November 20, 2020
Earlier this week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a three-week curfew for all residents instead of the possibly closing schools and certain businesses. The curfew, which will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., began yesterday and will run for three weeks. At the end of that time, Gov. DeWine said he will see where the state stands in regard to the spread of COVID-19 to determine what else might be done. His goal is to not shut down, just slow down. The curfew is aimed at helping to reduce the number of person-to-person contacts because the only way the virus lives is when it goes from one person to another.
My philosophy with our schools is no different. Today, we have seen less than 1% of our students and staff with a positive COVID-19 test. In order to keep our staff and students as safe as possible, we have seen a higher number of students and staff that need to quarantine for the safety of all. Our staff and students’ safety has been and remains our number one priority during all of our COVID-19 decision making.
I want to assure you that the Canfield Local Schools plans to operate in its current learning model, but it is crucial that as a community we plan for what is next. I truly believe that the safest place for all of our students is to be in school. We also know that as more staff members need to quarantine, we may be in a position where we will need to temporarily close an individual classroom, school building, or the entire district as a whole and move to Emergency Remote Learning 2.0.
If your child’s classroom/building or the entire district were to close, students will work remotely through Google Classroom, with daily classes being taught by teachers at all grade levels. Our Canfield teachers have done an amazing job adapting to the ever-changing environment of teaching during COVID-19. They prepared to provide a consistent learning environment for students, whether they are in-person or working remotely.
Since we will be requiring all students to log into Google Classroom during regular school hours, we understand that this may cause difficulties for families who do not have a device for each student or wifi. In order for us to prepare, please fill out the following Device\Wifi Request Form for C.H. Campbell, Hilltop, or CVMS by Monday, November 30, 2020. We have already asked all of our CHS students.
C.H. Campbell Technology/Wifi Device Loan Request
Hilltop Technology/Wifi Device Loan Request
CVMS Technology/Wifi Device Loan Request
From the beginning of the pandemic, our primary goal has been to provide the best possible learning experience for our students while ensuring student and staff safety. We need everyone's help like never before to keep schools open. The actions of all of us will determine if schools can remain open. This means staying home when sick, wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, avoiding groups and activities outside of school where the spread of the virus is more likely to occur.
I know if we continue to work together, we can ensure that Phase Two: Operation Stay Open Canfield will be a success.
Joe Knoll - Superintendent