COVID-19 Data Update - for the week of 10/19/20 through 10/26/20
7 employees quarantined or assigned to home (96 cumulative)
1 employees tested positive (2 cumulative total positive cases) 

95 students/athletes quarantined or requested to stay home (293 cumulative)
0 students/athletes tested positive (5 cumulative total positive cases)

District Communications Sent

All District Communications Sent Since 3/12/20


October 29, 2020
2:51 p.m. Email to parents

Please keep this document handy.  Things you need to know if you take advantage of the Mercy Health Mobile COVID Testing Program - Mobile Testing Helpful Information .pdf 

COVID Positive Letters:  As you have seen, we have been sending letters home for each COVID-19 positive OCS student and staff.  Please do not be alarmed when we send these letters home.  Parents will be contacted if other students are exposed.  Staff members will be contacted if he/she have been exposed.  If you have not been contacted by our school nurses or the health department, there is nothing to worry about.  They may seem frequent, but our overall numbers are very very low.  To date, we have not had any student or staff contract trace back to any of our schools.  Individuals are contracting COVID-19 at parties, weddings, funerals, recreation sports, and directly from family members and close friends.  School continue to be a safe place for students.  Each Monday, we post the updated numbers on the main page of our website for our community to see.  You can find the numbers here:  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/

Today, Lucas County remained as a red county.  We are continuing through with our restart plan welcoming all our students in grades 7-12 beginning next Monday.  I know we are starting the day before election day and all students will be off on Tuesday, November 3rd, but we will resume on Wednesday, November 4th per our adopted calendar.  Thank you for your flexibility.  

Have a great rest of the week!
Hal Gregory



October 26, 2020
4:07 p.m. Email to parents

We are writing today to ask for our community’s help through individuals. We are in desperate need of substitute teachers. We are so thankful for all the current substitutes working now. We can’t function without you!  We are always in need of substitute teachers, but this year, many of our regular substitute teachers are not able to support us during this COVID-19 pandemic. Everyday, we have classrooms uncovered throughout the district. We manage by covering open classrooms with current teaching staff. This disrupts the learning process and is an extra daily burden on teaching staff who already have a full plate. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Our commitment to the community is to do everything we can to keep our students coming to school full-time…….but……..staffing levels and substitute teaching coverage may impact our ability to keep this commitment.  Please consider becoming a substitute teacher for OCS.  

More information here:  Outreach for Substitute Teachers Letter .pdf




October 22, 2020
4:30 p.m. Email to parents

OCS Families,

I want to share with all our OCS families even though COVID numbers are rising in the county and state, the virus is NOT contact tracing back to schools at this point.  I speak weekly with our local health department leaders and once again today, the Health Commissioner confirmed, he is not seeing COVID being spread in schools throughout our region as a rule.  There are isolated cases in some schools, but clearly students attending school are NOT causing the recent increase in cases.  To date, we have had only one positive student case since students have returned back to school and it did not contact trace to any other student or staff member.  

Two of the main reasons students are contracting COVID are traveling sports teams who compete in many communities and being exposed to other family members.  If you have a student who is on any kind of traveling sports team or participates in any kind of youth activity (dancing, karate, etc.) you need to be extra vigilant about catching the virus.  Please wear a mask.  The more we understand where the spread is happening, the more we can keep everyone safe in our community.  Testing for your children who have COVID like symptoms has never been quicker or easier with the recent partnership with Mercy Health and the availability of their Mobile COVID Testing Team.  Please reach out and let OCS help you if your child is sick.  Just contact your school nurse. 

Here are a few Friendly Reminders for our OCS families:

1.  If you receive a call from one of our caring school nurses during the school day, please be kind and understanding, they are just doing their job.  They want to help your children.  Sometimes these calls are not at a convenient time, but again, they are just following mandated protocols.  
2.  Take advantage of the Mobile Testing Team who will come out to your home the same day.  
3.  If you participate in traveling team sports leagues or activities with other kids, please wear a mask and understand your children are more at risk of catching COVID and spreading COVID.  
4.  Please keep your children home from school if they show any symptoms of COVID and have them tested.  
Typical Symptoms:  Fever or chills, Shortness of breath, Cough, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, New loss of taste or smell, Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
5.  Call your school with any question you might have.  We are here to help!

Stay Strong, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

Hal Gregory
Superintendent

 


October 18, 2020
5:17 p.m. Email to parents

Tomorrow starts the next phase of the OCS restart plan.  Welcome back to all our students in grades 7-12 who will be retuning to school for the first time in a long time.  We are very excited to have all of you back in person.  We are also excited to have all our K-6 students begin attending full time.  It will be a significant but welcomed change for all of us.  

As we begin this phase, the COVID virus continues to be a major part of our lives.  As the virus spreads slows and speeds up with no clear pattern, we will continue to find ways to keep our students safe and in school.  Last week, we finalized a partnership with Mercy Health and the Lucas County Health Department to utilize the Mercy Health "Mobile COVID Testing Team" to support the students and staff of OCS.  We are very excited and blessed to have this partnership.

In a supportive response to the Oregon City Schools restart plan, our formal partnership with Mercy Health has expanded to assist our school system with quick and responsive COVID testing.  As we bring the majority of our students back to school, Mercy Health has committed to activate their "Mobile COVID Testing Team" to complete needed COVID testing to any student or staff member of Oregon City Schools.  The Lucas County Health Department has committed to providing testing kits to Mercy Health.  

How will this work?  A referral will be made by OCS to Mercy Health.  Mercy Health will contact the family or staff member upon being notified by OCS.  In most cases this will occur the same day.  Mercy Health will schedule a time for their Mobile Team to come out to a person's home to administer a COVID test.  In most cases, this will also occur the same day.  Testing results may come back as soon as 24 hours.   Any student or staff member who exhibits virus symptoms will qualify.  The referral will come directly from our OCS School Nurse and Mercy Health Nurse Practitioner, Cherie Sexton.  The goal is to respond quickly to each situation to limit the amount of time students and staff are quarantined.  Keeping students coming to school, staff engaged with their students, and safety continue to be our priorities.   

We cannot thank Mercy Health and the Health Department enough for their overwhelming willingness to streamline the testing process and help our community stay safe and stay educated. This process is a major component for potentially keeping our schools open and students safe as the virus continues to spread.  This mobile team is available as soon as Monday, October 19, 2020.

I wish everyone a safe return to school.
Hal Gregory
Superintendent 



October 15, 2020
4:03 p.m. Email to parents

OCS Parents and Families, 

Today, the Governor announced Lucas county is now rated red.  This has prompted questions about possible changes to our restart plan.  There will be no changes to the plan at this time.  The second phase of our restart plan is set to begin on Monday and we will be following through with our plan.  Students in grades K-6 will begin five days a week and students in grades 7-12 will begin hybrid on Monday.

Moving forward, here are the basic reasons we will be using to adjust our school instructional plan.  

1.  Staffing levels - If OCS cannot maintain appropriate staffing levels due to COVID we will need to adjust our instructional plan.
2.  COVID outbreaks - If a school or our district is experiencing a COVID outbreak, we may need to adjust our instructional plan by possibly going remote for a short period of time.  This could be a single school or entire district.  Possibly two weeks or so.  We will be working in partnership with the Lucas County Health Department if this should occur.  
3.  Lucas County goes purple - If Lucas County were to go purple, we would most likely be moving to remote learning.  That decision will be made if/when it occurs.
4.  Governor's order - If the Ohio Governor mandates a school closure we will certainly follow that order.

Have a great night and we look forward to seeing many more of our students on Monday!

Hal Gregory
Superintendent


October 4, 2020
11:31 a.m. Email to parents

OCS Parents and Families,

 

Today, the Governor announced Lucas county is now rated red.  This has prompted questions about possible changes to our restart plan.  There will be no changes to the plan at this time.  The second phase of our restart plan is set to begin on Monday and we will be following through with our plan.  Students in grades K-6 will begin five days a week and students in grades 7-12 will begin hybrid on Monday.

Moving forward, here are the basic reasons we will be using to adjust our school instructional plan.  

1.  Staffing levels - If OCS cannot maintain appropriate staffing levels due to COVID we will need to adjust our instructional plan.
2.  COVID outbreaks - If a school or our district is experiencing a COVID outbreak, we may need to adjust our instructional plan by possibly going remote for a short period of time.  This could be a single school or entire district.  Possibly two weeks or so.  We will be working in partnership with the Lucas County Health Department if this should occur.  
3.  Lucas County goes purple - If Lucas County were to go purple, we would most likely be moving to remote learning.  That decision will be made if/when it occurs.
4.  Governor's order - If the Ohio Governor mandates a school closure we will certainly follow that order.

Have a great night and we look forward to seeing many more of our students on Monday!

Hal Gregory
Superintendent



October 4, 2020
11:31 a.m. Email to parents

OCS Parents and Guardians,

This week, students in grades K-6 will be returning to school and we are very excited to make this happen.  The school experience will be different, but with your help, it will be a safe and exciting experience.  We are very fortunate to have a team of nurses let by Cherie Sexton who are supporting us through this pandemic as our students return.  She has written a letter outlining important information for everyone to know and understand about COVID protocols and guidelines.   Please take a moment and read this letter:  OCVID Letter to Parents - October 2020 .pdf 

Thank you for your cooperation and working to help all of us stay safe as we reopen our schools.  
Hal Gregory, Superintendent



September 23, 2020
9:30 a.m. Email to parents

Just a reminder, 

OCS will be hosting a community webinar tonight to share some brief updates and answer your questions.  It will begin at 6pm and go no longer than one hour.  You can join the zoom webinar using this link:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/93141426212?pwd=eHJXWW1HVk93OCsrZnZacGxiRVFDdz09

Thank you for you continued support of OCS!
 


September 21, 2020

Announcement of OCS Restart Plans - OCS-RestartAnnouncement-09_21_20.pdf


            
August 20, 2020
10:43 a.m. Email to parents

A couple updates:

To all Buckeye Cable Internet users:  Buckeye Broadband has announced a global internet outage impacting local customers.  Hopefully this will be resolved by tomorrow but want to give everyone a heads up.  

To Junior High Boys Basketball athletes and parents:  Time change - Fassett 7th and 8th grade Hoops will be Sunday nights from 6-8pm moving forward.  

Go Eagles!


                                                            
August 27, 2020
9:55 a.m. Email to parents
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
                       
August 27, 2020 
                       
Oregon City Schools Adjusts and Adapts during the COVID Pandemic 
                                                                                                                
Oregon City Schools (OCS) Leadership and Board of Education is committed, first and foremost, to our students, families, taxpayers and employees. OCS continues to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances with the goal of providing safety for everyone, education to our students and financial stability for our community. Remote education has staffing impacts. OCS is committed to minimizing these impacts on our employees, but it takes collaboration, not division. 
                       
Throughout this pandemic, not a day or week goes by without new information, state orders, changing recommendations, and divided opinions. Our task is to navigate all of this and still provide a quality education for our students and families, while keeping students and staff safe from the COVID virus. OCS has taken the approach to begin the year with remote learning and with that decision, comes adjustments for our community and for our staff. 
                       
One of these adjustments is classified staffing levels. OCS administration, with the support of the Board of Education, initiated discussions with support staff leadership with the sole goal of developing a proposal to protect all employee’s insurance and partial pay, and provide employees with the opportunity to receive the maximum amount of unemployment benefits possible. We collaborated for weeks resulting in an agreement which would provide all of our support staff with job security, insurance security, and the ability to remain financially whole. Support staff leadership took this agreement to a membership vote. In a surprise development, this agreement was rejected by our support staff, even though administration was told it would be supported. Typically, any type of memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreed upon between administration and employee group leaders does not go to a membership vote without the expectation of support and passage. This was clearly an unexpected outcome. 
                       
Given this development, the OCS Board of Education had no choice but to utilize the contractual provision and reduce some staffing levels by 80%. No employee has been fired or lost his/her job. The number of work days have been reduced. Every employee will be paid for a minimum of one day and keep their jobs. As the district begins to bring students back on campus, employees will be recalled allowing for the return to full time work and benefits. 
                       
Moving forward, OCS will continue to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances and events. We support all our employees while balancing the needs of our students, families and taxpayers. We understand the importance of employee relationships and will continue to promote a positive culture and mutual respect for one another. 
                       
The Oregon City School District adheres to Title VI, Title IX, ADA, and Section 504; thus, does not discriminate in educational programs and employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap. 
                                               

        
    
August 25, 2020
11:02 a.m. Email to parents

WiFi INFORMATION:

  • BuckeyeBroadband- Buckeye Broadband is currently working with local schools to provide Internet service to students in need.  This service is being offered to low income families, or families that require government assistance, and do not currently have internet in the home. If you received service through this program this past spring, you are eligible again, but you MUST RE-APPLY. Buckeye Broadband will provide an internet connection at a one time cost of $50 (that will be charged to your OCS Powerschool account) and then there will be no additional monthly charge for the service. By completing this form, you are ensuring that you meet these qualifications. Once this has been verified, you will receive more information on how to proceed. The parent or guardian in the household (must be 18 years or older) must be the point of contact for this process.
  • Spectrum-  Still waiting on confirmation of Spectrum's programs available for families in need.  Should have more information by 8/26/20.
    • NOTE - Spectrum is currently only available in Jerusalem Township and select nearby locations closely bordering Jerusalem Township.
       
  • AT&T - consumer home internet wireline & Fixed Wireless - unlimited internet data & will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. 
  • Parking Lots At Our Buildings
    • Chances are good that if you are in our parking lots (in close proximity to the building) students should be able to connect to our district WiFi.
       
  • Turning Your Cell Phone Into a WiFi access point
    • CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO TURN ON YOUR HOTSPOT IF YOU HAVE AN iPHONE
    • IF YOU HAVE AN ANDROID PHONE
      • The steps depend on the manufacturer of your phone, version of Android, and your carrier.  You will want to check online for instructions specific to these things.
    • NOTE - Data rates apply.  If you are not on unlimited data, please check with your carrier to inquire how this may affect you.

Have a great rest of your week!

Dawn Schiavone
Director of Technology


August 18, 2020
3:33 a.m. Email to parents

Just a reminder, OCS will be hosting a weekly webinar Q & A each Wednesday through the end of September beginning at 6pm.  You can join the webinar schedule for tomorrow night here:

Topic: OCS Community Webinar

When: Every week, beginning Aug 19, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

     Every week on Wed, 7 occurrence(s)
     Aug 19, 2020 06:00 PM
     Aug 26, 2020 06:00 PM
     Sep 2, 2020 06:00 PM
     Sep 9, 2020 06:00 PM
     Sep 16, 2020 06:00 PM
     Sep 23, 2020 06:00 PM
     Sep 30, 2020 06:00 PM

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/93141426212?pwd=eHJXWW1HVk93OCsrZnZacGxiRVFDdz09
Passcode: 804345
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +13126266799,,93141426212#  or +19294362866,,93141426212#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 931 4142 6212
    International numbers available: 
https://zoom.us/u/aUUqPb2tl

 

August 12, 2020
8:53 a.m. Email to parents

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please review the enclosed flyer pertaining to our Free and Reduced Grab and Go Lunch Program for meal service during Remote Learning.   All K-12 registered students are eligible for this program.  We are happy to provide nutritious meals for our students. 

Please click here to go to the Meal Reservation Site.  Only make one reservation per family.  Our deadline is Wednesday, August 19, 2020 for delivery starting August 24, 2020.  You only have to make a reservation once and you will be enrolled for the entire 9 week program.

If additional assistance is needed please call and leave a message at 419-698-6030 or email emergency@oregoncs.org.  Please allow 24 hours for a reply.  We look forward to serving you and your students during our Remote Learning Schedule.

GrabAndGoRemoteMenu.pdf 

Vicki B. Laurell
Oregon City School Food Service Supervisor
vlaurell@oregoncs.org


August 7, 2020
6:09 p.m. Email to parents 

OCS Families and Student Athletes,

After a day of processing the Lucas County Health Board recommendation, talking with our legal council, community input, and our student’s desire to continue play with our without games was powerful.  This decision came from the community and for the community.  We will be resuming all sports practices, contact and non-contact, on Monday evening, August 10, 2020.  We will be adding one step and require all families to sign a waiver protecting the teams and the district.  These forms will soon be available on Final Forms.  All teams will continue with previous safety protocols.  

OCS fully support’s Clay and Fassett athletics and we look forward to watching any events which may take place. 

In addition, other district activities such as band camp may resume on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  All safety protocols must remain in place as well.  

Go Eagles!

Hal Gregory


August 7, 2020
3:42 p.m. Email to parents  

OCS Families,

Yesterday, OCS announced we will return to school fully remote.  This announcement is a direct result of the Lucas County Health Board’s recommendation to have schools in Lucas County start virtually.  In the coming days and weeks more information will be provided but I want to share with a few items with you now.  

First, on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 6:00pm,  I will be hosting our first community webinar to share information and answer questions.  Using Zoom, up to 1000 people will be able to join the webinar.  For anyone who cannot join, we will post the webinar recording to our website.  Below is the zoom link and phone number to participate. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:           https://zoom.us/j/93141426212?pwd=eHJXWW1HVk93OCsrZnZacGxiRVFDdz09

Second, I would like to address school fees.  

Regarding General, Speciality & Career Technology school fees:

  1. If you have registered your child for school and have NOT PAID school fees yet, please hold off at this time.  As the year unfolds, we will provide fee updates based on the amount of time spent fully remote learning, which may result in prorated fees.  

  2. If you have registered your child for school and PAID your fees, please hold for a possible prorated refund based on the amount of time spent fully remote. 

  3. Career Tech fee amounts will depend on equipment needed and utilization during the school year for each specific program.  Fees may be prorated for payment or refund as the year unfolds.  

Third, Message from the community

Important Update Regarding Baseball Tryouts:

The Oregon Recreation will have to close their facilities based on the recommendation from the Lucas County Health Board yesterday. As of now Tryouts are canceled next week. We will be looking for an alternative location. Please stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates:      https://www.facebook.com/oregoneaglesbaseballclub/

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe!

Hal Gregory    

 


August 6, 2020
7:20 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families, Community and Staff, 


Tonight, I am announcing the OCS Board of Education voted to implement our fully remote learning plan to start the school year.  This decision was prompted by today's Lucas County Board of Health's strong recommendation for schools in Lucas County to start fully virtual.  Please see attached letter outlining this decision.  OCS Remote Learning Announcement - 8_6_20.pdf 

Thank you,

Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent


 




July 31, 2020
12:55 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,


Yesterday I made a decision to DELAY the start of most athletic programs based on the increasing number of COVID cases in our community and to wait and see what the Health Department’s recommendations will be next week. I have had direct discussions with the Lucas County Health Commissioner and he is supportive of my decision to delay the start of most sports along with my Board of Education. 

I am allowing golf and tennis to continue based on the distancing and outside nature of these two sports.  I also made the decision to not allow Volleyball based on the fact distancing is difficult and it is an indoor sport.  I am taking a deeper look into Volleyball working with the Athletic Director.  

Waiting five days for a major recommendation on athletics is not unreasonable in my opinion given the situation we are all in. It is not easy or fair, but I am simply trying to prevent any of our athletes from getting or spreading COVID.  It is about safety, not my personal wish to prevent athletes from participating. I have and always will be pro-athletics and pro-students.  

It is becoming more apparent to me we may all be learning remotely and fall athletics may be in jeopardy.  I hope I am wrong. 

We have taken a bold step in Oregon to help decrease the spread of COVID with the hope sports can continue.  We certainly are not alone throughout the state and country. TPS just announced delaying sports until October. 

Whether we all agree or agree to disagree, my job is to make the tough decisions based on the information and professional opinions I seek out.  The opinion of the top health official in our county matters to me. 

Once we know more information from our health department, I will make decisions on next steps for our programs.  

Thank you,
Hal Gregory

 




July 30, 2020
7:15 p.m. Email to parents  
Parents and Families,


Today, the Lucas County Health Department Board President recommended that schools in Lucas County start virtually.  A full board vote on this recommendation may occur next Thursday.  It is also understood that a recommendation on the status of athletics may also be shared.  You can find the article here:  https://www.wtol.com/article/news/local/outreach/back-to-school/lucas-county-recommendation-to-start-school-virtually/512-1b5ff682-d5be-416f-8c34-d53006531cdf

Given this information, I have decided to delay the official start of OCS athletics and other school activities for a week pending these recommendations.  A decision will be made by next Friday, August 7 whether we will continue or delay for any additional time.  As a district, we do not want to risk any additional student exposure and begin a season we may not have the opportunity to complete.  Waiting at least one week will not significantly impact our programs and allows us to hear what our health department is recommending before proceeding.    

Our OCS athletes, coaches, volunteers and parents have put in lots of time this summer training for the start of the season and I fully understand the impact this decision is having on our student athletes.  Thank you for all the hard work and for your patience and understanding.  

Hal Gregory,
OCS Superintendent

 




July 30, 2020
9:44 a.m. Email to parents  
OCS Parents and Families,


Due to a delay in receiving our ZOOM license to provide webinars up to 1000 people, we will be postponing our "Town Hall" until a date next week.  We will be providing the date once we know about our license.  In the mean time, we have been working very hard to answer your questions and posting answers on our website.  You can find Q & A here:  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/RestartQA.aspx

You can ask a question by filling out the following form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_v1i1nttYYk3qs8CzgwyFgZ5RppktV7JIueilDKcuHwNtAw/viewform

Have a great day!

 




July 28, 2020
3:25 p.m. Email to parents  
Dear OCS Families & Community members,


OCS is planning a "Town Hall" webinar for this Thursday evening at 6:00pm.  This webinar will be hosted by me with other OCS Leaders available, with the goal of answering common restart questions our families have been asking.  It will also allow OCS to try a new communication method with the intention of using more often to engage our community virtually and in mass.  

We do have one slight worry.  In order for us to allow up to 1000 participants, we have to apply for an upgraded ZOOM account.  We have done the application, but we have not heard confirmation yet so I cannot provide the webinar link at this time.  

So, if do not receive confirmation by Thursday morning, we will cancel the "OCS Town Hall" for Thursday evening and reschedule to the following week.  Look for an update on Thursday morning with either a ZOOM link for the webinar, or a reschedule date.  

Thank you.
Hal Gregory
Superintendent


 




July 26, 2020
3:44 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families and Students,


Due to an athlete testing positive for COVID19, we are suspending all workouts & practices of any kind until August 1, 2020 for all HS and JH sports.  We are working through our process at this time and will be sharing all our information with the health department today.  By stopping all workouts and practices proactively now, we are hopeful we can begin the season for all sports on August 1, but we will obviously be monitoring the situation on a daily basis. 

Clay HS band camp will still start on-time tomorrow as planned.  At this time we are not aware of any direct contact tracing to members of the band.  

Finally, I want to thank all our Athletic Director and coaches for taking quick action with this situation.  We will keep everyone informed moving forward.  

Thank you.
Hal Gregory
Superintendent   

 




July 25, 2020
9:53 a.m. Email to parents  

Good Morning OCS Families,

We have organized our website better to reflect all the information about starting school in the fall.  You can find all the information here:  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/2020-21FallRestartInformation.aspx     Thank you to Dawn Schiavone for all her hard work on this.  

We have created a Q & A form to organize and keep track of questions.  We intend to post answers on our webpage to general common questions collected from parents and family members.  You can find the google Q & A form here.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_v1i1nttYYk3qs8CzgwyFgZ5RppktV7JIueilDKcuHwNtAw/viewform

These questions do not require you name or any personal information.  It is simply a better way for OCS to collect questions, organize them, and post answers.  

Have a great weekend.  

Hal


 


July 23, 2020
6:35 p.m. Email to parents  
GREEN GOLD Change Request 

As we move forward with our plans for the fall, we have developed a form for families to make a request to change your student's assigned days, Green or Gold days.  If you have students living in the same household with different last names, please fill out the form.  You may also make a request to change which day your child is on for other reasons.  Your requests are not guaranteed but we will review all requests and do our best based on the numbers.  You can find the form here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbG_0EBGPJ9Aknm6FRFsv53cH6-_n7wqZAS9wxv93dccTlYw/viewform      These requests are due by July 31, 2020 along with you completing our annual re-registration process.  

Special Education and Gifted/Talented

Two of our departments, Special Education and Gifted/Talented have provided updates related to these specific programs.  You can find these letters here: 
20.21 OCS Letter regarding Special Education Services.pdf                             20-21 restart plan for GT.pdf 

Technology Device Insurance

The OCS Board of Education has eliminated the device insurance program for this year understanding devices must go home with students of all ages.  If a device is damaged at home, and that damage is over $25, families will be responsible for the amount of the repair over $25. 

Question and Answer:

Will breakfast be available?  YES
Will students be able to take off masks?  YES, there will be times though out the day students will remove their masks.  Our mask policy is here:     OCS Face Coverings Policy & Procedures - 7_21_20.pdf  
How is OCS Digital Academy different from the district's remote plan?  The OCS Digital Academy does not have a teacher component to it.  It is self-paced and self-guided with the student working independently through the course lessons.  If OCS were to implement our district wide "remote" plan, OCS teachers would guide instruction remotely similar to what occurred in the spring.  
Do I have to re-register if my student is going to the OCS Digital Academy?  YES, the Academy students are still considered OCS students and will need to be re-registered in our system. 
Will fees be lowered?  Fees will remain the same allowing for the material purchases already planned for. 

Please remember to re-register asap! 
Completing Re-Registration:

For best results, use Google Chrome as your browser. Internet Explorer will not work. You can also use a tablet, or smart phone, but a computer provides a more user-friendly experience.

How do I get started?
Visit https://oregon.ps.nwoca.org/public/home.html and login to your PowerSchool Parent Portal. From the Parent Portal,  Select the student you wish to register along the top.

  1. Select the Returning Student Registration link on left menu or by clicking the application button in the top-right corner
  2. Enter your student's DOB to confirm you have the correct student
  3. Complete form

Have a great night!


 



July 22, 2020
4:50 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Restart Update - 7/22/20

With the release of our Hybrid restart plan, there are many questions to be answered.  We will be organizing a Q & A web page in the very near future to address common questions.  One common question which came up often today is the following:

Why did we choose the M/TH and T/F split for students?

OCS leadership had a lot of discussion on how to divide students. Our leadership team felt strongly that if we were going to go hybrid, then we need to see students at different points in the week.  This was a curricular decision.  This schedule allows for a more consistent instructional cycle and opportunity for timely feedback to students, supporting academic growth.  This schedule reduces the time between direct teacher/student contact.  We know student engagement increases when there is regular contact between our teachers and the students. 
 
We are very confident our daily cleaning will be equally effective with different groups coming in on consecutive days as two days in a row.  Our plan is to have the buildings and classrooms disinfected everyday in the same manner, regardless of which students are in the building.  Working with our staff, collectively we will maintain a safe environment.   
 
If and when we are in the position we need to contact-trace after a student or staff exposure, we still will only have one group of students to monitor and determine who may have been exposed.  
 
In the end, we just felt there will be more instructional benefit utilizing our plan.  
 
Town Hall
We will be hosting a community “Town Hall” webinar on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 6pm.  We will be taking questions in advance and on the night of the webinar.  Our OCS Leadership team will be available to answer as many questions as we can.  
 

Groupings Request Form
We will soon release a request form for families to share with us what students live in the same house, but with different last names, so we can honor the same household groupings. In addition, we will allow families to request a grouping change based on a unique family/childcare/work situation. We will review all requests but cannot guarantee the change.  We must remain consistent with our divided numbers of students in our classrooms and schools.  
 

Re-Registration
Re-Registration begins tomorrow.  Finally, please be on the lookout for an email tomorrow with information about re-registering all currently enrolled students.  Re-registering your students is required for all returning students.  We must know you are returning in order to balance out our groupings for the start of the year.  

 


July 21, 2020
7:50 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

Thank you to the over 430 participants who watched tonight's board meeting in which I outlined our back to school plan.  Tonight, I announced OCS will begin the 20/21 school year in a Hybrid model having students attend two days in person, and three days remote.  You can find the presentation and supporting documents here:  OCS Fall 2020 Restart Options and Plan Highlights - 7:21:20.pdf 

You can also watch the presentation on the the OCS Youtube channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/oregoncsvideochannel

I also announced OCS will not be placing an operating levy on the November ballot as previously discussed.  You can find the reasoning here:  OCS Community Letter - Fall 2020 Levy 7_21_20.pdf 

Thank you, have a great evening.

Hal



July 17, 2020
3:18 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Community, Parents, and Staff,

Another week has passed and the world around us continues to change.  We are about four weeks away from the beginning of the school year and how students and staff start the school year has increasingly become uncertain.  I want to thank all our leadership team, teacher leaders, support staff leaders and board members for all the time spent this summer brainstorming and planning for the start of the year. 

I have written a letter to help inform our community about what is happening related to the start of the school year as of today.  Here is a copy of today's letter:  OCS Superintendent Update - 7:17:20.pdf   

I will be outlining more details about the three options we are working on for the start of the school year next Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at our regular monthly board meeting beginning at 6:00pm.  The Board of Education continues to meet remotely so you can watch the meeting on our youtube channel at:  https://www.youtube.com/user/oregoncsvideochannel

Over the summer, Superintendent's from the Toledo Area have developed a set of shared general practices we will all follow to bring some consistency to the region.  This document was recently released and can be found here:  Safe Return to School Compact_07_16_2020v2.pdf 

Have a great weekend.
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe

Hal 

 
 


July 10, 2020
3:45 p.m. Email to parents  
Dear OCS Families, Staff and Community,

As school districts start to release their back to school plans, I want to share with everyone we will be sharing our plan at the regular monthly board meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6pm.   I will be publicly sharing the core plan for reopening in the fall with the board of education.  You will be able to watch the board meeting live on our youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/oregoncsvideochannel.

This plan will focus around returning back to school full time, five days per week.  It will outline social distancing plans, temperature monitoring plans, mask plans, cleaning plans, and other big picture details.  Oregon City Schools is committed to providing the safest facilities and practices possible while still providing a full-time practical education to our students.

I am so proud of all our district leaders and staff who are working tirelessly this summer to plan and organize for our return to school.  Nothing is simple about the position we all find ourselves in and each day remains uncertain.  

As always,

Stay Strong, Stay safe, and Stay healthy
Hal Gregory
Superintendent 




June 29, 2020
4:51 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families, Staff and Community,

Happy Summer!  It has been a while since I put an update out because we have been patiently waiting for the official guidance from the state of Ohio and the Governor for the start of school in the fall.  As of now, OCS has a draft set of ideas and options for opening in the fall.  Before we begin to finalize our plan, we want to understand the Governor's Guidance which is planned to be released later this week.  Once we know what the parameters of the guidance will be, we will finalize our plan and share with the public.  There are several internal groups looking at what is best and what makes sense for Oregon schools.  I am not anticipating any calendar changes, so school is set to start on August 19, 2020 as scheduled for students.  You can find the calendar here:  https://filecabinet9.eschoolview.com/57CCB98D-EDD4-410B-8848-DAA25250B273/20_21SchoolCalendar.pdf

Thank you for your patience, enjoy the summer, and stay safe and healthy.

Hal Gregory
Superintendent



May 22, 2020
2:42 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Parents, Staff and Families,

Today is the official last day of school for the 19-20 school year and what a year it has been.  Again, we thank you for working with OCS to get the job done.  Well deserved summer break!

One final request, we are asking all our parents and guardians to fill out a survey.  We are seeking feedback about your experience from the past nine weeks and our remote learning process.  The below link will take you to a simple and quick survey.  Please take a couple minutes to provide feedback.  

OCS COVID-19 Remote Learning Survey

We have several Chromebook and MacBook devices which have not been turned in.  We need all devices collected from every student/family to prepare these devices for next year.   For those who do not return the devices, significant fees will be assigned and possibly legal consequences.  We will be individually following up with each family who has not returned a device via email, phone or personal home visit.   Thank you for your cooperation.  

As the days and weeks progress, how we will start next year will become clearer.  Our plan will be determined working with state and local health officials and will be communicated in a timely manner.  

Stay strong, Stay safe, Stay healthy,
Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent


 


May 15, 2020
4:36 p.m. Email to parents  
Dear families, staff and community,

Next week is the final week of school for the 2019-2020 school year.  Next week, I will be putting out a parent survey asking for feedback on several items we will review and use in our future planning. I hope you will participate.  We all learned a great deal about our ability to implement online/remote learning on a grand scale and your feedback will help us improve even more.  

We have shifted our planning to next fall.  We expect state guidance soon on what will and will not be allowed for next year.  Whatever the final plan is, I can assure you new policies and procedures will be required and implemented, changing how we do school.  Things like distancing, masks, washing hands, hand sanitizer, temperature taking, frequent cleaning, and making smart decisions when we have a temperature, may all become commonplace.  OCS will have clear guidance on all of this prior to the start of the year.    

For those of you who are considering making some kind of district or school change next fall, and you are considering online/remote learning as part of your plan, please know, OCS has in place an on-line/remote digital academy.  This academy is used for select students have been enrolled for various specialized reasons over the past few years.  Before anyone makes a choice to leave our school district, please allow OCS the opportunity to share with you the pros and cons of the "OCS Digital Academy" and how it might benefit your student.  If you have questions please send an email to our OCS Hotline at emergency@oregoncs.org

Finally, I want to personally congratulate all the Clay HS Senior students and their families.  I am looking forward to your graduation photos and your virtual graduation.  We are proud of you and thank each of you for your contributions to Clay HS over the years.  Parents.....Congratulations.....You did it!!

Stay Safe, Stay Strong, Stay Healthy,
Hal Gregory
Superintendent

 



May 8, 2020
3:08 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families, Staff, and Community,

This week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week and many of you said thank you to our staff with your videos, pictures and messages.  I want to say how much OCS appreciates our parents and families who have worked very hard to navigate the home schooling process over the past few months with your children.  You did a great job!  Today is the last day for any new instruction.  Students have two more weeks to finish up assignments and activities before final marks are issued.  

We have received a few questions/concerns regarding the processing and mail delivery timelines for individual absentee ballots.  You can check to see if your personal ballot has been counted and processed by the board of elections at the following website:  https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/lucas/avlookup.aspx

I want to thank all the individuals and organizations who have raised funds and provided support to the Class of 2020 Seniors.  Our community has rallied on behalf of these students and hopefully made them all feel proud and special.  Clay HS Principal, Mr. Jim Jurski, will be releasing the final plans for the 2020 Graduation on Monday, May 11, 2020.  You have been very patient with us while we waited for all the state and local guidance to sort out and settle.  The final piece is to have our plan approved by the local health department which we are awaiting.  

What will school look like next fall?  In the coming weeks we are expecting general guidance to provide us parameters when planning for the beginning of the 20-21 school year.  OCS will be convening a task force to assist in the planning and problem solving of the anticipated restrictions which may be imposed.  We will keep you posted on updates as they become available.  

Kindergarten Registration is happening now.  Please see the attached documents for detailed information.  Please help spread the word.  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/RegistrationEnrollmentSchoolTransferInfo.aspx

Meals will continue to be provided every Monday until the end of the school year.  The last day OCS will provide meals will be Monday, May 18, 2020.  You can make a meal reservation by calling the OCS hotline at 419-608-6030 or emailing us at emergency@oregoncs.org

Previous OCS Communications can be found on our website at:  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5I3PGI&dasi=3IAB

Stay strong, Stay safe, Stay healthy,
Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent



May 1, 2020
11:40 a.m. Email to parents  
Happy Friday All,

Hard to believe it is May 1 today and only three weeks remain in this challenging school year.  Please pay extra attention to all emails and communications from your building Principals this week and the next few weeks.  There is going to be information you need to know about how each school plans to collect school materials (devices, instruments, books, other) and return student's personal belongings.  Essentially it will be an exchange at your vehicle.  

Teacher and staff appreciation week is next week, May 4-8.  Please take the time to recognize and thank a teacher, colleague, and/or support staff for all their hard work by sending an email, text, Facebook post or any other kind of positive recognition.  These men and women deserve it.  

A Clay HS Graduation update will be provided to Clay parents and students today from Mr. Jurski.  Essentially, this week has been a flurry of information from our state and local departments providing guidance and suggestions on how to provide a graduation ceremony.  There is still some confusion about what is allowed and what is not allowed based on different local health department interpretations.  At this point, we are not prepared to provide any details on how we will hold graduation but what I can say,  it will not be in a large group setting with any kind of mass gathering.  The state put out guidance and we will be planning within this guidance and the direction of our local health department and agencies.  Thank you for your patience.  

Fees and Refunds:  Please contact our District Treasurer Jane Fruth at jfruth@oregoncs.org with any questions.  

Spring Pay to Participate Fees:  All Spring sport Pay to Participate Fees will be refunded unless there are other outstanding unpaid balances.

Prom and A/P Exam Fees:  All Prom fees that were paid will be reimbursed back.  Any A/P Exam Fees for tests that were not taken will be reimbursed.

Lunch Balances on Graduating Senior Student Accounts:  District will first check to see if they have younger siblings whose lunch accounts remaining balance could be transferred into.  Lunch Balances not given to younger siblings will be refunded back to the family.

Lunch Balances left on K-11 Student Accounts:  Balances will be carried forward to next school year.  Refunds for Special Events such as field trips etc are being handled at the Building Level.

Kindergarten Registration is set to officially begin on this Monday, May 4, 2020.  Please see the attached documents for detailed information.  Please help spread the word.  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/RegistrationEnrollmentSchoolTransferInfo.aspx

Meals will continue to be provided every Monday until the end of the school year.  The last day OCS will provide meals will be Monday, May 18, 2020.  You can make a meal reservation by calling the OCS hotline at 419-608-6030 or emailing us at emergency@oregoncs.org

BGSU Academic Summer Enrichment Camp for students in grades 3 through 8:  

https://www.bgsu.edu/pre-college-programs/summer-academic-and-youth-programs/academic-summer-programs/academic-enrichment-camps.html?cq_ck=1587572064587

Previous OCS Communications can be found on our website at:  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5I3PGI&dasi=3IAB

Stay strong, Stay safe, Stay healthy,
Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent

 


April 28, 2020
4:29 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families, Staff, and Community,

Looks like we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel related to the State of Ohio reopening and having an idea what will come next.  What we don’t have any idea about what next school year will look like.  I am not jumping to any conclusions yet, and I recommend no one else should either.  

There continues to be uncertainty related to how schools will begin next year.  I want to remind all our staff, parents and families we are far away from knowing anything realistic about next fall.  There are a lot of ideas and rumors floating around based on a few of the comments from Governor DeWine about a possible blended learning scenario. Nothing has been finalized and it is way too early to panic, worry or be excited.  I personally have big doubts about any type of blended learning option working for many reasons, and so do many of my colleagues.  We will be ready no matter what the situation.  

Here are a few things we do know.  All new instruction for students will end Friday, May 8, 2020.  This does not mean the school year has ended.  The last official day of school is May 22, 2020.  We want to give all our students ample time to complete all their assignments and allow time for students to turn in late assignments and allow for personalized communication and help to those who need it the most in the final weeks of school.  OCS teaching staff will be working and available until the end of the school year.  

Building principals are working on plans to “bag up” student’s personal belongings from lockers and classrooms.  Schedules are being developed for staff to enter buildings and help with this process.  Additionally, pick-up and drop-off times will be scheduled for each school’s parents/students to pick up their personal belongings and hand-off devices and school materials.  Once this plan is finalized we will communicate these dates and times to our families and students.  

Kindergarten Registration is set to officially begin on May 4, 2020.  Please see the attached documents for detailed information.  Please help spread the word.  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/RegistrationEnrollmentSchoolTransferInfo.aspx

We still hope to provide plans on Clay HS graduation by this Friday, May 1, 2020.  But, if new information becomes available throughout the course of the week, we may delay final plans to allow for more time to provide the best possible graduation event and still provide safety and security to all involved.  Thank you to all senior students and their families for patience and understanding as we navigate the daily changes as Ohio begins to open up.  

Meals will continue to be provided every Monday until the end of the school year.  The last day OCS will provide meals will be May 18, 2020.  

Previous OCS Communications can be found on our website at:  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5I3PGI&dasi=3IAB

Stay strong, Stay safe, Stay healthy, 
Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent

 


April 24, 2020
3:51 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families and Staff,

As we enter the final weeks of the school year, you will begin to see plans for winding down the year.  We are currently organizing times for parents to pick up and drop off items at each school and determining which day new instruction will stop.  We do intend to stop new instruction prior to the last week of school.  Once finalized, we will release that date.  

Final grading for the quarter and semester is outlined in the attached document.         OCS Grading Plan End of Year 2020.pdf 

Essentially, OCS is operating under a two system grading plan.  

1.  For students in grades K-8, students will receive a final report card indicating whether a student passed or failed each subject.  
2.  For students in grades 9-12 (including 8th graders taking courses for credit), students will receive an A-F final mark at the end of the fourth quarter and second semester.

Graduation continues to be a daily discussion.  We have received guidance from the Ohio Department of Education.  This guidance is very helpful and will guide our final decision regarding the type of graduation ceremony we will hold for our Senior students and families.  We will have the final graduation plan by May 1, 2020.  ODE Guidance can be found here:  http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Graduation-and-Recognition-Ceremonies

Just a reminder meals will continue to be available every Monday for the remainder of the school year.  As you know, meal reservations can be made by emailing us at emergency@oregoncs.org or calling our hotline at 419-698-6030.  

Finally, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in the most recent primary election.  I want to personally thank our community for the overwhelming support throughout this unique period of time.  The school-community connections have never been stronger truly representing the phrase "we are all in this together."

Stay strong, stay safe and stay healthy!  Have a wonderful weekend!
Hal Gregory
Superintendent 



April 20, 2020
6:18 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

Today, the Governor announced that all schools will remain closed due to COVID-19 and students will continue to be educated remotely through the end of the school year.  The last official day of school is Friday, May 22, 2020.  As we proceed into the final weeks and days of school, any changes which are implemented will be communicated to you in a timely manner. 

With the official closure of school buildings for the remainder of the year, we will now be able to make some final decisions on any remaining student activities and implement end of year procedures and item collections.  Look for updates in the near future.  

Stay Strong, Stay Safe, and Stay Healthy!
Hal Gregory
Superintendent 


 


April 17, 2020
4:01 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

As we complete the fifth week of Ohio's mandatory COVID-19 school closure, OCS continues to plan and implement ways to make every student's learning situation relevant and beneficial.  There are five weeks left in our official school year.  Our last day is officially May 22, 2020.  Please continue to push forward and encourage your children to stay on task, complete assignments and activities to the best of their (and your) abilities while staying healthy.  We are half way home to summer break!

Today, Governor Mike DeWine mentioned he is speaking to some Superintendents over the weekend and will make an announcement whether to close schools the rest of the year or return early next week.  All signs point to keeping schools closed the rest of the year and OCS leadership is planning accordingly.  Of course, if students are able to return, OCS will be open and ready to go.

OCS will continue to provide meals throughout the duration of the school closure.  Our meal program has increased weekly from 678 to 5,000 to 7,000 to 8,000 to 8,500 last Monday.  To date, we have served 14,589 lunches and 14,589 breakfasts for a total of 29,178 meals.  You can make a meal reservation by calling our hotline at 419-698-6030 or emailing us at emergency@oregoncs.org.  

Finally, however the school year ends, this year will be remembered for flexibility, frustration, uncertainty, on-line learning and video chats.  We have all been on a steep learning curve.  A continued THANK YOU to all teachers, parents and care givers who are working hard and doing your best to help our students learn.  We are all in this together!

Stay Strong, Stay Safe, and Stay Healthy!
Hal Gregory
Superintendent 



April 13, 2020
3:22 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

The past month has challenged all of us to be the "best versions of ourselves" and I have certainly seen a lot of support and positivity from our community and staff members.  I applaud everyone for the efforts you have made, not only in our communities, but in the State of Ohio.  We are honoring the health mandates and doing the right things.  We are all in this together!  Thank you. 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, school will officially resume after our scheduled spring break.  Our educational leadership team working with our teaching staff developing enhance internal guidance to bring more consistency to our online education and student/parent communications.  We hope to make the current learning experience even more productive and beneficial to all.  Parents, please continue doing your part supporting your children's education and encouraging them to do their best completing lessons and activities.  This two-way commitment between school personnel and parents has never been more important.  Thank you.

There is still time to vote.  Voting for the March Primary election has been extended through April 28, 2020.  Please exercise your right to vote through the absentee ballot process on behalf of OCS.  You can find information at https://www.co.lucas.oh.us/74/Board-of-Elections.

Finally, there continues to be uncertainty related to the length of the mandated school closure.  Everyday, I get asked my opinion on school closing for the rest of the year.  Of course I have no way of knowing for certain what will happen in the future, but either way, I will assure you we are ready for a continued closure through the end of the year, or a return to school in May based on the current mandate.  We were able to initially prepare for the closure in less than 48 hours and we will be able to prepare for students to return in the same amount of time.  Just like riding a bicycle.  We have all become accustomed to making quick decisions and jumping into action. Please watch for district and school emails providing additional information about specifics moving forward.  

Remember, for meal reservations or general questions, you can call our hotline at 419-698-6030 or email us at emergency@oregoncs.org.  

Stay strong, stay safe and stay healthy!
Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent

 
 
April 2, 2020
5:24 p.m. Email to parents  

OCS Families,

On behalf of OCS, I want to wish everyone a safe and restful spring break.  Spring Break officially starts next Monday, April 6, 2020 and goes to Tuesday, April 14, 2020.  During this scheduled break, teachers are not required to provide instruction to students and students are not required to complete school work.  With that said, I hope students and teachers can take this week to catch up on school work or anything necessary and take a much needed "breather" from all the tension and change going on in our lives.  Of course the number one thing is to stay safe and healthy.

When we officially return from break, teachers will resume their instruction and communications with you.  We have learned a lot over this past three weeks, what works and what doesn't work.  OCS leadership, along with teaching staff, have worked very hard to develop better processes and tools so students and families have less frustration and confusion moving forward.  We know there will continue to be obstacles and unanticipated learning situations which come up and our OCS team will work hard to address them in a timely manner, so I ask all of us to remain flexible and understanding.

Finally, I thank and praise all the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and friends who are trying their best helping children process this new type of learning and school engagement.  We know it is hard, but hopefully a small bit rewarding. 

Stay strong, stay safe, and stay healthy!
Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent 

 
 


March 31, 2020
9:56 a.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

Yesterday, as expected, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine extended the school closure through May, 1, 2020.  OCS will continue to serve the educational needs of our students through various methods similar to what we are doing now.  Please continue to encourage your children to put forth their best efforts given your individual family circumstance.  We fully expect to provide credit to students in high school for the work students are doing and do everything we can to not have anyone fall behind, but students need to put forth effort to earn that credit.  Communication is key to everyone's success PreK-12.  

OCS and the food service department will continue to provide meals each Monday during the duration of this mandated closure.  We have provided over 12,000 meals already in the past few weeks and around 6000 meals each Monday.  For a meal reservation please email us at emergency@oregoncs.org or call our hotline at 419-698-6030.  

I know there are still many unanswered questions like how we intend to handle graduation and the Washington DC trip to name a few.  It is our full intention to honor our senior students through a graduation ceremony of some kind.  It is our hope we can proceed as scheduled using the Seagate Center on May 31, 2020.  We also understand this may not be an option if the current health mandates still exist.  We will continue to keep you posted as circumstances change for all scheduled events.  

Best wishes to all our families and please stay safe!  
Hal Gregory
Superintendent.  

 


March 25, 2020
4:18 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

Thank you to everyone in our OCS Community who have stepped up to help and assist others in need.  People are supporting each other like never before, even with the physical distancing mandate in place.  I also want to thank all our OCS employees who continue to prepare and provide food, watch over our buildings, teach our students, and lead our staff through this unique time.  

Every day at 2:00pm, Governor Mike DeWine holds a press conference updating the state on new mandates, statistics and updates.  As of today, the mandatory school closure date has not yet been extended.   If nothing changes, students will return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 after our scheduled spring break.  With that said, it is my opinion the school closure date may be extended. Today, the Governor mentioned he expects the Ohio COVID-19 virus to peak at the beginning of May so common sense says schools would not be in session during the peak of the virus.  If and when an announcement is made, please know OCS is prepared to continue the educational process and following all guidance and mandates that come our way. 

As you know, we have a levy on the June 2 ballot.  Today, the state legislature voted to provide all registered voters an absentee ballot to vote by mail through April 28.  Please look for a post card from the Lucas County Board of Elections outlining the process to obtain an absentee ballot.  PLEASE exercise your right to vote by mail on behalf of OCS prior to April 28, 2020.  

In addition, the state legislature voted to waive state testing and report card requirements for the 19-20 school year and to freeze the list of voucher-eligible school buildings rather than letting it expand to more than 1,200 next Wednesday.  OCS will be evaluating how these decisions impact our senior students and all HS students moving forward.

Meals will be served again next Monday, March 30, 2020 at Starr Elementary.  If you already received meals you are on our list and do not need to make a reservation.  If you have not received any meals yet, and would like too, please email us at emergency@oregoncs.org or call our hotline at 419-698-6030.  

Thank you and stay safe!
Hal Gregory
Superintendent


 
 
March 22, 2020
3:26 p.m. Email to parents  

OCS Families,

The Governor has issued a state wide order to have everyone stay at home.  OCS employees are observing this order.  But, meals will continue to be distributed.  

Just a reminder that “grab and go” meals (breakfast/lunch) are available for students tomorrow, Monday, March 23, 2020 from 10am to noon at Starr Elementary School.  We are working off reservations which many have already done.  You will receive meals for the entire week allowing us to only distribute meals one time per week for the safety of our employees and for our families.  

Meal reservations will be taken until 8am tomorrow morning, Monday.  You can call the OCS Hotline at 419-698-6030 or email at emergency@oregoncs.org.

OCS is committed to supporting our community during this time of crisis.  If there are any other general needs or questions you have please contact us on the same hotline or email and we will do what we can to help.  We will monitor these lines at all times.  

Please comply with all mandates and orders from the State of Ohio.  We will all be better off if everyone fulfills their part. 
Thank you.
Hal Gregory
Superintendent 



March 20, 2020
3:39 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

Entering the weekend there are not many new mandates or changes to our educational structure.  The Governor mentioned, once again, the real possibility of a prolonged school closure.  OCS continues to review our current instructional practices and brainstorm ways to make our system better for students, teachers, and families moving forward.  There are so many individual situations and juggling all of these are a challenge for everyone.  Flexibility and understanding are key to the success of our educational program.  

I would ask all our parents to support our teachers by encouraging your children to work on their assignments and activities as best they can, particularly high school students.  High school students are the most vulnerable to not attempt or complete their assignments without parent nudging and the expectation of doing so.  I know as a father, my direct involvement at the high school level was much less than when my kids were in the lower grades.  Involvement is more important now than ever.  We do expect students to complete work and put a good faith effort into it.  

Thank you to all who have posted and shared the positive occurring in our community.  Have a great weekend!

Hal Gregory
Superintendent 


 
 


March 19, 2020
12:22 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

All school buildings, school offices and central office will be closed to the public and most OCS employees until further notice.  I have instructed our Leadership team and various support staff to begin working from home starting Monday, March 23, 2020.  Please stop your calls to school offices moving forward.  Email is the best way to reach any specific individual including your building principal, teacher or director.  

Technology/device repairs will only happen on Mondays by appointment only.  Repair appointments should be scheduled by emailing student_techhelp@oregoncs.org

Although there are not many, any student device that has not been picked up, can ONLY be picked up on Monday's between 9-1pm at Fassett JH Library.  

Finally, the OCS Hotline is available for you to call or email at anytime with questions or needs you have.  The Hotline is 419-698-6030 or email at emergency@oregoncs.org.  You can use these lines for general questions or food requests.  We are monitoring these lines on a regular basis.  Keep in mind evening calls or emails may not be returned until the following morning. 

Stay Safe everyone!

Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent 

 


March 18, 2020
6:17 p.m. Email to parents  
OCS Families,

On behalf of our entire OCS teaching staff and school leaders, DON'T PANIC about your children(s) school work or not being able to help them right away or assignment completion timelines.  We know many families are dealing with heavy issues like losing jobs, finding food, and uncertainty.  School is important, but we all must use common sense and OCS understands reality.   

Between the end of last week and beginning of this week, our 270 teachers sent many emails and work assignments/activities out to you with the goal of keeping education running during this unique time in our history.  It is a lot to digest for all of us.  Rightly so, some students, parents, grandparents, and families are overwhelmed with the amount of work expected and it is already increasing anxiety within families.  I am telling you, we are all in this together and as a family, make decisions about the amount of school work you can do on any given day based on your family and job dynamics.  We understand the completion of school work will vary per student based on unique family supports and circumstances.  All we ask is students give the work their best effort and all will be fine.  

OCS is focused on feedback to students, not grading during these initial three weeks.  I want to reassure you our teachers and leaders will be flexible.  We are already in the planning phase for a more systematic "roll out" of assignments and activities if/when there are more days added to this school closure.  DON"T PANIC!

Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent

March 18, 2020
5:27 p.m. Email to parents  

OCS Families,

We are all going through emotional and trying times as the COVID-19 Pandemic causes us to change our daily lives in ways we never imagined.  Public schools everywhere are playing a major role supporting the education of our children, but also supplying food to our most needy.  Both are critical to our students and community to cope with all this overwhelming change in lifestyle and economics.  

Oregon City Schools is providing food for our students.  We have a plan in place to provide food (breakfast & lunch).  As the days move on, our plan may change to meet the needs our students, but as of today here is the plan:

1.  To receive food for tomorrow and Friday you must call our hotline at 419-698-6030 or email at emergency@oregoncs.org to schedule food pick up at Clay High School.   All food is free to our students.  

2.  On Mondays only (as of now), food will be distributed at Starr Elementary from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Starr Elementary is located at 3230 Starr Ave., Oregon.  Time may be extended due to volume.  To help us out, please call the hotline or email (listed above) and let us know how many "grab and go" meals you will need.  We are very unsure about the numbers on Monday so as many reservations we can get upfront will help.  Anyone who comes on Monday will receive enough breakfast & lunch meals for the entire week or five days.  We will not turn any student/family away.  

This week so far, we have provided 766 meals to 125 students and two days to go.  Our food service department is awesome!  Thank you Vicki Laurell, Dean Sandwisch and all the OCS proud cooks who are working their tail off to make this all happen.  

 

OCS Family Tragedy.  Yesterday morning, Sheri Walters, long time OCS and Eisenhower teacher was killed in a car accident.  We are all stunned and saddened by her passing.  Mrs. Walters touched many many students lives throughout the years and will always be remembered for her love of teaching and students.  She was a friend to many and someone who dedicated herself to the teaching profession.  Please keep Mrs. Walters family in your thoughts.  

Please watch for additional updates in coming days and remember, if you don't know where to go to ask a question please call the hotline at 419-698-6030 or email at emergency@oregoncs.org and I promise we will respond in a timely manner to your outreach.  

Hal Gregory
OCS Superintendent

 
March 17, 2020
3:22 p.m. Email to parents  

OCS Families,

Here are some options for free and reduced Wi-Fi.  You can also find this information and more technology related information on the OCS website at:   https://www.oregoncityschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5I33AI&dasi=3IAB

WiFi INFORMATION:

  • AT&T - consumer home internet wireline & Fixed Wireless - unlimited internet data & will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. 
  • BuckeyeBroadband - Buckeye Broadband is currently working with local schools to provide a lifeline internet speed to students who are now homebound and unable to receive classroom lessons.  This service is being offered to low income families, or families that require government assistance, and do not currently have internet in the home. In this case, Buckeye Broadband will provide an internet connection at no charge. By completing this form, you are ensuring that you meet these qualifications. Once this has been verified, you will receive more information on how to proceed. The parent or guardian in the household (must be 18 years or older) must be the point of contact for this process.
  • Spectrum -  Charter (parent company to Spectrum) is offering free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-12 and college student households and more.
  • Turning Your Cell Phone Into a WiFi access point
    • CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO TURN ON YOUR HOTSPOT IF YOU HAVE AN iPHONE
    • IF YOU HAVE AN ANDROID PHONE
      • The steps depend on the manufacturer of your phone, version of Android, and your carrier.  You will want to check online for instructions specific to these things.
    • NOTE - Data rates apply.  If you are not on unlimited data, please check with your carrier to inquire how this may affect you.

 



 
March 16, 2020
8:52 p.m. Email to parents  

OCS Community, 

Looks like the election will be on for tomorrow as planned.  Issue 4 is critical to our community and students.  OCS is working hard supporting our students and families in this time of crisis.  Please exercise your right to vote - OCS Levy!   #voteOCSIssue4

Thank you!

 
 
5:26 p.m. Email to parents  


OCS Community,
Today, the district leadership team met and continued planning for the next three weeks and beyond as our students and faculty work from home.  This whole situation calls for daily flexibility and short term planning.  We are purposefully not planning for the long term given the daily changes in mandates and expectations from the State of Ohio and Lucas County Health Department.  For the next three weeks, here is what we anticipate:

  1. Teachers are expected to have regular communication with parents and/or students, which ever is appropriate.  There are many different methods our staff will use to communicate and by now most parents are aware how their teacher(s) two-way communication will occur.  We are asking parents not to expect communication at all hours of the day but to expect it during the typical school hours.  Our teachers are committed to your children!
  2. We have decided for now, all computer repairs will occur by appointment rather than regular hours.  This allows for our staff to stay safe but also to support the needs of our students.  For any device repair request please email student_techhelp@oregoncs.org and a technician will schedule an appointment with you.  If you have not received your students device because you child was absent last Friday, you can go to your child's school any day this week between the hours of 9am and 1pm.  Each school office will be open and able to assist you.  
  3. For the next three weeks, teachers will provide feedback to students as appropriate and record all submitted school work and activities.  We will ensure there is appropriate record keeping to honor the effort and energy students are applying towards their lessons.  For the remainder of these three weeks, work will be recorded and may be individually graded by teachers for feedback, but we have not developed a grading formula to commonly apply at any grade level or course.  The work students do will count.  It is important.  We need more time to ensure a sound plan for grading is developed and meets the needs of all our students.  
  4. Food distribution has begun and will continue based on the needs of our students and families.  We provided some meals today to local families.  Moving forward, families need to either contact us directly at 419-698-6030 or email at emergency@oregoncs.org or beginning next Monday, go to Starr Elementary between the hours of 10am to noon and receive a full weeks worth of "Grab and Go" breakfast and lunch meals for their children. 

We intend to repeat each Monday until further notice.  See Flyer:         OCS Emergency Food Plan revised 7.pdf 

Watch for regular updates.
Stay Safe!
OCS Leadership


March 15, 2020
 
6:23 p.m. Email to parents

OCS Families,

There are questions related to the access, use, and repair of student devices our students have.  Tomorrow morning, our leadership team is meeting to put together some additional procedures on how we will distribute additional devices and many other instructional procedures.  There will be no student devices distributed tomorrow, Monday, March 16 but hope to have them available on Tuesday.  We need a day to finalize our procedures and plans.  Please be on the look out for an email tomorrow afternoon/evening outlining updated device information and additional information regarding the instructional process moving forward.  

We do have a website specifically for student devices at https://www.oregoncityschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5I33AI&dasi=3IAB  If you have any usage or repair issues send an email to student_techhelp@oregoncs.org.  We have technicians monitoring this email throughout each school day who can help you.    

Again, we appreciate you patience and flexibility as we ban together to educate our students.  
Hal


March 13, 2020
 
4:13 p.m. Email to parents  

OCS Community,

One final email for the day.  On behalf of Oregon City Schools, thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we all navigate through this COVIS-19 pandemic.  

There continues to be many questions which require an answer but we do not have enough information yet to give you an answer.  In the coming days and weeks we will be addressing questions involving planned field trips, payments, prom, graduation, extended year, communications, athletics, and tech support to name just a few.  Please be patient with us.  

If you have any questions or a special need you cannot find an answer to, please call our Help Line at 419-698-6030.  We will be monitoring this every day.  We want to ensure OCS plays a role in supporting our students while they are not in school.

Again, thank you for your continued support.  Remember, OCS has a levy on the ballot next Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Please exercise your right to vote! It is very important for our community!  

Thank you!  Go Eagles!

Hal
 
 
12:04 p.m. Email to parents 

Dear OCS Parents, 

Drescher and Associates Clinical Services (DACS) is committed to ensuring continuity of care for the families we serve in Oregon City Schools. We will be utilizing HIPAA compliant Telehealth sessions and we will be scheduling appointments to take place at our Toledo office for the time that the schools are closed. We will also accept new referrals as needed to ensure we are meeting the needs of the school district. We ask that you take care of yourself and your families during this time and please do not hesitate to cancel appointments if you or your children are sick. We will do our best to accommodate any and all requests for services during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 567-218-0185.

Sincerely, 

Aimee Drescher and the DACS team

 
 
12:04 p.m. Email to parents 
OCS Emergency Hotline

OCS will be monitoring a hotline and email for anyone who may need assistance related to student meals or general questions you cannot find an answer to during this extended school closure.    Thank you and stay safe!

Hotline:  419-698-6030

Email:  emergency@oregoncs.org

 
10:44 a.m. Email to parents

OCS Community,

Due to COVID-19, all schools will be closed to the public with all public scheduled events either cancelled or relocated off school sites for the next three weeks.  Based on information we receive from the State of Ohio and Health Department will determine when our schools will reopen for public use.  

I want to thank all the organization leaders who have worked with us and remained flexible during this unique time in our history.  We have awesome community leaders.

Hal

 
10:33 a.m. Email to parents

OCS Community,

  1. Beginning today, the following parameters will apply to district athletics both for Clay HS and Fassett JH.  
  2. Sports team practices will continue but only outside and will not be made mandatory for athletes.  No practices, meetings or gatherings will occur in any of our school indoor facilities.
  3. All athletic scrimmages and games for at least the next three weeks are cancelled. 
    If at anytime the OHSAA or State of Ohio make additional recommendations, OCS will review these parameters and make adjustments.

Oregon City Schools

 
 
March 12, 2020
 
7:00 p.m. Email to parents

OCS Community,

Wow, what a week.  Everything we are experiencing is unprecedented and comes with a lot of anxiety and frustration.  Oregon City Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020 as a result of the Ohio Governor’s announcement today to close all schools for three weeks beginning next week.  Oregon Schools will adhere to the following schedule.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020 - Oregon City Schools will be open as scheduled.  This will allow students to gather personal belongings and for our school district to send home a Chromebook with each student at all grade levels who do not already have an assigned Chromebook.

Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020 - Oregon City Schools will be closed for all students.  

Monday, April 6, 2020 to April 10, 2020 - No school due to scheduled spring break for all students.

Monday, April 14, 2020 - All students will return to school as of now. 

Thank you to all parents, community members and health care providers for helping keep our community safe.  The future will be very challenging and we need your support more now than ever.  

We will continue to provide you communications as our local and state situations change.  

Go Eagles and stay safe!
Hal Gregory, Superintendent

 
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