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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Reopening Schools

The Learning Options survey has been closed.  We are currently creating schedules.  

If you need to make changes or have questions, please contact your child's school building directly.

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High School Technology Pick Up  

 

 


Health and Safety

 

Is there a threshold for positive test numbers where we would go fully remote, regardless of county rating?

  • If Hamilton County goes “Purple” we will switch over to remote the very next day it is announced, regardless of when the order goes into effect.
  • On a daily basis, we are reviewing the numbers and information from Hamilton County and the City of Springdale Health Commissioners to make the best-informed decisions. 

 

Will every school have a full-time nurse? 

A nurse or health aid will be in each building.

 

How many people per classroom?

With an alternating week scheduled we will endeavor to limit elementary classes between 9-15 students. 

Our goal for secondary classes will be 15-19 students.

 

UPDATED: Why is it that 3rd graders and under don't have to wear a mask? 

**That was the guidance from the State of Ohio prior to July 31, 2020. As of our July 31st presentation, ALL students will be required to wear a mask. We will be working on a district policy that will be approved by the Board of Education. 

All students riding school transportation will be required to wear a mask on the bus or in a van, regardless of their age/grade.

 

Can face shields be worn by children instead of masks? 

Face shields can be worn by children if developmentally appropriate.

 

What happens if a student refuses to wear a mask?

Students who can not follow the policies will be directed to the remote learning option.

 

Will my child be able to use the drinking fountains?

No, all students will be encouraged to bring water bottles.

 

Will someone be enforcing all these rules (masks, social distance, etc.)?

All school expectations are reviewed at the start of the school year.  We will make sure that our students understand that this will keep everyone safe while at school.

 

How is the air quality in the buildings?

We will meet or exceed all recommendations from the CDC for indoor air quality, including our filters which are MERV 13. These filters are high capacity, highly efficient, and on a scheduled rotation.  In addition, we will be increasing the air exchange rates in the classrooms which is essentially the rate that we replace the air in each room with outside air.  We will be running the HVAC units an additional 2 hours in the morning before students arrive and an additional 2 hours in the afternoon after they leave to exchange the building air.

 

Has the start date of school changed?

Originally, the school calendar had been approved by the Board of Education with the start date of August 13. The new start date is August 20 for all Princeton students.  Only the Scarlet group will be in-person that day.  All other students will begin with remote learning. On August 21, the Gray group will be in-person, and all other students will be remote.  Starting August 24, the calendar is set weekly for in-person learning, alternating Scarlet and Gray, through the end of the first quarter, October 21.


 

Transportation/Start Times 

 

How will I know the bus assignment?

Bus passes will be sent out and you should receive them no later than Wednesday, August 19.

 

How can I contact First Student/Transportation?

Hours of Operation:  5:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

First Student Transportation
11786 Highway Drive
Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Phone: (513) 554-0105

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1 – Dispatch
2 – Training Compliance
3 – Routing
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Fax: (513) 554-0838

 

What are the start times and end times for each grade? 

***School Hours and Time Changes are for the FIRST 9 Weeks ONLY***

Princeton High School hours will be 7:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Students may choose to get a “Grab & Go” lunch to take home with them. 

Athletics will continue to operate as scheduled.

 

Princeton Community Middle School students will attend school 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  

PCMS students will have lunch in the cafeteria spread across the middle school and high school cafeterias. 

There will be Zero Bell, which will start at 7:00 a.m.

 

Princeton elementary school students will attend school 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Meals will be delivered to the classroom or spread out in the cafeteria, determined by class-size per building.

 

The first day of school for Preschool and Kindergarten students is August 24th.  

For the first two weeks of the school year, AM sessions will be 9:00-11:30, and PM sessions will be 12:50-3:00.

 

Can you clarify the specific dates for when students have to be at the school to meet their teacher and the first day of school?

The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 will be either August 20 or August 21 depending on their last name or assigned group (Scarlet/Gray). 

Preschool and Kindergarten students will have their first day of school on August 24. Kindergarten students will also be on a Scarlet and Grey schedule with Scarlet attending the first week.  Preschool and Kindergarten teachers will be reaching out to parents to provide opportunities to visit the classroom before the first day of school.  

 


  

School Supplies

 

Do the remote learners need to buy the school supplies?

Remote learners do not need to buy school supplies, as long as you have the basic items in your house.  If you need something specific and can't afford it, please contact Mrs. Wyder at the Princeton Closet, 513.864.1025.

 

Is there going to be a time we are able to bring school supplies before the 1st day of school? Or get to see how the classrooms are set up? Will we be able to help our children take supplies to their classrooms?

All buildings will send communication to families regarding virtual open houses when students and families can see the class and meet the teacher. We are prioritizing providing an opportunity for primary students and new students to the building to have a chance to meet the teachers and see the building.  This will be by appointment and with limitations.

How do we go about getting the equipment we need for remote learning? 

This will be determined by your schedule.  The goal is to provide as many items as possible online, but we will arrange pick-ups if needed.

 


 

Learning Options

 

 

Where can I find the Learning Options Survey?

The survey is now closed.  Please contact your child's school.

 

We have not received any confirmation of the choice we made. By which I mean, we haven't heard anything from your side on the choice.

Letters have been mailed out on the Learning Option choices.  If you have not received your letter by Friday, August 14, please call the school your child attends to confirm.

 

After the 1st quarter of the year, will the school give a choice in person or remote learning again? Of course, that depends on COVID-19 standing.

Remote learning will last the 1st semester because of scheduling.  However, a learning option selection for 2nd semester will go out (as long as there is a choice) so parents/students can make a different or same choice starting in January.

 

Will my child participate in the option I choose or is it a majority vote?

All children will have the opportunity for remote learning. The traditional or alternating schedule will be dependent upon surveys and state and local health guidance. 

 

Can I change my survey information if I have already submitted it and want to change my mind?  

Surveys were due July 14. We need all final decisions by July 24 and are contacting parents we have not yet heard from for their options. 

Remote Learning registrations can be a semester or year-long option.  Students will not be able to return to in-person classes until the semester is over. 

You may register to go Remote after July 14, but once you select Remote Learning, it is a commitment for the rest of the semester.

 

Is the answer we chose on the survey permanent? What if conditions change and we change our mind before school starts that maybe we want to go remote?

You may change your survey information until July 14, 2020. To ensure we have teachers where we need them (classroom versus Remote Learning Program), we need to know how many students will opt for the Remote Learning Program now. This is important because we want to build and maintain relationships with students and support them when they do return to classroom settings. 

You may register to go Remote after July 14, but once you select Remote Learning, it is a commitment for the rest of the semester.

 

Can I make my decision once I know what school will look like? 

Unfortunately, no.  Remember that however, school looks on the first day of the year (August 20), it may change in a month or even a week.  Given the current status of COVID in our community, it is safe to assume school will not “look normal” at the start of the year because even if we have in-person learning, there will be lots of precautions and protocols in place to protect students and staff.  

To ensure we have teachers where we need them (classroom versus Remote Learning Program), we need to know how many students will opt for the Remote Learning Program now. This is important because we want to build and maintain relationships with students and support them when they do return to classroom settings.

 

Will I lose my neighborhood school slot and be assigned to a different elementary school if I choose the remote learning option? 

No, all elementary students will continue to keep the neighborhood school they are currently assigned to attend.   

 

If I choose the remote learning option, can my student return to the classroom if conditions improve? 

Not until the following semester. For scheduling purposes, we are asking parents to commit to a semester (August 2020 until January 2021) or a full school year of remote learning instruction.  This assists with scheduling, staffing, and reduces capacity limits in the classrooms and building areas.

 



Remote Learning

 

I'm wondering how much contact in-person learners will have with teachers during their remote week.  Will it be similar to the full-remote schedule?  Will lessons be live or recorded?  Will they follow a bell schedule or be more flexible?  Also, if we switch to remote, will everyone (in-person and remote learners) follow similar remote learning schedules, or would the in-person students still meet with their teachers during similar bell schedules?

Based on our current schedules, at-home learners will have live contact with their teacher at least once a week. At the elementary level, they will have at least two live lessons per week.  The secondary students will have at least one and an additional opportunity for support.  Most of these live sessions will take place in the afternoon.  Based on specialized course selections, some high school students may be asked to follow a bell schedule. 

Secondary groups are operating on similar bell schedules and small adjustments may be made, but for the secondary, they are very similar.

 

How are the remote learners going to do their class everyday? Will their teachers be different than the 5th-grade teachers in home school? Will the gifted math teacher be the same?

Remote learners will be assigned a teacher who will teach all content areas.  In some grade levels, they may be assigned to another 5th-grade teacher in the district. They will have access to a gifted math teacher for remote math instruction, but it may not be the teacher that normally works in their building.

 

How will communications be handled for those students who have chosen the virtual option? Should we still stay connected with our home school?

Yes, continue to read the weekly e-News for your home school and check the website often. We will work with the principals to streamline all communication.

 

When and how will the kids get assignments and instructions for the online week?

During the days of school, assignments for the online week will be sent home with students.  Kindergarten students will get assignments when they meet with the teacher. As we enter our routine, assignments will be shared on Google Classroom by Monday at 8:00 a.m. each week. Many will be sent home the Friday before.  Secondary parents should check planners during the first days of school.  Work for the following week will be included.

 

For the virtual, how many live sessions will be held daily? Live sessions are crucial,  but the timing may be difficult with multiple children and parents' work schedules. How will the week they are doing remote going to work? I would love to learn more about the daily time commitment and whether that will be flexible or if he’ll be required to be online at certain times each day?

Students will receive schedules to follow and are expected to attend live sessions based on their schedule.  We do recognize that it may not always be possible to attend live sessions so teachers will record their sessions and students will be able to view the recording and complete the assignment given during the live session.  There will be requirements to prove that the recording was viewed so that the teacher knows the student participated in the lesson.

 

How do fully remote students meet with or receive in-person instruction if the student schedules, don’t match the teacher schedules?

The schedule will be shared by the teacher and will take place during the traditional school day.  Students are expected to attend the assigned time daily.  If there is a conflict, lessons will be recorded and students will be accountable for watching the tape and engage in an assigned activity while watching the recorded video.  Failure to log into a class or watch assigned videos will result in an absence.  School attendance practices will be followed if students do not attend remote classes.

 

 

For the virtual students, will they be receiving paper assignments as well? Can they be requested?

The students who have signed up for remote only will be using online resources as much as possible.  We will work to provide paper assignments when available but will determine the need once we work with families.  It will be the parent's responsibility to pick up paper assignments.

 

Who will be teaching the remote learners? Will this person have experience teaching early childhood literacy and math?

All teachers assigned to remote learners are certified PreK-3 teachers.  They will have experience teaching early childhood literacy and math.

 

How does an 8th grader know if they have HS classes? 

All schedules will be made available before the first day of school. Counselors plan to finish up the new schedules by Friday.  If you have a specific question, please call the counselor. 

 

For high school students who are going in person, the first hybrid quarter includes class periods after the school day ends. Will those be synchronous, live sessions? 

Those sessions are mostly for the students who are learning from home that week, but all students are invited to help sessions that will be happening at the end of the day.

 

How will standardized assessment tests be administered remotely? Will they require having the test be taken in a silent room, or through using Honorlock or something similar?

We are working through this process.  We want to delay any standardized testing until after we get into a routine and all students have the ability to test remotely.

 

 

What grade levels can participate in the Remote Learning Program? 

The Remote Learning Plan will serve students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. 

PreK will be in-person weekly Monday-Thursday. The class sizes are currently at nine students.  If the entire school or classroom is closed due to an outbreak, the teacher will be in touch with the parents about remote learning opportunities and enrichment activities.

 

How are students selected for Remote Learning? 

Parents are being asked to complete the survey to select if their child(ren) will return to school in-person (whether that is traditional or A/B alternating schedule or remote if schools are closed);  remote learning for a semester; or remote learning for the entire school year. 

 

Will there be grades or pass/fail? 

We will return to our traditional grading system.

 

What does Synchronous mean?

Synchronous learning refers to all types of learning in which learner(s) and instructor(s) are in the same place, at the same time, in order for learning to take place. This includes in-person classes, live online meetings when the whole class or smaller groups get together. In synchronous learning, students usually go through the learning path together, accompanied by their instructor who is able to provide support while students are completing tasks and activities.

 

Synchronous Learning ○ Students learn from their teachers in real-time at the same time face to face or online such as 12 using chat rooms, streaming, or video conferencing. All Scarlet and Gray alternate schedule students must be online at a specific hour in order to participate. 

Examples of synchronous remote learning include the following: 

■ Google Classroom ■ Scheduled video conferences or phone calls ■ Scheduled quizzes and tests ■ Scheduled chat room times ■ Live stream lectures or demonstrations 

 

Asynchronous Learning ○ Students access information, demonstrate what they’ve learned, and communicate with students and teachers using online tools such as: 

■ Discussion boards ■ Email ■ Google Classroom ■ Recorded presentations and videos ○ Students will be given a time frame, usually several days during the week in which they can connect with their teacher 

 

Can students who are in Remote Learning classes participate in extracurricular activities?

Yes, students may participate in extracurricular activities at the school where they are enrolled.

 

If I choose online learning is my child going to be able to keep her concert choir and band placement?

Yes, we will are working with staff to find creative ways to ensure this can happen.

 

 

 

 


 

Returning to Buildings: Traditional or Alternate Week Schedules (A/B Weeks)  

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Classroom / Scheduling 

 

For high school students who are going in person, the first hybrid quarter includes class periods after the school day ends. Will those be synchronous, live sessions? 

Those sessions are mostly for the students who are learning from home that week, but all students are invited to help sessions that will be happening at the end of the day.

 

What does Synchronous mean?

Synchronous learning refers to all types of learning in which learner(s) and instructor(s) are in the same place, at the same time, in order for learning to take place. This includes in-person classes, live online meetings when the whole class or smaller groups get together. In synchronous learning, students usually go through the learning path together, accompanied by their instructor who is able to provide support while students are completing tasks and activities.

 

Synchronous Learning ○ Students learn from their teachers in real-time at the same time face to face or online such as 12 using chat rooms, streaming, or video conferencing. All Scarlet and Gray alternate schedule students must be online at a specific hour in order to participate. 

Examples of synchronous remote learning include the following: 

■ Google Classroom ■ Scheduled video conferences or phone calls ■ Scheduled quizzes and tests ■ Scheduled chat room times ■ Live stream lectures or demonstrations 

 

Asynchronous Learning ○ Students access information, demonstrate what they’ve learned, and communicate with students and teachers using online tools such as: 

■ Discussion boards ■ Email ■ Google Classroom ■ Recorded presentations and videos ○ Students will be given a time frame, usually several days during the week in which they can connect with their teacher 

 

Can the blended schedule be easily switched to a fully remote schedule?

Yes, but no schedule changes are easy.  Students have the opportunity to switch to full remote learning at any time.  Mr. Burton mentioned in earlier sessions that it may take a few days to make the switch to the student’s schedule, but it is an option.  Once a student makes a commitment to a full remote learning model, he/she cannot switch from fully remote to blended until the end of the first semester though.  These changes are handled at the building level so please work with your building principal (elementary) or assigned guidance counselor (secondary) regarding these requests.  

 

How will schedules be changed, if we are able to move from hybrid to fully in-person second quarter?

The students are assigned to the same teacher so when we return they will all be back at the same time.  Some adjustments may need to be made at the elementary level because of class sizes.  These changes will be handled at the building level so please work with your building principal (elementary) or assigned guidance counselor (secondary) regarding these requested changes.  The district office will support any needed staff assignments.

 

Couldn’t teachers hold classes at the same time as normal classes virtually?  

Teachers and students assigned to remote only will have have a regular schedule for classes.  Students and teachers participating in the alternate week schedule will need more flexibility. 


With the flex schedule, how will the teacher have enough time to instruct kids in the classroom and online?

We will work with teachers to determine the planning time needs and the best way to serve students in this model.

 

When will we know when remote learning is live on Google Classroom or independent and/or project-based learning? 

Teachers will provide a weekly schedule.

 

If/when there is remote learning will there be grades or pass/fail? 

We will return to our traditional grading system.

 

How many students will be in each classroom?

With an alternating week scheduled we will endeavor to limit elementary classes between 9-15 students. 

Our goal for secondary classes will be 15-19 students.  

 

What is happening with Scarlet Oaks students?

Great Oaks will start the year on an A/B schedule.  Students will be divided into two groups, with the A group on campus Monday/Thursday and the B group on campus Tuesday/Friday, with Wednesday as a remote learning/remote assistance day for all.  Half of our juniors and half of our seniors will be on campus at a time.  With this schedule, lessons will be designed to maximize the amount of hands-on work that students have in their career lab while on campus.

The A/B schedule will be used for the first quarter, until Friday, October 16.  After that, our plan is to return to a full schedule, with all students attending every day (with masks, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning).

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Special Populations & Student Needs

 

Will Special Education be at school 5 days a week? 

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop appropriate supports and services to meet your child’s needs, with health and safety protocols in place.

 

Will my child’s IEP be followed?

Each child’s IEP will be followed to the greatest extent possible, given the parent’s preference for learning options, as well as the most current health and safety guidelines. School teams and parents will develop a temporary remote learning plan to document any changes in services or accommodations that are needed if the student is learning in a remote setting (either parent choice, blended learning, or additional school closures). 

 

Is an IEP meeting or amendment required in response to COVID-19 related closures?

No, an IEP amendment is not required in response to COVID-10 related closures. Each student will have a remote learning plan developed with parents and school personnel to address any changes in services, accommodations, and modifications needed to address their needs remotely. 

 

Will we still have an annual IEP meeting or a reevaluation meeting this year?

Yes, all federal and state timelines will be followed. Students that were scheduled for a three-year reevaluation and each student’s annual IEP will be conducted. These meetings will be conducted virtually to comply with the guidance of limiting visitors in school buildings.

 

Can I ask for an IEP meeting to add/change services to my child’s IEP?

Parents can ask for an IEP meeting at any time to discuss their concerns. Staff will be monitoring progress on IEP goals and academic progress. This data will be used as the basis for any changes to the IEP that may be needed. 

 

Can a student with an IEP or 504 attend the remote learning program?

Yes, if you are interested in the Remote Learning option, please select a one-semester or year-long commitment. Your child’s IEP team will meet to review and identify individual accommodations that will be necessary to support your child’s unique needs.

 

What will happen to students that have IEP plans and need daily specialized instruction?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop appropriate supports to meet your child’s needs, with health and safety protocols in place.


Will students with disabilities be at school five days a week?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop an appropriate schedule for children to receive their supports and services to meet their needs, with health and safety protocols in place. An increase in face to face instruction is an option teams will consider.

 

What are teleservices? 

Teleservices are services provided remotely by special service providers in an educational setting, through the use of technology for assessment, intervention, and consultation. Princeton intervention specialists, related service staff, school psychologists, and paraprofessionals will be utilizing teleservices to students who are learning remotely.

 

My child struggles with transitions. What is being done to help students transition back to school?

The district is working to compile a list of resources parents can use to help their child transition back to school. This includes social stories on a variety of topics (social distancing, wearing a mask, handwashing, etc.), sample daily schedules, and strategies to support children at home. This will be available on the Princeton website.

 

My child receives a lot of services on their IEP. What will be prioritized if they are only in school part-time?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review your child’s IEP and your selected option. The team will develop an appropriate schedule for children to receive their supports and services through in-person services and teleservices to meet their needs, with health and safety protocols in place. These decisions will be documented in a remote learning plan and a prior written notice.

 

What if my child can’t wear a mask due to their disability?

Each family will be contacted by the special education school team to review any specific needs your child may have upon returning to school. These needs and possible accommodations will be documented in a prior written notice. 

 

What should I do if my child isn’t making progress on their IEP goals?

Staff will be monitoring progress on IEP goals and reporting this on IEP progress reports per the IEP. This data will be used as the basis for any changes to the IEP that may be needed. Parents can contact their child’s intervention specialist to discuss any concerns about progress.


My child uses a school-provided device for communication and/or access to their instruction. If my child is learning remotely, will they have access to it when they are at home?

Yes, your child’s school team will make arrangements for the device to be available at home when the child is accessing services and will provide parents with consultation on how to support their child with the device.

 

Will Gifted and other services still be offered in the Remote Learning program? 

Yes, we will offer Gifted services to students who qualify. We will work with students at each grade level. 


  

Technology 

 

 How do students get their Chromebooks and other supplies? 

There will be a pick-up date for parents to pick up Chromebooks and any other supplies needed for the remote learning program. This will be communicated by the school principal where your child is enrolled.

Princeton High School Technology Pick Up

 

 

Will there be mobile hotspots available for families who do not have internet access?

Yes, families who do not have internet access may request a mobile hotspot.

There will be pick-up dates and training for families before the start of classes. 

For Technology Department assistance, please call the Hotline at 513-864-1162.

 

Who can I call for help?

For technology assistance, please call the Hotline at 513-864-1162.

 


 

 Other 

 

 

Due to alternating schedules, will kindergarten tuition be the same or altered?

Rather than charging upfront, we will be billing at the end of the month. It will be half price, pending Board of Education approval.  Preschool will be the same price, but also charged at the end of the month.

 

 

 

 

 

Reopening Plans - Slideshow
Reopening Plans - Slideshow

Information that was presented on July 31, 2020 regarding the reopening plans for Princeton City School District.