Latest News for Watson Elementary

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.
 
Sincerely,
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.

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.

Career Wellness Center Closed

Although the Governor has declared private gyms/fitness centers and pools may open to the public on May 26. The Perry Wellness Center and Natatorium are owned and operated by the Perry Local Schools. As such, we must follow the directives established by the Governor and State/Local Health Departments regarding the opening/closing of schools.  Due to those directives, the Wellness Center and Natatorium will remain closed until further notice. 

Summer Computer Insurance Option

We have contacted the Worth Group and have arranged for optional insurance for the summer months (now through August 18th, 2020). If you previously purchased device insurance during the school year, your child’s device is already insured through August 18th, 2020. The rates are as follows:
5th–8th Grade Chromebooks for only $7.50.
9th–12th Grade Laptops for only $8.50.
The flyer with details on how to purchase is attached and the purchase window is open until May 31st.  Click here for the flyer and information. 

Computer Drop Off Information

Computer drop off is available at the following dates and times at door 24 of Perry High School. When you arrive please stay in your car and call 330.477.8121 extension 4357 if no one is outside. We will ask you to put the device and charger in a plastic bag we provide.
Mon. May 18th 8 – 3.30 – Senior and exchanges only
Tues. May 19th 8- 3.30 – Senior and exchanges only
Wed. May 20th 12.30 – 8 – Senior only and last day for exchange
Thurs. May 21st 8- 3.30 – Senior, 8th, 4th, and 3rd grade
Fri. May 22nd 8- 3.30 – Senior, 8th, 4th, and 3rd grade

Tues. May 26th 8- 3.30 – 8th, 4th, and 3rd grade
Wed. May 27th 12.30 – 8 – 8th, 4th, and 3rd grade
Thurs. May 28th 8- 3.30 – 8th, 4th, and 3rd grade
Fri. May 29th 8- 3.30 – 8th, 4th, and 3rd grade

Check out the map to show the drop off spot and traffic direction.