Latest News for Perry Local Schools
Dear Perry Families, On Wednesday (Dec. 30, 2020), Governor DeWine released new guidance to Ohio school districts regarding the current accepted practice for student quarantine. After a comprehensive review of statewide data, health professionals are no longer recommending that students who have been exposed to COVID-positive individuals must quarantine. This guidance is only for cases where all students have been wearing masks and the potential exposure took place in a classroom setting. It does not apply to contact in outside settings, including after school activities and athletics. Currently, it has been our accepted practice to immediately quarantine all students who have come into contact with any COVID-positive individual. Additionally, the district (in collaboration with local boards of health) has assisted in efforts to establish appropriate measures of contact tracing to ensure the health and safety of all who have potentially come into contact with an individual who has tested positive for the virus. While this guidance is a great departure from our current practice, we will respect the data that has been provided to us by local and state health officials. This data supports what we were seeing in Perry Local and thus a welcomed change to help keep our kids in school. Beginning Monday, January 4th, 2021, we will no longer require those who meet the above criteria to quarantine away from the school setting. We are encouraged that this new guidance will allow our students to remain in the classroom while maintaining their health and safety. As always, we strive to remain transparent and communicative as soon as new information becomes available. Since the onset of the pandemic, the health and safety of our students has remained our highest priority, and we will continue to follow the best practice guidelines of health officials and to monitor our own data very closely. Should you have any questions regarding these policy changes, please contact your child’s building principal or a central office administrator.
We hope you have been enjoying your winter break and holiday season! As we get ready to return to school, we wanted to let all of our families know that we continue to listen to the voices of our community and recognize that our families have different needs when it comes to learning during the pandemic. To address these needs, we’ve provided the option of in-person learning and our virtual academy. However, we continue to see a large majority of our parents prefer in-person learning for their child(ren). We appreciate all of your flexibility and understanding as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic. As always, our focus has been to provide the best instruction possible in as safe a manner as possible for everyone. Considering all aspects of our current situation and feedback from parents, we will begin with in-person instruction for traditional students at the end of our winter break, starting on Jan. 4, 2021. Virtual Academy students will continue as normal. We feel this is the best option for our students from an educational and social-emotional perspective.
Dear Perry Local Families,
As stated throughout this pandemic, we are committed to informing you of any developments that impact our schools and those we serve. We are beginning to see a constant rate of positive cases among staff and students. Quarantining, along with additional absences of staff/students, continues to create attendance/staffing issues in our schools. Knowing these numbers are not likely to improve in the immediate future, the District will be switching to the following for the remainder of this week:
Perry High School will start Remote Learning on Tuesday, December 15th.
All other grades, Pre-K through 8, will start Remote Learning on Thursday, December 17th.
Due to the anticipated inclement weather and to extend Thanksgiving break out of precaution, there will be no classroom instruction for Perry Local Schools, traditional and online, for Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Parents/Guardians and students involved in PHS extracurricular activities should check district websites and media outlets for the status of extracurricular events on days when schools are closed. All extracurricular activities (practices, games, and after-school activities) for Perry’s elementary buildings, Pfeiffer Intermediate School, and Edison Middle School are canceled for the day when Perry Local Schools are closed. Enjoy the day and please be safe.