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Opening Dates for 2020-2021 School Year

The Perry Local School will be delaying the start of school for students. Students grades 1-5 & 7-9 will start on Thursday, August 20th. All Grades 1-12 will be in session on Friday, August 21st.  Your child’s buildings will be communicating out specifics as it relates to these opening dates. These additional days will allow the Perry staff to be trained on the health department guidance as it relates to district and building opening plans.  This will allow for sufficient time to train on the various aspects of opening and operating a safer school.  These additional days will also allow for added preparation in the event the District would be required to shift to all remote learning.  Our desire was to start the school year as scheduled but it became clear that additional time was needed to best prepare our staff and address the many changes implemented. Kindergarten screening and start dates will not be affected by these date changes.  The Perry Virtual Academy is still scheduled to begin on August 24th, 2020. Once all intent forms are returned, the District will be pushing out relevant dates to those families indicating when their child(ren) will begin the year in the Virtual Academy. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we prepare for the 2020/2021 school year.  Everyday we get closer to getting back to education and bringing some normalcy to our children’s lives.

Perry Virtual Learning Academy Policies and Procedures

Dear Perry Families,
As you continue to contemplate the best educational setting for your child, the district wanted to provide you with the Perry Virtual Learning Academy policies and procedures (click here for the document in English, click here for the document in Spanish).  Again, as we work through these various components and get more stakeholder input, adjustments will be made to this plan.  Hopefully this document will convey the basics of what the Virtual Academy will entail. We believe this option will provide a rigorous and appropriate education.  Please be reminded, to better help us prepare, submit your intent form so we are aware what educational path you will be selecting for your child(ren). We have already seen a 37% return rate from our families with approximately 17% of those returns opting for the Virtual Academy.  Building Plans –  we continue to fine tune building specific plans. Those plans have been completed but we are just putting them in an easily consumable format..  Please be patient as we put these additional pieces together.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to communicate as many details as possible.

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. (more…)

Reopening Plan Information – July 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we navigate through a unique time, it is our goal to create a reopening plan that will ease as much uncertainty as possible for our parents, guardians and students while answering as many questions as possible. We ask for your patience as we work through this process.  As many of you are now aware, this past Thursday Governor DeWine reviewed specific details of the state’s plan to reopen school buildings. The plan provides guidance on best practices that all Ohio school districts are expected to follow as they consider educational and programming options for the fall. During his address, the Governor provided several key points that we must consider here locally as we make decisions that will impact our students, families and staff members. The Governor’s guiding points included:
1. Parents and guardians assessing their child(ren) for symptoms and conducting daily health checks prior to their child(ren) attending school. Schools will be required to provide opportunities for students to wash their hands throughout the day in addition to providing hand sanitizer at all entrances and exits.
2. Continuing to educate your child(ren) on the importance of washing hands, not touching
one’s face and other best practices when it comes to hygienic guidelines.
3. Enhancing the schools cleaning protocols to ensure the safest possible environment for students and staff in all locations and places students gather such as playgrounds, classrooms, school busses, etc.
4. Continuing to practice social distancing. Schools should strive to maintain 6ft of distancing as often as possible. We know this will look different in every building and will require a great deal of flexibility.
5. Creating a face covering policy. While school staff will be required to wear masks unless unsafe or it interferes with the learning process, the district is exploring policy for students grades 3-12.
We have been working diligently for weeks to formulate several draft plan options in anticipation of this guidance. Now that these parameters and guidelines have been provided to us, we will immediately begin the finalization of our plans. We certainly understand the difficulty that this delay has caused our families with respect to planning. Additionally, we recognize that many of our students and families still feel uneasy about returning in the fall. We will continue to update the community on our recovery plan in the coming days and weeks. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work through this process.
Scott Beatty, Superintendent Perry Local Schools

Grab & Go Meals for July

Perry Local Schools will continue to provide Grab & Go meals throughout the month of July (excluding July 3) at three locations:  Perry High School, Watson Elementary, Whipple Elementary.  Breakfast & Lunch Meal bags may be picked up: Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. All children 18 and under are eligible to receive these free meals.

Perry Bowling Summer Camp 2020 Information

Perry Bowling Summer Camp for grades 5-12 will take place at AMF Hall of Fame Lanes on Fridays at 3:15 pm beginning on June 19th.  There are a few pricing options:

  • Ages 15 and under can buy a summer pass for $29.95
  • Ages 16 and older will be $45.95 for the summer pass
  • $4/game x 3 games = $12.00 per week (includes shoes)

*** Summer pass gives you 3 free games on Thursday before 8:00 pm and Friday through Sunday before 6:00 pm***

AMF has a COVID Policy in place that we will be using

Summer Camp Flyer

Final Forms Information for 2020-2021

Perry High School’s Athletic Department would like to advise parents/guardians of all 2020-2021 prospective athletes (Grades 7-12) of the following information:
1. FINAL FORMS REGISTRATION is now open for the 2020-2021 school year!  At your earliest convenience, please be sure to:
    a. Log in to your Final Forms account at
    b. SELECT ALL SPORTS that the student may be interested in participating for the 2020-2021 school year so that the additional athletic forms will appear.
        (This step is IMPERATIVE so that the coaches can identify and begin communicating with interested athletes.)
    c. Review and update the information currently appearing.
    d. Be sure to TYPE and SUBMIT your electronic signature where indicated on each form.
    e. Have your student log in to their Final Forms account, complete their portions, type and submit their electronic signature where indicated on each form.
2. PHYSICALS – Due to the CDC’s Covid-19 Limitations on Gatherings, Perry High School is unable to host its annual Physical Day.  If your student’s physical has expired, or is about to, we encourage you to make an appointment for your student to obtain a sports physical through their doctor’s office, Walk In Urgent Care, STATCARE, etc.  After completing Step 1, print out the very last form entitled OHSAA PreParticipationEvaluation Physical (for physicians). This step compiles all the answers you entered to the medical questions and prints the information onto a concise form that you will hand to the physician as well as a blank Physical Examination Form that the physician will complete, date, and sign.
3. Mail the completed original Physical Examination Form to the following address so that it can be entered into Final Forms and kept on file for auditing purposes:
                                                     Perry High School
                                                     ATTENTION: ATHLETIC DEPT.
                                                     3737 13th Street SW
                                                     Massillon, OH  44646
Please feel free to contact Sue Wertz, Athletic Secretary, via with any questions and/or concerns.

Speak Life Virtual 5K Run/Walk

It’s another first! A “Speak Life Resiliency Virtual 5K Run/Walk”. We ask that you complete the 5K before July 4th. There is more information on the link provided. Proceeds to benefit the Coleman Professional Services (Stark County) & Perry High School and Edison Middle School SMART Labs. Those who register will get a race “tech” shirt and the option to purchase a participation medal. Click this link to register.