UPDATED – Statement on COVID-19 School Closure

Date: March 12, 2020

Please follow this link for an updated statement from Principal Darren Wilkins regarding COVID-19, and the closure of SVA starting March 16, and continuing for three weeks.

Summary of UPDATED information

(Statement as of 3/12/20 4:45 pm)

Governor Mike DeWine just announced that schools in the state of Ohio will take a 3 week Spring Break beginning Monday. This is part of the state-wide effort to decrease human contact in order to slow the infection rate the Covid-19 virus. Here is the plan for SVA.

  • The last day of on-campus instruction for SVA students will be tomorrow, March 13 (Friday)
  • Teachers will meet in the the building on Monday, March 16, to work on ramping up for the provision of distance education beginning March 30.
  • Even thought governor call this a 3-week spring break, it is our intention to begin distance instruction during the 3rd week so as to keep students on track with their learning.

It is very important to for students to take home all of their textbooks/iPads/Chromebooks that will be necessary for their learning once we begin distance instruction. Please make sure they bring their backpacks to school. Mr. Huff is also asking that band students take their instruments home in order continue their practice routines.

Previously shared information:

  1. The Spring Valley Academy Mission Trip to Peru has been cancelled.
  2. All field trips are cancelled until further notice.
  3. The Ohio Conference has cancelled the Lego Robotics competition (this Sunday) and the Middle School Music Festival (April 3-4).
  4. We are preparing for the likelihood that K-12 schools in Ohio will be asked to send students home and provide virtual instruction for an extended time period. If this happens before Spring Break, the remaining days before the vacation will be considered “snow days”.  Teachers will use those days to prepare quality content and  instruction for delivery in a distance learning format beginning after the break on March 30. We are prepared to finish out the school year this way if necessary. 
  5. Based on counsel from the Infectious Disease Team at Kettering Health Network, students and adults with the combined symptoms of a dry cough and fever should stay away from public places (like SVA) and contact their primary care provider immediately.
  6. We understand that the community service requirements for High School students may be difficult to complete due to social distancing measures.  Accordingly, we are allowing 15 of the 25 hour requirement to be completed through parent assigned tasks at home. Ideally these tasks should be non-routine and should result in a significant improvement to some aspect of the home environment.