August 24th – First day of school
September 7th – No School
August 24th – First day of school
September 7th – No School
The USDA has extended food service program waivers that allow all students to eat breakfast and lunch free of charge. Because of these federal waivers, Hilliard City School Students may eat breakfast and lunch free of charge while at school, during eLearning, or in the Online Academy.
You can find pick-up instructions on our Food Service web page.
Meals provided will conform to USDA guidelines for reimbursable meals. This offer is scheduled to expire on or before December 31st, 2020. The District will communicate any changes to this opportunity as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to the foodservice department at (614) 921 – 7492 if you have additional questions.
Several months ago, Hilliard City Schools announced the creation of an Inclusivity and Justice Task Force and appointed me to be the Chair. Shortly after, I was offered the Director of Equity and Diversity position. So, I have officially left my previous role as Principal of Alton Darby Elementary and am looking forward to continuing my work in Hilliard Schools through the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Since June, the Inclusivity and Justice Task Force has met regularly, and we are breaking down our big goal for Hilliard City Schools: how might we become a model district for students of color and diverse needs and circumstances to feel welcome, included, heard, valued and celebrated. Already, we have had valuable conversations and are building an action-oriented approach to achieving this goal. The task force includes teachers, staff, parents, students, and community members of diverse backgrounds, races, and perspectives.
Our district is not new to the equity and diversity conversation but, we also recognize that we need to do more. Our community and our students are looking for leadership and guidance on how to break down barriers, end systems of injustice and prejudice, and seek a better future for our students. There is room for growth in our efforts at Hilliard City Schools, and we are taking meaningful and thoughtful action.
On June 3, Dr. Marschhausen shared a blog in the wake of the unrest, pain, and protests in our city and around the nation in response to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. He wrote, “Today’s crisis demands new action. We live our values, our passion for growth, to embrace the complex work and create a better tomorrow. We can’t wait. We must root out racism in our behavior and demand justice in our actions.”
Equity is also a key focus of our Hilliard Next X Initiative, which will guide the district from 2020-2030. We define Equity in our Next X Initiative with the goal to “create equally accessible programming and opportunities for students and staff by being intentional in our behaviors, practices, and policies. The district will empower and create experiences for underrepresented populations to break down barriers and overcome stigmas.”
As we continue to prioritize building an inclusive culture at Hilliard City Schools, we will continue to share about the Inclusivity and Justice Task Force and the work of the Equity and Diversity Office at Hilliard City Schools. There will be opportunities to engage in dialogue, provide feedback, and learn together as a community.
Our students need all of us to do this work – this isn’t limited to our school buildings; this work must happen community-wide. We will have hard conversations about racism, prejudice, and injustice, and we will work together toward building a better tomorrow for our students. I invite you to join us on this journey.
Samantha Chatman – Director of Equity and Diversity
During the Board of Education meeting on September 1, a resolution was passed, which will keep our district in the same educational mode for two weeks to provide consistency for our community.
If a change in the state advisory system would result in a shift to our current instructional mode, the district will make that shift only after two weeks of consistency in that advisory system level. In other words, if Franklin County were to move to Red, the District would not move back to all eLearning unless Franklin County remained Red for two consecutive weeks. The first week in a new Risk Level will be ‘the watch week’ a second week at the same advisory level will trigger a change the following Monday.
“We know that consistency is important for our families. This resolution provides stability for at least two weeks as we respond to the challenges of Covid-19, said Superintendent John Marschhausen. “We will continue to adapt our plans and adjust our models as required. I know some would like more long-term consistency, but I don’t believe that will happen in the near future. As we get local attendance and nurse visit data, we will respond quickly to isolate potential Covid risks. The district will continue to amend our plans based on available data and health professional recommendations.”
School Board President Mark Abate added, “We understand that our parents, students, and teachers need and want a sense of consistency as the school year progresses. We are pleased to be in a situation where we can have students back in our buildings in a hybrid mode, but we know that the data that we are tracking is dancing on the edge of the line between orange and red in the County’s color-coded risk levels. To stay true to our plans, while also giving our parents, students, and teachers a sense of consistency, we are going to put this plan in place to give our families more notice before we change learning modes.”
Board Vice President Lisa Whiting hopes this gives the community time to plan. “While the data is showing volatility, we want to provide dependability and want to provide our students, staff, and families adequate time to adjust,” Whiting said. “I want to assure our school community that we are monitoring our Hilliard Schools and the county data carefully and will continually monitor the effectiveness of our plan and the impact on student learning.”
As we move forward we appreciate your continued support. Please continue to check our 20-21 School Year web page for the latest information.
The Hilliard School District is going to start Hybrid Learning on Monday, August 31.
Before each school day, we are asking every family to do a home health assessment. You should first take their temperature. If it’s above 100.4, you need to keep the student home. You should also check for COVID-19 Symptoms and contact your health care provider if you have any symptoms.
We know some students may wonder what to expect when they return to school. Be assured we are following guidelines from county, state, and federal health experts. Franklin County Public Health has approved all Hilliard School plans. We have a short video series that goes through arrival, classrooms, recess, lunch, and more. We hope you and your student watch and discuss before their first day.
On their in school Hybrid days, students will follow their regular bell schedule. On days they are home, they will work on assignments in Canvas at their own pace.
In order to manage messages you receive from the District, you can download the School Messenger App and set up push notifications.
Meals will be provided to students on their Hybrid days in school and when they are out of school. Please note that change will not be given in school, but will be placed on the student’s account for future use. You can find details on how to get lunches on the out of school days on our food service web page.
In accordance with Governor DeWine’s announcement on Tuesday, August 18th, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Capital Conference, and the Hilliard City School District has developed the following plan for spectators at our fall athletic events for the 2020 season. While we are all excited to bring our athletes and coaches back together to compete, we want to do so in the safest manner possible to ensure their well-being.
Boys/Girls Cross Country:
Welcome to the 20-21 school year! Check out this video.
Please check out the Brown eNews emailed home today as well.
– eLearning highlights
– introduction of office staff
Meals will still be provided in Hilliard Schools to cover scheduled school days when students are learning from home, during e-learning and hybrid modes and for Online Academy students. We are starting this program immediately, please check our 2020-21 School Year Information page for any updates.
Students in e-Learning or the Online Academy will receive bags covering breakfast and lunch for the week. The bags will be given out at all Hilliard Schools. Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch will receive meals free of charge. All other students will be charged the normal breakfast and lunch prices for the weekly meals – $3.75 per day for elementary and $4.00 per day for high school. Per week that will be $18.75 at elementary and $20 per week for high school students.
Meal pickup will be available from 9:30 to 11:30 in our elementary, sixth, and middle schools. Our high school pick up times are from 9:30 – 1:30 pm. Parents who want to take advantage of this service should pick up at the building attended by your oldest student. Please observe this pickup schedule, based on the first letter of the parent’s last name:
Online Academy students should pick up at their middle or high school. Elementary OA students should go to the middle or high school they will attend in the future.
When the district is in Hybrid Mode, parents who want to take advantage of meals for their students when they are learning at home can have meals sent home with their child on days they are at school.
Evening Pickup – We are giving parents with scheduling issues a late pickup option on Tuesdays at Bradley HS until 6pm. We just ask that they call Brenda Creske at 614-921-7490 so we have an idea of how many to be prepared for.
If you have questions regarding meal pick-up, please contact the Food Service Office at 614-527-4209.
We are so excited to welcome students back to the Hilliard City Schools on Monday, August 24. Even though we will begin the year in eLearning, and many students in our Online Academy, we want to celebrate our first day! Just like in the past, we will be asking you to post your first-day pictures on Twitter and Facebook using the #HCSD1 tag.
We have been able to get this trending across the city for the past few years, let’s hope we can this year!
During Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today, August 13, 2020, Franklin County was at a Level Three, or Red, status. Following Board of Education approved plans, all Hilliard School Buildings will begin the school year on August 24, 2020, in eLearning.
Students will be able to view their schedules and find out who their teachers are, on Thursday, August 20, after 1pm.
This week the Board of Education also approved a resolution to allow sports to continue during eLearning while following OHSAA and ODH guidelines.
Meals will still be provided to students at home during the 2020-2021 school year. Breakfast and Lunch will cover days when students are learning from home for both the hybrid and e-learning modes of instruction. All students are eligible. Students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals will receive breakfast and lunch free of charge; all other students who might be interested will be charged the standard price for meals. Details on how our families can pick up meals will be posted on our web page next week.