School's Closed: Now What?
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)
Due to Governor DeWine's mandate, Eastwood SDA Junior Academy will be closed for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16. We understand the next few weeks are going to be difficult for everyone, and want to make sure it's as easy as possible for you to stay informed and for your student to continue learning while school is closed. Here is what we know so far.
Education Sabbath at Eastwood SDA Church has been postponed. A new date will be chosen and announced as soon as possible, but it will likely be a long time in the future. Music Fest has also been canceled, and refunds will be issued within the next week for those who have paid their student's fees.
Spring break is being extended to two weeks: March 16-March 27. Students will not have any work to complete on these days.
Home Study Program
On March 30, EJA will begin a Home Study Program. Information will be released and materials available for pick-up at the school on March 19 and 20. The program is still under development, but here is what we know and are working on so far:
Each class's program will likely be a bit different, as the age levels and technology skill/availability varies. In K-4 the program will consist largely of packets and games, with various online resources recommended and encouraged. In 5-8, students will do the majority of their work on their Chromebooks using MobyMax and Google Classroom.
Teachers will be available during school hours via phone, email, and/or video conferencing (through Google Meet or Zoom) beginning the week of March 30th.
We will need full parent cooperation to make sure students are completing the work and activities assigned.
Students in grades 5-8 will need to check Google Classroom and their school emails regularly for updates and announcements.
Pending further announcements, the school will reopen on Monday, April 6th. COVID-19 is moving fast, however, and we will need to prepare for the possibility of being closed for a longer period of time. If the school is unable to reopen on April 6th, the Home Study Program will continue and further resources provided.
We are not able to provide latchkey or other childcare services during this time.
The school building will be deep-cleaned during the week of March 16-20. If you would like to help, please contact our office.
It is more important now than ever to make sure you are connected to the school. If you are a parent and you have not yet set up ClassDojo, please contact Mia Pomales at (937) 371-2874. You can also follow us on this blog and across our various social media platforms.