Greetings parents and guardians,
Welcome to a new school year at Scioto Valley Local School District! I would like to take this opportunity to outline a few changes occurring this school year:
First, our start date for students, which is Wednesday, August 17, is slightly earlier this year than in years past. Our school district (staff, administration and the Board of Education) chose an earlier start date to benefit our students as they are required to perform on state-wide testing from the Ohio Department of Education, along with nationally-recognized testing such as ACT, SAT, etc. An earlier start date increases the amount of instructional time available prior to these tests. As we are starting a little earlier, our end date in the spring will also be slightly earlier this year than in years past. This change did not add or take away any time; it simply adjusted the time we have in order to better prepare our students.
Second, a different approach is being taken to our latch-key service. The latch-key program was created to help parents and guardians in our school district with childcare before and after school hours. Latch-key will no longer be offered at Jasper Elementary; instead, we are collaborating with the Pike County YMCA, which provides this service in a more cost-effective manner for parents/guardians. The YMCA’s latch-key fees are $2 per day or $30 per month or free with a paid child’s membership. If you are interested in latch-key for your child, you are to contact Kim Conley, Pike County YMCA Director, at (740)947-8862. Transportation on a Scioto Valley Local School District bus will be provided from the YMCA to school in the morning and from school to the YMCA in the afternoon. The YMCA’s afternoon latch-key program features homework help, meal/snack and supervised use of the facility. If you choose to enroll your child in the YMCA’s latch-key program, please contact your child’s principal’s office for information regarding bus passes from (morning) and to (afternoon) latch-key. Again, to register for latch-key, you will register directly with the YMCA.
Next, Scioto Valley Local Schools will be providing a free breakfast for each student every morning this school year. Each building will have the logistics in place for this to begin on the first day of school. Please be patient as providing a breakfast to every child will be timely, especially at first.
Finally, school safety is a top priority for the Scioto Valley Local School District; with this in mind, the district will be participating in the school anonymous tip line. Once the tip line is up and running, it will allow students or community members to report safety issues within our school district. The tip line will also provide 24/7 access to mental health counselors for any student who may be in need. The tip line phone number, once assigned, will be posted throughout the school buildings. Also in regards to school safety, the district has worked collaboratively with local law enforcement to provide a school resource officer; specifically, an agreement has been entered with the Village of Piketon to assign a police officer to our schools. The officer will work in all three buildings and will be on duty each school day.
As you can see, we have been very busy this summer enacting changes to benefit your children. I am excited to begin this school year; I look forward to seeing our buildings full of students, who are busy learning and working to accomplish their educational and life goals. If you have any questions about the above information, please feel free to contact me at (740)289-4456. Thank you for allowing the SVLSD to educate your child; we will work diligently to provide your son or daughter with the best education possible.
Dr. Todd A. Burkitt, Superintendent