NRCS District Update

November 13, 2020

Message from Superintendent

Dear Parent/Guardian,


Veterans Day was this past Wednesday, November 11, and on behalf of the North Ridgeville City Schools, I want to express my sincere gratitude to our veterans. We appreciate the sacrifices they made for our country.


I am asking you for your help to keep our schools open. Please follow appropriate COVID protocols as described by the Center for Disease Control. In addition, please avoid unnecessary group gatherings especially with individuals you do not see on a regular basis.


These are the proven parameters to keep everyone safe, healthy and in school.

Like many districts, we are facing challenges finding qualified substitutes to staff our buildings. Slowing community spread is imperative to keeping our buildings properly staffed to provide consistent high-quality curriculum and a safe educational environment.


I can not thank you all enough for the efforts you have made to keep our schools safe, healthy and academically focused. I am especially proud of our staff for their diligence with the COVID protocols, and their willingness to adjust their duties to keep our schools open.


As cases of COVID-19 rise in the state of Ohio, community members have asked about the cleaning procedures in our buildings. That information is available in this week’s communication. There are also tips from Lorain County Public Health on how to stay safe during the holiday season.


I appreciate you taking the time to read this week’s communication, which is filled with vital information, as well as good news that occurred in the district. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Stay Ranger STRONG!


Sincerely,


Roxann Ramsey-Caserio
Superintendent

District COVID-19 Cleaning Procedures

As cases in the state of Ohio continue to increase, the district has received questions from community members asking for more specifics about the cleaning procedures in our buildings. Please click here for a copy of our cleaning expectations.

Reducing the Risk of Getting COVID-19 During the Holidays

Trying to decide how to celebrate this holiday season due to COVID-19? Lorain County Public Health created an infographic outlining ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season. Click here to view tips from the LCPH.

2021-2022 Preschool Typical Peer Application Information

The application process for the 2021-2022 school year for the Preschool Typical Peer Program will open Friday, December 4, 2020 on the North Ridgeville City Schools district website. Click here for more information about the Preschool Typical Peer Program.

North Ridgeville Key Club/Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast With Santa

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 8am-12pm

34620 Bainbridge Road

North Ridgeville, OH

Enjoy piping hot pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more! Children can “make and take” their own crafts, and visit Santa with social distancing in mind. There is also a Chinese raffle. COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced, including limited ticketing for this event.


Tickets: Adults: $7; Children under eight: $6; Kids under two: Free.


Proceeds go to North Ridgeville High School Key Club to support a family in need to support With love, Maggie. Click here to purchase your tickets.


The breakfast is located in the Academic Center cafetorium

Substitute Employees Needed

The North Ridgeville City Schools are in need of support staff and substitute teachers and support staff. If you or know someone who is interested, click here to be directed to the NRCS online employment application page.

Positive COVID-19 Reporting

In accordance with guidelines from the governor, parents or guardians and school staff must notify their school within 24 hours of receiving a positive test or a clinical diagnosis of COVID-19. If your student tests positive, please contact NRCS District School Nurse Rhonda Carson, RN at 440-353-1153 or at rhondacarson@nrcs.net


After receiving that notification, the school will notify other parents and guardians about that case in writing, without releasing protected health information. As a district, we must also notify Lorain County Public Health within 24 hours. To learn more about what constitutes close contact and how the schools work together with Lorain County Public Health please click here to see an informational video.

Daily Health Assessments

Before you send your student(s) to school, assess whether they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Click here to view a daily home screening guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Make sure to talk to your student(s) about the importance of washing/sanitizing their hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask.


As always, do not send your child to school if they are sick and have any of the symptoms listed above. If your child develops any of the symptoms listed above we are required to send them home from school.

Weekly COVID-19 Update

In an effort to be transparent, the North Ridgeville City Schools will provide a weekly total of our positive case counts of COVID-19. Since last week’s communication, there have been 15 additional reported positive cases in the district. To date, the district has a total of 42 documented positive/probable reports since the beginning of the school year. When positive cases are confirmed, families impacted will receive an email notification if their child shared a learning space with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Schools, COVID-19, and Rings of Exposure

Click here to watch a video on how Lorain County Public Health is working with schools to help identify cases and contacts.

Face Covering Policy

Students and staff are required to wear face coverings. To read the face covering guidelines please click here.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Any student who wishes to receive breakfast and/or lunch can do so at no cost. Families still have the option to send students with packed meals, but the district encourages everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.


The district will have meal pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays in front of North Ridgeville High School between 8:30 am -10:30 am. Your student does not need to be present to pick up the meals.


Students that are enrolled in the hybrid learning option now have the opportunity to take home meals at the end of the school day. Meals will be provided to take home on Tuesdays for Group A students, Wednesdays for high school students, and Fridays for Group B students.


If you qualify or think you may qualify for free or reduced lunch, please still apply to the program. Information about free and reduced lunch can be found on the food service page on the district website. If families need assistance accessing or completing this application, please reach out to the Operations Department at 440-353-1109.

Family Outreach Form

If you are experiencing hardship and you think you may benefit from services from the district social worker at the North Ridgeville City Schools, click here to fill out the family outreach form. There have also been some updates to the NRCS Family Resources page on our website. Please click here to view the page.

Technology Repairs

Listed below is information about technology repairs:


Online and remote learning days: Technology that needs to be repaired can be dropped off at the Community Entrance of the North Ridgeville Academic Center between 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please stop in to complete a repair form and a loaner device will be provided. Once the device has been repaired you will be contacted by the IT department.


Hybrid Students and in-person days: Technology repairs should be given to the student’s classroom teacher for a help ticket to be created and a loaner device will be provided. Repaired devices will be returned to the classroom of the student.

Gimmel, Mease sign National Letter of Intent

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This week, senior Rachel Mease signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at the University of Findlay and senior Kailey Gimmel signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Lake Erie College. Best of luck to our student-athletes!

Rotary of North Ridgeville Donates Buddy Bench

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NRCS would like to thank the Rotary Club of North Ridgeville for their donation of a Buddy Bench, which was installed on November 11 at Liberty Elementary. The bench also honors the memory of former Rotarian Kerry Mueller.