WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT?
2021 – 2022 Safe Learning Plan for The Ravenna School District (RSD)
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT?
Message from Superintendent Dr. Laura Hebert – August 24, 2021
Hello, this is Laura Hebert, Superintendent of the Ravenna School District. Thank you for all you are doing to get our school year off to a great start! I am calling you with an update to our mask guidelines. Based on the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Portage County, and the low vaccination rate of Portage County residents, the Ravenna School Board voted last night to mandate mask wearing for faculty, staff, students and visitors in all buildings regardless of vaccination status. This will be in effect through October 31, 2021 when the Board will meet to review transmission and vaccination rates, and vote to extend the mask mandate or let it expire.
Mask wearing is required beginning tomorrow, August 25, 2021. We need to focus on limiting the spread of the virus. When we do, we also limit the disruption to our day-to-day lives. We want our students in school, participating in sports, actvities, and clubs. We don’t want you to have to take time off of work to be with a student if they have to quarantine because they were exposed to COVID-19.
The CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Portage County Health Department all recommend the following three ways to avoid getting COVID-19 and having to quarantine: 1) vaccination if eligible, 2) masking, and 3) practicing social distancing. We must do all we can to keep everyone safe, and present in school by living within the guidelines of health experts.
Please contact me if you have any questions. Remember, mask up, wash up and back up! And stay – Ravenna Strong!
On September 16, 2021, the Task Force met for the first meeting of the 2020-21 school year. During this work session, the three committees met to create a vision statement for their specific committee. Each committee (with anywhere from 8 – 12 members) worked to construct a statement that reflected the specific focus of the committee and was aligned to the overall mission or goal of the task force: to reflect and examine our current policies and procedures in an effort to create a sustainable, systemic plan that will engage students, faculty and community members and address diversity, equity and inclusion.
The three committees presented their first draft of a vision statement to the task force at the end of the meeting. These will be revisited as the year progresses. Below are the three different statements, all a work in progress:
Curriculum: We will ignite our students’ and community’s transformative educational experience by elevating our curriculum to embrace the diversity of our students. We will instill a passion for lifelong learning and creativity into all aspects of their lives.
Hiring and Retention: We will ensure the success of all students and meet the needs of families and community members; through the intentional recruitment, hiring and retention of a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent group of faculty members.
Professional Development: To support and empower staff to develop their use of inclusive, culturally responsive practices to intentionally recognize and serve all children holistically.
Our next meeting in October, will involve Diversity Training, led by Dr. Gooden. The November meeting will be devoted to analyzing current board documents related to Curriculum, Hiring, and Professional Development through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. Action steps, if any, will be created during the next few months, with the goal of reporting findings and recommendations to the Superintendent during the April and May Task Force meetings.
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