Phones are down

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As many of you know we are currently (10/12-10/13) experiencing issues with our phone lines. We have moved to a temporary system however while forwarding to our temp system Windstream will only let us take one call at a time. Remember you can always email the building secretaries at the following addresses:

BTHS – carman.shipman@eguernsey.k12.oh.us
BTMS – cortney.hastings@eguernsey.k12.oh.us
BTES – heather.toland@eguernsey.k12.oh.us
District Office – jamie.rominger@eguernsey.k12.oh.us

All we know at this time is that Windstream (our service provider for our phone trunk) experienced a fiber cut 4-6 miles away and they are actively working on a solution. Remember to call before you dig. Fiber also takes longer than fiber to fix which is why copper lines are often fixed within 24hrs and fiber can sometimes take 36-48hrs to resolve.

Thank you for your patience.

8 Tips to Keep Kids Germ-Free at School

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Kids love to be close and share everything, even germs. Here are some quick tips to help students reduce the spread of germs at school. 

  1. Wash your Hands– Wash hands in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the alphabet song once to help with timing.
  2. Don’t Share– Send extra supplies so students can use their own items rather than community items. 
  3. Cover Sneezes and Coughs– Sneeze into the crook of the elbow or into a tissue, not into hands. If a student accidentally sneezes into their hands, remind them to wash their hands right away.
  4. Hands off Your Face– Teach students to keep hands away from their face, out of their nose and out of their mouths. If they accidentally touch these things, remind them to wash their hands right away. 
  5. Skip the Water Fountain– Send a water bottle with students each day so they can avoid the water fountain. If they need to use the water fountain, teach students how to drink without touching their mouth to the spigot.
  6. Eat Fruits and Veggies– A healthy diet can help boost the immune system.
  7. Get Enough Sleep- Sleep helps build the immune system. Follow these guidelines: 
    • Ages 10-17: 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night 
    • Ages 5-10: 10 to 11 hours per night 
    • Ages 3-5: 11 to 13 hours per night
  8. Stay Home From School when Sick– If a student is sick, they need to stay home until they are well again to avoid spreading illness to others.

So, How was School Today?

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Have you ever asked your child “How was School Today?” only to get an answer such as “fine”, “good” or “bad”? This could be because of how the question is phrased. It is too easy for students to just give a one word answer. Here are a few examples of ways to ask and actually get an answer!

  1. What was the best/worst thing that happened at school today?
  2. Tell me something that made you laugh today?
  3. If I called your teacher tonight, what would he/she tell me about today?
  4. Tell me one thing you learned today.
  5. Where do you play the most at recess?
  6. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

Help your Child be a Successful Student

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Every parent wants to help their child do their best in school. Here are some tangible things that can be done at home to help foster success at school. 

*Feed your child a healthy breakfast each morning

*Make sure they are getting enough sleep each night

*Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences and ask for specific things to work on at home

* Support homework expectations

*Help your child study by providing a quiet place where they can concentrate

* Know the school rules and let your child know your expectations of them at school