Obetz and Hamilton Schools respond to coronavirus situation

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The village of Obetz issued the following information in response to the coronavirus pandemic situation:

Due to the growing concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID – 19) the Village Offices will be closed for making utility payments, in person, until further notice. The following payment options will be available during this time. Payment may be made online with a credit card or temporarily by taking credit card payments over the phone. You may call (614) 491-1080 or (614) 491-7804 to make a payment.

You may drop your payment off in the drop box located next the pond and across from the entrance to the Police Department.

You may mail your payment to 4175 Alum Creek Drive, Obetz, OH 43207.

If you need assistance with any of the following methods contact (614) 491-1080 or (614) 491-7804.

For deliveries/appointments call (614) 491-1080 or (614) 491-7804 to be granted access to the building.

In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Obetz will make the following temporary adjustments to Village operations:

•The Obetz Athletic Club will close beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. It is uncertain whether Indoor Golf will resume. Members will have their memberships extended depending on the length of the closure.

•The Obetz Community Center will close beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. Senior Transportation and limited lunch delivery will continue.
All rentals are cancelled from March 16 through April 3. We will issue refunds for the cancelled events. Currently, we are not accepting any facility rental requests.

•The Obetz Food Pantry will remain open. Please call 614-491-4546 to schedule an appointment.

•There are no events being hosted at Fortress Obetz until at least April 3, 2020.

•The Obetz Administrative Office and Obetz Police Department Office are closed for payments, in person, until further notice. Visit the following links for more information on payment options.

Obetz is continuing to work with local and state health officials to monitor this ever-changing situation. During the closure, all employees will continue working to thoroughly clean the facility.

Visit obetz.oh.us and follow Obetz on social media for the latest updates.

Hamilton Township Local Schools issued the following information in response to the coronavirus pandemic situation:

This message is about free student lunches that begin tomorrow and about our academic plans during Governor DeWine’s required three-week closure of all schools.

Beginning at 11 a.m. March 17, the district will be offering free lunches in a drive-up “grab and go” delivery to those who have signed up through the Google Form on our hlsd.org website. You can find the form easily on our district and school homepages.

Those who have signed up can drive through the high school driveway once from 11 a.m. to noon and receive prepared lunches for each student who was registered through the online form.

If you know parents who don’t have access to Internet, please let them know that they can call their child’s school directly at 614-491-8044 and leave a detailed message including (name, phone number, email address, and the names and schools for each school-aged child) for the secretaries to sign-up their student to receive lunches.

This program is open to all Hamilton Local Schools students who need a lunch during this break, but we need parents to sign-up for this service, in order to have a proper student lunch count because we want to make certain we are making enough lunches for everyone who needs one.

Regarding academic plans during the mandatory closure, teachers and administrators are preparing for three phases.

In Phase 1 (which is the week of March 17 through March 27) learning resources are available on our district website. Go to hlsd.org and search “Try this.”

In Phase 2 (which is the week after spring break, March 30 through April 3) teachers will post content in Google Classrooms where students can login via smartphone or other device to engage with videos and virtual lessons their teachers have posted. Students can receive feedback for the work they complete in their Google Classrooms. Students in grades K-1 will have virtual classrooms setup and linked on the Hamilton Elementary School Homepage. Students in grades 2-6 will need classroom codes that will be posted on the front page of our hlsd.org website. Grades 7-12 students already will be enrolled in the teachers’ classes. Anyone who needs paper versions of lessons should call the building and leave a detailed message including the child’s full name and grade.

If you don’t have a computer in your home, but you have a gaming console…Google Classroom also works on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One browsers.
In Phase 3 (which would be needed if Governor DeWine extends the required closure further into April or May) students would continue their work in the Google Classrooms and receive teacher feedback. The district is considering how devices could be loaned to district households with Hamilton students if the closure extends beyond April 3.

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