friday, May 1, several other changes were made last week with the legislature's passage of House Bill 197. This bill goes into effect immediately and impacts the following:

Courses and assignments students complete online will count toward minimum hours of instruction required by state law. Therefore, we will not have make-up days later in the year. However, learning must continue online, and the state minimum requirements of learning hours must still be met. Students will need to continue to do their daily work and communicate with their teachers.
  • All K-12 standardized testing for students is waived for this year and will not occur. Students will not be penalized or held accountable for not having completed the state assessments.
  • Special education services can and should be delivered electronically or via telecommunication.
  • School districts were granted the authority to graduate any student who the district considers to be “on track” to graduate. This allows us to grant a diploma to any senior the school district determines as having met the requirements for graduation. Very shortly, counselors will make contact with seniors to discuss what the student must complete by the end of the year to be eligible for graduation.
  • The Third Grade Reading Guarantee has been temporarily suspended. Therefore, our current third graders are exempt from being retained in the third grade, unless the principal and reading teacher determine the child is significantly behind. More information will come soon to third-grade families.
  • Local governments, including boards of education, are permitted to hold remote/virtual meetings. However, the public must still have access to view, hear, and participate in meetings, as defined by Board Policy. We are currently working on options to allow this to occur, should our Board of Education decide to do so. Regardless, we will notify the public in advance as to how we will proceed.
  • Districts are permitted to continue to provide lunch to children 18 and under while on the extended break. Groveport Madison Schools will continue to provide two breakfasts and two lunches every Monday and three breakfasts and three lunches every Wednesday. We will not serve meals during the District’s spring break April 10 - 17. We will resume the Monday and Wednesday meal service after spring break.
While this situation has been challenging for us all, I genuinely believe that we are in a very good place when compared to many other school districts across Ohio. Thanks to the support of our taxpayers, each of our K-12 students already had been assigned a Chromebook computer, with our 6-12 even taking their computer home each evening and over the weekends. Students already were using many online learning tools and resources to supplement what they were learning in class. With having to move to a virtual school experience, I believe our students have adjusted relatively well, and they are completing their assignments, just as is expected of them.

As you know the third grading period ended last Friday. Information will come out this Wednesday to families and students on how to access report cards. Reminder - students do need to do their work each day to pass their courses!

Again, if your student needs access to technical support during this time, you can email [email protected] for help. 

As we move forward, we will continue to work closely with our teachers and principals to improve our online learning systems further and to find new and exciting ways to engage our students.

As the situation continues, we can expect there will be additional changes that will affect our students, parents, and staff. Please know we will continue to do our best to keep you informed as these decisions are made known.

Lastly, we will continue to maintain a repository of all information related to the extended break. The can be found at gocruisers.org/ExtendedBreakInformation.aspx. Questions and suggestions also can be submitted to [email protected]

Respectfully,

Garilee Ogden
Superintendent

March 27, 2020 Update

As the week is coming to a close, I wanted to reach out to you with updated news regarding the extended break and where we are at the moment.

I want first to say that I am very proud of our staff and students for the work that's been accomplished already this week. This has been a very short learning curve for all of us, but in true Cruiser Spirit, it appears that we are leading the charge. Our staff is busy each day, creating lessons and identifying new and exciting resources to keep students challenged and engaged in their studies. We are closely monitoring students' work, and it's impressive how well they are doing already. Remember, our staff is working remotely from home, so if you have questions, email them, or you can call your child's school to leave a message. 

Over the past few days, we’ve added resources and made several updates to the Extended Break Information page of our website. Some of the changes include:
  • Updates to the list of Frequently Asked Questions
  • Revisions to the Grab & Go meal distribution schedule
  • Updated contact information to expedite Chromebook repairs and other technology-related issues
  • Added mental health and community resources information 
As a reminder, the Extended Break Information webpage can be found at gocruisers.org/ExtendedBreakInformation.aspx.

You may already be aware that Governor DeWine has ordered all playgrounds and athletic fields closed. We ask that you remind your children of this information and make them aware that both Groveport and Madison Township Police Departments are actively enforcing the state order.

We also want to make you aware that the Ohio High School Athletic Association has canceled all winter sports tournaments. This is particularly disappointing for us, as GMHS junior, Jake Nelson, qualified to compete at the state wrestling tournament. We are very proud of Jake and all of our winter athletes for their hard work and dedication to their sport.

Please know that we are committed to keeping you informed of any news or updates that will affect you or your family. Governor DeWine is holding daily press conferences, and we are closely monitoring these for additional information.

Thank you for your support of Groveport Madison Schools. We are all in this together, and we will need to work as a community to recover and rebuild once we’re through this crisis.

Respectfully,

Garilee Ogden
Superintendent

Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch Distribution

SCHEDULE UPDATE - MEALS WILL NOT BE SERVED DURING SPRING BREAK, APRIL 10 - 17
See links to other area locations, below 
 
Each Monday, students will get two days of breakfast and lunch, and on Wednesdays students will get three days of breakfast and lunch. Meals are served at 13 locations, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and are available to all children age 18 and under - at no cost. School-based locations include:
  –  Asbury Elementary School - 5127 Harbor Blvd., Cols.
  –  Dunloe Elementary School - 3200 Dunloe Rd., Cols.
  –  Glendening Elementary School - 4200 Glendening Dr., Groveport
  –  Madison Elementary School - 4600 Madison School Dr., Cols.
  –  Middle School Central - 541 Main St., Groveport
  –  Middle School North - 5474 Sedalia Dr., Cols.

Mobile Grab & Go meal locations include:
  –  Berwick Plaza - 2745 Winchester Pike, Columbus
  –  Brice Christian Academy - 3160 Brice Rd, Brice
  –  Cruiser Park - 4677 Bixby Rd, Groveport
  –  Jerry Garver YMCA - 6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester
  –  Independence Park - 3065 Dewbourne Dr, Reynoldsburg 
  –  McFayden Park, corner of E. Howard Rd. & Jermoore Road, Obetz
  –  Spangler Park - 2748 Spangler Rd, Columbus 

PLEASE NOTE:  The meals are paid for by the Federal School Lunch Program, which requires distribution sites to give the meals only to children 18 and under. We are prohibited from providing the meals to anyone over 18, even if they say they're getting it for a child who may be at home. If we fail to follow these regulations our community is at risk of losing the program altogether - which would impact hundreds of families.
 
Links to other meal serving sites in the area:
Hamilton Township Schools (no longer accepting requests) 

Student Schedule and Expectations

Student Schedule for the Next Three Weeks
All of our schools closed at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed until Monday, April 6, when we return from the extended break. Our teachers and building administrators will still be working offsite at remote locations until we return from the break.  They will remain available by email to answer questions and to assist students and their parents/guardians from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Our Scheduled Spring Break
Groveport Madison Schools intends to continue with our scheduled spring break, which runs from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 19.

Checking Completion of Student Assignments and Monitoring Attendance
While our school buildings are closed, teachers will be posting lessons and assignments and checking their students' daily progress and monitoring assignments.

High School Students
All high school students must continue their studies online to earn the credits needed for graduation. The students' teachers will monitor the completion of assignments. High school counselors will be in touch with seniors to ensure students remain on track for graduation. Should students or parents have questions about graduation requirements, please email the student's assigned counselor.

Updates and Additional Content
We will continually update this page as new information becomes available.

Getting Answers to Your Questions
If you have specific questions regarding your child’s assignments or special needs, please email the teacher(s). For general questions about the extended break, please email us at [email protected]

IT / Internet Access Issues

Chromebook Computers 
All K-12 students will be using their Chromebook computers to complete daily online assignments. On March 13, all elementary school students will check out their Chromebook computer and charger to take home for the extended break. Middle and high school students already have Chromebook computers and chargers assigned to them for use at home and at school.
 
Accessing Online Learning Tools
If your student is having trouble signing into Clever, the dashboard that students use to access their online learning applications, directions can be found on the extended break page we have created. The link to the extended break page can be found below. You can also email your teacher and they will reach out to the tech department for support.
 
Internet Access at Home
If you do not have internet access at your home, please contact the school in which your oldest student attends. We will be happy to discuss options for your child to get internet access to complete their online studies.
   

Emails & Updates

Tech Support

Contact Information

Community Resources

Mental Health & Other Resources

Sample Student Schedules

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