Back to School Newsletter
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12th (Kindergarten-see below)
New School Year Welcome from Superintendent Mengerink
The fear and stress of the unknown that comes with the pandemic affects everyone differently. We hope that families were able to spend some quality time together this summer and are more comfortable with the situation.
Keeping up with changing government directives is creating extra difficulties in the world of education. We know it is frustrating to wait for information and answers. Unfortunately, when changes keep coming from state government, we need to adhere to the new directives and change our plans, and this has happened nearly every day, if not every hour, for the last several weeks. We appreciate everyone's patience as we navigate through this unprecedented time.
We are working closely with all other schools in Allen County and the Allen County Public Health Department for consistency and guidance, and we are told that in the coming months, we need to be prepared to go to all remote learning. We are making preparations in the event that takes place.
We know the difficulties this may cause for families, but most of those decisions are out of our hands. We will do our best to help each and every student attending Elida to receive a high quality education because every student deserves that and we are "Educating For Tomorrow."
There may be periods of time this school year when groups of students-certain grade levels, or buildings-are forced to go online for a period of time. We know this may create extra challenges for families, but may be necessary for the health and safety of students and staff.
The Elida School Reopening and Remote Learning Plans are linked below. Please be advised and understand that all current plans are subject to change at any time.
Thank you to all our families, parents & guardians, students and staff for working together so well last spring when it all began, and for coming together now.We will work hard to make this a better year for everyone.
Elida 2020 Reopening Plan
Coronavirus Updates On the District Website
Back to School Reminders:
- Drinking fountains are disabled. Students may bring clear bottles for water and each building will have at lease one refill station available.
- Masks: Staff is required to wear masks.
- Students in Grades K-12 are required to wear masks.
- Cafeteria tables are spread out with assigned seating. Students cannot share food brought from home.
- Clear Bookbags Normally, book bags are not permitted to be carried to classes. This is being offered as an option for those middle & high school students who want to carry bookbags to bypass going to lockers where there tends to be congestion. They are NOT required, and any type of clear bag is fine. Personal items can still be kept in lockers.
- Transportation: All students needing to ride a bus to/from school will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus and be seated facing the front. Students’ refusal to wear a mask in an appropriate manner or follow other bus rules may result in the loss of bus riding privileges.
- Classrooms Every classroom will have assigned seating for students. Classroom doors will remain open to reduce the number of touches to door handles. Teachers will not have students pass around materials that are handled by the entire class, rather teachers will hand deliver materials to students individually.
Daily Health Screenings & Immunizations
Staff & Students must take temperature before coming to school. Anyone with a temperature above 100 degrees must not attend school. Other symptoms to be on the lookout for include:
- Loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath or
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Fever or chills
REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS:In accordance with the Ohio Department of Health, the following are Required Immunizations prior to the start of the 2020-21 School Year:
KINDERGARTEN: Students are required to have the following immunizations: 1. DTap 2. Polio 3. MMR 4. Hep B 5. Varicella (chickenpox)
7th GRADE: Students are required to have the following: 1. Tdap (Adacel or Boostrix) & 2. Meningococcal (Menactra)
12th GRADE: Students are required to have the Meningococcal (Menactra) immunization.
You can obtain these vaccines from the Allen County Health Department or your family doctor.
Schoology -The Main Communication Tool in the District
The teachers want to have meaningful engagement with their students and many have made their individual Schoology pages fun and educational for their students. The pages are totally interactive with lots of links to information and learning tools, video and resources for the students to use.
Here's a few images from the Schoology pages of Mrs. Stiger, Mrs. Hanefeld and Mrs. Dauterman.
Elementary Pick-Up Procedures
For this school year, there are new procedures in place for parents to pick- up their students at the elementary. Please read the following letter with the details PICK-UP PROCEDURES.
Kindergarten Screenings and Meet the Teacher will take place on
Tuesday, August 11 & Wednesday, August 12th BY APPOINTMENT.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13th BOYS FIRST DAY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14th GIRLS FIRST DAY
MON., AUGUST 17th No School for kindergarten ONLY
TUES., AUGUST 18th All kindergarten Attend
Welcome New Teachers to Elida
Updates from The Treasurer
As we wrap-up the 2019-20 school year, the financial impact of Covid-19 continues to be an issue and the strain it has placed on the economy is far reaching. Reviewing our data, we have the following concerns:
- FY 19-20 State cut $480,825 (this historic loss of state money creates a large hole.)
- General Fund Loss at June 30, 2020- $373,287
- Projected Loss of Casino Revenue $50,000
- Projected loss of Interest Income $52,000
- Rise in tax delinquencies
Given the current financial data, however, we remain commited to provide the best educational experiences for the students at Elida.
You can see the most recent General Fund Statement and a look at expenses and revenue on the Treasurer's webpage linked here.
Solar Fields & LED Lighting are Creating Big Savings in the District
New Elementary Construction
Technology Upgrades in the District
- First, all new fiber has been run, replacing fiber that was first installed almost 25 years ago. Now, all new, 96 strand fiber is connecting all buildings in the district.
- New, wireless upgrades to the high school and middle school. 58 new access points in the high school, and approximately 35 in the middle school. The old, single radio receivers would have 25-30 connections, but the new radios have a significant increase in capacity and are capable of over 1,000 connections each! This will greatly improve the students' access to the network
- New switches installed in each building will have a major impact on the speed of the wireless transmission. Connections inside the buildings went from 1 gig to 40 gig.
Director of Technology Craig Kerns applied for "E-Rate Funding" from the federal government to help with these expenses, and can help to reimburse up to 60% of the cost. "We were able to pre-purchase equipment for the new elementary building using E-Rate Funds."
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Lunch & Breakfast Prices for the 2020-21 School Year
Prices have not changed from last year! Be sure to check out the Food Services Webpage to see the weekly menus for each building.
Reduced price - no charge
Reduced Price $.40
Free & Reduced Meal Applications
Free & Reduced Applications Are Now Being Accepted Online using PaySchools QuickApps.
at: www.payschoolscentral.com and on the Foord Servcies page of the school website.
You’ll find out immediately if your children qualify. Qualified students automatically start receiving free or reduced-cost meals the next day.
Contact Sara Newland, Food Service Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-331-4155 x1244. Paper applications are available per request only.