As many of you already know, today’s election has been officially postponed until June 2, 2020. Last night was extremely confusing regarding the status of today’s election. Last night, based upon the best information available at the time, our group (along with other entities) communicated that the polls would be open today. Unfortunately, after that communication, an order was issued by the Ohio Department of Health to close the polls. This change happened in the very late hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.
For those of you who voted early, your vote will still count. For those of you who will not have the chance to vote today, you can request an absentee ballot between now and June 2 by visiting https://www.starkcountyohio.gov/board-of-elections.
In keeping with our Governor’s advice and recommendation regarding COVID-19, schools should work during this extended period of time to provide education through alternative means. School district leadership has the ability to decide on how and when to use their school building during this mandated closure. Staff members should continue to report to school if directed by administrators. Over the next 72 hours, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will be developing guidance for K-12 schools to ensure the continuity of important student services, including a strategy for providing meals.
As the district awaits clear direction from the Governor’s office and ODE, we will be taking the following measures next week in preparation for providing remote education to our students starting Monday, March 30th. It is important to clarify, the following dates are not considered calamity days but are designated for the district to plan and engage in the remote learning process.
Monday, March 16: PLSD Administration & Essential Personnel (as identified by administration) Report
Tuesday, March 17: PLSD Administration & Essential Personnel (as identified by administration) Report
Wednesday, March 18: PLSD Administration, Certified Staff & Essential Personnel (as identified by administration) Report
Thursday, March 19: PLSD Administration, Certified Staff & Essential Personnel (as identified by administration) Report
Friday, March 20: PLSD Administration, Certified Staff & Essential Personnel (as identified by administration) Report
**Buildings will be open FRIDAY ONLY for students to retrieve personal items from lockers.
Saturday, March 21-Sunday, March 29: Spring Break (as scheduled)
Monday, March 30: Remote learning will begin and continue until further notice. Students and parents will be provided with additional guidance prior to this date.
Please be patient with us as we navigate uncharted territory. There are still a number of areas on which we are awaiting clarification. We understand that the mandated school closures will cause many inconveniences and disruptions for parents and our community. We are working diligently to develop solutions to these challenges and we will continue to update staff and the Perry Local families as details are confirmed.
We ask that everyone take a deep breath, be supportive of each other, and rise up as a united community in this difficult time. Together, let us exhibit the Perry Pride that positively sets us apart.
Parents/Guardians: As communicated earlier, your child has been directed to take home their Chromebook or laptop in preparation for remote learning. Considering the extended length of time the devices will be at home with our students, we completely understand accidents are going to occur. Thus, as a benefit to our students, the district – through our provider – is making available prorated insurance for these devices through the remainder of the school year. Please know – this is purely optional. If you previously purchased device insurance at the beginning of the school year, your child’s device is already insured. The rates are as follows:
5th–8th Grade Chromebooks $11.35
9th–12th Grade Laptops $13.05
Additional information and the link to purchase the insurance can be found on this flyer.
Click here for the link to go directly to the website to purchase insurance.
March 12, 2020
Dear Perry Local School Families and Residents:
Due to the state of emergency caused by Coronavirus, this afternoon Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made the decision to close all preK-12 schools throughout Ohio. Perry Schools will be closed at the conclusion of class tomorrow, Friday, March 13th through Friday, April 3rd. The district will soon be releasing additional information regarding our plans during this closure which will address necessary resources for students and families. We recognize the enormity of this decision as it impacts the lives of our families and community members. We ask our families and community members for their patience and understanding during this unprecedented event. We will provide a future update by the end of the day tomorrow.
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Mr. Scott Beatty
Perry Local Schools