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Huber Heights City Schools

Coronavirus updates

Welcome
This page will serve as a hub housing information parents, staff and the Huber Heights community needs about the coronavirus. This page will contain FAQs and coronavirus updates from various health and government organizations. Regular updates and communication from the district will be added on a regular basis.

Please keep in mind that our response to COVID-19 is evolving as new developments become available and we will communicate updates with you regularly. We are working closely with the Ohio Department of Health and the City of Huber Heights. Our top priority is ensuring the health of all Huber Heights students, teachers and staff during this time.


Closing procedures

  • Huber Heights City Schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
  • While HHCS are closed, there will be no extra-curricular activities, including field trips, out of state activities, theatre performances, or facility rentals.
  • All athletic events for in-season and out-of-season sports — including practices, scrimmages, games, awards ceremonies, picture days and weight training sessions — are cancelled as well.
  • We will continue providing meals to students in need while our schools are closed. Meal bags containing breakfast and lunch for five days will be available for families to pick-up at the front entrance of Valley Forge and Wright Brothers Elementary Schools between 6 - 10 a.m., on Mondays starting March 23. Students do not have to be present. There will be an alternate pick-up day on Thursdays if you are unable to pick-up meals on Mondays.
  • HHCS maintenance is being proactive during the closure time by disinfecting every building classroom and school bus.
  • Spring break will be honored, without schoolwork due or required, from April 4 through April 12.
  • Grades 3 - 12 will move to online learning through Google Classroom on April 14. The goal is to use the platform as a central hub for all classroom learning.
  • Pay-to-Participate Athletic Fees for spring sports will only be refunded to families based on the portion of the season in which athletes were not able to participate. Individual and family caps will be taken into consideration as refunds are calculated. Families can expect refunds, if any are warranted, in late April to early May.
  • School fees for the year will not be refunded as the consumables these fees purchase have already been consumed through distribution of supplies to students or through on-line resources. Parents and guardians can pay for outstanding school fees on PayForIt.net.
  • The last day of school for seniors will be May 19 and the last day of school for grades PK - 11 will be May 22.
  • Governor DeWine has notified school districts that traditional graduations cannot take place since no more than 10 people can be gathered in a place at one time. HHCS is working on the final touches of an alternative plan and that will be shared with students, parents, staff and the larger community when the information is available. 


Wayne High School 2020 graduation plan

  1. Formal Graduation Ceremony

    1. We are back on for a full graduation ceremony.

    2. Scheduled for July 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm in the Nutter Center on Wright State University’s campus.

    3. If we are not given permission to hold a large graduation gathering by June 20, we will need to cancel the July 12 date.

 

  1. Drive-Up Diploma Ceremony CANCELED

    1. The drive-up diploma ceremony we had planned for May 23 has been canceled due to logistical challenges in providing adequate time to meet the needs our families want.

 

  1. In School Diploma Ceremony

    1. We have decided to replace the drive-up diploma ceremony with an in-school one.

    2. We will have an in-school, graduation ceremony for families at four different locations in Wayne High School

      1. The Auditorium

      2. The Main Gym

      3. The Student Entrance (which will switch to Muntz Gym, dependent on weather)

      4. The Cafeteria

    3. These ceremonies will take place over three days: Friday, May 22 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Saturday, May 23 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, and Sunday, May 24 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

    4. Senior families will sign-up for time slots to formally receive their child’s diploma and take pictures.  We will have a photographer, announcer, and a board of education member on hand to congratulate and support graduates at each of the venues.

    5. We are intentionally reducing the number of school personnel at each location, to allow families to bring more people into the ceremony; all while keeping the total number of people to the required maximum of ten.

    6. As a result, students will be permitted to bring up to six family members with them to receive their diplomas and take pictures.

    7. Each time slot will be for up to eight minutes.

    8. Students will sign-up for the date, location and time that works best for their family using the “Sign-Up Genius” web-based platform.

    9. Each family may only register one student per email account. If you have multiple students graduating you will need to create additional “Sign-up Genius” accounts with different email addresses. . 

    10. Click on “Sign-Up Genius” link and officially sign up for your chosen location, date/time. It is important to sign-up for your preferred location, date and time slot quickly to ensure your family’s preferences are met. If you are unable to access the link on this letter, you may access it on the Wayne High School Website at HuberHeightsCitySchools.org  

    11. Registration opens at 3:00pm today, May 14, and closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday May 20th.

    12. Please view the following video on arrival, parking, and departure areas specifically for each graduation location. Click HERE!

    13. Things to consider:

      1. Park close to your entrance location, so that you can make sure you are on time and don’t have to walk as far.

      2. Please arrive for your time 15 minutes early, dressed in your cap & gown and ready to go.

      3. Practice social distancing and stay at least six feet from anyone outside of your family.

 

  1. Graduation Video

    1. A graduation video will be released on YouTube on the original graduation date and time of May 24 @ 6pm. You can access the video on the Wayne High School YouTube Channel

    2. Students and families can watch or download the video anytime after that date.

 

We recognize this is a lot of information and that families will have additional questions.   If you still have questions, please reach out to Mr. Jeff Berk at jeffrey.berk@huberheightscityschools.org.


Student work

Teacher assignments will be posted on individual pages for each building. Click on a building below to see all the assignments for each teacher.
 


Students who are taking Advanced Placement classes and planning to take the AP exam this spring can take the 45-minute online exam at home. They will be able to take these exams on any device including computers, tablets or smartphones. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. The exam questions are designed to prevent cheating. AP will use a range of digital security tools and techniques – including plagiarism detection software – to protect the integrity of the exams. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them at any time. The specific test dates and free-response question types will be posted by April 3 at AP Central. There will be two different testing dates.

Academic guidelines changes
The following changes will be implemented due to House Bill 197 being signed into law:

  • All state standardized testing has been cancelled.
  • The local state report card for the district will not be issued.
  • The third grade reading requirement has been waived. The district will not be required to retain third grade students based on reading test scores.
  • High school diplomas can be granted to students who were on track to graduate and whom the principal has successfully completed the curriculum.
  • The tax commissioner can extend school district income tax filing and payment deadlines for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency declaration.
  • Boards of education can use electronic communication for in-person hearings and meetings during the emergency period but no later than Dec. 1, 2020.
  • Schools can make up any numbers of days or hours necessary to meet minimum instructional hour requirements through distance learning.


Parent notices
Free Spectrum internet installation
Spectrum is installing internet connections in student households for free until May 12. There is approximately a two-week wait time for new requests but installation fees will be waived. Parents, if you need an internet connection, please contact Spectrum as soon as possible so you can be connected before the end of our spring break. The service can be cancelled at any time, including on the sixtieth day. With the current volume of internet requests across the state, please promptly reach out to Spectrum because their waiting list could possibly grow each day. Visit here for more information: http://bit.ly/2Wes1st 

Student registration
Registration is now open for new students in all grades. Parents who are new to the district can begin picking up and returning completed registration packets for new students each Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. There will be specific boxes set up in the entrance way to Central Office at the Studebaker Building on Longford Road designated for pick up or return. Please only one adult per family and no children. Parents may return the completed registration packet without turning in the supporting documents at this time. Parents will be notified once the district is able to return to the building and accept visitors to make copies of those supporting documents. The enrollment packet and the supporting documents need to be complete in order for students to be considered for enrollment.

Parents of Studebaker Preschool students will be given a kindergarten registration packet, if you child is eligible for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year, at the next Blizzard Bag pick-up day. You do not need to come to Central Office to pick up a packet on the before-mentioned pick-up days.

There is a change in entrance birth date for the 2020-21 school year. Effective with the 2020-21 school year, students need to be 5 on or before August 1, 2020 in order to enroll in kindergarten.

You can email Pam Moore, K-6 registrar, with specific questions at pamela.moore@myhhcs.org.

We only accept the following items as proof of a parent's or guardian's residence:

  • Mortgage statement
  • DP&L or Vectren statement that is not more than 30 days old 
  • Current signed lease or rental agreement that must include the landlord's name, address, contact telephone number and expiration date
     

Parents can obtain registration forms and contact information on the registration website.

Studebaker Preschool registration packets
Studebaker Preschool is now registering students for next year. During the week of April 20, we will begin to call our next group of students/parents who may come and pick up a registration packet. These packets may be returned to us on Monday, April 27 through Wednesday, April 29 between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in order to save a placement for your child. There will be a labeled container in front of the Preschool Entrance doors (by the flag pole) in the front parking lot, to place all completed packets in.

These students were selected from applications that parents completed the week of March 2. Please note, there is already a lengthy waiting list for next school year. If you did not complete an application earlier in March, I encourage you to seek other preschools in the area for next year because of the high number of applications we have already received and the limited number of spots that are available. If you suspect a speech or developmental delay with your child, you may request a screening by calling our office at 937-237-6345. Please leave a message and we will return your call.

If you completed an application in March and still have not heard from us, the preschool office will be notifying parents on Friday, May 1 to let you know where your child is on our waiting list. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time.


Parent links
PayForIt.net - Pay school fees
Google Classroom parent tutorial - English
Google Classroom parent tutorial - Spanish
Google Classroom parent tutorial - Arabic


Student links
Logging in to your HHCS Google account 
Google Chrome extensions for students with disabilities 


Teacher links
Teach from Home: Information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus crisis
Set up Google Hangouts to help your team work remotely
Google Classroom overview
Setting up Google Classroom
Teaching remotely for grades K - 12


Technology
Google Meet is the official communication tool for all HHCS staff and parent meetings and smaller gatherings while the District is closed. Students need to use their HHCS Google account to access Google Classroom. Check out this video if you need help logging in to your HHCS Google account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhv07YjrACw&feature=youtu.be

To ensure the safety and security of students' Google accounts, if your student needs their Google password reset please reach out to their teacher so that parent/guardian verification can take place and they will then forward legitimate requests to Technology Services. This will help to avoid releasing  passwords to someone posing as a parent/guardian. We appreciate your patience with this process.


Google reminder
When logging in from home, students must include the @myhhcs.org to their username in order to successfully log-in. For additional information regarding at-home use of Chromebooks, click here.

Free public Wi-Fi in building parking lots
You are now able to access and use the District's wireless internet service on any device from the parking spots closest to the academic buildings. If your student is using a District-owned device, it will connect automatically. If your student is using a personal/family-owned device, you will need to connect to HHCS_Guest using the password: "gowarriors" without the quotes. Here are maps from various locations where we've found the wireless signal to be the strongest (marked in yellow): Monticello, Rushmore, Wayne, Weisenborn, and Wright Brothers -- again, this will work at any location and you are free to use it at any building.

Submit a technology support request
Please use the following form and we will reach out for assistance as soon as possible: Technology Support Request Form.

In the event of any technical emergency, please reach out to Technology@huberheightscityschools.org

 

FAQs
Wayne High School Counseling Department FAQs 
Ohio Department of Education FAQs


Communication updates
Superintendent Basora answering questions of Facebook Live - 6/3/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 5/27/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 5/20/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 5/13/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 5/6/20
Wayne Athletics Director Nate Baker answering questions on Facebook Live - 5/5/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 4/29/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 4/22/20
K-12 schools to remain closed - 4/20/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 4/16/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 4/10/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 4/3/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 3/30/20 
Amended order closing all K-12 schools in Ohio - 3/30/20
Huber Heights community update - 3/29/20
Huber Heights community update - 3/28/20
Blizzard bag and Chromebook pick-up dates - 3/25/20
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 3/24/20
Director's order that all persons stay at home - 3/22/20
Meal pick-up changes - 3/20/20
Studebaker Preschool registration packets for the 2020-21 school year - 3/20/20 
Superintendent Basora answering questions on Facebook Live - 3/19/20
Order to cease business operations at hair salons, day spas, nail salons and more - 3/19/20
BMV closures - 3/19/20
Huber Heights community update - 3/17/20
Huber Heights community update - 3/15/20
Governor DeWine orders Ohio bars and restaurants to close - 3/15/20 
Charter to offer free access to Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-12 and college student households and more - 3/13/20
Huber Heights community update - 3/12/20
Governor DeWine announces school closures - 3/12/20
Ohio bans mass gatherings of 100 or more - 3/12/20


Stay healthy
Protective measures against COVID-19 includes washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and seeking medical care if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.



How to make a CDC-approved cloth face mask 
How to remove gloves 
Video: How to safely remove gloves 
When and how to wash your hands 
Handwashing: Keeping your family healthy 
Lavado de manos: Mantenga sana a su familia 
Hand sanitzer use out and about 

Contact and resources

Contact
Mario Basora, Superintendent, 937-237-6300 option 8

Jeff Berk, Wayne High School Principal, 937-604-1214

Justin McCollum, Weisenborn Junior High Principal, 937-604-6000

Tammy Granata, Charles Huber Elementary Principal, 937-604-2013

Dwon Bush, Monticello Elementary Principal, 937-604-2293

Ben Ayers, Rushmore Elementary Principal, 937-604-3947

Becky Molfenter, Valley Forge Elementary Principal, 937-604-1884

Chip Holloway, Wright Brothers Elementary Principal, 937-313-2688

Pam Bitsko-Krach, Studebaker Preschool Principal, 937-313-9696

Gary Doll, Director of Business Operations, 937-604-2184

Vanisa Turney, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 937-604-6875

Derrick Williams, Director of Human Resources, 937-313-9705

Kate Little, Director of Special Services, 937-604-6713

Gina Helmick, Treasurer, 937-603-7278

Nate Baker, Athletic Director, 937-607-2021

Ohio Department of Health, 833-427-5634


Resources

City of Huber Heights 

City of Huber Heights statements and announcements

City of Huber Heights facility and events status

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

Ohio Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Multilingual resources about the coronavirus

COVID-19 and community spread 

What is the coronavirus? 

FAQs for Ohio's schools and districts 

Parent/caregiver guide to helping families cope with the coronavirus disease 

Talking to children about COVID-19 

How to support your child's health and well-being during Ohio's ordered school-building closure 


Masks and children during COVID-19