Latest News for Whipple Elementary

No School for Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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.

COVID Reporting over Thanksgiving Break

We hope that everyone is able to enjoy Thanksgiving Break. We know that things are going to look different but there are still many things to be grateful for. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation that has allowed us to keep most of our school buildings open heading into this break. Something that appeared unobtainable when the year started. We would ask for additional assistance over the Thanksgiving Break as we are all away from the buildings. The district has created a confidential, self-reporting form for any COVID cases that may arise while school is not in session. Immediate reporting will allow the District to be proactive and work with the Health Department in ensuring the safest possible return to school on Tuesday, December 1st.
 
If the district doesn’t stay proactive, then we are certain to see an influx of cases and even more close contact quarantining. We need your help! Please use the link below and self report any positive student or staff cases that occur from Wednesday, November 25th to Monday, December 1st. Again, this will allow the district to be proactive and hopefully reduce any potential spread of COVID.
 
 
* Students or Staff who come in close contact with a positive over break should remain home as usual and call their specific building to report off before returning to school
 
As the holiday season approaches, we still have to make sure we are following the appropriate guidelines in order to keep our schools open. This means wearing a mask, washing your hands, practicing social distancing and staying home when sick. It is up to all of us during the holiday break to continue to keep each other safe to slow the spread of this disease. As we move into the holiday season, we will continue to provide health updates to our families as they become available. Our plans continue to remain fluid as things evolve. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this time.

November Principal’s Showcase

November has been a wonderful month at Whipple Heights!  We are thankful for each day we are here in school with the students.  We announced our 3rd Round of Principal Showcase students for the 2020-2021 school year.  The Principal Showcase is a bulletin board (located in the main hallway across from the office) where every four to five weeks teachers submit student work for recognition and display based on student effort. Each time the board is changed we recognize these students on our website/social media. Additionally, when it’s time to change the board students receive a small token from Mrs. Mytinger to reinforce her pride and excitement in their display of hard work.

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COVID-19 Update for 11/19/2020

Dear Perry Local Families,
We are committed to informing you of any developments that impact our school and those we serve. As of this week, we have less than 1% of our students and staff with positive active COVID-19 cases. What we are seeing is a higher number of students and staff who need to be quarantined. We are working with the health department on options to reduce the amount of time teachers, in particular, are away from school as they are essential to helping our students during this pandemic. This can be particularly difficult when we continue to focus on our number one priority, which is the health and safety of our staff and students.  We know that as more students and staff members need to quarantine we may be in a position where we will need to close a school building. We are currently monitoring numbers at a couple of our buildings. At this moment, we will continue to operate in our current learning model until further notice. We are taking each day at a time and will continually evaluate. We truly believe that the best thing for all of our students is for schools to remain open. We know how important our essential services like access to breakfast and lunch, counseling and emotional wellness resources, and safety of a school environment provide to students. We are also cognizant of the hardship a shutdown has on the home and our parents. Transportation has done a fantastic job transporting students safely and timely during these difficult times. We are starting to experience a shortage of drivers. When the unfortunate times arrives that we are unable to transport all students at their normally scheduled times, we will notify the affected families through an all call. Drivers will double back for those affected routes once they drop off their regularly scheduled routes. This will cause an approximate 25 to 30 minute delay. Students will not be counted tardy. We are asking all families to understand the importance of keeping students in school based on our current COVID-19 numbers.

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Student Quarantine Meal Pre-Order

Parents wishing to pick up daily meals for their quarantined students will need to submit the form below to pre-order. Meal Pre-Orders must be submitted by the day before. Meals will be according to the school menu at pick-up location and times detailed in the pre-order form and are a daily pick-up. Menus are available on Perry’s website – www.perrylocal.org.  FREE MEALS EXTENDED THRU JUNE. On October 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced extensions of nationwide waivers. This allows all Perry Local students to receive breakfast and lunch meals at no cost throughout the school year 2020-2021. All Perry Cafeterias serve a grab & go breakfast and a nutritious hot lunch daily. This will also allow Perry quarantined students to continue receiving daily meals at no cost using our pre-order & pick-up form. We encourage all families to take advantage of these free meals to help with the financial burdens of families during this difficult time. Please contact Janet McLeese if there are any questions; janet.mcleese@perrylocal.org or 330- 915-5200. Click on this link to submit meal requests: https://forms.gle/uefXLjLsxucwaJsV8

Virtual Learning Academy & Students with IEPs

Governor DeWine has announced that Learning Aid Ohio is offering learning support for students with IEPs during this unique school year.  To be eligible, your child must be learning remotely full-time and must be on an IEP for the 2020-2021 school year.  You must also be experiencing financial hardship.  To learn more and to complete an application for eligibility, please visit:  https://www.learningohio.com/

FREE MEALS EXTENDED THRU JUNE

On October 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced extensions of nationwide waivers. This allows all Perry Local students to receive breakfast and lunch meals at no cost throughout the school year 2020-2021.    All Perry Cafeterias serve a grab & go breakfast and a nutritious hot lunch daily. This will also allow Perry Virtual Academy students to continue receiving daily meals at no cost using our VA pre-order & pick-up form.   We encourage all students to take advantage of these free meals to help with the financial burdens of families during this difficult time. Ala-carte items including extra pizza, sandwiches, milk and bottled water charged according to pricing. 

Perry Friends T-shirt Sale

Back by popular demand…the PHS Cheerleaders are selling the amazing Perry Friends shirts!  This time around we are offering — long sleeve, crew neck, hoodies and youth sizes!  CLICK HERE FOR THE ORDER FORMDon’t miss out on your chance to get Perry Friends gear!  Orders are due by October 30, 2020.