School News – by Superintendent Steve Poe
Last month was ‘the month of uncertainty.’ We did not know if / when governor Mike DeWine would reopen schools. On April 20, the announcement was made. Schools would remain closed for the remainder of the year. Our focus this year is to finish strong! Teachers will continue to communicate with parents and students via e-mail, “Zoom” meetings, phone calls, and text messages. Students will continue to pick-up/drop-off assignments at the school and/or complete lessons over the internet. Our students have done an outstanding job with remote instruction and we couldn’t be more proud!
The month of May could prove to be just as ‘uncertain’ as April. As of April 23, we were not sure how we would proceed with graduation. The Perry Monument is closed till June 13, there remains a limit to the number of people attending events such as graduations, and many people are anxious about being out in public. The only thing we know for sure is that graduation will be postponed to a later date. Everyone, rightfully, feels sorry for the class of 2020. They will miss their senior class trip to Hawaii, not have their traditional Jr./Sr. Dinner, nor their high school prom. When we do announce the details of this year’s graduation, we encourage everyone on the island to show their support for this class. We will plan a parade around the island and through town for people to display signs and noise makers. The Class of 2020 includes: Alexandra Knauer, Cecilia Glauser, Joseph Byrnes, Hannah Lentz, Morgan Stacy, and Carin Kirsch.
Details about graduation will be posted on our school website when they become available. Next year’s school calendar, along with a job description for a school custodian/maintenance position have recently been posted. Please refer to: www.put-in-bay.k12.oh.us for the latest school information.
The first week of May is “Teacher Appreciation Month.” When you have a chance, maybe let a teacher know you appreciate all they have done during these challenging times.