Dear Community Members:
I hope all of you had a great Labor Day weekend. We now embark on what is always a long stretch between now and November where we rack up 5 day weeks.
I have a couple of notes for you today.
SEPTEMBER 21 2-HOUR DELAY
This is a quick reminder that we will have a scheduled 2-hour delay on Tuesday September 21st for staff development.
Professional development is essential for a school district. I think over the years it has been one of the things that has helped set us apart as a district. It is critical that we get back on the front foot as a district, and that involves building skill in one of our most important assets, our teachers. Last year, we did not use 2-hour delays since we were on the hybrid for much of the year and did not want to sacrifice classroom time.
We have five scheduled throughout the year and are looking forward to growing together again. The next scheduled delay is slated for October 20th.
VACCINE CLINIC SET FOR THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
This is a reminder that we are hosting a vaccine clinic through the Wood County Health Department from 2:00-6:00 this Sunday, September 12th. No appointment is needed, and they will have Pfizer doses as well as Johnson & Johnson. We have had solid turnouts which is why they continue to want to come back every three weeks.
WHERE WE STAND WITH CASES AND QUARANTINES?
As of Wednesday September 8, 2021 while I am typing this, we have three positive cases and fourteen students who are quarantining. I am specific about where we are at the time I am typing, because things can change very rapidly. In a neighboring district, they had 7-8 cases and close to 100 quarantines in one day, and I believe they have added to it. They are a similarly sized district, and it shows just how quickly things can change. That district is now moving to require masks to combat what they are seeing in their schools.
Last week, I shared some information on the value of vaccinating students and wearing masks. The message was simple. Students that are either vaccinated or consistently wear a mask, who are defined as close contacts with someone who has COVID, will not have to quarantine. There has definitely been an uptick in the number of students who are wearing masks, which will hopefully limit the number of students who may have to quarantine. More importantly, it should look to reduce transmission from positive cases to others.
I also want to thank our parents. You have been very helpful by keeping students home who are sick and consulting on whether or not they should get tested. This simple proactive step can help limit potential quarantines or spread in our buildings. I know this is potentially disruptive to your home and working environment. We never take for granted just how hard it is to be a parent right now. We thank you for partnering with us.
We all have the same goal in mind. We want kids to be in school learning, and we want it done safely. How we go about this will be dependent on how things progress. If we want to keep operating under the current set of mitigation strategies, everyone has to pitch in and help.
FINANCE COMMITTEE REMINDER
This is a reminder that we have a Finance Committee Meeting set for next Monday, September 13th at 7:00 PM in the Elementary Cafeteria. Please let me know if you plan to attend.
WOOD COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL REDEDICATION AND PATRIOTS DAY
The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Ted Bowlus cordially invite the public to attend the 2021 Wood County, Ohio Patriot Day Ceremony commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, and Rededication of the Wood County Veterans Memorial Plaza on Saturday, September 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at the Wood County Courthouse in Bowling Green.
Historic military vehicles will be on display on Court St. along the Courthouse from 9 to noon. An All-County HS Band (featuring Eastwood students) will perform patriotic selections at 9:45am under the direction of Thomas Headley, retired Director of Bands at Bowling Green HS.
Parking is available in the lots on Summit Street immediately east of the Courthouse. Please note that Main Street in downtown Bowling Green will be closed for the Black Swamp Arts Festival.
The original Wood County Veterans Memorial was established on the southwest corner of the Courthouse lawn in 1950. Memorials for Korea and Vietnam were added, but time and weather took a toll and much work was needed to create a memorial that would respectfully recognize the people who gave their lives. Therefore, a group of Wood County veterans worked to design a new Veterans Memorial plaza that recognizes all county residents who died in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, and Afghanistan along with our Gold Star Families. The project is funded by a combination of donations and public dollars and creates an area that is accessible to people with disabilities, and is conducive to memorial services. Learn more about the Wood County Veteran Memorial project by clicking here.
That’s it for today. Be safe! Take care!
Brent Welker, Superintendent
Eastwood Local Schools
120 E. College St.
PO Box 837
Pemberville, Ohio 43450
"Leaders create Culture, Culture drives Behavior, Behavior produces Results." - Tim Kight