OCS District Communications

OCS District Communications



January 6, 2022
9:28 a.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

I am sending this communication out to update our families on the status of COVID in OCS.  There are rumors OCS plans on implementing remote learning in the near future.  This is not true.  As of now, we have been able to cover our staff who are out for COVID and other various reasons, with substitute staff.  This is happening in big part to our community stepping up and applying to be substitute teachers and support staff, allowing for appropriate coverage on a daily basis.  THANK YOU!  We are averaging between 30 and 45 staff members out per day.  This includes teachers, bus drivers and support staff.  These are high numbers, but because of the recent number of substitutes available, we are keeping the doors open.  Luckily, those who have to be out are not out for as long due to the recent changes to the COVID quarantine guidelines and the illnesses do not appear to be as severe.  If we become short on bus drivers, we may have to cancel a few routes on a particular day.  This will inconvenience some families but should not disrupt the entire district.  If this happens parents will be contacted. 

The number of students out varies from day to day.  These numbers are a moment in time.   As of today, our district has 7.32% of our students out due to COVID or exposure.  Here is the breakdown by school as of today.  These numbers are high, but not at a point in which we would close school or change too remote learning.
Clay:  6.15% out
Fassett:  8.07% out
Eisenhower:  5.41% out
Coy:  6.03% out
Jerusalem:  10.89% out
Starr:  11.19% out

It is my hope we are hitting our peak of COVID positive students and staff.  Last week was tough.  This week is better, still rough, but better so far.  Nothing is for certain, but we will continue to work hard to keep the doors open and provide all the services and instruction you expect from OCS.  Our teachers and school leaders have become accustomed to adjusting and adapting to students coming in and out of school.  Please take some time to thank your child's teacher(s) and your building principal.  Nothing is easy about what we are all dealing with.  I wish all of you the best as we continue to navigate this pandemic.  

Have a great night.

Hal Gregory
Superintendent



January 6, 2022
9:28 a.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

OCS will implement a mask requirement beginning tomorrow, January 7, 2022 for all students, staff and visitors in our schools.  We have documented over 50 positive student cases and 20 positive staff cases since our return to school after the holiday break and more pending.  Unlike our past experience with COVID, we believe some of the spread is now occurring in our schools, particularly with staff members who work closely together.  The data indicates we need to take action to make every effort to keep our students and teachers in the classroom.

This mask requirement is planned through January 31, 2022. At such time, we will remove the mask mandate if case loads decline and return closer to our pre-break average of 10 or fewer cases per week.

Given the voluntary nature of after-school activities, the mask requirement will not apply to after school sporting events or activities held in our school facilities at this time.  Masks at those events will remain optional.

I thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we, once again, adjust to the circumstances before us.  Have a great rest of the week.

Hal Gregory
Superintendent



January 5, 2022
5:05 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

OCS is in need of bus drivers.  If you are interested please contact us.  Information in on this flyer:  OCS Interview Flyer 

OCS in need of substitute teachers and support staff.  The law has changes allowing anyone who is 18 with a high school diploma to substitute teach.  If you are looking to help out please apply here:  Applitrack Online Application

Thank you for the support at this very challenging time.  

Go Eagles!



January 3, 2022
4:24 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

Welcome to the New Year!  We are excited to have our students return tomorrow and begin the second semester of the school year.  I have been receiving some questions if there will be any changes to the start of the second semester due to COVID cases.  At this point, we are planning on business as usual in our schools holding classes and transporting students as we did in the first semester.  Masks will remain optional in school but we encourage anyone who feels at risk or scared to please wear a mask.  Masks will remain a mandate on school buses per the Department of Transportation.  If we start to see significant COVID spread within our schools, we will revisit the mask optional policy.  We will let the data drive changes to our procedures.  

We will be adjusting our quarantine procedures to align with the Ohio Department of Health’s updated guidelines.  We are awaiting the final guidance from our local health department, but moving forward, we expect students and staff to return to school after being sick or exposed sooner based on the new guidance.  You can see the guidance here:  https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/media-center/odh-news-releases/odh-news-release-12-30-21

I want to reiterate that OCS priorities are to keep kids in school.... and safe while at school.  We have done a very good job doing this so far and I anticipate the same for the second semester.  We have an outstanding nursing and leadership team.  We are fortunate to have such a caring group of nurses.  We know students and staff will become ill with COVID and/or be exposed to someone who is ill.  I ask all of you to be understanding and patient with our nurses and leaders who are charged with implementing difficult procedures. Please be kind when you receive a call from your school informing you that your child will need to be quarantined or have to wear a mask.  I can’t tell you how much our nurses and leaders appreciate your kindness. 

Have a great week!

Hal Gregory
Superintendent 



December 17, 2021 
4:16 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families and Staff,

TiKTok Challenge:  National School Threats

OCS School Leadership has been made aware of recent media reports concerning a National TikTok general violence/threat to schools across the United States for Friday, December 17.  The reports indicate the initial TikTok threat was generalized to all schools across the country.  There are media reports in other states about additional TikTok and other social media platform threats from this initial message.  It appears to be another TikTok Challenge for students to threaten schools.  OCS is monitoring the reports and has made the Oregon Police Department aware of these messages. 

 Please understand, there is no direct or indirect threat against any specific school in OCS and we will be holding school tomorrow as scheduled.  This communication is so we all are aware and collectively can keep everyone safe.  Please remind your children not to take part in this challenge.  Any threat to a school will result in a felony charge and expulsion from school. 

We would like to remind students, parents, community members, and staff  to please report any school safety concerns to school administration or anonymously through the Safer Ohio School Tip line at (844) 723-3764 or our direct OCS hotline at 419-698-6030.  You can also email emergency@oregoncs.org with information.  Working with the Oregon Police, we will have extra police patrols around our schools throughout the day tomorrow.

Thank you, 

Hal Gregory
Superintendent, OCS

 

December 16, 2021 
12:27 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

On behalf of the entire OCS organization, we want to wish you a happy holiday season.  Students will be finishing the first semester of the school year tomorrow.  Hard to believe how fast school years go by.   As a school district, we continue to deal with challenges related to COVID, safety and security, mental health, and various points of view on a number of topics, but with all that said, our teachers, counselors, administrators, bus drivers and all support staff continue to work hard every day on behalf of our students and our organization.  Please continue to support your local school and staff.  Everyone needs positive encouragement right now. 

In an effort to help clarify the difference between school Safety Alerts and Lockdowns please read the following letter.  The goal of the letter is to help everyone understand how we address school threats and the terminology we use when decisions are made to enter into a Safety Alert or Lockdown.  These two protection options recently were confused by students, families and even the media.  Thank you for taking the time to read the letter.  

Safety Alert vs Lockdown Letter:  Safety Alert vs Lockdown Letter to Families.pdf 

Have a great Holiday break!

Hal Gregory


December 13, 2021 
3:55 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

Today, during the end of the day, two male teenage individuals were out front of Fassett JH.  We have an idea who they are.  One of those individuals came up to a classroom window, tapped on the window and yelled something to bring attention to himself.  Around the same time, a Fassett student received a "snap" on social media stating some kind of threat.  Possibly from one of the two individuals.  We are still investigating what was actually said in the "snap."  Both of these events led Fassett to go into a Safety Alert which means there is no immediate danger, but teachers and students remain in their classrooms.  It means no one is allowed in the hallways.  Also at the same time, our school police officer went looking for the two individuals and immediately called additional police to come to Fassett.  These officers surrounded the school and helped to supervise dismissal of our students.  All students had a safe dismissal without incident.  We could not have asked for a quicker response.  Thank you to the Oregon Police!

I want to commend our staff, students and families for their patience at the end of today.  Unfortunately these situations happen and we always take events like this extremely seriously.  The police and school officials will continue to investigate this incident, but at this time, we do not feel there is any credible threat to the students and staff at Fassett.  School will proceed tomorrow as scheduled.

Thank you for your support!

Hal Gregory
Superintendent 

 

November 4, 2021 
2:41 p.m. Email to families

OCS Vaccination Clinic for students 5-11 years old Information:

Location: Starr Elementary School, 3230 Starr Ave, Oregon, OH 43616
Date: Wednesday, November 17th
Time: 4:00 pm-7:30 pm

People can go to the website:  https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/
Access Code: S7JK3WYXSK

Additional Health Department Vaccination Clinic for students 5-11 years old Information:

TLCHD will be hosting two upcoming pediatric-only clinics at the Lucas County Rec Center for students of any school.  The dates and times are listed below.

Thursday, November 18th, 9 am- 6 pm
Saturday, November 20th, 9 am - 1 pm

Please note that these clinics are by appointment only.  Appointments can be made at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ and searching "Lucas County Rec Center".  TLCHD will only be vaccinating children ages 5-11 at these clinics, no booster shots will be given. They also ask that a parent or legal guardian be present and have their photo ID.

Oregon Recreation/Clay Athletic Booster's "Santa Dash" Event Information:
Fundraiser for Toys for Tots

Click on link to see promo video  https://youtu.be/OVuvH24YSIc
2021 Santa Dash Registration Form and Info.pdf 



November 4, 2021 
2:41 p.m. Email to families

To parents and guardians of students ages 5-11 years old, 

OCS is hosting a vaccination clinic for OCS students ages 5-11 years old on November 17, 2021 at Starr Elementary.  See information below:

Location: Starr Elementary School, 3230 Starr Ave, Oregon, OH 43616
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm-7:30 pm

Parents/Guardians can go to this website to sign up:  https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/

Access Code: S7JK3WYXSK

At the first eligibility screen you will need to enter the above access code. At the next screen you will need to search by Starr Elementary or the zip code for the site (43616) and complete the process.  

The health department will make the second dose appointment, on site, at the time of the first dose. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to their appointment and sign the attached consent form. The updated Fact Sheet for the Pfizer vaccine is also attached. Pfizer-Biontech Covid-19 Vaccine Parental Consent Form v2.docx 

Pfizer 5 though 11 Fact Sheet for Recipients-COVID-19 Vaccine.pdf 

*Please note that this clinic is only for pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine. This clinic will not be offering first/second/booster doses for anyone 12 years and older. If anyone needs information on where to find a location for doses, they may visit our website at https://lucascountyhealth.com/covidvaccine/ or https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ .



October 27, 2021 
4:47 p.m. Email to families

OCS Parents,

Our Toledo Lucas County Health Department is willing to provide a vaccination clinic in our district for students ages 5-11 once final approval is given.  They have ask for an estimated number of children in our schools who may receive the vaccination.  If you are willing, please fill out this one question survey.  Thank you.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdF3r9t_h3xyrpJDU5OCd7wmqsZPps01UmTGNFEtjXblt8TeQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Biddy Wrestling Information:

FINAL Biddy Registraition Form.pdf 

camp flyer with release (1).pdf 



October 27, 2021 
4:36 p.m. Email to families

Announcement:  

Beginning Thursday, October 28, 2021, OCS will implement a mask optional policy for staff, students and visitors.  Masks or facial coverings are no longer required on a daily basis in all school buildings and offices throughout Oregon City Schools.  

Masks are still mandated on all school buses per the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  This mandate is currently in effect until January 18, 2022 unless extended.  See the rule here:  

This policy change is a direct result of the recent quarantine guidance update by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).  See the full guidance here

As we move to a more typical school experience without the mask requirement, please know, OCS will continue to monitor COVID numbers and the impact it is having in our schools.  For students who are exposed to a COVID positive individual at school, we will be following the guidance and requiring the exposed individual to wear a mask while in school for 14 days.  Masks may be removed after 7 days with a negative COVID test.  For those students who are exposed to an individual outside of school, the 10 day exclusion period still applies per the new guidance. 

For those parents who are concerned about no longer having the mask requirement, please encourage your children to continue wearing a mask.  For some, wearing a mask has become a natural part of their wardrobe.  Vaccinations continue to be available for students 12 years of age and older.  We anticipate approval for children ages 5-11 very soon.  

I'm very proud of our students and staff for handling the previous mask requirement in a positive manner during the first quarter of school.  I know this policy change is welcomed by many and reduces a lot of tension in our community but also adds increased concern to others. 

I want to thank our Board of Education members Carol-Ann Molnar, Michael Csehi, Jeff Ziviski, Paul Magdich and Dan Saevig for supporting this change and we all look forward to a great rest of the school year.  

Hal Gregory
Superintendent, OCS



September 29, 2021 
2:29 p.m. Email to families

OCS Community,

We are reaching out to our community to ask for your help.  The labor shortage is impacting OCS like so many industries.  We are once again seeking help to recruit Substitute teaching staff and Substitute support staff.  

Teaching Substitutes.  Need BA degree of any kind.  We pay $125 per day (the highest in the area).  Apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/oregon/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Substitute

Classified/Support Substitutes:  We need nursing substitutes ($15.00 per hour),  We need custodial substitutes ($12.00 per hour), Bus driver substitutes ($17.00 per hour, CDL required), and paraprofessional substitutes (12.00 per hour) and substitutes in several other areas.  Apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/oregon/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff

If you are interested in obtaining your bus driver CDL, OCS will reimburse you for your training.  We are hopeful the state legislature will bring back the flexibility to use individuals with a high school diploma for substitute teaching as allowed last year, but at this point, that flexibility is not available.  

Today, a neighboring school district had to cancel in-person school because of the lack of substitute staff, not COVID.  Staffing is a highly critical issue at this point in running a school district.  If you have some time, even if it is one day per week or more,  we will welcome you to our OCS employee family. 

If you have any questions related to substitute teaching, please feel free to email Carol Soncrant at csoncrant@oregoncs.org.  If you have questions related to substituting for support staff, please feel free to email Pam Csehi at pcsehi@oregoncs.org.  

For support staff, this is a great time to begin a career in our school system.  Full time openings are available more frequently for those interested.  In years past, you would have to substitute for many months or years before a full time opening was available.   Now is the the time to join our team.  

Finally, we are not seeing the spread of COVID in our schools, and the number of staff affected has been extremely low and all from outside sources.  Our schools are a safe place to work at!!  Please consider helping support our students.   

Thank you for this consideration.  

Hal Gregory
Superintendent



September 21, 2021 
10:17 a.m. Email to families

OCS families, staff, and community members, 

I first want to thank everyone for all the support OCS has received on how we are handling the pandemic and the requirements that go along with it.  Several weeks ago when school began we implemented a mask requirement for all students and staff and a date to review this requirement of September 24, 2021.  I am announcing today, OCS will be continuing with the mask requirement moving forward due to the continued rise in positive COVID cases in Lucas County.  We have little choice but to keep masking in place given the circumstances we continue to find ourselves in.  Without masks, we would see a significantly higher number of students quarantined due to exposure to positive individuals, in school and out of school.  Our goal is to keep kids in school and to limit the transmission of COVID in our schools.  We are achieving these goals because of the mask mandate.  Changing now will only be a set back in these two areas and certainly would lead to even more frustration.  

Our students are participating and enjoying all the typical school experiences we all want to happen.  Keeping the mask requirement has allowed this to happen.  Masking also allows our staff and substitute staff to feel comfortable and protected while educating and supporting our students.  Masking is very important to many people who keep OCS running.

I fully understand the frustration masking brings to some of our families.  There is nothing I can say or do to convince some individuals masking is a good idea and I do not attempt to convince anyone.  It is my hope we can eliminate this requirement sooner than later,  but I cannot jeopardize our students and staff given the continued rise in local cases.  I will be looking for the county and local case counts to fall in determining next steps.  Right now they are on the rise.  

Thank you and have a great rest of your week!

Hal Gregory
Superintendent

 


September 3, 2021 
3:30 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families, Staff, and Community,

OCS has had an excellent start to the year.  Students are interacting, teachers are planning and executing activities, and our athletic teams are competing and having fun.  The only real set-back is the number of students we need to exclude from school who are exposed to someone who is positive with the COVID virus.  This has been an extremely frustrating requirement for school leaders and for families.  Districts are experiencing many positive student cases, but our data is not telling us the spread is happening in our schools.  We believe the key reason for this is because we have a universal masked environment.  Moving forward, superintendents from ten area school districts have agreed to uniformly adjust COVID protocols regarding contact tracing.  We are collectively acting to significantly reduce the amount of students excluded from school throughout the region.  

Please see this letter written on behalf of multiple school superintendents.  Letter to Community from area Superintendents       

Just a reminder, if your child is showing any symptoms of sickness, please keep them home and contact the school nurse.  Also, if you have a COVID positive adult in your household, please keep your children home and contact the school nurse for guidance.  By working together, we can limit COVID in our schools.  

There are rumors OCS will be moving to hybrid or remote.  At this time, there is no plan to change from five days a week, full time instruction.  

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and stay safe!  Enjoy the first home football game tonight!  Go Eagles!

Hal Gregory
Superintendent.

 

August 19, 2021 
1:16 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

Last evening I sent out a letter requiring masks throughout the district.  I do want to apologize for sending it out later than anticipated.  The message sender program we use to send out mass emails was not working properly and it took a couple hours to fix the issue.  

I have received several questions today about the timing of the announcement.  The easiest way to explain the timing is this, I was holding out hope the COVID numbers and trends were not going to get worse, but they did.  I did not want to implement a mask requirement.  I did so with the goal of limiting the number of students who may be quarantined due to positive students in our schools.  I really hope I am wrong and the number of COVID positive youth is low and we can end the mask mandate by September 24, but all the medical predictions are saying youth cases are rising.  In fact, just today at noon, I participated on a zoom meeting with the health department.  Here are some of the key statistics shared today:

Lucas County has 128 cases per 100,000.  Up from July.
Youth cases make up 18% of the total cases in Lucas County.
There has been an increase in youth cases in a rolling 14 day average from 17 cases to 115 cases.  A 85% increase in just two weeks.  
Total cases are up from 300 in July to 800 in August.  Rapid jump.
 

The key fact is youth cases are on the rise.  Because students will be wearing masks in our schools, we will not need to quarantine any student who is 3 feet apart and wearing a mask who have been exposed to another positive student.  This dramatically improves the chance our students will remain in school and allows school staff to focus on something other than contact tracing.  

Whether you support the use of masks or not, my job is to run a school district and educate students.  Wearing masks give us the best chance to do that right now.  

Hal Gregory
Superintendent



August 18, 2021 
8:43 p.m. Email to families

Announcement:  OCS will be implementing universal masking beginning Thursday, August 19, 2021.

For more information, please read the attached letter

OCS_Universal_Masking_Letter_8-18-21.pdf 



August 12, 2021 
1:56 p.m. Email to families
Dear OCS Families,
School will begin next week for many of our students and for all students on August 23.  We are excited to start the year and hopeful for a continuous, uninterrupted school year.  I have written a letter providing some basic information about COVID protocols and requirement for your review.  There continues to be a level of uncertainty related to the rise in COVID cases and the future impacts it may have within our school system and others.  We are in a position to adjust to circumstances as they come our way.  Have a great start to the school year!

Hal Gregory
Superintendent



August 6, 2021 
3:24 p.m. Email to families 
Start of School Year Update:  There continues to be a lot of conversation about the rise of the COVID variant and masks in schools.  Some districts are requiring masks, others are not.  At this time, OCS will open the school year with masks optional for all students, staff, and guests.  The only mandated exception is students who ride the bus and bus drivers.    All students who ride the bus will need to where a mask.  We will be putting more detailed information out next week regarding contact tracing requirements and student quarantine and isolation.   
 
Boys Soccer Game under the lights: The Clay Boys Soccer program needs your help. Friday August 13, your Clay Eagles take on Springfield for their opening game of the season at home inside Clay Memorial Stadium at 7pm under the lights. This is known as Futbol Friday and we need the student body as well as the community's help in creating the biggest and best atmosphere! The varsity team last year set the 2nd best record in school history and look to chase that down this year. We will be doing a whiteout for the game and we would like nothing more than the biggest and best crowd the Oregon Community can give us. Please come support your Eagles as they chase greatness this season and we will see you at the game!
 
YMCA Child Care Availability:  OCS Child Care.pdf 
 
Have a great weekend!!


 
 
August 4, 2021 
1:06 p.m. Email to families
Dear OCS Families,
 
 
Great news!  The USDA is extending the Seamless Summer Option through the 2021-2022 school year. This means all OCS students will eat free for breakfast and lunch again this year.  Given this information, please do not place money on your student’s lunch account unless you would like them to purchase snacks.  Limited snacks will be available in all buildings beginning in September.  Please continue to fill out Free and Reduced applications if your student is new to the district or you have had a decrease in income.  If you have already added money to your lunch account, those funds can be applied to school fees if you wish.  Contact Jane Fruth at mailto:jfruth@oregoncs.org for additional information on fees and accounts. 

 
Have a great start to the school year.  Thank you.  
 
 
 
July 23, 2021 
8:54 a.m. Email to families
OCS Families,
We are excited to begin the 21-22 school year with all schools fully open to students providing the type of education and experiences we expect to deliver to your children.  
There are a number of COVID recommendations for schools from the CDC and other professional organizations, but there are limited COVID mandates for school districts.  The only known mandate is the requirement for bus drivers and students to wear a mask on school buses.  OCS will be following this mandate.   Our plan is to move forward with disinfecting, cleaning and hand sanitizing throughout district facilities.  We will have students distance themselves when possible and where it makes sense.  Masks will be optional at school for students, staff, and volunteers.  Masks will be optional at all school athletic events and school-wide activities for everyone.   We plan to open the buildings as we typically do for meetings and visitors.  We will continue to recommend families keep their children home if they show any COVID symptoms.  COVID and variants are still a part of our community and we want to minimize any chance to spread the disease.  Of course, any future mandates from the state or local health departments will be followed and may alter this plan.  
Here is a breakdown of the first week of school to help families plan and understand what is happening.  Please watch for additional information from individual schools in the coming weeks.   

Friday, August 13, 2021             Staff work day - No students
Monday, August 16, 2021          Staff Opening Day Inservice  - No students    
Tuesday, August 17, 2021         Focus 3 Training for Staff - No students
 
Wednesday, August 18, 2021   Coy, Jerusalem, Starr -  Conferences by Appointment - No students
                                                   Eisenhower - Schedule Pick-up/Pictures/Parent Open House (11-6pm) No students
                                                   Fassett - Chromebook distribution/Pictures/Parent Open House (10:30-6pm) No students
                                                   Clay - Chromebook distribution/Pictures//Parent Open House (10:30-6pm) No Students
 
Thursday, August 19, 2021       Coy, Jerusalem, Starr -  Conferences by Appointment - No students                                    
                                                   Eisenhower - 6th grade orientation, no 5th grade students
                                                   Fassett - 8th grade orientation, no 7th grade students
                                                   Clay -  Chromebook distribution/Pictures/etc. -  No Students
 
Friday, August 20, 2021             Coy, Jerusalem, Starr -  Conferences by Appointment - No students
                                                    Eisenhower - 5th grade orientation, no 6th grade students
                                                    Fassett - 7th grade orientation, no 8th grade students
                                                    Clay -  9th grade orientation, no 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students
 
Monday, August 23, 2021          All students grades K-12 begin/attend school

A copy of the full calendar can be found on our website under Calendars on our main page.  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/Downloads/2021-22SchoolCalendar.pdf
In the coming days and weeks, students will be returning to school for athletic practices, band camps, club events and orientations.  It is so nice to see all this happening without hesitation and uncertainty.  
Thank you for trusting OCS with your children and have a wonderful rest of the summer.  
Hal Gregory
Superintendent
 
 
 
June 16, 2021
2:03 p.m. Email to parents
Please enjoy our June issue of our district newsletter called, "Bird's Eye View".  This is a peek inside January - June 2021 within Oregon City Schools.  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/Downloads/OCS_BEVeNewsSummer2021.pdf

The votes are in and it is with great pleasure we announce to you the newest Clay Distinguished Hall of Fame Inductees for 2021:
Mrs. Terri Hook (class of 1979)
Ms. Cheryl Van Camp (class of 1970)

A formal induction/banquet will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at St. Michael’s Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave. Oregon.  We will also be inducting and honoring the Distinguished Hall of Fame Inductees from 2020 at the same event (no event held in 2020).
Ms. Tamara Hughes (class of 1976)
Mr. Thomas Phillips (class of 1983)

All are invited to attend this banquet.  RSVP by returning the registration form (at the link below) to Chris Walendzak at 419-693-0665 ext. 2001  RSVP's are required by September 3, 2021.
 


May 28, 2021
9:50 a.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
Today is the last day of school for the 20-21 school year.  What a year it has been and together we found a way to navigate through it.  I want to wish everyone a great summer filled with fun and adventure.  Next year will come fast and we have already begun preparing for students to arrive in August.  Unless additional mandates happen, we are planning to have a mask free environment allowing students and staff to resume typical in-person teaching and students to resume all activities without restrictions.  Of course, for those who want to wear a mask at school, it certainly will be permitted, just not mandated.  For those students attending summer programming, masks will be optional after June 2, 2021 when all mandates are lifted in the state of Ohio.  
For summer activity information please check in from time to time on our website publications page.  We will post flyers about activities happening in our schools and community.  You can find the page here:  https://www.oregoncityschools.org/PublicationsFlyerDistributionCenter.aspx
OCS and our communities have a lot to look forward to moving forward.  Our commitment to you is we will keep finding ways to improve experiences for students, expand opportunities for students, and make OCS a place you want your children and grandchildren to attend.  
Have a safe and healthy summer!
Hal Gregory
 Superintendent
 
 
May 21, 2021
9:26 a.m. Email to parents
Dear OCS Families,
Today is the last day for our 2021 Seniors at Clay.  This class has endured more than a class should have, but our students showed just how resilient they are and we congratulate the nearly 270 graduates for meeting and exceeding the graduation requirements.  Graduation will be held at the Toledo Seagate Centre on June 6, 2021 at 2:00pm in person.  
Next week is the last week of the school year.  We are holding many of the typical end of year activities including awards ceremonies and fun days.  Although we are still under some COVID restrictions, we believe the events will be as meaningful and fun as ever.  I want to wish everyone a safe and restful summer.  Next fall should bring back familiar/typical school procedures allowing school to operate as we have in years past.  We hope to build upon the positive things we learned and at the same time have far less restrictions.  Thank you for your patience throughout the past two years.  
Have a great summer!
 Hal Gregory
Informational items:
Join RAM Drama for Frozen Junior this summer.  Tickets can be purchased here:  https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/ramdramateam/buy-tix?d=0

 
Girls Basketball Information:
Girls Basketball Clinic Kindergarten-8th Grade
Hosted by: Clay Eagles Girls Varsity Basketball
When: June 8th, 9th, and 10th
Where: Clay High School Potter Fieldhouse and Spring Gym
             5665 Seaman Rd, Oregon, OH 43616
Time: K-3rd-June 8th-June 10th 4:00-5:30pm
          4th-6th Grade-June 8th 5:30-7:00pm, June 9th 2:30-4:00pm, June 10th 5:30-7:00pm
          7th-8th Grade-June 8th 7:00-8:30pm, June 9th 1:00-2:30pm, June 10th 7:00-8:30pm
This event will focus on skills and fundamental development. The 3-day event will consist of ball handling, shooting, passing, defensive and offensive footwork, competitive games, and prize giveaways.
Registration/Cost: $50 per player. When submitting payment, reference your child’s name, grade, school and shirt size.
Any questions can be directed to Keith Kennedy (Head Varsity Coach) @ 419-913-8272 or kkennedy674@gmail.com
 
 
 
May 12, 2021
2:39 p.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
The 2021 Operation Graduation Committee is once again having the Senior Car Parade.  The parade will be held on Sunday, May 16, beginning at 3:00 pm.  The students will meet at Oak Shade Grove, stay on the north side of Navarre Avenue, go through Pearson, and then finish at CHS.  Please open the attached document for the route and details on the parade.  Congratulations to all Senior students.  
 
 
 
May 4, 2021
12:35 p.m. Email to parents
The Lucas County Health Department has ask school districts to survey parents of 12-15 year old children if they want their children vaccinated when this age group is approved for the vaccine.  If you have children between the ages of 12-15 years old, please fill out this two question survey.  Thank you for your time.  
 
 
 
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.  
Hal Gregory
Superintendent
 
 
 
March 10, 2021
1:13 p.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
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
OCS Families,
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:
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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.
Yours,
Dave Yost
Ohio Attorney General
 
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Stay safe, Stay strong, and Stay healthy!
 Hal Gregory
 Superintendent
 
 
 
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
OCS Families,
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!
 Hal Gregory
 Superintendent
 
 
 
February 18, 2021
5:38 p.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.  
I want to thank everyone for your willingness to be flexible and understanding of the the many schedule changes we have all had to endure.  I am hopeful the remainder of the school year will allow us to follow our known and predictable calendar.  
Hal Gregory
 Superintendent
 
 
 
February 4, 2021
3:31 p.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
Today, school employees in Lucas County officially learned when they can become vaccinated.  The dates for the first dose of vaccinations will be Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13.  The second vaccination doses will be Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6.  Our official vaccination provider is Mercy Health.  Mercy has teamed up with the Lucas County Health Department and will be holding a massive two day vaccination clinic for most educators in the area at the University of Toledo.  I cannot thank Mercy Health enough for their continued support of OCS.  It is truly amazing.  
As a result, we will be changing Friday, February 12 and Friday, March 5 to remote learning days K-12.  No students will attend in person school on these two Fridays.  This will allow our staff to schedule appointments and receive their vaccinations.  Instruction on these days will vary based on the teacher’s schedule.  Each teacher will set expectations for these days with their students.  It will be considered an instructional day.  
I am also announcing today, we will be returning five days a week for students in grades K-6 beginning the week of February 15.  Wednesday’s will no longer be remote learning days beginning on February 17 and students will come to school full time.  This is a big accomplishment given the fact we have not been in school full time for a long time.  Thank you parents for all your sacrifices.   
Students in grades 7-12 will remain hybrid for now.  We will continue to evaluate next steps for these students moving forward.
Stay safe, Stay Strong, and Stay Healthy,
Hal Gregory
 Superintendent 
 
 
 
January 25, 2021
2:20 p.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
I want to update you on two items. 
The first is to share with you our plan for inclement weather.  Now that we are back to school in person throughout the district, any bad weather day will be treated as a typical calamity day in past years.  We will follow our protocols for delaying two hours or closing school.  In either case, students will not have school during those times regardless of whether the student is remote or in-person on that day.  We will make the initial call to delay or close no later than 6:00am in the morning, or 8am after a two hour delay.    
The second item is to update you on our next step in bringing students back to school full time.  For grades K-6, we are taking it week by week in determining when to bring students back to in-person five days, or essentially just changing the Wednesday remote day to in-person.  We had anticipated less quarantined students given the new quarantine rules, but we are still seeing a lot of students missing school for illness and family quarantines.  The Wednesday remote day, is in part, used to make contact with students who are quarantined and not in school.  We will reevaluate our situation weekly.  We will notify you no later than the Friday before the Wednesday students are scheduled to return.  Thanks for your patience. 
For grades 7-12, we are essentially tying our full time return to staff vaccinations.  As you may know, beginning next week, educators are eligible to receive the vaccine.  We will be partnering with a local provider who will administer the vaccine once those doses are available for our staff.  Once our staff receives the second dose of the vaccine, we will begin to plan out a timeline for return to full time in-person school.  If the vaccination process goes well and is timely, I hope to have students return by the start of fourth quarter or mid-March.  This is not a certainty, but hopefully an option.  
I will keep everyone updated when the vaccination process begins for staff and our plan evolves for all grade levels.  
Stay Strong, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, 
Hal Gregory
 Superintendent 
 
 
 
January 12, 2021
1:26 p.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
Mercy Health Center at OCS new hours (located at Clay HS): 
 Mercy Health at OCS is currently seeing patients five days a week for sick call and also provides COVID testing for anyone under the age of 21.
Appointments are needed and can be scheduled by calling 419-696-5533.
The Health Center is open at the following times:
 Monday 9am-3pm
 Tuesday 10am-7pm
 Wednesday 11am-2pm
 Thursday 9am-11am
 Friday 9am-2pm
Grab & Go Meals:   
 Our Grab & Go meal program will continue serving Grab & Go  meals for the days when students are not physically in the buildings.  On Wednesdays one meal will be available for our K-6 grade students. Pick-up times will be from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at all our K-6 school buildings.  Hybrid students at Fassett and Clay qualify for 3 meals.   Three meals will be available for pickup on Wednesday at both Fassett and Clay.  The pickup time at Clay is from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Fassett pickup will be from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.    Fully remote students or preschool students will qualify for 5 meals and will need to pick up on Wednesday at Fassett (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm) or Clay (11:00 am - 1:00 pm).   
Please re-register as soon as possible so we can plan on the number of students participating in our Grab & Go program.  
Please register at:   bit.ly/OCSmeals (it is case sensitive) or call our hotline at 419-698-6030  or email:  EMERGENCY@oregoncs.org.  There is a direct link on our website to register. 
After-Hours Pediatric Emergency Walk in Clinic in Oregon Information: 
 After hours emergency pediatric walk in clinic_Coverletter.pdf       
 After hours emergency pediatric walk in clinic.pdf 
 
 
 
January 3, 2021
11:33 a.m. Email to parents w/ Correction at 11:49 a.m.
Dear OCS Families,
OCS students start school on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, not tomorrow.  Monday is a teacher work day.  We welcome our students back to school.  We will continue with the remote learning plan we had in place prior to the holiday break for this upcoming week.  Beginning next Monday, January 11, 2021, students in grades K-6 will attend in person four days per week (MTRF).  Students in grades 7-12 will return in hybrid using our green and gold days.  All students will have Wednesdays as a remote learning day.  
OCS will be adjusting a few of our student quarantine procedures based on new recommendations which will allow students to remain in school when there is a positive case.  This state recommendation is based on the data which shows minimal COVID transmission rates in schools.  We will continue to follow all our safety protocols including distancing to the maximum amount possible, hand sanitizer, desk shields, and cleaning/disinfecting practices.
Once we start back to in person learning, my goal is to keep our students in school with the ultimate goal of having all our students back five days per week.  As our staff and community begins to get vaccinated, I am hopeful we can slowly return back to "normal."
Please continue to watch your emails for updates.  Have a great first week back!

 Hal Gregory
 Superintendent
 
 
 
December 17, 2020
3:45 p.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
Attached is a letter reviewing our school plan moving into the new year and second semester.  It is our full intention to bring students back to school once the Lucas County Health Department order has expired.  On behalf of the entire OCS family, I want to wish you Happy Holidays and a safe winter break.  OCS Update - 12_17_20.pdf 
Stay Safe!
 Hal Gregory
 OCS Superintendent 
 
 
 
December 7, 2020
11:24 a.m. Email to parents
Christmas Food Drive On Behalf of Oregon Health and Welfare Christmas Basket Program  Christmas Food Drive.pdf 
Each year buildings in Oregon City Schools work to support the Oregon Christmas Basket Program through the donation of canned/boxed foods and toys. We are very fortunate to have such a caring community, but also realize there is great need in our community.
Without being in the buildings at this time, we are hoping to promote an event to gather needed goods for those in need.
What: A food and toy donation drop-of
When and Where: Wednesday, December 9th from 4:00--6:00 in the front drive of Eisenhower Intermediate School
What to Bring: There is a need for peanut butter, jelly, tuna, and canned soups. However, other canned and boxed foods are also welcomed. While food is most needed, we are also collecting new, unwrapped toys.
Who will be there: District personnel from different schools...some dressed in Holiday costumes/gear!
How does it work: Pull in the South Drive and through the front driveway where you will stop and pass the items you bring out your vehicle window to a waiting “Elf”.
We hope to see you on the 9th!
Thank you Mr. Holcombe for organizing this event!!
 
 
 
December 2, 2020
10:20 a.m. Email to parents
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are happy to announce that our Grab & Go meal program is continuing and you can still sign up for school lunches for your children.   If you have already signed up you DO NOT need to re-register.  
We have changed the pick up time at FASSETT only to 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  ALL SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN FOR MEAL PICK-UP on Mondays and Wednesdays during regular school days between 11:00 am-1:00 pm except for FASSETT who will be opened from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.   
Please register as soon as possible so we can provide your family with their school meals.    We will be preparing and giving out hot lunches in To Go containers during the mid day pick up times.   Be sure to pick up on both days to get all the meals your children are qualified to receive.  ALL CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 1-18 ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THESE MEALS AT NO COST.  
If you have not already registered your students for this program please register at:   bit.ly/OCSmeals (it is case sensitive) or call our hotline at 419-698-6030 or email:  EMERGENCY@oregoncs.org.  There is a direct link on our website to register. 
During registration you will choose a school where you would like to pick up your meals. You will be able to pick up meals for all your children at that school.   The door location for pick up will be on the registration form when you pick your school choice for pick up.  
We look forward to serving our families during this time.  Take care and remember to REGISTER only if you have not signed up for the program already. 
Vicki B. Laurell
Oregon City School Food Service Supervisor
419-725-3380
 
 
 
November 25, 2020
6:35 p.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
Please see updated announcement.  OCS to remain in remote learning in grades K-12 beginning on Monday, November 30, 2020.  
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 
 
November 11, 2020
5:52 p.m. Email to parents
Updated Announcement
Tonight I am announcing a change to our initial step back plan, OCS will be going fully remote beginning on Monday, November 16, 2020.   We will remain remote through the Thanksgiving break with the intention of allowing our students to return on November 30, 2020.
Attached is my video announcement.   https://youtu.be/30g-3HYdvA0
I have also attached a written announcement.   Updated Announcement - 11_11_20.pdf 
Thank you.
Hal
 
 
 
November 9, 2020
3:59 p.m. Email to parents
To all OCS Families,
In response to the growing number of students out due to COVID and the number of cases in our community, OCS is taking a step back beginning next Monday, November 16, 2020.  Grades 7-12 will return to the hybrid plan.  Grades K-6 will reduce from five days to four days.  Please see all the details in the attached letter.  Announcement - 11_9_20.pdf 
This was a very difficult decision to make, but it had to be made.  Thank you for you understanding.
Hal Gregory
 Superintendent
 
 
 
November 6, 2020
6:16 p.m. Email to parents
Two Quick Updates - Clay Hallways and Mercy Mobile Testing Changes
Clay Hallways
Today we were able to reduce the congestion at the front Y hallway in Clay during all transitions, with the exception of one, by bell schedule changes and traffic pattern adjustments.  One transition is still not what we want to see.  We have more students attending classes in the front of the building than the rest of the day including large study halls and scheduled classes at that time.  We are discussing what can be done to alleviate congestion for this transition.  All in all, the changes have reduced the congestion the majority of the day.  Please know we will evaluate daily and make adjustments accordingly.
As expected, I personally witnessed several students taking pictures.  I anticipate some pictures to be posted on social media.  I am asking for families not to overreact to any “snapshot in time” picture which may be posted and to keep perspective.  Students are not congregating and the flow is quick and not a danger to students.  Again, all students are wearing masks and following the rules with the transitions being over in just a couple of minutes.  Our students are doing great. 
Mercy Health Mobile Testing Team 
Due to the volume of people being tested by Mercy Mobile Health, both from our school system and the overall community, the mobile team can no longer promise same day testing.  Mercy is evaluating additional ways to serve our school system and community, while also managing the very high volume of testing needs.  Because of the State of Ohio’s school reporting and isolation mandates, the number of students required to be isolated and who need and benefit from testing, is just not sustainable by the current system in place.  OCS has taken a lead role in a testing partnership with Mercy, but in doing so, helped bring to light just how much testing is needed to keep kids safe at school.  As in everything else these days, we all are adjusting and adapting to changing situations.  This partnership is no different.  We will keep you updated on any additional changes.  
Stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong.
Hal
 
 
 
November 3, 2020
2:24 p.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
With the start of our final phase of restart yesterday, we are well aware of the challenges and limitations which come with having all our students in our schools.  Many of you saw a picture of a crowded hallway at Clay on Facebook.  We were aware during school yesterday adjustments to our hallway plan needed to be made in one particular area.  The vast majority of Clay hallways were not congested throughout the day.  We had one area by the front Y which was congested during transitions.  
Starting tomorrow, a few adjustments will be made including staggered classroom release times, increased transition time, and adjusted student traffic patterns. We anticipate a better flow of students in that area moving forward.  Reality is we cannot have students in school and meet the six foot physical distancing in the hallways.  Our answer to this is limiting the time students are in the hallways (5 min or less), wearing masks, traffic patterns, and encouraging students to use common sense behavior in the hallways.  Overall, the first day went very smoothly and we are very proud of our students.  They are handling this situation very well.  
The biggest challenge we have continues to be keeping up with the contact tracing of sick students and those individuals who test positive for COVID.  
I am proud to say, and strongly believe, OCS is as prepared as any school district around to have our students attend school full time.  OCS is not contributing to the spread of the virus.  At this time, there simply is no data that supports this notion.  To date, we have not been able to contact trace any transmission of the virus back to our schools.  We know this will not always be the case but we will do everything we can to keep virus transmissions to isolated situations.  You can find our real time data on our website at https://www.oregoncityschools.org/.
What gives me comfort is knowing we are able to react quickly to sick students, staff, and their families by offering testing through the Mercy Health Mobile Testing team and the talents of our nurses.  We are immediately isolating students and staff at the first sign of illness and limiting the contact with others in our schools.  We are one of the few districts with nurses at each building and the only district around with a fully operational health center and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cherie Sexton, on our campus.  These resources have allowed us to react and document all students and staff who become ill.  When we have a positive case, we have a plan and are implementing the plan.  Our OCS team is doing a great job and being highly recognized from those at the health department and outside agencies for how organized we are and how strongly we communicate and document. 
The general public does not see the behind the scenes work which is going on to allow our students to attend full time, but I do, and I am very proud of our staff.  The future is uncertain, but if circumstances change and there is a data driven reason to take a step backward and return to hybrid or remote learning, I will certainly consider doing so working with our board of educations.  So far our plan has worked and I have no reason to believe it will not continue to work.  
Have a great week.
Hal Gregory
 Superintendent 
 
 
 
October 31, 2020
11:39 a.m. Email to parents
OCS Families,
We have seen an uptick in positive COVID cases which has not been unexpected based on what is happening in our communities.  We have changed the notification process by replacing the emailed letters to a daily data sheet on our website.  Please go to the banner on our main page of our website and click on the link called OCS Parent/Staff Notification Sheet for Positive COVID-19 Cases.  We will update it daily so you can check your school as often as you want.  Each school is listed on the bottom of the file on a separate tab.  We also have a district totals tab.  We will only update the Quarantined or Requested to Stay Home numbers on Mondays but will report the positive cases on a daily basis.  
This seems like a more efficient method and meets the mandated criteria for notification.  This sheet is available to our entire community.  
REMINDER:  The Mercy Health Mobile Testing Team are doing a remarkable job, but they are seeing extremely hostile and upset families calling and demanding things that are just not possible.  We do not want to lose this partnership.  Please be understanding and courteous when you are contacted by the team or when you call their team.  It is your choice to use this services.  They are doing the best they can on our behalf and have a very smooth system in place, but we have to work within their system and timelines, not on individual timelines and impacts.  Thank you!
Hal Gregory
 Superintendent 
 
 
 
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.  

 

 

 
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