Regarding the COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus
Until further notice, the OHDELA office, located at 121 S. Main St. Suite 310, Akron, Ohio 44308, will be closed to the public effective immediately. In the abundance of caution, our staff will be working off-site. However, the office staff will be fully functional within the hours of 7:30am-4pm EST. Administrative and support staff will continue to respond to you remotely via phone and email.
New! 4/1/20 Update
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently signed House Bill 197. HB197 provides emergency relief to Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill waives state testing requirements for Ohio school children this year. 3rd-8th grade AIR assessments, Ohio Graduation Tests, Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessments, and Alternate Assessment for students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities will not be administered. Again, OHDELA will not be administering these state assessments this school year. Any already scheduled testing sessions for the 2019-2020 school year are cancelled, and will not be rescheduled.
Additional information will be coming shortly in regards to Seniors (12th grade) and Graduation Requirements. Right now, no Graduation Requirements have been waived, but schools have been directed to review each student’s graduation plan and investigate all alternative pathways provided by the Ohio Department of Education to ensure that there are flexible pathways to graduation for each student. OHDELA is currently reviewing each Senior’s graduation plan and will be communicating additional information shortly.
Thank you for your continued patience as we react to evolving guidelines.
Dear OHDELA Community,
Last Friday US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos noted that states will have the flexibility to cancel state testing this year given the COVID-19 situation. States choosing to do so will need to file a waiver with the US Department of Education. On Sunday, 3/22/20, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine indicated in his press conference that he would be asking the General Assembly of Ohio to suspend state testing for this year. The General Assembly will be in session this week, and it is anticipated that this legislation will be passed at that point. If passed that legislation would pave the way for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to submit a waiver request. OHDELA has suspended all testing planning and scheduling as we await updates on that legislation and a formal announcement from ODE. For now, all families who had scheduled a testing time in the April 3-April 17 window should assume that they will NOT test during that period. We will provide additional updates as we receive them.
~ OHDELA Administration
3/23/2020 10:00 AM Update:
Hello OHDELA community,
Monday, March 23rd, through Friday, March, 27th, is spring break for OHDELA students and instructional staff. There will be no live class sessions this week. However, this is a great time to catch up on missed assignments and improve low course grades. You have access to all online courses and supplemental resources (iXL, iReady, Newsela, etc.) throughout this week. Also, if you have unsubmitted offline time from prior weeks, or if you complete offline time this week, please be sure to submit that from within the appropriate course.
3/16/2020 4:00 PM Update:
Dear OHDELA Community,
On Friday we communicated that today, Monday 3/16/20, would be an instructional day as usual, but that we were awaiting additional guidance about Tuesday 3/17 and beyond. Over the weekend the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) provided an FAQ document with additional guidance regarding e-school programming during the school closure period. We are extremely happy to share that computer based schools will continue operations in their normal fashion according to their regular calendar. ODE has also noted that there should be limited impact on minimum instructional hours provided. Given this, we are asking that your student maintain his or her usual school day routine as much as possible, working to complete instructional opportunities each day through a combination of work completed online (iXL, iReady, course work, live session attendance, google assignments) and work completed offline and submitted via the offline tracker in each course (reading, brainstorming for writing activities, physical activity for PE, flashcard practice, etc.).
Remember – Monday 3/23 through Friday 3/27 is OHDELA’s Spring Break. While you will have access to your online courses there will be no live instructional sessions and no teacher availability. This is a great opportunity to catch up on missed work and bring up any low course grades.
The current guidance is that no testing is to occur during the current closure period (now through April 3rd) and that ODE will take appropriate action to adjust the state’s testing schedule (both in terms of administration and reporting) to accommodate the three-week closure. The intention is to be as flexible as possible. ODE will be asking the U.S. Department of Education for the maximum flexibility in accommodating the current circumstances. At this time OHDELA is re-evaluating the school testing schedule.
We will be providing more information in the very near future. It’s important that we allow ODE the time to work through planning around items like this and others in the coming weeks. We know that these are challenging times, and it will require even more effort than usual to maintain a consistent routine of learning. Below, please find some information we hope will be helpful as you navigate the next few weeks.
Instructional Program and Schedule week of 3/16/2020 and 3/30/2020
Follow the daily schedule you have established for learning. If you have not yet established a schedule, or have not been maintaining your schedule this is a good time to revisit your plan and reset expectations.
Check the homepage and announcements for each course each morning to make sure you understand what work is expected for the day.
○ Your student will have opportunities for Live Conference Sessions each day. Your student will also have asynchronous expectations each day in Canvas. Each of your student’s courses will have the learning opportunities clearly outlined both on the homepage and within the modules.
○ Should your student not be able to attend the live class, do not worry, recordings of the session are posted promptly. It is expected that your student view the recording and use the instruction to complete assignments and quizzes.
■ *Tip*: After watching the recording, have your student complete their assignment. Leave the recording up to help complete the assignment, your student can press “pause” or rewind/fast forward and complete portions of the assignment at any time.
○ Together, spend time in the morning reading through the daily
expectations. We recommend discussing:
■ The start times and duration of all live classes for the day.
■ The lesson pages (modules) that should be read and studied for the day.
■ Google Assignments, projects or quizzes that need completed for the day
■ Curricular resource time for the day such as: IXL, iReady, Newsela, etc.
Remember to review the offline time expectations each teacher has provided and don’t forget to submit that time via the offline tracker as you complete it.
● Don’t forget–all teachers have their contact information posted on their homepage. If you are confused or need help, they are one call or email away!
● Make sure your child has a distraction free space to work and has all needed supplies for the day nearby.
● Build in times for snack, lunch and physical movement – this will ensure your child can focus during learning time. Remember to submit that physical activity time within your PE course!
*Reminder – week of 3/23 is Spring Break! No live sessions or teacher availability – catch up on missed work and bring up low grades! Go back and submit any offline time you’ve not yet submitted for the semester.
Be reminded that services outlined on your child’s IEP are required and will be continued during this time. Please be sure to include these scheduled sessions as you address your daily priorities. This includes all related service sessions your child may be scheduled for. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s intervention specialist if you have any questions or concerns regarding services and supports as outlined in their IEP.
Given the increased use of online learning platforms and web/video conferencing tools across the nation many people are seeing impacts to the speed and consistency of internet services and to the performance of certain online tools. Our support teams will continue to be available to you via the established methods. We ask that you are patient as we work to respond to needs and ensure each student can continue learning. For fastest response please visit https://help.ohdela.com/ and chat with support via the chat widget at the bottom of the page.
Additionally, please review the below list of Internet Service Providers and special upgrades or discounts they are providing during this period.
Internet Service Provider Offers
Altice – Click Here
The company is offering its Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband service free for 60 days to any new residential customer currently without internet access. According to the FCC, 25Mbps and above classifies as high-speed.
AT&T –Click Here
The Company says it will suspend data caps for its fixed internet service. It also offers a $10-amonth Access From AT&T program for qualifying low-income households found here.
Charter Spectrum – Click Here
The ISP will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with students in kindergarten through 12th grade or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. The installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll, call 844-488-8395.For eligible low-income households without school-age children, Charter offers Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. Spectrum doesn’t have data caps or hidden fees.
Comcast – Click Here
Comcast will offer new residential customers who qualify its $9.95-permonth Internet Essentials program free for 60 days. The company says it will boost its internet service speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps, which qualifies the service as high-speed broadband under FCC guidelines. Comcast will also suspend data caps for 60 days and refrain from disconnecting service or charging late fees for customers who contact the company regarding overdue payments.
Cox Internet – Click Here
Starting Monday, new customers can receive a free month of internet service in the company’s Connect2Compete plan, available to qualified low-income households for $9.95 a month. The company is also fast-tracking the application process to get families connected more quickly.Cox will make its Complete Care support program free to all residential customers who have technical issues or need assistance installing features like education software or teleconferencing. The
company is going to increase internet speeds from 25/3 Mbps to 50/3 Mbps for 60 days for the Starter, StraightUp Internet, and Connect2Compete packages, and speed up the implementation of a 50Mbps upgrade for users of Cox’s Essentials service. That upgrade had been scheduled for later in the year.
T-Mobile – Click Here
The company has no data cap for its home internet service. All current T-Mobile and Metro by TMobile wireless customers who have cell-phone plans with data will be granted unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). They’ll also recieve an additional 20GB of mobile hot spot/tethering service for those two months. The company is working to provide Lifeline low-income customers with up to 5GB of free data per month over the next two months.
The company recently increased speeds at no extra cost on some mid-tier FIOS services, bumping the 100 Mbps tier to 200 Mbps and the 200 Mbps tier to 300 Mbps. The company reports that it places no data caps on its home internet broadband services. Verizon also offers a low-cost Lifeline plan for qualified families.
If you or your child are feeling worried or restless during this complicated period- please remember that OHDELA’s Social Worker, Ashley Sees firstname.lastname@example.org and Guidance Counselor, Christine Hafer email@example.com, are here to help! We will be sharing some self-care tips for students and families shortly.
3/13/20 3:00 PM Update:
Dear OHDELA Community,
We are continuing to monitor guidance from the Ohio Department of Education regarding what the school closure status will mean for e-schools. The Governor’s guidance on closures has indicated that closures must begin at the end of the day Monday, March 16th. This means that we will treat Monday, March 16th as a normal instructional day for OHDELA students.
Please log in as usual, attend scheduled live sessions, complete online course work, and complete/submit offline time. Beyond Monday, your student will have continued access to learning opportunities in our learning platforms and supplemental programs and we encourage you to utilize all resources available and maintain as much consistency in your student’s learning routine as possible. We are working to determine if there will be any adjustments to what a student’s daily plan looks like in the coming weeks and will communicate those additional details as available.
In addition, we are awaiting further clarification from the Ohio Department of Education on what, if any, adjustments will be made to state testing schedules and expectations. You may be asked to continue scheduling your testing session as usual while we await this additional guidance. Please understand that we will continually adjust our state testing planning and expectations as new guidance comes forward.
We appreciate your continued patience as we work to map next steps in this complex situation.
3/13/20, 9:40 AM Update:
Dear OHDELA Community,
We are working to understand all implications of the guidance regarding school closure shared in Governor DeWine’s press conference on Thursday 3/12. We will communicate more information as we have it. Friday 3/13/2020 will be a normal school day, with instruction offered as usual and an expectation for 5 hours of participation in instructional opportunities. Please complete online work and complete/submit offline time as usual. Thank you for your patience during this challenging time.
Dear OHDELA Community,
Like you, we are monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus. At this point we are utilizing recommendations and guidance from The Center for Disease Control (CDC), The Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and the state of Ohio.
As attendees of an e-school, OHDELA students are already experiencing reduced opportunities for exposure and can continue their studies without interruption to learning. Please continue to participate in all online learning opportunities, and to complete and log offline time as usual to meet the requirement of 5 hours of participation per day.
At this point, the Ohio Department of Education has noted that state testing schedules and plans will remain as they are. We are monitoring updates coming from ODE on this topic. Should state guidance indicate that testing expectations are changing in light of COVID-19, we will act accordingly.
Additionally, we’re monitoring state level guidance on mass gatherings so that we can comply with any recommendations once testing commences. As of now the state of Ohio has not issued any formal guidance on this issue. For now, we ask that you work with school staff to schedule an April testing time. Scheduling now will ensure that you have the full range of dates and times to choose from, and allow us to plan for space and staffing needs.
We know that as testing time draws nearer and new guidance comes forward from ODE, the CDC, and the state of Ohio, we will all be continually re-assessing testing plans. Our primary priority in all decision making will be the safety of our students and staff. For all students and staff, in all settings, we are urging adherence to the CDC recommendations noted below. Stay Informed – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. (www.cdc.gov/ncov)
Remember to take every day preventative actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol- based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- IF YOU FEEL SICK with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to China or were in close contact with someone with 2019-nCoV in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership,
New Students: Start of School Information
At OHDELA, the safety and security of all of our students is our number one priority. While we strive to provide for the safest and most secure learning environment, we also must adapt as technology evolves. It has come to our attention that there were some concerns relating to live instructional sessions which we have recently addressed. We are confident that the steps we have taken will support our mission, enhance our safety and security measures, and result in an improved student experience.
To ensure a consistent focus on teaching and learning, please take note of a few live class session reminders and expectations:
- Students must not change their names in live session to anything other than their proper legal name. If a student does change his or her name, we will identify the student and will take disciplinary action.
- Students must use the live class session chat feature appropriately, which includes limiting chat remarks to on-topic discussions as directed by the classroom teacher.
- Students must not use webcams unless asked to do so by the classroom teacher.
- Students must raise their hand, or indicate their desire to speak using the chat feature, to use the microphone and must be given permission by the classroom teacher.
- Students must not use annotation tools (drawing tools) unless asked to do so by the classroom teacher.
- Students must be respectful of the teacher and his/her classmates at all times.
- It is expected that all students follow all classroom instructions and remain on task.
Failure to follow established class rules will first result in a warning and potential removal from class. A second violation of class rules will result in the school principal being notified and the student being banned from the live class sessions (the student will need to view the class recordings) until the end of the academic quarter.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we work together for the benefit of all students. For questions or concerns related to Zoom security and safety, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
OHDELA Leadership Team
RELEASE OF RECORDS
Students who will not be returning to OHDELA must return their computers in order for records to be released. Until all OHDELA equipment is returned, the School will put a fine of $300 per student on all accounts and records will not be released until the equipment is returned or the fine is paid. To return your school computer, please call 330-252-8870 or email email@example.com.
OHDELA issues final grades only at the end of the school year for all students in grades K-8. High school final grades are issued upon course completion. Report cards for all students will be mailed out at the end of the year. If you think there is a problem with your report card, please contact your child’s advisor. For students who do not elect to attend OHDELA next year, you must return your computer or a fine will be placed on your account which will prevent the release of your records.
OHDELA and all Ohio Schools test students during the months of October, November, December March, and April. If you are planning any travel during the school year, please plan to be in Ohio during these months. Refer to our Academic Calendar for testing dates. Testing is mandatory. Students who do not test may be subject to withdrawal. Major testing dates are noted on the School’s calendar. Additional dates will be provided for students who are required to take specific tests.
All enrolling students will be required to attend a Live Conference Orientation session, complete an online Orientation Course, and an i-Ready Assessment during their first several days with OHDELA. Students will receive details on these requirements in a Welcome email sent from academic advisors 3-5 days prior to the student’s start date.
The Ohio Department of Health requires specific immunizations prior to school attendance. Although OHDELA is an online school, students are subject to the same vaccination requirements per the Department of Health. Students may not be enrolled without providing proof of immunization. Click here for the full list of Ohio immunization requirements.