• EMAIL FROM DR.BENWAY - 1/13/2021

    OTHS Students and Families,

     As you are aware, prior to winter break, OTHS decided to remain in remote learning for the start of the second semester.  The plan was to continue to evaluate the COVID-19 metrics to determine when to open the doors to return to a level of in-person instruction.

    At this time, given the current spread of the virus in our community, it has been decided that OTHS will continue in remote learning until Monday, February 1st.  School leaders will continue to monitor the metrics.  The safety of our students and employees remains our top priority.

    We will continue to monitor Covid-19 metrics very closely and will keep you posted regarding if any changes in this plan become necessary. 

    Thank you for your partnership as we continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Dr. Darcy G. Benway, Superintendent

  • Informational Email About Material Pick-Up for Spring 2021 Semester

    Good Afternoon,

    Happy New Year!  We are very excited for the start of a new semester and to once again connect with students.

    This e-mail is a reminder to all families about the material pick up for students tomorrow, January 5.

    Milburn will be open from 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  Smiley will be open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.   Please note, parents or guardians must complete the Skyward Wellness check using the Skyward App or the COVID self-certification form.   A link to the paper copy of the Self-Certification form can be found here:  https://www.oths.us/Page/8026

    Students can drive to campus or use district provided transportation.  If driving, students are welcome to come anytime during the hours listed.  If riding a bus, students will be picked-up, spend one hour on campus, and return home at the times designated for your address.  Bus riders will be on the Milburn campus from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM and on the Smiley campus from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.  However, bus pick up and drop off times vary by address.

    To find the bus times for your student, please click on the link below and type in your address and the grade level of your student.  You will be provided the location, bus number, pick-up and return time for your student. 

     https://ewa.edulogweb.com/ofallonil1web/webquery/

    Remote instruction for students will begin on Wednesday, January 6. 

    Wishing you all a wonderful semester and a safe and healthy 2021!

    Sincerely,

    Martha Weld, Assistant Superintendent

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  • EMAIL FROM DR. WELD ON 12/17/2020

     

    Good Afternoon,

    This is a reminder to all of our families to return instructional materials to OTHS on Friday, December 18th if your student has not yet done so.  Instructional materials include, but are not necessarily limited to novels, textbooks for semester only courses, and laptops to support business classes.  We are requesting your support as the return rate Tuesday – Thursday of this week has been very low and we need to distribute these instructional materials to students on January 5th.    An overview of the material return information and safety protocols has been pasted below for your reference.

    RETURN OF MATERIALS

    • Students are expected to return course materials at the conclusion of the semester.  Students should return materials to individual teacher classrooms.  Students should check with teachers regarding items that are required to be returned.
    • Students enrolled in business classes requiring laptops (not a Chromebook), must return those laptops to the IMC.
    • Materials can be returned to Milburn from 7:30 - 12:05 and Smiley from 8:00 - 12:35

    When students return materials, they must follow all COVID-19 safety protocols:

    1. PARENTS/GUARDIANS will be required to complete the health certification screening in order for their student to enter the building.  Parents/guardians may use electronic the screening tool in Skyward, or may complete a paper screening form.  Information regarding the use of the Skyward tool or a copy of the paper form can be accessed at COVID-19 Information and News / Student Wellness Certification Process (oths.us) .
    2. In order to keep the number of persons in the building to a minimum, parents/guardians will not be able to accompany their students into OTHS for material returns.  Parents and Guardians will not be allowed in the buildings unless a prior appointment has been made with district personnel.
    3. Masks are required and should be worn once students leave their vehicles and should not be removed until students are back in their vehicles.
    4. Social distancing is required at all times when in the building.
    5. Restrooms and drinking fountains will be closed.

    Have a wonderful break! 

    Stay Safe and Be Well,

    Martha Weld, Assistant Superintendent

  • EMAIL FROM DR. BENWAY 12/14/2020

    OTHS Students and Families:  

    Please review the End of First Semester document attached, as it has important information to close out the week.  The document contains information on the following:

    1. Schedule of class periods for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  
    2. Return of materials schedule for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

    When students return materials, they must follow all COVID-19 safety protocols:

    1. PARENTS/GUARDIANS will be required to complete the health certification screening in order for their student to enter the building.  Parents/guardians may use electronic the screening tool in Skyward, or may complete a paper screening form.  Information regarding the use of the Skyward tool or a copy of the paper form can be accessed at COVID-19 Information and News / Student Wellness Certification Process (oths.us) .
    2. In order to keep the number of persons in the building to a minimum, parents/guardians will not be able to accompany their students into OTHS for materials returns.  Parents and Guardians will not be allowed in the buildings unless a prior appointment has been made with district personnel.
    3. Masks are required and should be worn once students leave their vehicles and should not be removed until students are back in their vehicles.
    4. Social distancing is required at all times when in the building.
    5. Restrooms and drinking fountains will be closed.

    I hope you all have a great closure to first semester and that you are able to enjoy the holiday season.

    Dr. Darcy G. Benway, Superintendent

  • EMAIL FROM DR. BENWAY 12/9/2020

    OTHS Students and Families:

    I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

    As we approach the end of the first semester, I wanted to share with you OTHS's plans for learning after winter break.   

    OTHS will begin the second semester in 100% remote learning.

    January 4th is scheduled to be an in-service workday for teachers.  A majority of the day will be available for teachers to prepare for classes to resume.

    January 5th will be a “planning day” and will NOT be a day of instruction.  It will be a day when students will be expected to come to OTHS to pick-up necessary materials.  Teachers will be in their classrooms and will issue textbooks and materials to students.  If students have technology needs or must exchange a device, a designated location to do so will be identified at each campus.  If students have questions regarding the start of a course for second semester, teachers will be able to address those questions.  Appointments to see guidance counselors or social workers can also be made for January 5th via their web pages.  If you have needs unique to your student to be addressed on January 5th, please contact your student's grade level assistant principal.

    Freshman              Ms. Dollison        dollisont@oths.us

    Sophomore            Mr. Patton           pattonc@oths.us

    Junior                     Mr. Howe            howed@oths.us

    Senior                     Mr. Wallis           wallisc@oths.us

    Transportation will be provided for students to both campuses on January 5th if needed.  Transportation pick-up and drop-off times will be sent out to our families later this week.  Students using district transportation will have an hour to get their materials before the bus will depart from OTHS for the return trip home.  Students not needing district transportation will be able to come to OTHS for material pick-up at any time throughout the day on January 5th.  Transportation schedules will be sent to students and families later this week.

    PARENTS/GUARDIANS will be required to complete the health certification screening in order for their student to enter the buildings.  Parents/guardians may use electronic the screening tool in Skyward, or may complete a paper screening form.  Information regarding the use of the Skyward tool or a copy of the paper form can be accessed at COVID-19 Information and News / Student Wellness Certification Process (oths.us).

    Students will be required to wear masks upon entry into OTHS and must practice social distancing.  Restrooms and drinking fountains will not be available for students on January 5th. 

    School leaders will continue to monitor COVID-19 metrics in early January.  The plan, at this time, is to return to some level of hybrid learning on January 19th if we are able to do so.  If not, we will push back the return to hybrid learning until appropriate.  It is hoped that any exposures or transmissions that occur over the holidays requiring quarantine will be completed by January 19th and will allow for a safe return to school.

    We wanted to get this information out to our students and families as soon as possible.  Additional details and information regarding the start of second semester will be forthcoming.

    Finally, I just wanted to remind you to complete the remote learning survey that was sent out in an email on Monday.  A survey for each OTHS student must be completed by 10:00 am on Friday, December 11th. You may access the survey at:

              http://www.quia.com/sv/1147504.html.  

    Have a great evening.

    Dr. Darcy G. Benway, Superintendent

  • EMAIL FROM DR. BENWAY 12/7/2020

    OTHS Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and that all the members of your family are staying healthy. 

    This email includes a link to a survey where you will be asked to identify the instructional preference you have for your OTHS student(s) for second semester – 100% remote learning, or some level of in-person learning.  If you choose 100% remote for your student(s), we ask that you make that choice with the intention of remaining in remote learning for the semester.  However, OTHS will continue to review metrics and will consider if it is appropriate to allow for changes from remote to in-person at the end of the quarter.  Students who are 18-years old may complete the survey on their own behalf.

    At this time, we do not know what level of in-person instruction will be appropriate in January and beyond.  OTHS’s Return to Learn Framework allows for the following in-person levels:

    • 25% blended learning (1 day per week student attendance)
    • 50% blended learning (2 days per week student attendance)
    • 100% blended learning (4 or 5 days per week student attendance)

    OTHS will monitor COVID-19 metrics, recommendations of the CDC, IDPH and ISBE, and staffing availability to determine appropriate in-person levels that may be implemented.  At this time, we do not know what level of in-person instruction, if any, will be implemented for the second semester.  The situation with COVID-19 spread is constantly changing and OTHS will continue to follow what health departments and governing agencies advise.

    The due date for the survey is 10:00 am on Friday, December 11th.  To access the survey, please click on the link below:

         http://www.quia.com/sv/1147504.html

    Special Education students in self-contained class rooms will continue to attend in-person under the same schedule as first semester. 

    Regarding the final two weeks of first semester, I have attached the same information that was sent last week which explains that the traditional “finals week” has been replaced by “course concluding periods”.  The schedule for the remainder of first semester and when to turn in course materials is also provided in the document. (End of First Semester Info)  Information on the process to receive course materials for second semester will be forthcoming.

    Please encourage your student to finish up the semester with strong efforts to complete any missing assignments and to stay focused through the course completion activities.

    Thank you for your continued support and partnership during this most unprecedented school year.

     

    Dr. Darcy G. Benway, Superintendent

  • Email From Dr. Benway to OTHS Students and Families 11/30/2020

    OTHS Students and Families,

    It is hard to believe that December is here and that we are nearing the end of the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

    Please thoroughly review the attached document as it contains important information regarding the close-out of first semester, and also some brief information regarding second semester.

              End of 1st Semester Information 

    I hope you all keep warm as the December chill descends upon us.  Thank you for your continued support of OTHS.

    Panther Safe! Panther Strong!

     

    Dr. Darcy G. Benway, Superintendent

  • Email from Dr. Benway on 11/20/2020

    Good Afternoon, OTHS Families,

    The following e-mail contains information about meal deliveries and meal pick up times that will begin the week of November 30.  We recognize food insecurity is a challenge for many of our families and OTHS is working to minimize that concern. 

    Meal Pick Up Dates and Times

    Meals will be available for pick up, from 12:00 to 1:30 at the Smiley main entrance.  On Mondays, students can pick up three lunches and three breakfasts.  On Thursdays, students can pick up four breakfasts and four lunches.   The dates for pick up will be:

    • Monday, November 30
    • Thursday, December 3
    • Monday, December 7
    • Thursday, December 10
    • Monday, December 14
    • Thursday, December 17
    • Monday, December 21 - additional meals will be provided as pick up is limited to one day this week
    • Monday, December 28 - additional meals will be provided as pick up is limited to one day this week

    Beginning the week of November 30, 2020

    Meal delivery will be on Mondays and Thursdays from November 30 - December 17.  On Mondays, 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches, and on Thursdays, 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches, will be provided to each student. Students must have on a mask when they approach the OTHS white busses or OTHS Suburbans.  Students do not need to have on their ID.  I f a student is ill and unable to pick up their meals, a parent or sibling can pick it up for them.  To maximize everyone's safety, meal delivery will be contactless.   

    Dates for Meal Deliveries:

    • Monday, November 30
    • Thursday, December 3
    • Monday, December 7
    • Thursday, December 10
    • Monday, December 14
    • Thursday, December 17

    Times and Locations for Deliveries are as Follows:

    ROUTE 1

    TIME

    LOCATION

    12:28

    1100 Eastgate Drive

    12:34

    Markus Drive and Tobias Drive (Playground)

    12:45

    Lake Suzanne MHP and 301 N Main street (office) road.

    12:55

    Linwood Drive and Linden Drive

    1:03

    Eagles Landing Drive and Sky Hawk Drive

    1:16

    Ponderosa Ave and Bristlecone Drive

    1:27

    Donna Drive and Georgetowne Drive

    1:37

    Park Entrance Place and N. Yale Drive

    1:48

    Lee Drive and Estate Drive

    1:56

    Estate Drive and E. Jefferson Street

    ROUTE 2

    TIME

    LOCATION

    12:40

    1106 Woodleaf Drive

    12:45

    White Oak Drive and Maces Grove Rd

    12:53

    White Oak Drive and N. Cherry Street

    1:04

    Juniper Drive and Persimmon Drive

    1:14

    Countryside Lane and Center Grove Drive

    1:25

    Cottage Hill Drive and Renee Drive

    1:37

    Meadowbrook Drive and Blackhills Drive

    1:50

    Old Collinsville Road and Autumn Pine Drive

    1:58

    Crestview Drive and Creekview Drive

    2:09

    45 Ludwig Drive

    2:14

    Castle Acres Dr (at the playground)

     

    Wishing you all a safe and wonderful holiday. 

  • Email from Dr. Benway to OTHS Families 11/17/2020

    OTHS Students, Families, and Employees,

    COVID-19 has been difficult for all of us to maneuver through this fall, and it has certainly taxed our educational systems.

    The Board of Education has been in collaborative discussions with the O’Fallon Federation of Teachers regarding the changing working conditions occurring during this COVID-19 pandemic.  We are all aware that St. Clair County and our local communities have experienced a significant spike in the incidents of COVID-19.  While there has not been a confirmed transmission at OTHS, related quarantines are impacting OTHS’s ability to operate effectively.  Staffing classrooms during days when students are in attendance is becoming increasingly difficult.

    The number of positive COVID-19 cases impacting our OTHS school community has been increasing.  OTHS had 1 active case at the beginning of November, then 6 cases after the first week, to 9 cases after the second week, and now, today, 18 active cases. 

    This afternoon, Governor Pritzker placed the entire state of Illinois under Tier 3 mitigations effective Friday, November 20th.

    In determining the Board’s course of action related to in-person learning for the remainder of the semester, the board and administration considered the Governor’s action, staffing difficulties, decreasing student attendance for in-person instruction, increasing incidents of COVID-19 related to OTHS, the input from our union, the input of our attorney, and metrics from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Based on all of this information, the administration recommended that the appropriate course of action would be to shift back to remote learning through the end of first semester.  The Board of Education voted tonight in support of that recommendation.  OTHS will shift back to remote learning effective Monday, November 23, 2020, under the OTHS Return to Learn Framework that was adopted this summer.  

    OTHS will continue its efforts to support students academically and in the areas of social/emotional health.

    We all understand the disappointment of our families and students who are wanting in-person instruction at this time.  We are disappointed, too.  Our goal is to take the action today to shift into remote learning now, in the hope that we can return to full in-person instruction in the near future.

    Panther Safe!  Panther Strong!

    Dr. Benway

  • 10/14/20 - Email from Dr. Benway to OTHS Students and Families

    OTHS Students and Families:

    Blended learning begins tomorrow, October 15th!  We are so excited to see many of our students that have chosen to attend school in-person as assigned under the 50% blended learning model.  As we open our school buildings tomorrow, I am again attaching the FAQ document for your review.  Please refer to the FAQ document for the schedule regarding which groups attend on each day and other detailed information. (FAQs Blended Learning

    As OTHS has prepared for our students to return, I encourage families to review the safety video and documentation prepared by Mr. Wallis, member of the OTHS Safety Committee (https://www.oths.us/Page/8029).  Members of the faculty, staff, and administration have worked diligently to implement protocols to support the safe return to partial in-person instruction.  

    OTHS doors will be open as follows:

                    7:00 am for Smiley Early-Bird students

                    7:30 am for all other Smiley students

                    7:00 am for Milburn students

    In addition, please note the important reminders below for those students who will be attending in-person:

    • Masks must be worn.  Substitute face coverings such as gaiters or bandanas will not be allowed (FAQ 2.2).
    • Students must bring their electronic devices to school with them (FAQ 1.11).   Devices should be fully charged and ready to use.  Students should also bring their charging cables.  The district is not able to provide devices to students who forget them and is not able to provide charging cables to students for their devices
    • Parents/Guardians must certify the health status of their student(s) each day.  Students will not be allowed to board the school bus without a parent or guardian completing the health certification process (FAQ 2.1).  Health certifications can be completed by parents/guardians online through Skyward, or by using the health certification form attached {form}.  Please see the tutorial to complete health certifications online through Skyward at https://www.oths.us/Page/8026.
    • Attendance will be taken for in-person and remote learners (FAQ 1.24)
    • Parking passes will not be required for the remainder of first semester (FAQ 3.5).  Students will be required to park in the student parking lots in authorized spaces that are not reserved for faculty, handicapped, visitors and others as specified.
    • Meals will be available to students both in remote and in-person learning (FAQ 3.3).

    To continue our efforts regarding mental/emotional health, OTHS has implemented a new process for scheduling social work services.  Students may schedule an appointment with a social worker by simply using their cell phone to scan the QR code on the attached document. (Social Work QR Codes)  The document with QR codes will be displayed throughout both campuses. 

    As shared previously, the goal of our Return to Learn Framework is to provide the highest quality of academic instruction and extracurricular opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, while prioritizing the safety, mental health, and physical health of our students and employees.  We all have a responsibility to do all that we can to endure the safety of the OTHS community.

    Again, I ask parents and students to be patient during the transition.  Blended learning under the 50% model will be new to all of us.  As with anything new, there may be some glitches to be worked through, and some adjustments required as we get underway.  We must be mindful that this is a new way of teaching and learning, and education will be delivered under a new environment with masks, technology, and needed safety protocols.  Patience and grace will be very important as we work through this transition.  We have amazing students and educators at OTHS.  We must work together in a positive manner as we create, and eventually master, the blended learning experience for both the remote and in-person learners.

    Be well.

    Dr. Benway

  • 10/9/20 - Email from Dr. Benway to OTHS Students and Families

    OTHS Students and Families,

    I hope all is well with you as we look ahead to fall weather and the start of second quarter.  As we move into second quarter and the transition to blended learning, we wanted to provide you with some updated information.  We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and encourage all students and families to read through it.  The FAQ document is attached here:  FAQ 10/09/20 

    We ask parents and students to be patient during the transition.  Blended learning under the 50% model will be new to all of us.  As with anything new, there may be some glitches to be worked through, and some adjustments required as we get underway.  We must be mindful that this is a new way of teaching and learning, and education will be delivered under a new environment with masks, technology, and needed safety protocols.  Patience and grace will be very important as we work through this transition.  We have amazing students and educators at OTHS.  We must work together in a positive manner as we create, and eventually master, the blended learning experience for both the remote and in-person learners. 

    Important items to note:

    • Masks must be worn.  Substitute face coverings such as gaiters or bandanas will not be allowed (FAQ 2.2).
    • Students must bring their technology device to use when at school (FAQ 1.11).
    • Parents/Guardians must certify the health status of their student(s) each day.  Students will not be allowed to board the school bus without a parent or guardian completing the health certification process (FAQ 2.1).
    • Attendance will be taken for in-person and remote learners (FAQ 1.24)
    • Parking passes will not be required for the remainder of first semester (FAQ 3.5).

    Important dates for next week:

    • No school Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th.  These are planning days for educators.
    • Wednesday, October 14th will be a testing day for juniors and seniors who signed up for the SAT/PSAT/NMSQT.  Not school for those not testing.

    We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead as we transition to blended learning.   We will continue efforts toward our goal of providing high quality educational and extracurricular opportunities for our students while maintaining safety as the top priority.

    Panther Safe! Panther Strong.

    Dr. Benway

  • 9/29/2020 - Email From Dr. Benway to OTHS Families and Students

    OTHS Students and Families,

    OTHS has created a calendar for the months of October, November, and December that includes the transition to blended learning.  The calendar is attached here: Blended Calendar.  It will also be posted on the OTHS website at www.oths.us.

    Important dates to note in the calendar:

    • October 9th - Teacher In-Service on Employee Wellness - No Student Attendance (remote or in-person)
    • October 12th - Remote/Blended Planning Day - No Student Attendance (remote or in-person)
    • October 13th - Remote/Blended Planning Day - No Student Attendance (remote or in-person)
    • October 14th - SAT/PSAT/NMSQT Testing - Only Juniors/Seniors who are testing should report to school
    • October 15th - Blended learning begins

    Reminder regarding the assignment of learning groups:

    • Group A:  Last Names Beginning with A through D
    • Group B:  Last Names Beginning with E through K
    • Group C:  Last Names Beginning with L through R
    • Group D:  Last Names Beginning with S through Z

    Remember that we must all be flexible and able to adapt as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 change.  OTHS will continue to monitor metrics, OTHS incidents, and other items related to COVID-19 and will adjust plans if appropriate to do so.  

     

    On another note, I am very excited to announce the OTHS Virtual Open House.  You may access the open house at the following link ( www.oths.us/openhouse ) or on the OTHS web site.  Our faculty and staff have worked very hard to provide our families access to information regarding their student's classes, support services, athletics, clubs and activities, etc.  We hope families will take the time to see all of the great things OTHS has to offer our students.

     

    Thank you, again, for your support and partnership throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    Stay well.  

     

    Panther Safe.  Panther Strong.

     

    Dr. Benway