Latest News for Lohr Elementary

School in Session Friday, January 15, 2021

The professional development day scheduled for Friday, January 15th, has been moved to Monday, May 10th. As a result, both in-person and remote classes will be in session on Friday, January 15th. This day will serve as the last day of the 2nd Nine Weeks and 1st Semester.

Quarantine Changes for Perry Local

Dear Perry Families, On Wednesday (Dec. 30, 2020), Governor DeWine released new guidance to Ohio school districts regarding the current accepted practice for student quarantine. After a comprehensive review of statewide data, health professionals are no longer recommending that students who have been exposed to COVID-positive individuals must quarantine. This guidance is only for cases where all students have been wearing masks and the potential exposure took place in a classroom setting. It does not apply to contact in outside settings, including after school activities and athletics.  Currently, it has been our accepted practice to immediately quarantine all students who have come into contact with any COVID-positive individual. Additionally, the district (in collaboration with local boards of health) has assisted in efforts to establish appropriate measures of contact tracing to ensure the health and safety of all who have potentially come into contact with an individual who has tested positive for the virus. While this guidance is a great departure from our current practice, we will respect the data that has been provided to us by local and state health officials. This data supports what we were seeing in Perry Local and thus a welcomed change to help keep our kids in school. Beginning Monday, January 4th, 2021, we will no longer require those who meet the above criteria to quarantine away from the school setting.  We are encouraged that this new guidance will allow our students to remain in the classroom while maintaining their health and safety.  As always, we strive to remain transparent and communicative as soon as new information becomes available. Since the onset of the pandemic, the health and safety of our students has remained our highest priority, and we will continue to follow the best practice guidelines of health officials and to monitor our own data very closely. Should you have any questions regarding these policy changes, please contact your child’s building principal or a central office administrator. 

Return to School Plans for January 4, 2021

Dear Perry Local Families,
We hope you have been enjoying your winter break and holiday season! As we get ready to return to school, we wanted to let all of our families know that we continue to listen to the voices of our community and recognize that our families have different needs when it comes to learning during the pandemic. To address these needs, we’ve provided the option of in-person learning and our virtual academy. However, we continue to see a large majority of our parents prefer in-person learning for their child(ren). We appreciate all of your flexibility and understanding as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic. As always, our focus has been to provide the best instruction possible in as safe a manner as possible for everyone. Considering all aspects of our current situation and feedback from parents, we will begin with in-person instruction for traditional students at the end of our winter break, starting on Jan. 4, 2021. Virtual Academy students will continue as normal.  We feel this is the best option for our students from an educational and social-emotional perspective. 

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Remote Learning Information

Information regarding Remote Learning for students, parents and teachers can be found at this link.  Schedules, tech tips and “how to answers” plus much, much more.  Check it out today!  

Computer Insurance Availability

In the event you have not purchased computer insurance and would like to at this time, click here for the flyer with information on purchasing insurance. This is only for those who have not purchased insurance.  Deadline is January 10, 2020.

Perry Local Covid-19 Closing Information

Dear Perry Local Families,
As stated throughout this pandemic, we are committed to informing you of any developments that impact our schools and those we serve.  We are beginning to see a constant rate of positive cases among staff and students. Quarantining, along with additional absences of staff/students, continues to create attendance/staffing issues in our schools. Knowing these numbers are not likely to improve in the immediate future, the District will be switching to the following for the remainder of this week:

Perry High School will start Remote Learning on Tuesday, December 15th.
All other grades, Pre-K through 8, will start Remote Learning on Thursday, December 17th.
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Considerations for Schools and Districts in Purple Counties

Perry Local Community,
In anticipation of Stark County being designated Purple, please see the attached considerations from ODE and what that means for area school districts. For more information go to: http://ow.ly/mhuz50CBNhd.
Since the ordered school-building closure began on March 17, and subsequent Reset and Restart phase, Ohio’s education community has continually stepped up to ensure a student-centered approach to caring, teaching and learning. Ohio is experiencing increased COVID-19 cases each week, and as a result, Ohio currently has numerous counties categorized as Red (characterized by very high COVID-19 exposure and spread), according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. As counties across the state face the prospect of potentially being classified as Purple (characterized by severe COVID-19 exposure and spread), questions and subsequent debates are arising over the implications for schools and the safest and most effective mode of instruction. In particular, there are questions about the implications of the Purple level guidance to “only leave home for supplies and services.” Education qualifies as a service for purposes of this quoted statement. Many districts and schools have linked their reopening plans and contingencies to the Public Health Advisory System and have specified actions that would be taken at the Purple level. That said, there is no state mandate that schools operate exclusively in a remote manner should a county be categorized as Purple.
Follow this link for the complete document: http://ow.ly/lnIT50CBNhf

No School for Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Due to the anticipated inclement weather and to extend Thanksgiving break out of precaution, there will be no classroom instruction for Perry Local Schools, traditional and online, for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  Parents/Guardians and students involved in PHS extracurricular activities should check district websites and media outlets for the status of extracurricular events on days when schools are closed.  All extracurricular activities (practices, games, and after-school activities) for Perry’s elementary buildings, Pfeiffer Intermediate School, and Edison Middle School are canceled for the day when Perry Local Schools are closed.  Enjoy the day and please be safe.

COVID Reporting over Thanksgiving Break

We hope that everyone is able to enjoy Thanksgiving Break. We know that things are going to look different but there are still many things to be grateful for. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation that has allowed us to keep most of our school buildings open heading into this break. Something that appeared unobtainable when the year started. We would ask for additional assistance over the Thanksgiving Break as we are all away from the buildings. The district has created a confidential, self-reporting form for any COVID cases that may arise while school is not in session. Immediate reporting will allow the District to be proactive and work with the Health Department in ensuring the safest possible return to school on Tuesday, December 1st.
 
If the district doesn’t stay proactive, then we are certain to see an influx of cases and even more close contact quarantining. We need your help! Please use the link below and self report any positive student or staff cases that occur from Wednesday, November 25th to Monday, December 1st. Again, this will allow the district to be proactive and hopefully reduce any potential spread of COVID.
 
 
* Students or Staff who come in close contact with a positive over break should remain home as usual and call their specific building to report off before returning to school
 
As the holiday season approaches, we still have to make sure we are following the appropriate guidelines in order to keep our schools open. This means wearing a mask, washing your hands, practicing social distancing and staying home when sick. It is up to all of us during the holiday break to continue to keep each other safe to slow the spread of this disease. As we move into the holiday season, we will continue to provide health updates to our families as they become available. Our plans continue to remain fluid as things evolve. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this time.

COVID-19 Update for 11/19/2020

Dear Perry Local Families,
We are committed to informing you of any developments that impact our school and those we serve. As of this week, we have less than 1% of our students and staff with positive active COVID-19 cases. What we are seeing is a higher number of students and staff who need to be quarantined. We are working with the health department on options to reduce the amount of time teachers, in particular, are away from school as they are essential to helping our students during this pandemic. This can be particularly difficult when we continue to focus on our number one priority, which is the health and safety of our staff and students.  We know that as more students and staff members need to quarantine we may be in a position where we will need to close a school building. We are currently monitoring numbers at a couple of our buildings. At this moment, we will continue to operate in our current learning model until further notice. We are taking each day at a time and will continually evaluate. We truly believe that the best thing for all of our students is for schools to remain open. We know how important our essential services like access to breakfast and lunch, counseling and emotional wellness resources, and safety of a school environment provide to students. We are also cognizant of the hardship a shutdown has on the home and our parents. Transportation has done a fantastic job transporting students safely and timely during these difficult times. We are starting to experience a shortage of drivers. When the unfortunate times arrives that we are unable to transport all students at their normally scheduled times, we will notify the affected families through an all call. Drivers will double back for those affected routes once they drop off their regularly scheduled routes. This will cause an approximate 25 to 30 minute delay. Students will not be counted tardy. We are asking all families to understand the importance of keeping students in school based on our current COVID-19 numbers.

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