April 20, 2020
Dear Eaton Parents,
On April 20, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement ordering all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings to be closed to students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
While we certainly understand the Governor’s order to close school for the rest of the school year, we also know this continues to present challenges for our families. Eaton teachers, staff and administration will continue to work diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being.
We have a “task force” of individuals, including all the building principals, who have been working thoroughly and carefully through these unprecedented times. This team will continue to review guidance, seek information and thus establish procedures and protocols. We will make every effort to be prepared for each situation, including the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
What does this mean for our students?
Although our school buildings are to remain closed, remote learning will continue through the remainder of the school year. We will continue to adjust and administer our virtual learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources to the best of our ability, and distribute free meals to our students.
We also realize some of the traditional end of the school year activities may not be able to take place and obviously, if they can occur, they will look much different. We will continue to brainstorm and plan solutions.
What about food service?
Making sure our students have food is a priority despite the ongoing stay-at-home orders and distribution will remain in place throughout the remainder of the school closure. We have established Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 as our Food Distribution day and time each week. Each food bag contains 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches. Each of the school buildings will remain as pick-up sites, along with Lakengren Marina and Roberts Farm Supply in Morning Sun. Please access our Parents FAQ page on the Eaton Community Website for more information. Staff will continue to comply with the most current health guidelines.
What about mental health support?
Our professionals are reaching out to families to ensure they have open lines of communication during the closure, and to make alternative plans if necessary. Our counselors and South Community Therapists will be monitoring emails and reaching out to our school families in need. Please refer to our Eaton Community Schools Website for extensive information regarding Mental Health resources.
We have set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19. Included with this information is an FAQ for parents and students. Up to date information related to Graduation, Testing, Prom, Food Distribution, Technology, Spring Sports, etc, should be covered in this document. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please e-mail your building principal. If they do not know the answer, they will research, investigate, etc. and try to get the answer.
Finally, we know many of our students have experienced various levels of disappointment as a result of missed activities, end of the year traditions, etc. Our hearts go out to each and every one of them, whether they missed performing on stage in the spring musical; playing in a band concert; competing in a spring sport; competing for a state title; attending a dance or just plain goofing off with friends. We know we cannot replace these events, but we will work hard at creating positive experiences.
Sincerely on behalf of Eaton Administration and BOE,
Eaton Community Schools Superintendent