Students and Families,
As of Monday, April 20, 2020, Governor DeWine has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio schools will remain closed for in-person classes for the remainder of the school year. We are saddened that we will not return to school this year, but we are fully prepared to continue remote learning and finish the school year strong.
The plans Lutheran West has already put in place regarding remote learning will continue to be in place for the remainder of the school year. As I stated in a previous communication, the state legislature has already approved remote learning as a viable option for students to earn credit. Because of the measures Lutheran West has taken, our school year will end on time.
Here are some other specifics regarding the end of the school year:
- There will be no final exams (defined as assessments counting 15-20% of a student’s grade) in core classes (English, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Religion, World Language).
- Tests and projects will still occur, following the pattern teachers have already put into place.
- Most classes will still have a test or project to end the year, but this is different from a final exam (defined above).
- Seniors' last day of remote learning will be Thursday, May 21.
- Last day of remote learning for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors is Friday, May 22.
Regarding end-of-year celebrations like prom and graduation, seniors, you already received a communication earlier today regarding new dates and times. Please check your email for a revised event calendar for May.
Finally, please let me continue to say how proud I am of our students, teachers, and parents as we manage these unprecedented times together. In a time of uncertainty, our goal has been to provide an approach to learning that continues to fulfill our mission of providing an educationally rich, Christ-centered experience for our students. Thank you for your partnership in this endeavor this spring and blessings to all of your families at this time.
Principal, Lutheran West
Remote Learning Policies & Etiquette:
- If students are ill and incapable of logging in to their classes, absences still need to be reported to the attendance office at [email protected]
Absences reported to the attendance office are still marked in Renweb.
- If students do not complete daily assignments, they will be marked zero unless their absence has already been excused by the parent and reported to the school (see above). It is recommended that students also email their teachers if they happen to be absent and need extended deadlines.
- Students will still be responsible for making up missing work. Policies for missing work are still in effect.For Students:
- The student’s responsibility is to log in to Google Classroom for each class on a daily basis between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
- Live teaching sessions are scheduled according to the bell schedule. This means that students, on occasion, will have a class beginning at 8:15 AM.
- Instructors will be available until 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Like a normal school day, instructors have limited availability after 3:00 PM until the next morning.
- Assignments and homework will be completed and submitted by the due date, as indicated by the instructor in Google Classroom.
- Assignments and homework will be graded by the instructor. Grades will be transferred into Renweb. Renweb is still the official gradebook for each student.
- If students are incapable of logging in to their classes due to a technological problem, please email Mr. Fenske at [email protected]
Remote Learning Etiquette for Video Conferencing
Students are expected to engage in remote learning with the following guidelines in mind:
- When engaging in video conferencing, meets, or chats, please ensure that all visible elements are in line with Lutheran West student expectations. This includes clothing, background, and location.
- Please allow another remote learning participant to complete his/her thought or question prior to jumping into the conversation. - -- Do not talk over anyone or interrupt.
- Demonstrate respect to others in all circumstances, including discussion, chat, video, and commenting.