From the Desk of the Superintendent

May 7, 2020

Hi Everyone,

I write to you today to provide an update on graduation.

Last week I sent our graduation plan to the health department for guidance and feedback. We received some feedback this evening about the event. We are permitted to have a normal graduation at the football stadium with each graduate having four (4) family tickets. Details will be sent out to the seniors in the next few days. I am asking you all to do a few things:

  1.  Please do not make social media posts about our plan as schools in other areas that are bigger in size are not permitted to do anything in-person.

  2.  Please keep June 6 open as a rain date- same time same place.

  3.  Please keep in mind, if something changes- the health department can cancel our event at any time.

It is my belief that the health department wants us to have a normal ceremony- but they have to abide by the orders of the state government- as do we. Again, please keep in mind that these plans could change at any time. One thing is clear from the health department, the decision to allow us to have this event is based on the fact that the “Stay at home/Stay Safe” Order expires on May 29. If the amount of people in a gathering remains at 10 after May 29, we will have to change our plan.

The high school administration will be sending out information regarding caps and gowns, etc. in the near future. Please watch for that communication.

Thank you all for your patience as we all worked very hard to make this happen.

Sincerely,

~Catherine Puster

 
April 30, 2020
 
Please note the traffic pattern for Monday, May 4 Pick-up and enter using School Alley by the football field.  Please see the attached map found HERE.
 
~Catherine 
 
April 28, 2020
 

Hi Students, Parents, and Community,

Governor DeWine announced last week that we will not be back in school for the current academic year. I believe I mentioned previously that this is what I anticipated. Our building principals and district leadership have a plan to continue online/distance learning and/or paper packet material through the end of the school year. Please watch Bloomz, email, school signs, websites, and Facebook for upcoming due dates. Principals will be communicating dates and plans frequently.

As a district we will continue to distribute food each week from 11:00 - 1:00 on Monday’s (except for Memorial Day- it will be on Tuesday.) We will be communicating dates to drop off completed student work as well as the final student packet pick-up and drop off for the year.

One very important event this spring that we are going to make every effort to have is graduation. As it stands right now, graduation is scheduled for June 5, 2020. It is our intent to keep graduation on June 5, 2020. It is important for everyone to know and understand that a graduation ceremony may not “look and feel” like it traditionally has in the past, however; we are committed to having a graduation ceremony. We have submitted ideas to the Ashland County Health Department for guidance and feedback. Once we receive feedback from the Health Department, we will communicate the plan to the public.

Every Redbird should be very proud of efforts thus far in the crisis. Through social distancing and quarantining we have helped “flatten the curve.” I encourage you all to keep up the great work!

Stay safe, stay home, and be kind.

Best,

Catherine

 
April 8, 2020
 
Kindergarten Registration Packets will be available for pick up at all meal pick ups at the high school: 

April 14, April 20, April 27 (and possibly May 4)

11:00-1:00 and 4:30-6:00

Packets are due May 11th-packets can be dropped off at food pick-up.

Packets can be mailed to the superintendent's office: 210 E Main St, Loudonville, OH 44842

Completed packets can also be scanned and emailed to lopr_bilger@tccsa.net.

~Catherine Puster

 

 
April 5, 2020
 
Food Distribution and Work Drop Off
 
Monday, April 6 will be food distribution and student work drop off from 11-1.
 
1.  When picking up food-please have your trunk open (and cleaned out).  We will put the bags in your trunk. *If you need to pick up food from 4:30-6:00-please contact your building principal so we can have an accurate count ready.
 
2.  Student work drop off-PLEASE have student name, grade, and teacher on each packet.  Also staple or paper clip together.  Drop off will be on the driver's side of the car in front of LHS building #2.  Signs will be posted.
 
~Catherine Puster
 

March 31, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents and Community,
 
I begin this communication with this thought- it has always been my intent to be as honest with you as I can at all times.
 
You may have heard the Governor and the President extending Stay at Home until May 1, 2020. We will continue to provide education in the manner in which we have been for the past three weeks- long distance, virtual, and paper/pencil. We will have an opportunity for families to drop completed work off on April 6, 2020 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. We will also have a student work pick-up time-on April 14, 2020- please stay tuned to your respective principals regarding when and where this pick-up will occur. At this time we are working toward an anticipated return to the classroom on May 4, 2020. However, it is my personal feeling that the earliest we will be back to school is late May. I am asking you to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
 
We will have food distribution on Monday, April 6, 2020 from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm in front of the high school. We will also be offering an alternate pick- up from 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm. To take advantage of the 4:30-6 time slot, please message me or the principal to RSVP the numbers of students needing meals. We need to make sure we have enough food prepared for this time, so please let myself or the principal know you will be needing the evening pick-up.
 
If you are coming to pick-up food on Monday, April 6, please have the trunk of your car open and cleaned out. We are working to continue to protect our employees and as we get further and further into this pandemic, the risk of exposure gets greater for the community as well as our employees.
 
Additional student work pick-up will be April 14 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Families needing other pick-up times need to contact building principals.
 
There have been many questions about school activities such as prom and graduation. At this time prom is cancelled. Graduation is still planned for June 5. However, in the event we have to postpone the ceremony, we will communicate that new date as soon as we can.
 
Thank you for all your help and support through this crisis,
#inthistogether
~Catherine

 

March 24, 2020

Hi Parents, Students, and Community,

I write to you today as the first full day of Stay-at-Home. If you are feeling the stress of the situation, you are not alone. The staff is feeling it as well. I encourage you to call a friend or family member, go for a walk, or do something that helps relieve stress. Hang in there- we will get through this together!

Several updates:
 
1.  Next week food distribution will be from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. This change is in an effort to help families access this service. We will send out reminders as we approach Monday, March 30, 2020.


2.  Work that needs turned in: We will be collecting school work on Monday, March 30 and Monday, April 6 during the food distribution times. There will be two stopping points- one to pick-up food and one to drop off school work. School-work turned in must have a student name, teacher name, and clipped together. Please stay in contact with your respective teacher(s) about completed work. Teachers can “collect” work electronically through email or photos/pictures. Those with internet access, please check your email daily.
*Assignments can be submitted electronically as well. Take pictures of the document and send to teachers or if able, scan and email back.
 
3.  Devices/Access for students: High School students should all have devices at home. Those students who are in grades K-6-- we are still in the planning process. We will communicate plans as soon as we get them. If you have not completed the technology survey, please do so.


4.  7-12 Grade Device Issues: Please contact your teacher. The teacher will submit a help-desk-ticket to the tech department (including student contact information). The tech department will be in contact regarding the solution.


 5. Reminder: Please be in contact with your child’s teacher. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher, please email or message them or the principal. This type of contact is critical for maintaining accurate student records.


 Thank you and stay in touch with your teachers.
 
~Catherine Puster

 

March 18, 2020

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I wanted to take the time to reach out to you for a couple of reasons.


 1. Please remind your children how important it is to stay current on the work sent home. Education is such an important part of growing up. As adults and caregivers it is our responsibility to go to work. Being good students is their responsibility and their job at this time in their lives.

 
2. Teachers are going to be contacting you and your children periodically throughout this time away from each other via phone, email, Bloomz, or DoJo (whichever is appropriate). Please be ready for voicemails or calls from “restricted” numbers- it could be your child’s teacher. If you have concern, please email your child’s teacher directly.

 
3. The district will be sending out a survey to collect information regarding who exactly does not have access to the internet. We will need this information to plan for extended closure and to continue the educational process. The following link will take you to a short survey: https://forms.gle/ftVU4RdHFvMmHGZ87

 
4. Cleveland Food Bank will be in the parking lot by the field house on Friday, March 20 from 9-11 am. This is drive-thru style pick-up.

 
5. Per the Ohio Department of Education, State testing has been delayed. Additional details about the extension have not been determined. We will send out information and updates as we get them.

 
Reminders:

 
District breakfast/lunches will be available for pick-up on Monday, March 23, 2020 beginning at 8:00 am. Pick-up will end at 10:00 am. If you are unable to pick-up meals at the time designated, please notify your building principal and we will make arrangements to get bags of food to you.  

 
Again, we cannot emphasize enough how great it is to be part of Redbird Nation! These communities are pulling together to help one another-- together we will get through this.

 
Thank you again,
~Catherine
 
 

March 17, 2020

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

We distributed about 130 bags of breakfasts and lunches today. These bags contained four breakfasts and four lunches. No one was turned away- we fed everyone who showed up.I want to thank everyone who showed up to help today. Even in this difficult time, we had a good time together and enjoyed each other's company. Thank you!!

Parents/Students who did not get their packets yesterday:

High School: If you contacted the high school about needing hard copies, they are being sent out tomorrow. Otherwise, it is assumed you will be working online.
Budd and McMullen: Packets are also being mailed home tomorrow.
 
Just a few reminders:
The Governor speaks daily at 2:00pm.      https://www.10tv.com/

 
We will send updates as soon as we can.

 
Breakfasts/Lunches will be provided on Monday, March 23, 2020 beginning at the high school from 8:00 am - 10:00 am.

If you need meals and cannot drive to the high school, please contact your building principal and we will make arrangements.  
We will feed as many students as we can.


ALL activities/events are postponed/suspended until further notice.

 
Here are some links for free internet:
Also ATT Home Broadband data caps lifted
More general information
 
As a reminder, when we get information we will send it out.
 
Thank you for your continued patience and support,
~Catherine
 

March 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

For a list of resources available though the community and county, please click HERE.  Thank you for being so understanding as we navigate through this difficult time.

REMINDER:

See previous posts for more details.  Student work packets are available today.  (See specific details per building principal posts.)  Breakfast and lunches will be available Tuesday morning.

~Catherine Puster

 
March 15, 2020
 
Dear Parents and Community, 
 
First, I want to thank everyone for all they are doing in the community through this crisis. I have heard and seen parents, students and community members offering help and support to each other.
 
Second, I want to remind parents and students of the homework/material pick-up at respective buildings from 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm on Monday. Additional information was posted in an earlier communication.
 *High School Parents/Students- please watch for a post from Mrs. Butts as some information may have changed.
 
Third, lunches and breakfasts will be available for pick-up at the high school outside building 3 between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. If you are unable to pick-up food, please contact your building principal. We will be in contact as to how to help you.
 
Finally and most importantly, the Governor has commented on national news that he suspected schools could be closed for the remainder of the school year.
 
At this time, the administration is waiting for some guidance from the Ohio Department of Education regarding this possibility. The leadership team will be meeting this week. We will send out information as soon as we have it. Please stay close to communication devices for updates as they are posted.
 
When the district has/knows information, we will pass along immediately.
 
Thank you again,

~Catherine Puster

March 12, 2020
Good Evening Parents and Community,
As you have probably heard, Governor DeWine has closed K-12 schools beginning Monday, March 16 at 3:30 pm. The anticipated return date to school is Monday, April 6, 2020.
 
Teachers are preparing packets and/or online/web-based assignments for students to complete over the next three weeks. Each building will be open for pick-up on Monday, March 16 from 12:00pm-5:00pm.  Packets not picked up will be mailed home within the week.
 
ALL practices and activities are postponed/suspended until further notice.
 
Families who receive Free or Reduced lunch/breakfast will be able to pick up meals at the high school on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. These meals will include four lunches and four breakfasts for the week of March 17-20.
          On March 23, families on Free or Reduced will be able to pick-up breakfasts and lunches from 8:00 - 10:00 am. This pick-up will include five lunches and five breakfasts.
          On March 30, families on Free or Reduced will be able to pick-up breakfasts and lunches from 8:00 - 10:00 am. This pick-up will include five lunches and five breakfasts.
 
Parents: While this is not a quarantine situation, it is strongly advised that kids exercise social distancing. Please keep students home and away from others. Governor DeWine advises using common sense and being conscientious that you may put others at risk.

Please visit the district website for resources on COVID 19. 

~Catherine Puster

March 11, 2020

L-P Schools are preparing in the event our community is affected by the COVID-19 virus.  Please read a letter from Superintendent Puster addressing how the district will continue with the education of our students found HERE.

For further information regarding the virus, click on the links below.

Governor Mike DeWine's Newsletter (March 11, 2020)

Ohio Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention