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Southwest Local Schools Closed at Governor's Direction

Posted on: March 12, 2020

Governor DeWine and the Department of Health closed K – 12 schools in Ohio this afternoon, March 12, for three weeks. Obviously, the decision to close schools, and cancel athletics and other performance events, was not made lightly. The primary objective of this closure is to help minimize the spread of the Coronavirus. For schools, closing is never ideal; but it is a necessary precaution given the gravity of the situation. Staff and student safety is our #1 goal, every day. Please see below - our game plan for the next three weeks – the schools and facilities will be closed to students during this period and ALL activities will be cancelled.

March 13 – No School for Students; Staff in-service / Staff report as normal.  The Hoxworth Blood Drive scheduled for March 13 at the Activity Center WILL take place as scheduled.  Due to this health crisis, the need for blood has increased, so anyone who is able to donate will be allowed and encouraged to do so from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

March 16 – 20: Schools will be closed (similar to a week of snow days) No school work. We will be closed Monday, despite the Governor saying the end of the day Monday.

March 23 – 27: Spring Break as normal

March 30 – April 3: Schools will be closed (work will be assigned via hard / digital copies for K – 12). The plan for this was sent to parents via email and will take effect the week of March 30.  Click HERE to access Brain Bag packets for Grades K-5.  Grades 6-12 will have work assigned via Microsoft Teams.  All students in Grades 6-12 should check Teams and their school (MyWildcats) email accounts daily.  

Free Broadband and Wi-Fi – The following providers are offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access to K-12 students who do not already have subscriptions.  

  •         Spectrum - To receive this service, call 1-844-488-8395
  •         Charter Communications –Opening Wi-Fi hotspots across its footprint for public use, free of charge.  Call 1-855-968-0702

School’s will be communicating with parents via email / phone messages during this three-week frame, to keep all on the same page. The health experts will continue to provide information regarding the fluidity of the Coronavirus spread.

When home – please make sure to:

  1.      Maintain healthy distances, especially staying away from those that are ill.
  2.      Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then thrown the tissue away.
  3.      Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
  4.      Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. 

Continue to monitor for more information as it becomes available.