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Coronavirus Updates:

Quick Links to Resources:

Class of 2020 FAQ

Student Lunch Program

Remote Learning FAQ 

Remote Learning FAQ for Families of Students with Disabilities

Guidance for Special Education Instruction/Access During the COVID-19 Closure - Updated 3/30

FHSD Counselor Contact Information

FHSD Wellness Resources

Free Spectrum WiFi Program

Ohio Department of Health Parent Resources 

Find available programs for additional assistance

Recent Updates:

April 2 update from Superintendent Prebles is here.

March 30 update from Superintendent Prebles is here

March 27 update from Superintendent Prebles is here

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see previous updates from Superintendent Prebles.

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Governor Mike DeWine has mandated that all K-12 schools in Ohio must remain closed through Friday, May 1. Around that time, the governor will inform us of any future steps regarding Ohio schools. 

Like you, we are learning this information in real-time as to how we are all to be affected and why these steps need to be taken. Right now, our collective job is to support the governor and the needs that exist in order to “interrupt” further community spread. 

Obviously, there are many questions that we need answered and we will do our best to communicate accurately and in a timely manner with you. 

Right now, Governor DeWine requested that we make decisions that are not only in our school community’s best interest but also in the best interest of our community as a whole. Stay home when possible, wash hands often and stay away from people who are sick. If you or anyone in your household has been tested for or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please consult a medical professional as soon as possible.

We will be posting regular updates on http://foresthills.edu/coronavirus. This is where you can find updates in real-time. Please keep the phone lines open; do not contact the district directly unless it is an emergency. If you have questions that are directly related to the closure, please contact your child’s principal via email or breannagilroy@foresthills.edu

Please review the FAQ below for more information related to COVID-19 and Forest Hills School District:

How will students continue learning during the mandated closure?

Teachers, principals and staff members district-wide have prepared a comprehensive remote learning plan to continue to engage students across all grade levels. This plan will go into effect Monday, March 23 - Friday, May 1. Please take a moment to review the district’s remote learning plan FAQ for more information. 

Week #1: (March 16-March 20) 

Teachers will finalize their plans and prepare to effectively deliver remote learning.

Week #2: (March 23-March 27) 

Teachers will work with students remotely to review, extend and reinforce standards and concepts that students are already familiar with. Teachers will provide feedback to students, analyze student engagement and participation, and make adjustments moving forward. 

Week #3: (March 30 - April 3) 

Teachers will implement new concepts through remote learning opportunities for students based on learning standards. Teachers will communicate clear expectations to students and provide feedback on assignments. 

Spring Break: (April 6 - April 13) 

Students will not be expected to complete schoolwork during this time. 

Extended Remote Learning (April 14 - May 1):

Teachers will implement new concepts through remote learning opportunities for students based on learning standards. Teachers will communicate clear expectations to students and provide feedback on assignments. 

Will special education students continue to receive services during this time?

FHSD will not discriminate on the basis of a disability when providing educational services. Our district will ensure, to the greatest extent possible, each student receives the special education and related services that are identified under the IEP or 504 Plan. As we develop our district plan for the coming weeks, our goal is to align our learning for students with disabilities in similar ways.

Please review the FHSD Remote Learning FAQ for Families of Students with Disabilities and the district's Guidance for Special Education Instruction/Access during the COVID-19 Closure for more information. 

What kind of technology support will parents have for online learning?

Forest Hills wants to ensure your child has a device that will allow them to continue with their learning. 

If your student needs a device capable of productivity or was issued a device from the district that is having problems, families can pick-up a Chromebook at Anderson High School on Wednesday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  This is for parents of students in grades 3 and up only.

Please note that the camera in the Chromebook is not essential, so if this is the part of the Chromebook that is not working, we ask that the student keep the device they were issued. 

If a student was issued a Chromebook that is having issues, they must bring that device with them to return and receive a new device. Parents that have requested a new device will be able to get a Chromebook at this time. 

There is a limited supply of Chromebooks. Parents must submit a request at parenthelp@foresthills.edu or at this link to receive a device or to be issued a new device.

For other technology-related issues, please contact parenthelp@foresthills.edu and our technology support staff will assist you as soon as possible.  

Starting March 16, Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students — which do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Please read more here about this program.

Will Forest Hills continue to provide lunches to students during the closure?

During the school closure mandated by Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, the district will provide box lunch options for Forest Hills students. Students/parents can pick-up lunches during designated days and times at both high schools. Beginning March 23, the district will begin a lunch delivery program for families in need of assistance. 

Lunches must be ordered 24 hours in advance by completing the following the Food Service Lunch Form. If you are unable to access this form, please call 513-231-3215 to place your order.

FHSD is partnering with the Forest Hills Foundation for Education and other community organizations to provide a limited number of Go Packs for families in need of shelf-stable food items. Families can request one bag per household, per week. Families interested in this option should order the Go Pack while placing their food order. If you would like to donate items for Go Packs, please contact Dee Stone, Forest Hills Foundation for Education executive director at dstone@fhfe.org.

If your job has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus safety measures, and you would like to apply for free/reduced meals for your child, please do so as soon as possible here.

How will the closures impact the Class of 2020?

We understand that you may have questions regarding final grades, graduation, commencement and prom. Please review our Class of 2020 FAQ for what we currently know.

What if I need to reach my school counselor?

School counselors will be working normal school hours on school days and are accessible by email. Google hangout/meet will be an available option if a scheduled time to talk is needed. Please email your school counselor to set up a time to virtually meet. FHSD Counselor Contact Information

In addition, here are some FHSD Wellness Resources from school counselors.

What if my child needs mental health support during this closure?

We understand that the change in schedule could evoke all types of emotions in our students. District staff members always have your student's best interest at heart but we will not be readily available to address social-emotional concerns that are in need of immediate attention. If your student experiences difficulties during this time, please utilize the resources below as we will not be available to help in person. These resources can be helpful in an acute situation or can help guide you to other appropriate services in the community.

How can students go about obtaining a work permit under Ohio’s Minor Labor Laws if schools are closed?

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, if a minor has all necessary paperwork completed and is unable to get the permit processed due to school closure, the completed paperwork may itself stand in the place of the physically printed permit. Employers should keep the paperwork on file, just like they would the permit. The formal permit should be processed as soon as the school is reopened.

As a reminder, hour restrictions outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 4109 are still in place for any week that was not a pre-planned school holiday (i.e., spring break) and the prohibited/hazardous occupation restrictions are still active. 

To download a copy of the Parent or Guardian Consent Form for Minor Work Permit, click here.

How does the school closure impact previously scheduled events?

As of March 12, 2020, through May 1, 2020, in response to Governor DeWine’s recent emergency order and the Ohio Department of Health recommendations to limit social contact the district has canceled all school-related programs through the end of Spring Break. This includes:

The district continues to receive new guidelines regarding mass gatherings and public events, and we will continue to follow the protocols set forth by public health experts and Governor DeWine. We understand you may have questions about events scheduled for after Spring Break. As more information becomes available, we will update students, staff & parents. 

What about athletics? 

FHSD will follow the OHSAA and Governor DeWine’s recommendations to severely limit spectators to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Each athlete or contestant is allowed four (4) visitors to games or contests until further notice. Athletic practices will continue as scheduled until further notice.

What about rental groups using FHSD facilities?

Until further notice, all indoor facility rentals are postponed. 

What about school-sponsored travel?

At this time, all school-sponsored travel and field trips have been canceled through Spring Break. 

School-sponsored travel plans scheduled after Spring Break are not canceled at this time. FHSD will reevaluate post-Spring Break travel plans based upon future guidance from Governor DeWine’s office. 

What about non-school-sponsored Spring Break travel?

If you will be traveling during Spring Break, please monitor the CDC travel advisories. Currently, travelers to Italy, Iran, China, and South Korea must self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving back in the United States. The CDC now recommends that travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel. Governor DeWine shares that each traveler should ask themselves “Is it necessary?” Please visit the CDC’s website for more information about travel.

How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?

As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19, and ways children can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Additional communications and resources:

This is new, uncharted territory for Forest Hills and school districts nationwide. Information is changing quickly and we are working diligently to ensure all students receive the support and resources needed during this challenging time. We appreciate your patience as this situation continues to develop. 

For more information regarding the Novel Coronavirus and how to stop the spread of illnesses, you can visit Hamilton County Public Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online. 

Earlier updates:

March 26 update and remote learning survey from Superintendent Prebles is here

March 23 announcement: March 23 Board of Education meeting now canceled 

March 19 update from Superintendent Prebles is here

March 19 announcement: District adds lunch delivery service March 23

March 17 announcement: March 23 Board of Education meeting closed to the public, available via live stream

March 16 message from Superintendent Prebles is here

March 10th update from Superintendent Prebles can be reviewed here

March 11th update from Superintendent Prebles is located here

March 12th update from Superintendent Prebles is here