Third packet of at-home lessons distributed through Wednesday

Woodland Elementary School Principal Bethany Scott hands a home-study lessons packet to Loraine Litt Monday from a temporary drive-thru window at the rear of the school. Mrs Litt was picking up a packet for kindergarten student Brayson Litt while also turning in his completed work.

      Most drive-thru windows dispense burgers and shakes but there were no fries with the schoolwork handed out Monday at Woodland Elementary School.

      A sign along Davis Road directed traffic to a window at the rear of the school where Principal Bethany Scott reached out to distribute a daily lessons packet to serve students in kindergarten through third grade until May 15.

      Monday was the first day for the lessons packet distribution, the district’s third since Gov. Mike DeWine ordered schools closed on March 16. A fourth and final packet for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will be distributed by May 15.

      “Traffic has been steady today,” Scott said, leaning out into the fresh air and sunshine “We’ve had a lot of students, parents and guardians dropping off their completed work and picking up the new packets.

      “It’s been great, actually, because I have had an opportunity to greet a lot of our students and tell them how much we miss them. If they need school supplies, we provide them before they leave.”

      The scene was repeated throughout the district, where all elementary buildings, the Spanish Immersion School, Malabar Intermediate School and Mansfield Middle School had packet pickups and drop-offs scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The same schedule will be in place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Malabar will add a 5-7 p.m. pickup and drop-off on Tuesday.

      At Mansfield Senior High School, freshmen received Chromebooks which all Senior High students will use for online instruction the rest of the year.

      Principal Marinise Harris said remaining students may pick up Chromebooks as follows:

      Grade 10 – April 28, 9-11 a.m.

      Grade 11 – April 29, 9-11 a.m.

      Grade 12 – April 30, 9-11 a.m.

      “Once families arrive at the school we encourage all individuals to follow the strict social distancing guidelines that have been set by building administration,” Harris said. “Students must be accompanied by an adult in order to receive a Chromebook.”

      Families who receive a Chromebook will assume responsibility if the device is damaged or lost.

      “Families without internet home access should still come and receive a Chromebook, as the technology department has set up the school parking lot as a hotspot,” Harris said. “The technology department will host how-to video sessions for families that may require assistance.”

      Superintendent Stan Jefferson and Stephen Rizzo, the district’s chief academic officer, emphasized again the importance of returning completed lessons, which count as instruction that cannot be provided in the classroom.

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