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Extended Closure Information

Extended Closure Information

In light of the concern surrounding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health crisis and the District's mission of student and staff safety as its top priority, we share this information in our efforts to keep our Strongsville City Schools community updated.

Here are links to the information that our District has sent out to parents, staff, and community (specific topics addressed in parentheses):

June 1, 2020 Communication
(College Credit Plus Deadline; 2020-21 Planning Work Groups)

May 25, 2020 Communication

(Week of May 26th Remote Learning Activities; College Credit Plus Forms Due June 1; Parent Survey Results; Advocacy Efforts)

May 17, 2020 Communication
(Parent Survey for 2020-21 School Year; Facial Coverings Required for Visitors; Last Week of School Reminders; Intervention Plans; Deadline for Submitting Work/Report Cards; No Summer Phys Ed/Health Classes)

May 10, 2020 Communication
(Last Week of School; Deadlines for Submitting Work/Report Cards; Summer Cleanout Protocols; Summer School; End of the Year Recognitions; Credit/Reimbursements for Fees; Athletic Facilities & Playgrounds; Planning for 2020-21)

May 3, 2020 Communication
(Remote Learning Reminders; Commencement Update; Building Cleanout; Wellness Strategies)

April 26, 2020 Communication
("Live" Instruction; Building Access; End of the Year Events; Commencement; Student Services FAQ; 4/30 Community Conversation)

April 19, 2020 Communication
(Remote Learning Enhanced Procedures & Expectations; Virtual Spirit Week)

April 13, 2020 Communication
(Staff Virtual PD Day; Community Conversations; Remote Learning Landing Page; Student Behavior During Remote Learning; Building Access; Stay Safe, Speak Up) 

April 6, 2020 Communication
(Remote Learning Begins; Breakfast/Lunch Update; Community Conversations; Building Access; District Calendar; Commencement Backup Date)

April 2, 2020 Communication
(Remote Learning Plans for April 6 & Beyond; Grading Procedures)

March 29,2020 Communication 
(Updated Breakfast/Lunch Options; Access to Buildings On Hold; Chromebook Requests; Community Conversations; SHS Prom/Commencement)

March 27, 2020 Communication
(District Playgrounds & Athletic Fields Closed Until Further Notice)

March 20, 2020 Communication
(District Calendar; Access to Buildings; Remote Learning Plan; Advanced Placement Courses; College Credit Plus; SHS Prom/Commencement)

March 16, 2020 Communication
(Educational Suggestions for 3/13-4/6; Breakfast/Lunch Options; School Closure Beyond 4/6; Talking with Children About Coronavirus)

March 13, 2020 Communication
(Staff on Home Assignment; SMS/SHS Grading Period; Educational Suggestions for 3/13-4/6; Athletics; SHS Band/Orchestra Disney Trip Cancelled; College Credit Plus; SHS Musical; Extending School Year; Breakfast/Lunch Options)

March 12, 2020 Communication
(Statewide Order - Extended Spring Break 3/13-4/6)

March 11, 2020 Communication
(No School - 3/17; School-Related Activities Cancelled Through 3/29; Building Visitor Restrictions; Kindergarten Registration Postponed; Disinfection Procedures)

March 10, 2020 Communication
(Confirmed 3 Cases of Coronavirus in Cuyahoga County - District Efforts; Parent Efforts; On the Horizon; General Reminders)

March 4, 2020 Communication
(District Proactive Work; Community Preventative Support)


Additional District updates and reminders include:

Remote Learning for Students
Based on Ohio Governor DeWine’s order, all school districts in Ohio will be closed through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Students and teachers will be working cooperatively, with the overarching focus to foster meaningful remote learning opportunities so student learning continues and we reduce gaps in knowledge as much as possible, so our students are as prepared as they can be for the 2020-21 school year.

Updated remote learning plans and resources may be found HERE.

Student Services/Special Education
If your student has an Evaluation Team Report (ETR) or Individual Education Program (IEP) scheduled during this extended closure, a member of your team will be in contact with you. For additional updates to frequently asked questions about Student Services, click HERE.

Breakfast/Lunch Options for Families in Need
Breakfast/lunch pick-up option is available for families in need. Distribution of meals will occur on Wednesdays in the months of April and May at Strongsville Middle School from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We will be providing families with food for an entire week. If you find yourself in need of support for your school children, please email Superintendent Ryba (cryba@scsmustangs.org) and share the names, schools, and grades of your children and we can provide the meals that are needed.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
The College Board oversees decisions regarding AP testing, not the school district. Based on recent communications from the College Board, AP testing will be completed in an alternative manner. If your child is taking AP courses, his/her teacher will communicate this revised AP testing plan.

College Credit Plus (CCP)
Students enrolled in and attending CCP classes should consult their respective college to determine CCP requirements per the individual guidance/direction from the college. Please click HERE for important information from the SHS School Counselors for students interested in enrolling in the CCP program for the 2020-21 academic year.

Athletic Practices and Games/Meets  
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has cancelled all spring sports schedules (regular season and postseason tournaments). 

Closure of School District Playgrounds & Fields
As we are all working to do our part to adhere to the Stay at Home order to slow the spread of COVID-19, as a school district, we must also review accessibility to district properties that have traditionally been open to the public.  These include our fields, playgrounds, and athletic complexes.  The Governor has directed that all playgrounds be closed.  All district playgrounds now have signage stating that they are closed until further notice and we ask that all abide by this closure. 

Based on additional guidance provided in the order (click HERE), we have been monitoring the use of Pat Catan stadium and Serpentini Field at SMS, as these are both school district properties.  Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to close both fields until further notice due to the large numbers of individuals that have been using the fields and failing to adhere to the social distancing requirements.

School Field Trips
All external school field trips have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year. The SHS trip to Germany has been rescheduled to June, 2021.

School-Related Evening Concerts, Activities, Events & Community Use of School Facilities
Based on the order from the Governor and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to limit large gatherings, we have cancelled/postponed all evening school-related concerts, activities, events, athletics, and/or community rentals through May 1. 

SHS Student Work Permits
Please click HERE for information for high school students interested in obtaining work permits.

SHS Prom/Commencement
We have reached out to our vendors to secure back-up dates and/or alternative options. At this point in time, we have not cancelled any events that occur in May and beyond, including prom or commencement. Backup dates are as follows:  Prom - Friday, June 26   /   Commencement - Sunday, July 12.

Kindergarten Registration
Registration information/documentation for 2020-21 kindergarten students must be submitted by Thursday, April 30, 2020. An email was recently sent to all families who have registered a kindergarten student for the 2020-21 school year. HERE is the email, including important details on how to submit this information to our Registrar (Mrs. Sue Kochheiser / skochheiser@scsmustangs.org).


General Reminders

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
     
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
     
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
     
  • Stay home when you are sick.
     
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
     
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, and tablets.


The Ohio Department of Health has established a call center, staffed by licensed nurses and infectious disease experts to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The call center is available every day from 9:00am - 8:00pm. Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).


Important Resources:

Health & Safety Resources:

Talking with Children About Coronavirus (CDC Resource)

Talking with Children About Coronavirus (National Association of School Psychologists Resource; Includes Multiple Languages)

Supporting Your Child's Health & Well-Being During Ohio's Ordered School Closure

How Teenagers Can Protect Their Mental Health During This Time

Coping with Stress & Anxiety

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

CDC Coronavirus Situation Summary

Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus Update

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Ohio Department of Education Frequently Asked Questions

Germ Prevention Strategies

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Help Your Child Learn Proper Handwashing

 

Educational Resources:

SCS Speech and Language Resources & Suggestions

SCS Elementary School Families - Accessing Online Sites (Lexia, GoMath, RAZ, etc.)