March 13th, 2020 - School closing

March 13th, 2020 - School closing
Posted on 03/13/2020
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March 13, 2020


Dear Parents,

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared that all schools in Ohio will be closed starting the end of day Monday, March 16, and the closure will last for three weeks. That would have Bellefontaine City Schools closed starting Friday, March 13 for teachers to prepare remote lessons and resuming class on Monday, April 6. However, this is a rapidly changing situation that may include an extended duration of school closure.

Closing school buildings does not mean that class is not in session (except for our scheduled spring break). The district can transition from an in-school to a distance learning environment.

  • Students should use the devices they typically use at home to complete schoolwork.
  • Students who do not have access to a Wi-Fi enabled device or the internet will receive accommodations. Teachers will reach out to parents of students to assess needs.
  • We will also utilize learning platforms that are user friendly or familiar to staff and students. Teachers will be making contact via email, Progressbook, text or phone calls with directions to log in to the platform.

District teachers will share more information with parents of their students regarding distance learning very soon. Please note that a distance-learning day does not mirror an in-school day. Students will not be constrained by traditional class hours, and course work may be adjusted to be better suited for at-home learning.

During this rapidly changing situation, we will continue to be proactive in our efforts to learn more and act accordingly. Anyone who has received meal assistance will continue to receive that assistance. The district is exploring options for meal distribution. We are also working in earnest to address how we will continue to support students with individualized education plans (IEPs).

At this time, all extracurricular activities are suspended. The suspension includes athletic events, school activities, and all meetings. They will resume beginning Monday, April 6, pending further direction from state officials.

Undoubtedly, this is an unprecedented challenge for everyone in our community. It is also an opportunity for us to come together as One Chieftain Nation. In the days and weeks ahead, we must all show a level of grace and patience as we adapt to this extended, yet temporary, change to our everyday lives. Let us all be an example of how to handle a crisis and prevail.

Information will continue to be shared with our parents via, school messenger, email and on the district website.


Brad Hall

Brad Hall 


Bellefontaine City School District

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