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Eaton Schools Closed Due to State-Wide Order

Dear Families:

Together, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community.  In our response to COVID-19, we must depend on the wisdom of our health experts and elected officials and lean on the resolve of our strong community.

We have been following the guidance of the Ohio Department of Health, the Preble County General Health District, and the Ohio Department of Education in implementing preventative and responsive strategies. However, on March 12, 2020, Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, issued an order to close schools in Ohio for 3 weeks beginning at the end of the school day Monday, March 16, 2020.

In response to Governor DeWine’s directive, Jeff Parker, Superintendent, and the Eaton Community School Board of Education will close Eaton Community Schools for a minimum of 3 weeks.  This necessary action is an effective way to disrupt widespread infection.  Students will attend school on Friday, March 13, 2020 in an effort to allow parents an additional day to secure childcare for the upcoming weeks.  Additionally, this will allow teachers to finalize lessons, discuss educational resources to utilize during the closure, and what to expect in the coming weeks.   

Eaton Community Schools is dedicated to the education of our students and will be providing remote learning opportunities through various outlets.  On Friday, teachers will be communicating with students as to items they should plan to take home with them to use as resources for remote learning. At this time, the following schedule will be put in place.


Friday, March 13, 2020

  • Students will report their respective school buildings for regularly scheduled classes.
  • Beginning at dismissal, all after school activities will be canceled until at least April 4, 2020.

Week 1 of Shutdown
March 16 - 20

Monday, March 16, 2020

  • Previously scheduled staff professional development day.  No remote learning.
  • Teachers will be working to develop additional remote lessons.
  • MVCTC will be open to students this day – bus service will not be provided.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

  • The district will be utilizing our final calamity day.  No remote learning.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

  • eDay lessons will become available for students via online Google Classrooms, or as packets that were sent home with students prior to closure. 
  • Teachers will be available via email to assist with assignments.

Week 2 of Shutdown
March 23 - 27

Monday, March 23, 2020

  • District Planning Day.
  • No remote learning for students.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020

  • Remote learning opportunities will be available online for students to access.
  • For those who do not have access to online resources, packets will be available for pick-up.
  • Additional information pertaining to pick-up times and location will be provided by each school building early the following week.

Week 3 of Shutdown
March 30 – April 3

Monday, March 30, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Spring Break – Enjoy your time off!


Beginning at the end of the school day Friday, March 13, 2020, all school building activities, including school day instruction, extra-curricular activities/events, athletics/sports, enrichment, etc. are canceled until at least April 4, 2020.    

We recognize that this process may not be perfect and there will be some bumps along the way. Our incredible school staff, school leaders and support staff have been unwavering in this commitment.  We appreciate their service to our community, children, and families. We also appreciate our partnership with the Preble County General Health District and their continued assistance and guidance and commitment to our community. We are looking at this as a learning opportunity as we work together to continue educating our students during this global crisis.

There are still a lot of unknowns about this disease and just how prevalent it is in Ohio and throughout the United States. As testing becomes more readily available, these cases will increase.  While children appear to be more protected from extreme symptoms, adults, including our educators and employees, need support and protection as well.

It is in times like these that our community values become visible.  Please take care of each other. Reach out to neighbors and lend a hand to those in need.  We will get through this, but it will take all of us thinking creatively and continuing to support our community’s children.

We will continue to be in communication during the next few weeks.  Updated information will be posted on the Eaton Community Schools website at  Included are links to Governor DeWine’s daily press conferences.


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