A Message from Superintendent Catherine Puster

September 8, 2020
 

Hello Everyone and Happy First Day of School!

It has come to my attention that there are some messages on social media indicating the school will keep children overnight (or more than one night) if the child is positive for COVID.

Let me be very clear- The school district will NEVER keep your child overnight. The schools will NOT be doing any COVID testing nor will we be keeping your child overnight.

In fact, if your child gets ill at school, we WANT to get them home and in your care as soon as possible. Please take this time to complete the information on FinalForms and provide current and accurate contact information- if you have not done so already. This information will help us get your child to you as quickly as possible.

Again, I want to assure you that the school district will not keep your child overnight. These social media messages are absolutely incorrect and not true.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to message me or your building principals.

Thank you,

~Catherine Puster

 

 

September 4, 2020

Hello Everyone!

We are very excited to see everyone on Tuesday! This is a very exciting time as we FINALLY get to see everyone in person! This is a long weekend and we hope everyone takes time to rest and prepare for the start of school.

All of the LP staff have been working hard to make this school year the best one yet! We are going to make things as normal as possible--except that we have to wear masks and keep our distance.

The following are a few reminders about the upcoming school year:

1. Buildings have sent out the "soft start" letters. RED group attends Tuesday, Sept 8; GREY group attends Wednesday, Sept 9.

2.  Please bring a water bottle labeled with your name. The bottle must have a removable drink spout. Each building has bottle fillers as the traditional drinking fountains will not be in use.

3. Cover your Beak! All Redbirds must wear a mask. Buildings and classrooms will be scheduling time for “mask breaks” throughout the day. Face masks are now part of the student dress code and need to be worn throughout each day. Students are permitted to wear “gators” at this time. The health department and the governor's office recommend cloth masks. The permission to utilize gators may change at any time.

4. Everyone is being asked to be patient through the start of school. We are all getting used to new traffic patterns in hallways, bathroom occupancy, lunch procedures, and temperature checks.

Please remember to check the Restart Guide located HERE for more details.

Thank you and have a great holiday weekend!

~Catherine Puster

 

August 6, 2020
 

Hello Everyone,

Attached is the detailed plan of how we will start school this year. The document attached expands on the plan that was introduced in July.

The only thing that is not directly addressed is what the district will do if Ashland County turns to a “red” or “purple” level, according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. The district will continue to work with the Ashland County Health Department during this type of situation.

Click HERE to view the plan.

Thank you,

~Catherine Puster

 
August 6, 2020
 
Parents/Guardians,
 
Are you tired of filling out beginning of the school year forms? One set for each child? Are your hands cramping from writing the same information over and over? You are going to be thrilled to hear this! We are going digital with all student forms. The first year will take a bit longer but every subsequent year you only need to confirm that everything is the same or make any changes.
 
The product is called Final Forms. We have used it for 3 years with athletics at LHS.
 
We need a small amount of information from you. Please complete a simple form. It only has 3 fields. Your Name, Your child(ren)’s name(s), and your personal email. Once we have that we will send a Final Forms invitation to your email.
 
If you already use Final Forms with an athlete in grades 8-12 child- no need to do the form. If you completed the Educational Intent Form- no need to do the form. If you use Progress Book to check your child’s grades- no need to do the form.
 
Thanks! Leslie Kamenik
 
Click HERE to complete the form.
 

~Catherine Puster

 

August 5, 2020

Hello Everyone,

We write today to provide information regarding a positive COVID test associated with the school.  There was no exposure to students or other employees.  In mid-July one of our employees tested positive.  This employee quarantined for 14 days, seven of those days were without symptoms.  The employee followed the guidelines as directed by the Health Department.  The Health Department conducted the necessary contact tracing by notifying the exposed individuals.

At this time Loudonville-Perrysville Schools does not have an active COVID case.

Thank you,

~Catherine Puster

 

August 1, 2020

A quick reminder to complete the educational intent form.  Families who do not complete the form will be automatically assumed to receive in-person instruction.

~Catherine Puster

 

Hello Everyone,

Attached to this communication is the latest school calendar. You will notice the following changes:

1.  Extra days for professional development. These days are dedicated to teacher training in the event we transition to all remote learning.

2.  Student start date Tuesday, September 8, 2020

3.  October 9, 2020 is now teacher in-service. The change in the Loudonville Street Fair allows us to be in session for most of the week. Students who show animals Oct 7 and 8 will be excused from school.

4.  December 20 and 21: These days are now part of Winter Break. This gives everyone two full weeks of break.

The school year will still end on May 28 for students with graduation that same evening.

Thank you all for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times,

Loudonville-Perrysville EVSD Administration

~Catherine Puster

July 30, 2020 - Latest school calendar can be found HERE.

 

 

July 28, 2020

Hi Everyone,

We have had a few questions regarding the differences between the educational options. Here are a few clarifications: (Option choice lasts a semester, unless otherwise approved by principal/superintendent.)

Traditional Homeschool: Students at home; parents are responsible for providing curriculum and instruction; parents must have curriculum approved by the superintendent; students are not enrolled in LP.

Remote Learning Environment: Students at home; curriculum and instruction provided by LP teachers; enrolled in LP; learning remotely; families must have strong internet access *Specific details for grade level and content are still evolving.

Online (Redbird Academy): Students mostly at home; curriculum and instruction is provided by a vendor; instruction is not provided by LP teachers; students enrolled in LP; families must have strong internet access

In-Person Education: Students in classrooms; face-to-face instruction by LP teachers; enrolled in LP

Please remember to complete the Intent survey by AUGUST 1.

We have also received several comments about face coverings and transportation. In order to protect all of our students and staff, the district is requiring face coverings for everyone. As you all know, we have old facilities and our classrooms lack ample square footage. Physical distancing will be difficult to maintain throughout the entire day, therefore; the requirement to wear face coverings allows the district to be in session five days a week with all students.

As we work to maintain physical distance throughout the school day, it also makes sense to do the same on the school buses. In order to have physical distance on the buses we have to limit the amount of riders, therefore we cannot accommodate within the two mile limit.

Additional information regarding the calendar and student start day, potential open houses, and other topics will be coming soon.

As a community, our goal is to keep Redbird Nation strong and safe. We appreciate your partnership and patience as we implement our Redbird Reliable for 5 plan.

Thank you,

~Catherine Puster, Superintendent

 

July 22, 2020

Educational Intent for Fall 2020

Good Afternoon,

The link provided below is an initial sign-up to help the district continue to make detailed plans for the re-opening of schools.

Please complete this form by August 1, 2020.

To clarify, the following definitions are provided:

Traditional School- Face-to-Face instruction conducted in classrooms five (5) days a week. All students are automatically enrolled.

Remote Learning- Completely online, students will work online from home, meeting online requirements, five (5) days per week. Parents must complete online intent by Aug. 1 and sign contract by Aug. 14.

Online Learning- In some cases, Redbird Academy may be utilized at the discretion of the district administrator. Parents and students must complete the enrollment form and meet with the Redbird Academy Coordinator.

*PARENT'S/GUARDIAN'S: PLEASE SUBMIT A FORM FOR EACH STUDENT*

~Catherine Puster

 

July 21, 2020

Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village Schools WILL be transporting students in grades 9-12 for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
Any family who had an Alternate Stop last school year must complete a new application by August 1, 2020. The form can be found HERE.  Return the form to Mr. Kenny Carroll at: 615 Mt Vernon Ave, Loudonville, Ohio 44842; or call 419-994-3314; or email lopr_kcarroll@tccsa.net
 

~Catherine Puster

 

July 14, 2020

At last night's Board of Education meeting the district rolled out the plan for the fall. The attached letter describes the plan. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but we will communicate those answers as we get them.  Please review the COVID school calendar for the upcoming year.  Also, please find attached the YouTube video of the Board meeting and a Powerpoint presentation.  

L-P Schools Re-open Letter

L-P School Calendar

L-P Board of Education Meeting YouTube Video

Powerpoint 

Please email me if you have questions at capuster@lpschools.net

~Catherine Puster

 

June 30, 2020

Good Evening Everyone,

It has been over a month since I last updated you on what was going on in the district. I am hopeful you were able to view and digest the survey results that were sent out two weeks ago.

I want to reiterate that every staff member and administrator wants to return to school as “normal” in the fall. However, some of those decisions may be out of our control. As a result, it is important for you all to know that the district administration and the new Blended Learning Task Force, involving teachers and administrators, have been working diligently to plan for the fall. We are all planning for the worst, and hoping for the best.

Topics that are being discussed include: bussing, lunches and feeding students, distance learning, learning gaps from the previous year, technology, sanitization and cleaning, masks and face shields, altered calendars to provide high quality staff training, classroom furniture and social distancing, and open houses and parent communication.

The governor is supposed to provide guidance and recommendations later this week. Once the district has plans in place, we will post them on the district website, Facebook, and Bloomz.

On behalf of the entire district, we thank you all for your patience, understanding, and participation as we work through this.

Thank you again,

~Catherine Puster

 

June 22, 2020

Hi Everyone,

We hope this communication finds everyone well and safe. Every staff member and administrator in the school district want to express our gratitude and appreciation for the support from the community over the last several months. This has certainly been an interesting spring!

As you know, we collected information via a Google survey last week. This information can be viewed in the attachment HERE. We want to thank everyone who responded to the survey. We had a very good response.

The information from the survey will be a big help in making plans for 2020-2021 school year. We are expecting some updates within the next week from the leaders in Columbus. Once we have all the information, we will be making concrete plans for the school year. It is important for us all to remember that things could change a lot between now and the start of school.

We will continue to provide updates as we get them.

Thank you again,

~Catherine Puster, Superintendent

 

June 9, 2020

Graduation Video

Please click HERE to view the video.  Thank you Scott Smith for donating your time and talent.

~Catherine Puster

 

June 7, 2020

Graduation Pictures 2020

Thank you Allen Heimberger for all your wonderful pictures!  To view the pictures, click HERE.

~Catherine Puster

 

June 6, 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended graduation last evening- we could not have asked for a nicer evening.

We will be posting the video as soon as we can.

https://www.times-gazette.com/news/20200605/loudonville-high-graduation-...

~Catherine Puster

 

January 13, 2020

To view the plan for Student Success and Wellness money that the district has been given from the Governor's office, click HERE.  Please be advised that there are specific guidelines that the district must adhere to when spending the money and those are listed in the document.  

~Catherine Puster 

 

August 23, 2019

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the creation of our first strategic Goals Package.  This is a document that contains many goals.  These goals are what we use to guide us into the future.  This is a flexible document that will be updated yearly.  Each goal listed in the document provides the staff and community with an idea of where we want the district to be in the next three years.  It provides the vision of what we want the district to look like in the future.  This document is not a "set in stone" kind of document.  It functions as a guide.  The document attached is in draft form at this time.  Updates will be posted here.  To view the Goals Package, click HERE.

Thank you again for your all your time and effort in assisting us with this process.

On behalf of L-P Schools,

Catherine Puster