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Monroe Local Schools eNews - November 2020

Second Semester Change Form Due 11/7

Reminder: If you wish to change your child’s learning option for the second semester, please complete the form linked below. This commitment form only needs to be completed if you wish to change your child’s learning option for the second semester.


Form/Deadline

  • Second Semester Monroe Local Schools Change of Placement Form

  • Due by Saturday, November 7 (by 11:59 p.m.)

  • The district will not accept forms after the deadline due to the limited time available for planning.

  • Students will not have the ability to change learning models at any time during the second semester.


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Important Health Reminders

As the spread of COVID is increasing in Ohio, it is important that we stay vigilant to help prevent the spread of the virus in our schools and community. During the past week, the district has seen an uptick in staff and students who have tested positive or have been a direct contact with someone who has tested positive. Each Monday, the district updates our COVID data from the week prior and posts this information on the website. We will continue to work closely with the Butler County Health Department to monitor this information.


Daily Wellness Checks

Please continue to conduct a student wellness check including a temperature check prior to sending your child to school. Students with temperatures over 100°F should stay home. If your child is feeling ill or exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19, do not send your child to school.


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Direct Contact/Quarantine

If your child comes in contact with a positive or suspected positive case outside the school setting, please do not send them to school. Direct contact is within 6 feet for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period of a positive case. If your child has had direct contact with a positive case, they need to quarantine for 14 days after that contact. If your child has had direct contact with a suspected case, please do not send your child to school until the test results have been received. If this suspected case has positive test results, then follow the quarantine guidelines outlined above.


Butler County General Health District Quarantine Requirement

If your child is quarantined by the health district, please know that getting a negative test result does not allow release from the required 14-day quarantine since it can take up to 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 to appear. Therefore, quarantine for the full 14 days must be maintained.


Traveling Out of the Country or Out of State:

With the increase in COVID cases in our area, we do ask that if your family is traveling at any point during the school year that you self quarantine for 14 days after your return if you are visiting an area with increased COVID infections. Per the Ohio Department of Health guidance, "Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days."



Remote Access to Classwork:

Students who are quarantined can access their work remotely on Google classroom during this quarantine time.

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Girls and Boys Soccer Teams Successful in Post-Season Play

Congratulations to Monroe High School boys' and girls' soccer teams on their successful seasons. Both teams advanced to the district championship games.


The lady Hornets beat Indian Hill to become the 2020 OHSAA Southwest District Division II District Champions! The boys' soccer team lost in OT in their District Championship Game capping off an awesome season.


The girls' team continued their winning streak to advance to the OHSAA Regional Finals. The Hornets will play Oakwood this Saturday, November 7, at Monroe High School. TKDS Sports will be streaming the championship game starting at 7:00 p.m. There is a fee of $9.99 to view the game.


Here is the link for you to get your pass for the live stream

https://videos.tkdssports.com/ohsaa-high-school-girls-soccer-playoffs-7th-nov-2020-oakwood-vs-monroe/


Best of luck to our Lady Hornets in the Regional Finals! #HornetCountry

(photo credit: 6S Photography)

Township and Fire Department Donate CARES Funding to District

The CARES Act provides funding to help local government and school districts navigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The district is grateful for the generous donations of CARES funds from Lemon Monroe Township and the Monroe Fire Department to benefit all Monroe students. Lemon Monroe Township donated $46,500 of their CARES funding enabling the district to purchase touchless water dispensers, Hover Cams, headsets, electronic tablets, and laptops.


The Monroe Fire Department donated $16,500 of their CARES funding that will go towards the purchase of art kits, wipes, sanitizer, and access to digital books for our students. This collection of digital books will give our students 24/7 online access to e-books and audiobooks.

Monroe High School Presents Alice in Wonderland This Weekend

Congratulations to Monroe High School's theater program for its successful production of Alice in Wonderland Thursday evening. Our talented students are putting on two more shows on November 7 and 8. We are grateful our students are able to be on stage again in front of a live audience. Due to COVID restrictions, limited seating was available for the production.

PTO Fun Run Raises Funds for Outdoor Learning Spaces

Special thanks to the Monroe Elementary PTO for hosting their Boosterthon Hornet Fun Run on October 28. It was a great day for staff and students. Thanks to the generosity of Hornet families, the fundraiser brought in more than $13,000!


The PTO plans to use these funds for making the elementary school's outdoor environmental spaces, including the pond, more accessible and engaging for all students.

Unity Day Celebrated in Monroe Schools

All of Monroe's schools participated in Unity Day on October 21. Staff and students wore orange with lesson and activities focused on kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.


"Unity Day is where we all say NO TO BULLYING! All week when students saw someone being kind they shouted UNITY," shared Monroe Primary Principal Melissa Geffen.


The primary students participated in a variety of activities during Unity Week. In one lesson, students had to write one thing they are going to do to be a friend and not bully others which were shared on posters outside the classrooms.


Unity Day is celebrated nationwide as part of National Bullying Prevention Month.

Congrats, NJHS Inductees!

Monroe Junior High inducted 46 students into their National Junior High School Honor Society for the 2020-2021 school year. Students were selected based on their excellent academic standing, leadership skills, upstanding character, and desire to serve others.


We are proud of our junior high scholars! To learn more about NJHS and to meet our inductees go to bit.ly/mjhsnjhs20-21.

MHS Holds National Honor Society Induction

Monroe High School inducted 29 students into the National Honor Society on Thursday, October 29. Congratulations to these students on their academic achievements!


Monroe provides the highest quality of academic opportunities for our students while being conservative with our resources. The district is in the top 20% of public school districts in Ohio with the lowest operating expenses per pupil AND the top 20% of districts with the highest academic performance index scores.


Source: Ohio Department of Education

Monroe School District's Annual Strategic Plan

Click on the image below to access the district's annual strategic plan.

Job Openings

Monroe Local School District is looking to fill a variety of positions from substitute teachers to custodial help.


All job listings are posted here:

https://www.applitrack.com/bcc/onlineapp/default.aspx…


If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, please apply through the Bulter County Education Service Center at https://www.bcesc.org

Upcoming District Events

  • Saturday, November 7: Deadline to submit a change of placement form for second semester.
  • Monday, November 23: Regular Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Monroe Elementary School (Open to the public but limited to 20 with current ODH guidelines)
  • Wednesday, November 25, 26, 27: No School-Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 14: Regular Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Monroe Elementary School (Open to the public but limited to 20 with current ODH guidelines)
  • December 21-January 1: No School-Winter Break