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COVID-19 Update for Families 3/20/20

We wanted to provide you with new information regarding services over the extended COVID-19 closure. 

The tremendous amount of support, grace, and common humanity that you have shown over this difficult time has truly been amazing. Thank you for adapting and being so resilient. 

Sycamore Community Schools is preparing In the event or likelihood the closure is extended for a longer period of time. We know the next few weeks will be increasingly burdensome on families and our community. Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and kindness to one another as we navigate through truly unknown territory. We will get through this together because we are #SycamoreStrong.

Remote Learning begins Monday, March 23.

Remote learning opportunities will be available for students in Grades 5-12 via Blackboard beginning March 23. Students in Grades K-4 received packets of materials to take home on Friday, March 13. 

We understand that you may have a lot of questions about the remote learning process and expectations. Our team is making plans for long-term delivery of instruction and continues to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation. More information will be coming next week on resources to continue student learning. 

Technology Support:

The Technology Department has set up a hotline to provide support during the extended closure:

Help Desk (513) 686-1793

helpdesk@sycamoreschools.org

If you need assistance with your student’s device or need help with accessing materials, please contact the number or email above. This includes in the event a device breaks. 

If you need the internet at home, many telecom providers are offering enhanced services or free service for K-12 families. To see a list of providers who are offering free wifi please visit: 

https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers  

 

Meal Services:

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, Sycamore Community Schools will be providing five days worth of FREE breakfasts & lunches to our students spread over three days of deliveries.

Delivery days will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the following sites throughout our community via an official Sycamore Community Schools van:

  • Hunt Park - 12:00-12:30 pm - Victor Avenue next to the park 
  • Oakwood Park - 12:00-12:30 pm - Parking lot near the basketball courts 
  • Olde Montgomery Apartments - 12:40-1:10 pm - Leasing Office parking lot near the swimming pool 
  • Villages at Symmes Crossing - 12:00-12:30 pm - Parking lot across from the clubhouse 
  • Fields Ertel Townhomes - 12:40-1:10 pm - Off of Mason Way Court near the mailboxes 

IF you plan to use this service, please CLICK HERE to fill out this confidential form ASAP so that we can provide an accurate number of meals. 

Menu

Monday, March 23rd and March 30th

  • Breakfast #1: Cereal, Orange or Craisin, Juice, Milk
  • Breakfast #2: Mini Donuts, Apple or Craisin, Juice, Milk 
  • Lunch #1: Moo Meal, Carrots, Applesauce, Milk
  • Lunch #2: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Broccoli, Frozen Fruit Cup, Milk (can take a second moo meal with peanut allergy)

Wednesday, March 25th and April 1st

  • Breakfast #1: Gourmet Bread, Frozen Fruit, Craisin/Raisin, Milk
  • Breakfast #2: Benefit Bar, Frozen Fruit, Craisin/Raisin, Milk
  • Lunch #1: Deli Sandwich Meal, Cucumber slices, Craisins/Raisins, Milk
  • Lunch #2: Bagel & Cream Cheese Meal, Applesauce, Assorted Raw Veggies, Milk

Friday, March 25th and April 3rd

  • Breakfast: Poptart, Applesauce or Craisin/Raisin, Juice, Milk
  • Lunch: Assorted entree (moo meal, peanut butter & jelly, bagel meal or deli sandwich), frozen fruit cup, assorted raw veggies and milk

*Items in bags may vary slightly

Additional Notes: 

  • EVERY child is REQUIRED to be present to receive meals. Due to strict USDA guidelines, a parent or older child cannot pick up multiple meals without all student(s) present. 
  • All families with children in the district are allowed to visit the above-listed sites and are not required to live in the specified neighborhoods in order to receive meals. 
  • Delivery windows are very strict. If you do not make it to a site within the delivery window, you will have to wait until the next delivery date to receive meals. 
  • Please be sure that your child is prepared to provide their name to staff when picking up meals.
  • Proper social distancing should be observed during deliveries. Please keep a 6-foot distance between other families while waiting in line. Once the meal is received there will be no congregating allowed in the area. 
  • Sanitation: All meals will be prepared in a highly sanitized and disinfected environment by staff who have undergone health screenings. Proper glove use will be utilized throughout packaging and during delivery of the meals
  • Food Safety: Meal items will need to be placed in the refrigerator immediately and will need to be stored below 41 degrees (all entrees, yogurts, and milk specifically). All perishable items will need to be consumed within 4 days unless prepackaged with a use-by date. 

For more information email warrenk@sycamoreschools.org 

Additional Assistance Available:

Sycamore Bridges has joined forces with Operation Give Back to assemble supplemental food bags for families in need. The distribution will occur on Mondays at the same time and locations as our Child Nutrition Services meal deliveries. Families who are unable to meet Sycamore Bridges during the Child Nutrition delivery times should contact Operation Give Back directly for food pick up. 

Sycamore Bridges has opened up their referral process to any Sycamore resident. They will consider any service-based need that supports social distancing, including delivering groceries, yard work, and virtual tutoring. 

How You Can Help:

We are overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness the Sycamore Family has already shown during this difficult time. We know that many of you want to help your neighbors and friends. We are directing all volunteers to reach out directly to Sycamore Bridges for information on how you can assist, including with our Child Nutrition Services during the extended closure. 

Sycamore Bridges shares opportunities for kindness on their Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on their website. For example, they are currently seeking cards, photos, and letters of encouragement that can be delivered to our local nursing homes either physically or via a slideshow for residents to view. 

Impact on Events and Activities:

We continue to monitor the latest orders and recommendations from Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health, the CDC, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association to determine whether or not we will be able to hold upcoming events and activities. 

As of March 18, all school-sponsored events and activities have been canceled until April 6 pending any additional directives from the state or OHSAA. This includes:

  • Community Design Meeting March 24
  • Board of Education Meeting March 25
  • Montgomery International Night March 27
  • Blue Ash Cultural Night March 27
  • E.H. Greene Intermediate’s “Screens and Tweens 2.0” March 31, April 7, & April 14
  • Sycamore High School presents “Disney’s Newsies” April 2-4
  • Always An Aviator Kickoff April 3
  • Sycamore Wellness Festival: April 5

We will evaluate and notify you if and when these events are rescheduled. 


All practices, scrimmages, and games have been canceled until April 6. All of our facilities, including outdoor athletic facilities and the Gregory Center are closed until further notice. Our coaches have been instructed to not organize informal workouts or practices. 

Aves Athletics is working closely with the GMC and OHSAA regarding the completion of Winter tournaments and the beginning of the Spring sports season. We hope to have more information early next week to share with you.

Contacting Us During The Closure:

Our schools and District Offices are currently closed to the public but we remain committed to being responsive to our community.

Our website www.sycamoreschools.org  is a great source of information. Please visit the “how do I..” tab for information about registering for school, obtaining transcripts, and more.

Our administrators are working remotely during the extended closure. We are continuing to monitor our voicemail during regular business hours and will respond as soon as possible. Voicemails and calls are being forwarded at this time. If you are not sure who you need to speak with, please call (513) 686-1700 and leave a message. The appropriate person will respond.  For an even faster response, email the person you are trying to reach. 

For generic questions, please email: info@sycamoreschools.org

Continued Communication:

The district is assessing and revising its plans on a daily basis as this situation rapidly changes.

Please continue to check your email throughout the break for additional information. Any modifications to dates/times of the closure or if other major announcements need to be made will be communicated via our mass notification, which includes phone calls, text messages, email, social media, mobile app notification and or district website. 

Please follow us on social media for additional information and great resources for families during the extended closure:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sycamoreschools/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SycamoreSchools

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sycamorecommunityschools/

Additional information will be coming to our teaching staff via email this weekend. Please check your email regularly for information.

Again, we appreciate your patience and your thoughtfulness of others through this situation. We will get through this together #SycamoreStrong