Supt. Hausmann Parent Update February 2020

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Dear Bay Village Schools Parents and Guardians --

We know there is a strong and positive relationship between student learning and regular school attendance. Much of what is presented in the classroom is sequential -- one day of learning builds upon the next. In addition, the rich interaction between teachers, students and peers, as well as experiences designed for collaboration and exploration, simply cannot be duplicated in make-up assignments.

Of course, we need to accommodate legitimate reasons for absence from school. These reasons include illness, medical appointments, a death in the family, religious observance and college visits. These are excused absences, and administrators can excuse other types of absences on a case-by-case basis. Unexcused absences can affect class grades. In addition, they can trigger some of the absenteeism thresholds that require state reporting, additional family/school meetings and, in cases of habitual or excessive truancy, more serious interventions.

Our students’ regular attendance must be a top priority both for our schools and our families. Your collaboration with us on this important issue is most appreciated.

Read, Read, Read!
I was thrilled to attend the Big Reveal for One School One Book at Normandy Elementary, and I will be reading Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant along with all our Normandy Elementary families, teachers, custodians, bus drivers and many business owners through Bay Village! I am so impressed with the work done by our Normandy teachers, our Normandy parents, and Principal Dan Sebring in bringing this amazing program together. A special thanks to art teacher Jama Jennings for decorating school with the book’s theme, and to Normandy PTA for funding a book for each child! You can watch the Big Reveal HERE – so much excitement for our youngest students!

Monday is National Read Across America Day!  Please remember to read to your children, even when they're older! There are so many reasons to continue doing this -- here are ten.

Planning regarding potential coronavirus directives
The national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations are the official arbiter of safe practices when we experience a public health issue. We are watching carefully all information and recommendations for schools regarding the coronavirus. We will turn to the CDC and, by extension, our county health department, when making decisions about all school-related guidelines, including cleaning, closing school, and other recommendations that include travel advisories that may affect our field trips. We are meeting with various staff groups to brainstorm plans should further action be warranted.
Home of the Rockets!
We are thrilled to see the progress that the Home of the Rockets team is making toward their goal of raising $1.6 million for the planned construction of a new building at the stadium that will house two team rooms, a new concession stand, restrooms and more. Home of the Rockets presented a check for their first installment of $350,000 to our Board of Education on Monday. The account with the board now holds $750,000, including a board contribution of $400,000. Home of the Rockets also has more than a quarter of a million dollars in pledges lined up. YOU can learn all about this project and DONATE at various levels, including seeing your name on a recognition brick, paver, plaque and more, at:

Home of the Rockets is a 501(c)3 organization that raises money and provides other assistance for construction, renovation, or other improvements to facilities in the Bay Village city school district. Donations are tax deductible. All Home of the Rockets donors will receive confirmation of their donation for tax filing purposes

This is happening! I interviewed Jon Ransom, a lead fundraiser for Home of the Rockets, for this podcast. Have a listen!


Superintendent Jodie Hausmann

Pictured from left: Athletics/Activities Director Matt Spellman, Board of Education members Lisa Priemer (president), Paul Vincent, Dave Vegh, Gayatry Jacob-Mosier (vice president), Beth Lally, district Treasurer Nikki Spriggs, Superintendent Jodie Hausmann, and Jon Ransom of Home of the Rockets.

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