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

WCS BOE Welcomes New Member Jackie Shannon

The Warren City School Board of Education welcomed newly appointed member Jacqueline Shannon to the Board on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The Board appointed Mrs. Shannon to fill the unexpired term of longtime board member Robert L. Faulkner Sr., who resigned Dec. 8.  

She was sworn in during the Board’s meeting on Tuesday.

“I am honored to begin my collaboration with this awesome team,” Mrs. Shannon said.

Mrs. Shannon is employed by Cleveland Clinic as a certified cancer registrar. She serves as treasurer of the Ohio Cancer Registrar Association (OCRA).

She has been a longtime parent and advocate of Warren City Schools. She and her late husband Patrick, a Warren graduate, raised their children in Warren and both were very active in the school community.

“Jackie’s career leadership roles, her volunteerism in the Warren community, her enthusiasm and testimony to the strength of the Warren City Schools’ academic programs and extracurricular offerings, in addition to the depth of her volunteer work within the district, made her the perfect candidate to fill the board seat,” said Board President Patti Limperos.

Mrs. Shannon served on the Bond Levy Committee, enthusiastically campaigning to encourage residents to support the building of new schools in Warren. She continued that commitment to school advocacy through her work and timeless dedication to a number of district parent organizations.

She is a past PTO President, having served on the committee for the district’s PK-8 buildings, and was an officer on the Warren G. Harding High School Band Boosters. She is a member of the pastor nominating committee at her church, where she serves as a deacon. 

WCS-Inspiring Minds receive remote learning grant

Warren City Schools, in partnership with Inspiring Minds, has been awarded a $125,000 grant to support remote learning among students in grades 7-12.

The award, announced by Philanthropy Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education on Monday, is being provided through the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools (the Collaborative Fund).

The Warren City Schools and Inspiring Minds project are among 29 being funded through this second round of awards. The focus of the project is to support students academically, socially and emotionally by building strengths as it relates to careers, leadership development and community service.

“The Warren City Schools has had a long-standing relationship with Inspiring Minds,” said Associate Superintendent Wendy Hartzell. “This grant allows us to expand our partnership and opportunities for students in these unique learning environments.”

The students will receive support through Inspiring Minds during their remote learning days. Students will complete work and receive academic assistance as needed with adult support and supervision.

Through this collaboration, Warren City Schools and Inspiring Minds staff will evaluate which supports are demonstrating to be most effective for students involved in the program and how those supports may be replicated for students not directly involved.

WCSD to continue online/remote learning week of Jan. 4

The Warren City School District will continue with full online/remote learning for all PK-12 students Monday, Jan. 4 through, at minimum, Friday, Jan. 8, due to elevated COVID-19 transmission numbers across the City of Warren and Trumbull County overall.

The district will re-evaluate this decision based upon the most current health information provided to us closer to Wednesday, Jan. 6, to determine whether students will return to hybrid learning the following week.

“While our goal is to always provide in-person learning, the elevated number of COVID-19 cases across the state, county and our city is affecting our schools’ abilities to maintain consistent and stable in-person learning and effective operations,” said Superintendent Steve Chiaro.

Mr. Chiaro said the district will continue to work closely with the Trumbull County and Warren City Health Departments monitoring health conditions on a week-by-week basis to determine when the district will be able to return to in-person instruction.

The district shifted all students to online/remote learning Nov. 23 due to increasing numbers of students and staff testing positive with COVID-19, related quarantines and pending COVID-19 test results across the district the City of Warren and Trumbull County overall.

On Nov. 24, the Trumbull County Board of Health issued a stay-at-home advisory asking all Trumbull County schools to switch to remote learning.

Information From Superintendent Steve Chiaro & Warren City Deputy Health Commissioner John May

On Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2020, the Trumbull County Health Commissioners issued an advisory for all residents to stay at home to the greatest extent possible due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the county.

Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school )depending upon the status of the institution), or for essential needs.

Please refer to the information provided from Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro and Warren City Deputy Health Commissioner John May:

COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Health Advisory

Mercy Health Open Access Locations

WCSD Moving ALL K-12 Students to Online Learning

The Warren City School District is moving all K-12 students to online/remote learning effective Monday, Nov. 23 through Dec. 18 – the end of the first semester, at minimum – due to increasing numbers of students and staff testing positive with COVID-19, related quarantines and pending COVID-19 test results across the district, the City of Warren and Trumbull County overall.

Should health conditions improve in our area, we anticipate returning to hybrid instruction as early as Monday, Jan. 4.

More information can be found HERE.

 

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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Nov. 19, 2020

The Warren City School District has received notification that one McGuffey and one Warren G. Harding staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. While we must protect the privacy of the employees involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family. We believe these cases to be the result of high transmission and community spread.

Contact tracing has taken place. No known individuals have been determined to be a contact by definition. However, if the school district receives additional or changing information, we will continue to review this situation and any individuals impacted will immediately be contacted by both a Warren City Schools administrator and a representative from the Warren City Health Department.

There is nothing more important to Warren City Schools than the safety and health of our
students, our staff and their families.

Please read Superintendent Steve Chiaro’s Full Letter HERE.