Dear parents and guardians,
I hope this email finds you well. I know that this is certainly a difficult time for all of us for various reasons. Human beings are social animals by nature and certainly social distancing, while necessary, does cause us some undue stress. What I can share is that hopefully if we all do our part, we can help slow the spread of this virus and can get back to school soon. Our BGCS staff miss our students and hope that we will see them soon back in the buildings. We are especially sad that many of the wonderful experiences that take place in the spring, such as prom, field trips, etc. are on hold. We remain in a holding pattern while we hope this virus plateaus soon. Below is the new information that I need to update you on.
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 food service will be as follows: Crim still will be a grab and go location as it was this week during the same hours (Mon-Fri 9:00am – 12:00pm). The Middle School will be a distribution location from 9:30-10:30 am (Mon. and Wed – Look for the bus). On Monday, food at the middle school will be distributed at that location for Mon & Tues. Then on Wednesday, food at the MS will be for Wed, Thursday, & Friday. Our rural locations: Milton Center – Township Building; Custar – St. Louis Church; Rudolph – Rudolph Christian Church; Portage – Village Hall; Sugar Ridge – Sugar Ridge Community Church, and will follow the same days and times as the MS
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 all buildings will be closed through Friday, April 3, 2020. We are doing this to adhere to what we as a Nation, State, and County are asking us to do (Social Distancing). Because of that I am asking all staff including administrators to work remotely from home. If you call our offices you will be directed to our email and the expectation is that you will receive a response (phone call or email) within two hours during normal business hours. If you are unsure how to email, you will need to enter first initial and last name of whom you are trying to contact then @bgcs.k12.oh.us (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for Francis Scruci
PRESCRIPTIONS AND CHROMEBOOKs:
Because the buildings are closing for the next two weeks, it is imperative that you pick up any prescriptions for your child from your school by 2:00pm tomorrow Friday, March 20, 2020. The same timeline for picking up a Chromebook applies here as well. Reminder that Chromebooks can only be picked up at the Middle School from 9:00am – 1:45pm.
BGCS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS:
The community resource document that our Guidance counselors, Felicia Boyd, and the United Way put together can be found on the BGCS webpage. This has a great deal of information for where you can find support and resources available to you during these challenging times.
As I mentioned in an earlier update, our grading period ends tomorrow, Friday, March 20, 2020. Parents of students in Grades 3-12 can log in to PowerSchool next week after Thursday, March 26 to check on your son or daughter’s progress. Grades K-2, we will not be mailing grade cards due to the closure of our buildings. Please contact your teacher by email for an update.
Although we are concerned and thinking of all students, I want to send out a message to our senior students. We all feel bad that the spring that every student looks forward to has been taken away thus far by this unprecedented event. This virus is taking away many of the activities, highlights, and planning that seniors look forward to experiencing. We all want you to know that we are thinking of you and hoping that you will be back in school soon so you can have the closure to your K-12 academic and social career. Nothing has been cancelled in regards to prom and graduation at this point. We are hoping that these two particular events will not be impacted by this closure. However, we will need to make decisions soon and will follow all guidelines set forth by the Governor.
We will continue to communicate any changes with you as they happen. These are difficult and challenging times but I thank all of you for your flexibility, understanding and continued support. Stay healthy and as always Bobcat Proud.
Superintendent Francis Scruci
Francis R. Scruci