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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]rg

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 [email protected].  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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].  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:  [email protected]

 
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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