At Governor DeWine’s press conference on March 12th, he ordered that school districts across the state close their buildings on Monday, March 16th, for a period of three weeks in order to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, Whitehall City Schools will be on an extended spring break starting Monday, March 16th, for three weeks.
We created this page to answer some of the questions you had regarding the extended spring break. This situation is very fluid so these items can change.
What days will Whitehall City Schools be off during this break?
Our last day of school before the break will be Friday, March 13th. School will be closed on Monday, March 16th, and will remain closed for three weeks. Our first day back will be Monday, April 6th (this date could change as we get more direction). We decided to use Monday, March 16th, as a calamity day as Governor DeWine's orders were to begin spring break after the final bell on March 16th. We felt making our last day on Friday, March 13th, was better for teaching staff to use that following Monday to get everything ready for our alternative distance learning instruction.
WCS Spring Break is originally scheduled for April 13-17. Is that spring break still in effect?
At this time, yes. However, we are still awaiting a decision from the Ohio Department of Education as to whether or not we will need to make up those days if we keep our original spring break.
Will there be any organized instruction or assignments for kids during this break?
We are prepared to provide students with an alternative distance learning plan using Google Classroom. Instruction will begin on Wednesday, March 18th. Students should regularly check their WCS email account, Google Classroom, or Class Dojo for communications from their teachers. Read the letter that will be electronically communicated to families here.
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Will state testing be rescheduled?
At this point, we have not received any direction from the Ohio Department of Education regarding the rescheduling of state tests. Right now, the focus is on keeping kids and families safe and healthy. We expect to learn more as we move forward.
Will food be available for students during this break?
We will provide a grab-and-go style lunch for all Whitehall students in front of WYHS and Kae Avenue Elementary from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday during the break. We will also provide students with a bagged breakfast to eat the following morning. We will encourage them to take their lunch and exit the property (this institution is an equal opportunity provider). If you know of students that will not have access to make it to the high school, call 1-888-3-HUNGRY for information on feeding sites as they come available with information on their current disaster assistance.
Other resources include:
HandsOn Central Ohio: 24-hour community resource center that can assist with food and other necessities (614-221-6766 OR 2-1-1)
Victory Ministries (614-252-2500)
HEART Food Market (614-600-6065)
Bishop Griffin Resource Center-Food Pantry (614-338-8220)
Reynoldsburg Helping Hands-Food Pantry (614-868-9494)
St Philip the Apostle Church-Food Pantry (614-237-1671)
Corinthian Baptist Church-Food Pantry (614-237-8619)
St. Philip Episcopal Church-Food Pantry (614-253-2771)
Mutual Aid Central Ohio (Community assistance network): https://bit.ly/2W6zzNU
Blessing Box Projects: A Blessing Box is a small, often homemade structure where people leave donated goods for others to pick up anonymously- https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusBlessingBox/
If there is an emergency while school is closed, here are some resources that can be utilized by students who may be in crisis (availability is subject to change):
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital for students under 17, a student can call and speak with someone 24/7, their crisis hotline number is 614-722-1800.
- Teen suicide hotline (614-294-3300): Teens and young adults can call 24/7
- If a student feels unsafe and does not feel comfortable speaking on the phone, they can text HOME to 741741.
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 614-224-HOME (4663)
- Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Huckleberry House provides 24-hour emergency counseling and is a safe haven. It is located at 1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, OH 43201 and can be reached at 614-294-5553.
- Star House is a drop-in center that is open 24 hours where homeless youth (14-24) can go for up to 12 hours a day to receive support. It is located at 1220 Corrugated Way, Columbus, OH 43201 and can be reached at 614- 826-5868.
- Kaleidoscope Youth Center is a drop-in center for LGBTQIA+ youth. They do not require prior registration, and they will have expanded hours 3/17-3/20 by opening at 2pm. They will offer food and other resources, and they will evaluate at the end of next week if they will continue with those hours. They are located at 603 E. Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Their phone number is 614-294-5437.
- The Teen Line connects callers with trained teen counselors to talk about anything causing stress or worry. NOTE: Due to Coronavirus concerns, the hotline will temporarily close beginning 3/13, however, texts and emails will still be answered. Please text “Teen” to 839863 of send an email through their website www.teenonline.org.
- The Trevor Project Lifeline offers free, confidential 24/7 support to LGBTQIA+ youth. Call: 1-866-488-7386. You can also text START to 678678, or you can chat at www.trevorproject.org/get-help-now
Office Hours - Counselors, Social Workers, Advisors
Counselors, social workers, advisors, and other staff will be available during select “office hours.” These staff will be available to talk to parents and students if they are in need via email. Additional forms of communication such as Google Hangout, Google Meet or phone calls may be available after initial email contact is made. Below you will find staff members organized by school along with their contact information and office hours (Monday-Friday). Please be advised that while staff will be checking their emails periodically, it is during the below listed times that staff will be actively checking email and working.
Mrs. Taylor, School Counselor - email@example.com - 8:00am - 12:00 pm
Mrs. Wilson, College & Career Coord.- firstname.lastname@example.org - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Ms. Miller, School Social Worker - email@example.com - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ms. Thomas, School Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ms. Liz, Communities in Schools - email@example.com - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mrs. Grasinger, I Know I Can - firstname.lastname@example.org 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, via text message at 216-714-2482
Ms. Hines, I Know I Can - email@example.com - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rosemore Middle School
Mrs. Harper, School Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org - 8:30 am - 11:00 am 614-417-5203
Ms. Hagan, Social Worker - email@example.com - 11:00am-3:00pm 614-417-5200 ext. 2854
Ms. Valenzuela, Social Worker - firstname.lastname@example.org - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 614-417-5308
Etna Road Elementary
Nicole Sheffer, School Social Worker, 11am-3pm email@example.com, class dojo, 614-417-5411
Kae Ave Elementary
Hannah Schroeder, School Social Worker - 10:00am - 2:00pm Class Dojo messaging, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-417-5613