WELCOME BACK HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 5th thru 19th

THE PRINCIPLE OF THE MONTH

RIGHTEOUSNESS

I Do The Right Things And I Am Proud Of It.

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REMINDERS

Picture Retake Day

-Wednesday, January 12th


Virtual Middle School Choice Fair

-Thursday, January 13th (6:00pm - 7:30pm)


MLK Day

-Monday, January 17th (NO SCHOOL)


Professional Development Day

-Tuesday, January 18th (NO SCHOOL)


Parent Teachers Conference Night

-Tuesday, January 18th (4:00pm -7:30pm)


Records Day

-Wednesday, January 19th (NO SCHOOL)


Report Cards sent home

-Friday, January 28th

RETURNING TO SCHOOL

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Dear CCS Families and Staff,

I hope that you had a restful, healthy, and safe Winter Break. I am looking forward to our students, teachers, and staff returning on Monday, January 3.

We are planning a full return of in-person learning, but as we prepare for the New Year, we are monitoring the omicron variant closely and how it is affecting the COVID data in our community. We are in close contact with Columbus Public Health, along with our district medical consultant, Dr. Sara Bode of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

I recognize that the surge from the newest variant is causing unease and fear in many people. Please know that we are listening to the advice of the public health experts in our community and will follow their guidance accordingly.

As we prepare to return to our classrooms next week, here are some helpful resources and information for our families and staff to know.

Updated COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

Columbus City Schools has adopted the newest guidance from the CDC regarding COVID-19 isolation and quarantine procedures, following the recommendation of Columbus Public Health. Learn more about the updated CDC guidance here.

  • If You Test Positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, everyone should isolate for 5 days.
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your home and return to school/work as long as you continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • Previously, the CDC recommended an isolation period of 10 days.
  • If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19, your vaccination status (including whether you have received a booster shot) will determine the need to quarantine and test. Click here for additional details from the CDC.

For any in-school exposures, we are continuing to follow the current Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Mask to Stay/Test to Play guidelines. Students who have an in-school exposure and are asymptomatic can continue to remain in class while wearing a mask and closely monitoring for symptoms.

COVID Tests

If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, you are strongly encouraged to take a COVID test. While the at-home test kits are in short supply in our area, there are providers who are administering PCR tests. Check the Ohio Department of Health website to find a PCR test provider.

CCS has a very limited supply of at-home COVID test kits remaining. We expect to receive a new shipment of the kits next week and will provide more information on the availability of the kits at that time.

CCS COVID Reporting Hotline

If you are a CCS employee or a parent of a student that has tested positive or has had a confirmed community exposure, here’s how to report an exposure or positive case to CCS:

  • Call the CCS COVID-19 Reporting Hotline at 614-365-5544 and leave a message with the requested information; OR
  • Email your positive COVID-19 test results to the District Administrative Contact Tracers at AdminContactTracing@columbus.k12.oh.us.
  • A CCS Contact Tracer will return your call or email to provide further guidance.
  • A positive test result should always be reported to your healthcare provider as well.

Vaccines

Our best defense against COVID-19 is the safe and effective vaccines that are widely available. I encourage everyone in our CCS community to get vaccinated. And if you are already vaccinated, be sure to take the time to get your booster shot!

For a list of locations providing the COVID-19 vaccine to ages 5 years and older, visit NationwideChildrens.org/Vaccine or gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

As a reminder, next week we will hold the second round of our dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible students ages 5-11 who received their first dose in December. The clinics will be held at CCS elementary and middle schools during regular school hours.

Mask Up

We continue to require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a mask indoors at all CCS buildings. For the greatest effectiveness against the airborne virus, it is important to always wear a mask properly so that it covers your mouth and nose.

Preparing for a Shift to Remote Learning

From seeing other school districts locally and across the state shift to remote learning due to staffing shortages, we know that it is a possibility for CCS. If we see a shortage of teachers or substitutes to cover classes or a shortage of bus drivers to safely transport students, we would make the temporary shift to remote learning for the affected schools.

While we would make every effort to notify staff and families ahead of time as soon as possible, these shifts can happen abruptly. I encourage all students, teachers, and staff to take their devices and technology home with them every night. Or, I encourage you to have a plan for how you would adjust to remote learning.

We hope that it does not come to this for any of our schools, but we are planning just in case.

Staff Absence Reporting

Our preparations depend on having a clear understanding of our staffing levels on school days. If you are a staff member who is feeling ill, I encourage you to notify your supervisor or submit your absence request as soon as possible. The earlier we know about absences, the better we can prepare and serve our students.

I look forward to starting the New Year strong and seeing our students and staff back in the classroom on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Sincerely,

Talisa Dixon
Superintendent/CEO, Columbus City Schools

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IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

High School & Middle School Lottery Applications: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Monday, February 28, 2022. The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2021-22 school year with CCS is July 29, 2022. New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 9, 2022.
School Choice General Information 2022-23

LENDING A HELPING HAND

Thank you Northgate Intermediate families for your generous giving to our Holiday Food Drive!

We collected 1,422 items. Great job everyone!!

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Ranger Granger is a park ranger from Spruce Run. She joined us December 15th on zoom for our Science Night, where she read aloud a book by the name of "Scampers Think like a Scientist"

This book gives kids a firm grasp of basic scientific thinking. Our students were asked to create a experiment like the little mouse in the story to see what was going on in the garden.


Along with Ranger Granger students came up with a solution, they made their own catapult which would be tested out at school the following day. It was a blast! Our students had the best time seeing who's marshmallow would go the furthest.

THE WINNERS OF THE CATAPULT CHALLENGE

4TH GRADE
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5TH GRADE
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Thank you Mrs. Jasin and Ms. Hall for integrating family involvement programs and activities with District initiatives and community-based programs that encourages and support families' participation in their children's education, growth, and development.
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TRAFFIC SURVEY

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The Proyecto Mariposas is a non-profit organization that provides an environment of learning, sharing and support to Latina Girls and their mothers.

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OHIO HISPANIC COALITION

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FACILITIES MASTER PLAN COMMUNITY COMMITTEE

Columbus City Schools continues to seek community feedback as part of its Facilities Master Plan (FMP) process, which has been underway since last spring.

The process has taken a regional approach to discussing the future of Columbus City Schools' buildings and facilities -- what they need to look like to meet the District's mission and vision of academic success with students leading the way.

"The purpose is to bring more voices, more ideas, and more innovation to our conversation. It's important for equity to be a big part of the conversation," said Columbus Board of Education President Jennifer Adair. "We are keeping equity at the center of the conversation to make sure every neighborhood, every region, and every school building gets what they need to meet the full vision of academic success."

During the final “Transform” phase, participants are asked to consider future facility usage concepts derived from the results of the previous phase of the FMP process. These concepts -- which include three for each of the grade levels: high, middle, and elementary -- show what the district could look like with renovated facilities and realigned programming that meets the needs of all students city-wide.

While in-person community meetings have concluded, stakeholders can still provide virtual feedback for the FMP Committee to consider as it weighs recommendations for the Board of Education.

The key themes that have surfaced from the community meetings so far include:

  • Bigger schools = bigger opportunities
  • District-wide equity
  • Leverage existing real estate resources for new school facilities
  • Community and corporate partnerships
  • Equity in the school curriculum

The District’s Academic Services team will provide the Facilities Master Plan Committee with design principles to guide the program development of District learning campuses. They include innovative facilities that are modern learning environments with flexible spaces and new technology -- learning environments that support all students, and new and undiscovered career fields that meet post-secondary and employer needs.

Now is the time to help shape the future of facilities in Columbus City Schools. CCS students deserve innovative learning environments with flexible spaces and new technology that supports all learners.
Click here to review the community-driven concepts and provide your feedback.

FMP Phase 6: Transform
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HOME ENERGY PROGRAMS

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that provides eligible Ohioans assistance with their home energy bills. This one-time benefit is applied directly to the customer’s utility bill or bulk fuel bill.


Click on the link below:

https://development.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/development/individual/energy-assistance/1-home-energy-assistance-program?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=210152LIHEAP


Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP)


The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) helps eligible Ohioans manage their energy bills year- round. Payments are based on a percentage of household income and are consistent year-round.


Click on the link below:

https://development.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/development/individual/energy-assistance/2-percentage-of-income-payment-plan-plus?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=210152LIHEAP


Heatshare Programs Assistance programs offered by electric and natural gas utilities.

The HeatShare programs are administered by the Salvation Army to help qualifying households pay for natural gas bills. These programs typically run from January until May, or until funds are depleted.


Click on the link below:

https://puco.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/puco/utilities/gas/resources/heatshare

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YMCA

The YMCA Family Fitness programs are designed for parents and children to work out together in a fun and kid-friendly environment. Come as a family and get fit together. Serving families has always been at the heart of our organization.

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