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COVID-19 Updates and INformation

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced schools to be closed for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16th. We will be updating this page regularly during this closure. Parents and guardians should watch email for an official announcements from the district.

In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.

This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow advice provided by public health experts. 


Ways to stay informed about Ohio Hi-Point:

Mental Health

During this time of uncertainty, we encourage you to stay connected with friends and family while practicing physical distancing. It’s important that we support one another during this time, especially if you or someone you know may be facing a mental health concern. 

Go outside, connect via FaceTime, and participate in numerous online activities like workouts, tours (see herehere and here), and more. Please check out the following resources for mental health. 


MOST RECENT UPDATES:

UPDATE: 4 p.m., March 30, 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

On Monday, March 30, Governor DeWine announced the state-wide school closure will continue through Friday, May 1 due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Ohio Hi-Point is observing the district’s scheduled spring break this week (March 30-April 3) and will continue to educate our students with our distance learning plan starting on April 6.

Ohio Hi-Point’s Administrative team is meeting virtually this week and additional information about lesson plan distribution, credit requirements, achievement recognition events, and more will be shared with you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unprecedented time. Our teachers will continue to support your student and provide them the best instruction possible to prepare them for their next chapter, whether that’s employment, enrollment, or enlistment. Please visit our website for the latest information and resources.

Thank you,

Rick Smith, Superintendent


UPDATE: 2 p.m., March 26, 2020

3rd Quarter Extension

Ohio Hi-Point has extended the third nine weeks by two days to allow extra time for students to submit assignments. Students have until March 29 at 11:59 p.m. to turn in 3rd quarter assignments to teachers. For questions, students should reach out to teachers for assistance by email, and/or other platforms. 

UPDATE: 6 p.m., March 23, 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), and Students,

On Sunday, March 22, Governor DeWine issued a stay-at-home order effective 11:59 p.m. on March 23 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 6. This means Ohio Hi-Point’s campus will be closed for the next two weeks. Any printed materials for students will still be mailed. Please continue to complete your school work and remain in contact with your teachers. We will still observe our scheduled spring break from March 30-April 3. No school work will be required during spring break.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,

Dr. Rick Smith, Superintendent

UPDATE: 9 a.m., March 19, 2020

Ohio State Testing is Delayed

The most important consideration at this time should be the health and safety of our students and of the community. Obviously, no state testing will take place during the closure period. The previously scheduled Ohio State Test window will be delayed. At this point, additional details about test window scheduling and extensions have not been determined. Please look for further communication regarding Ohio State Testing in the coming weeks. We also encourage you to monitor the COVID-19 FAQ page set up by the Ohio Department of Education here: education.ohio.gov/coronavirus.

UPDATE: 12 p.m. March 16

Our partner districts (and many community organizations!) are providing student meals during the three-week closure. Please review what your partner school is doing to prepare/deliver meals and we'll continue to add information as we receive it.

UPDATE: 2 p.m. March 13, 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Students,

On Thursday, March 12, Governor DeWine announced all schools will be closed for three weeks due to the concern surrounding COVID-19.

Ohio Hi-Point will be closed Monday, March 16 and plans to implement a distance learning plan for two weeks beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27 and observe OHP’s scheduled Spring Break from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3.

Teachers are preparing distance learning lessons for students. Students will select how they would like to receive lesson assignments either via online or printed materials. Your student’s teachers will check-in via online platforms, email, conference call, Remind, or other means of communication to make sure your student understands the material presented.

All OHP activities including study trips, competitions, and prom are cancelled until further notice.

At this time, Ohio Hi-Point will resume a regular schedule on Monday, April 6.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unprecedented situation. We will continue to provide your student quality career and academic education while ensuring your student’s safety and well-being by monitoring and adhering to the local, state, and federal health recommendations.

Thank you,

Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m. March 13, 2020

Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith has announced Ohio Hi-Point will be CLOSED on Monday, March 16 so staff can prepare distance learning plans for students. Ohio Hi-Point will remain closed through Friday, April 3.

UPDATE: 6 p.m. March 12, 2020

Read Governor DeWine's clarification on the three-week school closure.

Ohio Hi-Point will be in session for students on Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16. We will begin the Governor's mandated three-week closure starting Tuesday, March 17 through Friday April 3. Additional information for students and families will be given as soon as possible.

All OHP activities including study trips, competitions, and prom are cancelled until further notice.

We will continue to provide students quality career and academic education while ensuring our staff and student's safety and well-being by monitoring and adhering to the local, state, and federal health recommendations.

UPDATE: 9 a.m. March 12, 2020

Read Governor Mike DeWine's letter addressing his press conference on March 11.

Ohio Hi-Point's administrative team met this morning to discuss the latest information regarding COVID-19. At this time, OHP is not closing; we are waiting for more information from the Governor and our local health agencies. However, OHP is canceling all Main Campus study trips effective March 12 through April 6. Our Satellite programs will follow the lead of the partner district.

The following activities on the Bellefontaine Main Campus, hosted by outside organizations, are canceled based on Social Distancing Protocol set by Governor DeWine.

  • March 15: 664th Meeting
  • March 18: Trivia Bee
  • March 19: State FFA Officer Visit
  • March 20: Blood Drive
  • March 25: All Boards Banquet (Regularly scheduled BOE meeting will continue at 7 p.m.)
  • March 27: CTE 101 (EMIS Meeting)
  • March 30: Logan County Collaborative
  • April 4: Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

UPDATE: March 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and we want to share with our community that Ohio Hi-Point Career Center is well-aware of the concerns surrounding COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to state the risk of contracting the coronavirus remains low. As of March 10, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio but no confirmed cases in our community.

Ohio Hi-Point is working closely with the Logan County Health District and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to monitor the situation and develop a coordinated and comprehensive public health plan to ensure we are prepared to execute the recommendations of local, state, and federal health officials if cases arise in our community. Updated information will be shared with the community and posted on our website at ohiohipoint.com as it becomes available.

As we head towards spring break, we know travel may be planned. Please review the CDC Travel Advisory webpage prior to your travels.

In Ohio, we continue to be in the peak of flu season. Below are recommendations from the CDC to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center will remain proactive as we work closely with various state and local health agencies. Additional information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC and ODH websites. In addition, the ODH has opened a call center to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The call center is available seven days a week from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Sincerely,

Rick Smith, Superintendent