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Tiffin City Schools interim superintendent Robert Boes shares update on COVID-19 crisis

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TIFFIN — Robert “Bob” Boes, interim superintendent of Tiffin City Schools, shared an update Thursday on the district’s response to the COVID-19 crisis as well as the TCS bond issue appearing on the 2020 primary ballot.

“In these difficult and uncertain times, our schools have weathered changes no one could have predicted at the beginning of the year. We are so thankful for the teachers, staff, parents, students, and community supporters who have worked together to make facing these challenges a little easier. Even in the midst of COVID-19, our district is experiencing exciting opportunities for growth and change,” Boes said in a statement.

Boes said the district appreciates the cooperation and support from parents and students as the district continues to make safety and education a priority.


“As a way to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Ohio school closures have now been extended through May 1st. Statewide testing has been canceled for the school year, and at this point, AP testing will take place online,” Boes said.

Boes shared a few updates specific to Tiffin City Schools events that have been postponed or will continue as of now, including:

 

  • All school activities remain postponed, all facilities are closed
  • Children will still have Spring Break April 9-13––no instruction will be provided during these times. Distance learning will resume on April 14.
  • Food service will continue to provide meals on Mondays and Wednesdays; the exception will be during spring break. Lunches will be provided on April 14 and 16 of that week.
  • Winter sports tournaments have been canceled, and spring sports remain postponed at this time
  • The art show has been postponed
  • Prom and graduation are still scheduled as of now

“We will continue Distance Learning for the foreseeable future, at least through May 1. During this time, staff may enter the buildings on a limited basis to gather materials; otherwise the properties are closed,” Boes said.

Over the last few days, TCS provided over 200 devices to families in need of technology to assist them with their remote learning.

“At the same time, we collected numerous packets of completed work as well as distributed additional packets to families. I want to thank all of the TCS staff who assisted in this process….THANK YOU!” Boes said. “I also want to thank all of the families who participated…THANK YOU! We appreciate your support and, quite honestly, it was nice to see you and your child(ren) as you drove through!”


Boes said he is speaking with other area superintendents amid the coronavirus pandemic to discuss strategies and share ideas for meeting the needs of students and the community.

“I am truly grateful for the support and flexibility of the entire TCS family and proud of our entire staff as we work through these unprecedented times. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we will get through this together!” Boes said.

 

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