Tigers News · Howland Local Schools – COVID-19 Closure Information

On Monday, March 16, 2020, all of our school buildings will be open for students and their families to pick up work, resources and personal items/medication.  Students in grades K-4 will be able to pick up their belongings between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at their respective schools.  Students in grades 5-12 will be able to access their buildings between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Teachers have prepared lessons using alternative and/or online instructional models in order to continue your child’s education in the absence of face-to-face delivery methods.

K-4 Curriculum
Printed educational packets can be picked up on Monday, March 16, 2020 between 9 a.m. and  3 p.m. at your child’s school building.  If you are unable to pick up the packet between these hours or have any other questions, please contact your child’s school for direction and information.

5-12 Curriculum 
Educational materials for students in grades 5-12 will be available electronically through the district’s website beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.  Directions/assignments for students will be located on each teacher’s webpage or Google Classroom, as is normally shared.

Special Education Curriculum
Howland Schools will comply with accommodations that are expected through students’ IEP or 504 plans. Classroom assignments will be modified to match their needs and abilities and related services will be provided via specially designed activities and followed up with weekly phone conferences.  If a parent/guardian has questions about services available, please contact Michelle Dohar, Supervisor of Special Services.

Assistance with Assignments
Over the closure, our teachers will be accessible through electronic communications (email/Google) to students/parents who may have questions about assignments or work.  Our teachers will also be available by phone on Tuesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. by calling your child’s school.

 The end of the grading period still ends next Friday, March 20, 2020.  Teachers will be entering and calculating grades to end the quarter and disseminate report cards accordingly. Although this is a challenging time, and these alternative teaching deliveries will not come with the familiar face-to-face affect and support, our staff have stepped up to show their intent to educate your children with the exact same compassion, commitment and concern.  As we receive further guidance from the Ohio Department of Education and Governor DeWine’s office, we will let you know.

Students will be utilizing their Chromebooks for assignments and school work.  If students do not have a Chromebook or if their Chromebooks are not working, they are encouraged to come to the high school “U” on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. for assistance.

Howland Schools will be offering meals to students.  They can be picked up between 8 a.m. and and 12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the high school.  You can drive into the “U” at the north end of the building, between the music wing and main high school complex.

Paw Pantry will be available to address the needs of Howland students during the time we are not in session.  Please access our online referral system to have your referrals filled.  They will be available for pick up at the high school “U” on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.  The pantry provides non-perishable foods, limited toiletry items, clothing and school supplies.

Students who are a part of the Backpack Program will be able to get food on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Howland United Methodist Church.  The program will also offer backpack pick-ups for the next three weeks on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church.

The district will be cleaning and disinfecting its buildings and buses over the next three weeks.

Best Regards,
Kevin Spicher