Regular Board Meeting Live Stream 04-13-2020

A board meeting will take place Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held on Zoom and will be streamed live. This meeting is closed to in person attendance. Click the link below to view the live stream.

WSCN YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Public participation (via email in advance) will be considered at wcsboard.participation@neomin.org, questions, comments and concerns must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.  Submission must include name and address.

Vaccine Requirements for Students Entering 7th Grade

April 01, 2021

Dear 6th grade parents,

The state of Ohio requires all students entering the 7th grade to have the meningococcal vaccine (also known as MCV4, Menevo or Menactra) in addition to one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).

Meningococcal meningitis

Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious disease that develops rapidly and can claim a life in as little as one day. Of those who survive, approximately one in five are left with serious medical problems like amputation, deafness, and brain damage.  Teens are at increased risk of meningococcal meningitis. This increased risk may be due to activities like sharing utensils and kissing.

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)

Tetanus causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over your body; diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat and can also lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death; pertussis causes coughing spells and can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death, particularly in infants.

Vaccination is the best way to protect someone from getting the disease.

You may obtain these vaccines from your child’s health care provider or other community resource.  A HEALTH HEROES vaccination clinic will be offered at your child’s school on May 17th (more information will be sent home at a later date).

Students who do not provide documentation of these immunizations to the school this fall are subject to exclusion.  If there are medical/religious or philosophical reasons your child cannot receive immunizations, please contact the school clinic for an Immunization Exemption Form.

Thank you,

Janene Fitzpatrick BSN RN LSN
District RN Supervisor for Warren City Schools
Akron Children’s Hospital, School Health Services

Attached CDC “2021 Recommended Immunizations for Children from 7 Through 18 Years Old”

Superintendent’s Message Regarding 5 Day, In School Instruction

Superintendent’s Message
3.3.2021


WCS Families and Staff:
It is nearly one year since public schools in the State of Ohio were ordered to close due to COVID 19. Over this time we have experienced ups, downs, spikes, valleys and plateaus just like a roller coaster. During this time every one of us experienced various challenges. Even though we know children are resilient, the challenges our youth have faced academically, socially, and emotionally over the past year will take some time for them to overcome.

It is with this in mind, along with the safety, health and well-being of our students in the Warren City Schools that we are excited to announce a return to five days per week instruction for students in hybrid groups A and B in grades K-11 starting Monday, March 15, 2021! At this time WGH Seniors will remain on a hybrid schedule unless Mr. Capers recommends an alternative schedule.

Last evening I presented to the Warren City School District Board of Education the framework of our plan for hybrid students to return. We are aligning the five days per week return to school with the start of the fourth nine weeks. Currently about 2/3 of our students are participating in hybrid in person learning and about 1/3 are doing so through full online/remote instruction. Our schools will be operating on average at 2/3 capacity.

We will continue to utilize and maximize recommended health and safety guidelines consistent with those recommended by our local health officials. Students and adults will be required to wear facial coverings at all times unless permitted to remove them during a “mask break” or while actively eating or drinking. Plexiglass desk shields are available for student and teacher desks and during lunch times. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing stations are most everywhere in our schools and well supplied. Social distancing of 3-6 feet will be observed at all times consistent with the Ohio Department of Health’s acceptance of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. We are confident we can maintain the mandated health and safety standards for our students and staff provided health conditions remain consistent.

There will be some adjustments to our student school day. Start times at all schools will remain the same however dismissal times will change as indicated below:
WGH Dismiss at 1:35 pm, Bus departure at 1:40 pm
Lincoln & McGuffey Dismiss at 2:20 pm, Bus departure at 2:25 pm
Jefferson & Willard Dismiss at 3:05 pm, Bus departure at 3:10 pm

While we know and understand this schedule change may cause disruption to family schedules, we believe that the academic, social and emotional benefits to our students is critically important and needs to be our priority. This schedule change will enable us to have face to face in person instruction with our students five days per week and more than double learning time in all core content areas. We believe this change will have a significant impact on student learning as we close out our scheduled school year and move towards summer intervention and academic support programs for our students in the month of June (More information on our plans for extended learning opportunities for our students will be provided to families after spring break).

Over the next week and a half we will be preparing for the adjustments to accommodate the combining of hybrid A and B student groups. We ask families to be patient with us as we work to accomplish this task. If you have questions or concerns I ask that next week you contact your child’s Principal directly by phone, email or other means that works best for you. Please make sure you check for communications from WCS or your child’s school so you can be most informed. We will post district wide communications to the WCS website and send via the email account provided by families through Final Forms. School specific messages will also be sent to the email address submitted through Final Forms and through the Remind App (PK-8 Schools).

Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your child’s education.

Steve Chiaro, Superintendent
Warren City Schools

Special Education Annual Meeting

Parents of children in Special Education, please join us for our Annual Meeting:

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We will discuss district plans for spending Special Education funds and provide for an opportunity for public comment.

This meeting will be held on zoom. Here’s the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89967890886?pwd=UzBOMWxzS2N3MUNNNmtaRDljOU5ndz09

Superintendent’s Message regarding the continuation of remote learning

Superintendent’s Message
Thursday, January 7, 2021

WCS Families:
In consultation with the Warren City Health Department, other local health officials and in review of recent data/statistics specific to the City of Warren/Warren City Schools we are announcing the following tentative schedule for student learning:

  • All students PK-12 will remain on full online remote learning for two more weeks.
  • Cohort B students will tentatively return on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
  • Cohort A students will tentatively return on Monday, January 25, 2021.
  • Cohort A and B students may be combined to attend school four days per week as early as March 2021 dependent on health conditions and adult vaccinations in our community/with our school employees.

As we plan our return for students we will continue over the next two weeks to continue plans for some student activities to phase in such as our 21st Century after school program, as well as some extra-curricular and co-curricular groups, including meetings, practices and competition.

Food service operations will continue to provide meals to our students during this time and when hybrid students return we will go back to a feeding schedule as it was before we moved to full online/remote status.

We are concerned with the overall health in our community. Many students and staff members continue to be in insolation or quarantine for contact or positive test results, with varied symptoms and long term outcomes. We have been preparing for a vaccination opportunity for our staff in coordination with local health officials as soon as it becomes available and we believe this will help us to return our students and staff to the classroom later this year, hopefully as early as March.

As always, if you need assistance with your child’s learning or have questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or building Principal for support.

Steve Chiaro, Superintendent
Warren City Schools

Combining Cohort A & B Temporarily

COHORT A & B Students
Beginning Monday, November 23rd, your child is expected to log into their teacher’s Clever page daily from their device to begin each school day Monday through Friday.
Reminder, week of November 23rd students will only have class on Monday and Tuesday due to Thanksgiving Break. School will resume Monday, November 30th. See times below of your child’s school day:

Lincoln and McGuffey
Student time: 8:15 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Students in grades K-5 will meet with their teacher starting at 8:15 a.m. and engage in instruction by logging into their teacher’s Clever page. Teachers will outline the daily schedule of virtual live instruction and remote/independent instruction. The daily schedule will be posted on the teacher Clever Page. A student day concludes at 3:25 p.m.

Students in grades 6-8 will begin at 8:15 in their first period class, meeting with their homeroom/first period teacher found on the teacher Clever Page. Grade 6-8 students will follow their daily schedule by logging onto each of their teacher’s Clever Page for that particular period. A student day concludes at 3:25 p.m.

Jefferson and Willard
Student time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Students in grades K-5 will meet with their teacher starting at 9:00 a.m. and engage in instruction by logging into their teacher’s Clever page. Teachers will outline the daily schedule of virtual live instruction and remote/independent instruction. The daily schedule will be posted on the teacher Clever Page. A student day concludes at 4:10 p.m.

Students in grades 6-8 will begin at 9:00 in their first period class, meeting with their homeroom/first period teacher found on the teacher Clever Page. Grade 6-8 students will follow their daily schedule by logging onto each of their teacher’s Clever Page for that particular period. A student day concludes at 4:10 p.m.

COHORT C Students (those who were already fully online) are to follow their existing schedule

Reporting positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio Public Schools

September 8, 2020

Effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020, a health order was issued in place for reporting positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio Public Schools. Below are direct phone contact lines for each building that are assigned in each school clinic. Parents and family members are encouraged to report positive COVID-19 cases to their child’s school as soon as they are diagnosed with COVID-19, whether by laboratory test or through physician examination.

The goals of the order are to provide communities with information to minimize the further transmission of COVID-19 and to allow local health officials to begin timely contact tracing. Parents/guardians are being asked to report to their schools new positive COVID-19 cases for their children enrolled in school, from preschool-aged through grade 12, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. Districts and schools must notify affected students/parents (in same classroom and building) and their local health departments within 24 hours of learning of confirmed student and/or staff cases.

If your child has been diagnosed with COVID 19, please contact the school nurse at your child’s school using the direct contact line listed below:
Jefferson PK-8 School: 330-675-6993
Lincoln PK-8 School: 330-373-4573
McGuffey PK-8 School: 330-675-6973
Willard PK-8 School: 330-675-8663
Warren G Harding High School: 330-675-8603

Additionally, the Warren City School District has identified a COVID Coordinator, essentially serving in the capacity of liaison between the Warren City Health Department and the Warren City Schools.
COVID 19 Coordinator: Tracy Preston 330-675-4314

The school district is committed to communicating confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to our student families and staff members as specified in the health order. Additionally, any information gathered will be shared with the Warren City Health Department to support their efforts in appropriate reporting.

Thank you, in advance, for your support, cooperation and understanding as we continue to navigate through COVID 19.

Steve Chiaro
Superintendent

Signed Memo