Perry Local Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Dear Perry Families and Guardians, (click here for Spanish version)
As we approach the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, I know many of our students and their families/ guardians have a number of concerns. The administration team and Board of Education understands that; we have concerns as well. As such, the health, well-being and safety of all of our Perry students, staff members and their families has been the top priority when developing our Perry Local School District Fall 2020 Reopening Plan.  (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE REOPENING PLAN, CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE REOPENING PLAN IN SPANISH).

We considered many factors in the development of our plan, including the guidelines set forth by Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as well as local health officials. Our plan is based on our goal to provide a high-quality, standards-based curriculum that helps students achieve academic progress, focus on social-emotional learning and meet all of their other needs, whether in-person or online. Therefore, as we reopen, families will have the option to send their children to school or utilize the Virtual Learning Academy.

For families who choose the traditional, in-person educational model, there will also be a number of additional safety practices and procedures that must be adhered to. We are asking our parents/ guardians to assess their children for symptoms or a fever prior to sending them to school; if any symptoms are present, children must stay home. Students and staff members will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in school buildings and on school buses. Additionally, social distancing rules will also be implemented in all classrooms, buses, hallways, restrooms, cafeterias, gyms, libraries and any other common areas when possible. Intensified cleaning/sanitizing procedures will be implemented in addition to a number of other protocols.

For those who opt to attend the Virtual Learning Academy, our remote learning option, there will also be a number of guidelines that must be followed. All students, grades K-12, will be expected to complete online content five days per week. Kindergarten through sixth-grade students will interact remotely with their teacher for instruction. Seventh through 12th-grade students will learn via computer/internet with scheduled interactions between students and educators. Grab-and-go meals will be provided to remote learners as needed. To enroll in the Virtual Learning Academy, parents/guardians and students must complete the contract (found in the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan) and return it to the district by Aug. 4, 2020. Otherwise, all students will be automatically enrolled in the traditional, in-person model.

We ask that you take the time to review our Reopening Plan in its entirety, as it contains a great amount of detail about safety and cleaning procedures, transportation, food service, special education, and so much more. Take the time to discuss it with your family members and choose the option that works best for you and your students. In these difficult and unprecedented times, we understand that we must be flexible and prepared to change at any time. If the need arises, Perry Local Schools will be ready for all of our students to return
to the remote learning option with access to technology and food service as needed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we get ready to embark on another successful, albeit different, school year. As with all decisions of this magnitude, we expect there to be questions. We are here to assist you in any way possible. Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have. We will also continue to provide updates as necessary.
Scott Beatty, Superintendent
Perry Local Schools