Dear Parents, Sometimes words are just not eloquent enough to express how you feel so I want to keep it simple and just say THANK YOU. As I officially retire today I wanted to send a final note of gratitude to you as parents and caregivers. Your support of our work, and my work, here in Brookville Schools the last 22 years has been beyond amazing. I do truly believe in my heart that your kids - our kids - are special. In their own individual way they can and will do great things. Continue to support your schools as I know you will. The cards, emails and calls I have received from so many of you the last few days have been appreciated. As I sent out to staff earlier today it has truly been a blessing to serve in this position. I thank God for the opportunity to have represented the community of Brookville as your school superintendent. I have always and will continue to be a proud Blue Devil from Brookville! Thank you, Tim Hopkins Superintendent
Good Afternoon Parents and Caregivers, Today we completed our second week of school following the holiday break. I realize there is much chatter in the media these days regarding schools going remote. I felt like it was time to reach out to you as parents with an update on how things are going here in your schools. First, we have learned that numbers can be reported and interpreted in multiple ways. Despite this, these are the most straight forward numbers I can give you from our schools as of today.
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The obvious answer to this question is ‘who knows?’ It is unpredictable how individual communities and school districts are going to be impacted week by week. Every indication is that the next 2-3 weeks will still be challenging. It appears we are not through the worst of this surge. Our goal as a district continues to be keeping students in school. We firmly believe that is best for our kids. Can I guarantee or give you assurances? The simple answer is no. We have to enter each and every week knowing things could change. You should be having those conversations as a family. What would we do if the kids can’t go to school? It is never bad to be prepared and have a plan. What I can tell you is that we have put together contingency plans and discussed how we operate in the event numbers get worse. WE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CONTINUE WITH OUR SCHOOLS OPEN . A couple of final thoughts. First, I want to share with you my appreciation for our staff. In classrooms, as well as nearly every department, they have covered for one another, divvied up responsibilities and done everything asked of them to help us stay open. I can’t say enough about their efforts in maintaining a positive learning environment for your children throughout this difficult time. Second, we know that most of our families have been touched in some way by this endemic. We want you to know that as a school district, if you have needs, we are here to help in any way feasible. We encourage you to continue supporting your children, their friends and one another as we navigate this difficult time.
Parents and Caregivers, There is much excitement around our district today as the Thanksgiving Season is upon us. Students and staff alike look forward to a few days off and time to spend with family and friends. As a district we have a few items to share with you at this time. Each month this year we are focusing on a one word theme that we can tangibly demonstrate in our actions. This month our word has been ‘collaborative’ . A link below will take you to a short video that gives examples of how we collaborate with other community agencies. Next year we will be initiating a refresh on our website. As part of this process we ask that you follow this link to a survey https://forms.gle/GPuEg3UgengKML8U6 that will provide information about how to best build the website. Our goal must be to provide you the best information in the most convenient format. Lastly, upon our return to classes next week we will be entering the holiday season. Please stay connected to your child's building regarding concert schedules and special events. Thank you for all your support. From all of us at Brookville Schools to all of you, we wish you a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving!
Parents, Unfortunately, the school district continues to have issues with our Frontier phone service. This has become an ongoing problem that we have little control over, however, we apologize for the inconvenience. At the current time, if necessary, ParentSquare messages or email to school offices is your best means of communication to the buildings. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and are trying to get the system fixed.
Parents and Caregivers, 1) Today we are releasing our new "Mask to Stay Guidelines" reflecting the recent release by the Ohio Department of Health and endorsed by Dayton - Montgomery County Public Health. We have attached a PDF of how these guidelines work below. If you have questions feel free to contact the school nurses or district office. 2) Additionally, regarding COVID, we are going to begin to follow the lead of numerous other school districts and release our COVID notifications once a week. The ongoing ParentSquare messages of positive cases is both difficult to maintain and has lost effectiveness. Because of the regularity, parents often do not check notifications assuming it is just the report of another positive. Also, depending on the time of day the school district is notified of a positive, it becomes difficult to not miss sending a notification. Many district's have now gone to a once-a-week notice because of these same issues. This will become our practice. 3) Dayton Children's Hospital provided all school districts with handouts about the COVID Vaccine for ages 5-11 and a document on how the immune system works. We are attaching these two documents to todays post simply to help you make informed decisions. The following link will provide you access to a live chat with Dayton Children's medical staff for parents with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. This will take place at 5pm this Wednesday, November 3. https://www.childrensdayton.org/vaccinechat 4) Moving away from COVID, I want to share a change coming in how we distribute fliers for both in-house programs and community programs. Dating back to the beginning of the 2020 school year we discontinued sending fliers home with students because of COVID concerns. Starting this week we will distribute fliers once a week on Fridays, ONLY. We will continue to post fliers on Facebook. The plan is to transition to only a digital release next year when we roll out a new website. In closing your kids have been great this Fall. We continue to see their successes both in and out of the classroom. Please continue to encourage their efforts at school. Thank you and have a great week.
October 1, 2021 As we turn the page on September and approach our seventh week of school, I want to provide you an update on several school related topics.
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A focus of our students and staff has been building and maintaining a positive school culture. We also rely on YOU! Please continue to be a positive example in your child's life. Using the book Energy Bus we are working on a monthly video series which highlights positive principles of daily life in Brookville Schools. We often share and broadcast the good things happening in our extracurricular programs but fall short in showing you the great things taking place in our classrooms. The principle of the month for September was being VISIONARY. Please take a moment to view these two short videos that promote visionary programs in our buildings:
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We have seen a slight uptick in positive COVID cases. This can be concerning on two fronts. First, just the concern for the illness of our students. Second, a concern for the possibility of quarantines increasing. We are working diligently to spread students out in classrooms, allow for outdoor lunches, disinfecting high use areas and providing hand sanitizer. Please know that once students leave our buildings we task you with promoting healthy decisions. Think twice about giving permission to after school activities that may increase health risk. Also, we have chosen to allow personal choice on such protocols as masks and vaccines. Please consider those choices that give your child the best chance to stay in school. Below are the current COVID numbers for Brookville Schools: https://www.brookvilleschools.org/Content2/20630
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There has been some concerns and questions surrounding the growth of our community and the available building space. At the September Board meeting, Mr. Hopkins gave a PowerPoint presentation and report regarding current numbers, space and the effect of growth. This link provides you with the slide show and sound from the presentation:
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HELP WANTED. How many times lately have you seen that sign at a local business or establishment? Brookville Schools are no different. We are in desperate need, particularly for substitutes in our support personnel positions as well as classroom teaching substitutes. Have some free days? You may want to consider being trained as a bus driver, classroom paraprofessional, cafeteria worker, custodian, etc. Who knows, if you like it you may want to consider full time employment in the future. Like many schools we are particularly in need of additional school bus drivers! Contact our district office at 937-833-2181 to apply.