Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools Parents, Staff
As you are already aware, Ohio Governor Mike
DeWine announced that all schools will remain closed for until at least May 1,
2020 in response to the continued spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. I
want to take a moment to update the Class of 2020 on what we are working on for
them while schools are closed.
I do that, let me remind you that today, April 1, is Census Day. However busy
you are, please make sure you complete your Census online. Given our stay-at-home
order from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, this will be the best way to do it this
year. The census count is particularly important for the schools. It determines
the amount of federal funding distributed to states for programs that impact
schools, students and families. So make sure you play your part to help us fund
our schools over the next ten years!
While the closure impacts our seniors who are
not able experience a traditional senior year at Reynoldsburg High School, we
are still working to ensure that some of their traditions and milestone moments
happen. We are tentatively looking at potential dates in June to reschedule our
Prom. While we are hopeful we will still be able to host our graduation
ceremony at the end of May, we are also looking at alternate dates for that
ceremony in June or July. Seniors can
order Class of 2020 banners on the Graduation page of reyn.org: https://www.reyn.org/GraduationInformation.aspx.
high school Academy Leaders Dr. Tonya Bailey, Mr. Scott Bennett, Mrs. Garla
Brown and Dr. Milton Folson will continue to work to find ways to provide them
with some semblance of a senior year. Seniors who wish to be showcased on
social media can fill out the form they will receive from their academies.
Please be sure to share all the good things that are happening during this
We know this is not ideal and we wish we had answers for everything. Right now, all we can do is continue to abide by the Governor’s orders and prepare to be flexible as needed. It is important that we all are responsible and that we make our contribution to slow down the spread of coronavirus including practicing social distancing and abiding by social gathering guidelines during this pandemic. Although we know we will not be able to recreate the senior experience in the traditional manner, we will work with our seniors and staff to create innovative experiences to ensure that our seniors still celebrate this time in their lives.
In the coming days and weeks, we will also be working with the team of administrators and school counselors at Reynoldsburg High School to review each of our seniors’ transcripts and apply the flexibility outlined by the Ohio Department of Education to ensure that there is a clear plan towards graduation for every student in the class of 2020. Please be assured that all seniors who were on target for graduating in 2020 will still graduate and we will continue to help each of our seniors realize their goals after high school.
In addition to our graduating seniors, our
continuity of learning plan will also make sure that all students have a way to
successfully finish their courses for the year and transition to the next
grade. This is an unprecedented time for all of us; however, we will continue
to work towards meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of our
students in RCS.
It takes an entire community to ensure that
our young people are successful. RCS will advocate, educate and graduate our
students through vision, integrity and passion. Thank you for your
partnership. Please stay healthy and
Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools
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