Make A Difference

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Here’s what you can do:

Wash your hands! One of the simplest prevention measures one can take is proper hand-washing.

The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and before and after caring for a sick friend or a family member.

Stay home when you are sick! Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

“Should I wear a facemask?” The CDC recommends that only patients with the coronavirus wear a face mask to protect others around them, or, if the patient cannot wear a face mask, others should if they are in the same room together.

Health officials are not recommending that healthy people buy masks at this time.

Practice Social Distancing

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During COVID-19 social distancing, try staying connected to your loved ones as much as possible! Whether they’re long-distance or 6-feet away, reach out to your friends and family online or over the phone.

For more practical advice on staying connected with loved ones and maintaining your emotional health during this time, click here!

Cold and Flu Season

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Cold and flu season is here. To ensure a healthy learning environment for your student and their teacher this season, here are a few guidelines that should be followed:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or greater – students should stay home and be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
  • Vomiting – students should stay home and be vomit free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea – if a student has three or more loose stools, they should stay home and be symptom-free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Sore Throat/Cough/Running Nose – if a student has excessive coughing and discharge they should stay home until symptoms lessen. If any of these are accompanied by a fever, students should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours.

Concert Schedule

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March 12th and 13th: TBD High School Large Group Contest…John Glenn High School

March 28th, Morning: Middle School Solo and Ensemble Contest…West Muskingum High School

March 28th, 7:00 pm: Rittman Jazz Festival…Rittman High School

Friday, May 8th: High School Band, High School Jazz Band, High School Choir at 6:30

Tuesday, May 12th: 6th Grade Band. 7-8th grade band. Middle School Choir.

East Guernsey Local Schools Recognized as Purple Star District

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Buckeye Trail Elementary School, Buckeye Trail Middle School, and Buckeye Trail High School were all recently recognized as Purple Star Schools by the Ohio Department of Education.

The Purple Star designation recognizes schools that meet important criteria for serving military-connected students and families. Since the initiative’s inception, many schools have far exceeded these requirements and, as a Purple Star designee, schools are encouraged  to continually seek better ways to communicate, support, and serve students.

“I am pleased to inform you that the Ohio Department of Education selected Buckeye Trail Elementary School, Buckeye Trail Middle School, and Buckeye Trail High School as a 2020 Purple Star designees. We applaud and appreciate your outstanding commitment to serving military-connected students and families in your schools,” said Paolo De Maria, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, recognizes the importance of supporting the needs of the whole child. To be successful in school and when transitioning between school settings, Ohio’s military-connected youth require particular supports to ensure that their unique social, emotional and academic needs are met.” 

East Guernsey Local Schools is proud to support Ohio’s military families!

Closings and Delays

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In the event of a closing or delay, East Guernsey will communicate all delays, cancellations, early dismissals on the website, Twitter, Facebook, automated calls as well as local news outlets.

Giving at the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a great time to teach children compassion and empathy for others. It is easy for children to be excited to receive gifts, but how do we develop the same enthusiasm for giving? Here are some examples of how you can involve your child in the joy of giving.

  • Let your child shop for a few gifts for others using their own money
  • Do a holiday craft or bake cookies to give to neighbors or friends
  • Let your child wrap a few gifts themselves
  • Have your child make cards for others
  • Give your child the opportunity to present the gift to someone so they can see the joy it brings
  • Volunteer in a local soup kitchen or participate in Toys for Tots

Tips and Ideas To Foster Reading at Home

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Reading Ideas:

*Read bedtime stories.

*Have your child read the grocery list as you shop.

*Write down a recipe for your child’s favorite food.

*Get excited to visit the library.

*Play a board game and have your child read the cards.

Reading Tips:

*Don’t leave home without it! Always have reading materials available to read in the car or at appointments.

*Once is not enough. Re-read favorite stories to help build fluency, speed and accuracy.

*Dig Deeper! Ask your child questions about what they just read.

*Be patient, correct gently and praise with enthusiasm

Help Your Child Set Goals and Achieve Them

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In school, we often use the term goals with your children. How can we help our students set realistic goals and stick to them? Consider these ideas you can also support at home:

  1.     Make the goal specific. The target needs to be very clear for your child. Help him/her clearly articulate what it is they want to achieve. Instead of a goal to get better at reading, the goal could be to better understand what is being read.
  2.     Set a short timeframe. Many goals fail because the time frame is too long. Set small, specific timeframes (2-3 weeks) that can be more easily monitored.
  3.     Make a plan. Help your child figure out actions they can take to reach their goal. How will you better understand what you are reading? Will you write a summary after a certain number of pages? Will you ask questions as you read?
  4.     Adjust the goal. There is nothing wrong with your child adjusting his/her goals. Adjusting will be more successful than quitting.
  5.     Celebrate. Celebrate the small successes like sticking to the goal’s steps. There is something about acknowledging progress, even small progress, that propels us to keep at it and work toward the next small step along the road of attaining a goal.