April 13, 2021
12:28 p.m. Email to parents
For those of you who want to receive a vaccination this Thursday at Clay HS, a code is no longer needed. I want to encourage all the Clay students and athletes (16 and older) to sign up. We are certainly seeing a spike in HS and JH aged students testing positive for COVID.
The vaccinations will be held at Clay HS in the Potter Gym from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, April 15, 2021 and Thursday, May 6, 2021. The Pfizer vaccine, which requires two shots three weeks apart, will be given. Click on the following link: https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/
There continues to be rules in place which require our school district to quarantine students, including sports teams. The Lucas County Heath Department is still requiring us to quarantine students 14 days when exposed. We received confirmation on this earlier this morning. There is confusion regarding the length of time with different circumstances dictating different quarantine rules in our community. Our school nurses, working with our Lead Nurse, Cherie Sexton, are doing their best to "do the right thing" following the rules as we understand them. Whether we like the rules or not, OCS will continue to follow the rules as we understand them to protect as many individuals as possible.
Only 7 weeks left of school until summer break! Thanks for your support and understanding.
March 10, 2021
1:13 p.m. Email to parents
We have been receiving questions about whether or not there is school for our students this Friday, March 12, 2021. The answer is YES. Apparently, there are some community calendars marked incorrectly for Friday. Students will follow their typical schedule for this Friday.
As a reminder, all students in grades 7-12 will begin attending four days a week starting next week, March 15, 2021. Wednesday will remain a remote learning day for two weeks. After spring break, beginning on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, all students will attend five days a week.
Have a great rest of the week.
March 2, 2021
12:34 p.m. Email to parents
COVID and attending meetings in our schools: We are reminding all OCS families to please not come to our schools for any reason if you have COVID symptoms, have been tested for COVID awaiting results, or have been asked to quarantine because you have been exposed to someone with COVID. We recently had a parent who had a legitimate scheduled meeting at school, show up to that meeting with COVID symptoms and recently tested for COVID awaiting results. This caused several staff members to be quarantined from school and impacted a number of classrooms and services for two weeks. This could have been avoided if the individual would have simply asked to reschedule the meeting and honored the COVID protocols. We need to do everything we can to keep our students and staff members safe and working with our students. Thank you.
School Fees update:
Refunds have been finalized. The fall pay-to-participate fees have been reduced and put into powerschool. Student fees owed to the district can be paid online through Payschools.
Thank you for your patience as we have worked through a glitch in the online payment system (Payschools). Please note there are some fees not waived such as career technology, etc. Payment will still be required for these fees.
The Board will be approving rates for winter pay-to-participate fees in coming meetings and we will let you know when these fees are loaded into Payschools and available for payment.
Information from State Auditor to Parents:
This week is National Consumer Protection Week (“NCPW”). Many times, NCPW focuses on those engaged in consumer transactions, which don’t ordinarily include kids. However, this year we are making a dedicated effort to help protect a vulnerable population when it comes to identity theft – kids!
Child identity theft occurs when someone fraudulently uses a child’s identity to fraudulently open accounts or receive benefits. The imposter may be a family member, friend or a stranger and may use the child’s name and Social Security number to open new accounts for cell phones, utilities, credit cards and even mortgages.
Imposters may get away with using a child's identity for years because children typically do not try to check or access credit. As a result, child identity theft usually is not discovered until the child applies for college financial aid, a car loan or employment.
To help combat this problem, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has launched a video aimed at parents to understand what a child security freeze is and how to place a freeze. The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y10sEjOhj8w&feature=youtu.be.
We hope that you will share this video with parents in your district through whatever means you feel are appropriate. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We appreciate you helping to protect children from identity theft.
Ohio Attorney General
Stay safe, Stay strong, and Stay healthy!
February 24, 2021
3:41 p.m. Email to parents
Clay and Fassett Families,
We are making some tweeks to our daily student schedule for next week, March 1st through 5th, to provide more instruction to the gold group of students.
Due to calamity days and the first staff vaccination day, until yesterday, the "Gold" group of students had not attended school since February 9th. As this group has missed so much in-person instruction, next week's schedule for grades 7-12 is being changed to have gold students attend on Wednesday, March 3rd. Green students will still attend Monday and Thursday; Gold students will attend Tuesday and Wednesday. Friday will be a remote learning day, as this is the 2nd day for staff vaccinations.
This will provide one more day of instruction, as Gold students have missed so much in-person learning.
Student Schedule, March 1st-5th:
- Monday, March 1st: Green students attend
- Tuesday, March 2nd: Gold students attend
- Wednesday, March 3rd: Gold students attend
- Thursday, March 4th: Green students attend
- Friday, March 5th: Remote Learning Day (due to staff vaccinations)
Thanks for your continued flexibility!
February 19, 2021
8:56 a.m. Email to parents
I am happy to announce our plan to return to full time in-person school for students in grades 7-12. It has been a long time coming. As you know, grades K-6 returned to five days this past week.
Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, students will be returning four days a week for two weeks with Wednesdays remaining as remote student support days. After returning from spring break, beginning Tuesday, April 6, 2021 students will return to full-time, five days a week. We are using this short phase in period to five days to allow for any transition adjustments and training that may need to be implemented.
We will finish out the year with eight straight weeks of full time instruction. Thank you to all our students and families for sticking with us and doing all that you have done to ensure instruction continues while at home.
OCS positive COVID cases are very low and the data is the best it has been in some time. We will continue to monitor our data, but if the data continues to be positive, we will be removing the daily mandatory temperature taking of students as they enter school and ask families to take the temperatures at home before the school day starts. All other hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting protocols will remain in place.
As educators, we recognize how fortunate we are being placed in the early phases of the vaccinations. Over 400 of our OCS employees have taken advantage of the vaccine. The vaccine brings confidence and energy to our staff and anyone who receives it. We will use this confidence to support our students and get back to doing what we need to be doing, teaching and supporting or students in our schools.
Stay safe, Stay strong, and Stay healthy!
February 18, 2021
5:38 a.m. Email to parents
Announcement for parents of K-6 Students,
Parent-Teacher conferences for Coy, Eisenhower, Jerusalem and Starr schools have been rescheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2021. No students in grades K-6 will attend school on this day, but rather, parents will have the opportunity to reschedule their in-person or virtual conference with your child's teacher(s). On the next day, Friday, March 5, 2021, is a virtual learning day for the entire district as the OCS staff will be receiving their second dose of the COVID vaccine on that day. We hope that by pairing this rescheduled conference day with the this virtual Friday, it will allow for more flexibility for our families going into that weekend.