Article: MARCH 13: Lorain City Schools Releases District-Wide COVID-19 Action Plan

MARCH 13: Lorain City Schools Releases District-Wide COVID-19 Action Plan

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March 13, 2020

Titan Staff & Community,

As you know, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close for a period of several weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Beginning at the conclusion of the school day on Monday, March 16, Lorain City Schools will close to students and staff through Friday, April 3. Please note that while this order includes all public, community, and private K-12 schools in the state, it does not at this time apply to Ohio’s childcare system - such as daycare centers and home-based childcare providers. However, parents are encouraged to reconsider sending their child to daycare and to find alternatives during this time if they are able.

During this extended period of closure, the Lorain City Schools will continue to provide education through alternative means. Recommendations from the State are changing rapidly, and we will provide updates as they occur on our website at lorainschools.org.

• WHAT TO EXPECT ON MONDAY| We will have school with students on Monday. Our focus will be to provide our students with as much instruction surrounding home learning as possible. Our focus Monday is to set up our students to best help them when we are not going to be with them, rather than teaching content aligned to state standards, etc.

• WHAT HOME LEARNING WILL LOOK LIKE| Students will be provided with instructional bags tailored to their grade level to be completed during this mandatory time off. Students with IEPs will also receive instructional bags. The Ohio Department of Education will be providing guidance regarding timelines and student services as appropriate.

• SPRING BREAK| The week of Spring Break will still be considered time off, with a scheduled break in learning occurring March 30 – April 3.

• SCHOOL ACTIVITIES| All extracurricular activities—including, but not limited to, athletics and band—are cancelled until further notice. All scheduled field trips—locally and out of state—have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year.

• STUDENT MEDICATIONS|  Parents are asked to please pick up any medications at their child’s school by the end of the day Monday, March 16th to ensure your child has them during this extended closure.

• WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE THREE WEEKS| The current plan calls for students and staff to return to school on Monday, April 6. Please note that this is subject to change. 

• STUDENT MEALS|  Beginning Tuesday, March 17th the District will be providing “To Go” bags to students ages 18 and younger. Meals will be distributed from Aramark food trucks in the parking lots of our schools according to the following schedule:

Route 1:

•       11:00-11:20am Lorain High School ( West Student Parking lot)

•       11:30-11:50am Garfield Elementary

•       12:00-12:20pm Stevan Dohanos Elementary

•       12:30-12:50pm Southview Middle School

Route 2:

•       11:30-11:50am Hawthorne Elementary

•       12:00-12:20pm Admiral King Elementary

•       12:30-12:50pm Longfellow Middle School

Second Harvest Food Bank will continue its School Pantry program through designated middle schools as it has been done in the past.

As you know, things are changing frequently, so we should be prepared to have status changes at any time. I urge you to check the District website and social media channels frequently for updates over the weekend and in the weeks ahead.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, please remember that these are unprecedented times. We are in crisis. It is critically important to take care of each other, your families, and yourself during this difficult time. I hope you will take the weekend to relax, renew, and reflect on your blessings before we come together Monday.

Thank you,

CEO Greg Ring

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