Much like the famous roller coasters at Cedar Point, Ohio is also known for its up and down weather patterns. Hopefully, we are nearly through the worst of the winter weather and the first signs of spring are just around the corner.  

As we head into the last stretch of this school year, I want to emphasize that it is still vitally important that we continue to be diligent about our COVID practices, because if we are not, our numbers can quickly resemble a rollercoaster. Please continue to monitor your children’s health and keep them at home if they are running a fever or displaying any symptoms associated with COVID-19. It is this spirit of cooperation that has helped our schools stay open throughout the entire school year, thus far. Thank you for your help!

Construction of Shelby’s new PK-8 building is still on track to be completed for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. However, the construction schedule is very tight and also calls for the middle school to be abated and the two-story academic wing to be demolished beginning the week of May 30.  What’s more, Auburn and Dowds Elementary Schools are slated to be turned over to their new owners early in June. In order to prepare for these transitions, ensure timelines are met and allow staff time to get rooms packed up by May 27, the Shelby Board of Education recently voted to change the last day of the 2021-2022 school year from Thursday, May 26 to Friday, May 20. Please note: this change is for students only. The calendar for Shelby School District employees has not been altered.

Please know that the decision to alter the school calendar was not taken lightly. Ultimately, the change was necessary when taking the construction schedule and other variables into consideration; we certainly appreciate families’ flexibility and understanding regarding this change. While constructing and moving into a new building is an exciting opportunity for students, staff and the community, the district certainly does not hope to create hardships for families.

And speaking of changes…the very fact that we are moving four different buildings into one all-encompassing facility will require a variety of changes for the school district, students and parents.  Whether it is students and staff learning the configuration of a new building, or parents becoming accustomed to new traffic patterns, please know the Shelby staff has been brainstorming and laying out plans to make the transition to the PK-8 building as smooth as possible. In the upcoming months, the administration and principals will be sharing information with students and parents to help answer questions and serve as a guide for a memorable opening day when we begin school on September 6, 2022.  

 As always, if you have questions about an article in this newsletter, or anything else for that matter, please feel free to contact the Board of Education office at your convenience.

Thanks again for your incredible support, stay safe; go Whippets!

 

Tim Tarvin
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools