Pioneer News

Keeping Elyria's parents, staff and students in the know.

Dear Families,

I hope this letter finds you well and staying warm in these blustery final days of January.

This week, students and staff kicked off the second semester of school.

It's amazing how quickly a year passes in the life of schools. Seems we're always looking ahead and planning for what’s to come.

Before long, June arrives and then it's time to start all over again!

It's impossible to look too far ahead without giving the first half of the school year the nod it's due.

I've seen the teachers and staff of Elyria Schools move mountains this year to ready their schools and classrooms for learning.

The new schools are naturally colorful and pristine in their design but now thanks to the personal touches of the teachers, staff and students, the schools are playful and vibrant, exuding warmth, personality and charm.

Same story in the classrooms; the new spaces were designed by architects to be functional and flexible.

With their special touches and natural knack for organization, teachers have turned every square inch of their classrooms into dynamic learning spaces that despite their newness, have a familiarity and comfortable vibe that draws students together.

And the students are back to doing things that they know and love.

They are playing sports, attending club meetings, participating in plays and concerts, going on field trips and most importantly, just being kids.

With all this said, there's no glossing over the very real challenges of the first half of the year. COVID-19 continues to pose a myriad of issues in schools and in communities.

The district still takes its guidance on COVID-19 primarily from Lorain County Public Health.

Last month, Elyria Schools, with the guidance of health professionals, made masks mandatory for a period of time after the holidays in January.

We promised to revisit the decision later in the month. Please note in the article below that masks will no longer be required in school or on school grounds after 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.

While students and staff aren't required to wear masks when they return to school on Monday, Jan. 31, they may certainly wear them if they choose to. More information is offered in the article following this one.

I want to take this opportunity to again thank our students, families and community for their support this year.

I also want to recognize Elyria's teachers, staff and administrators as the dedicated professionals they are. It's truly an honor to work alongside them serving the children and families of this community.

Be sure to keep up with us the rest of this school year because we have plenty more memories to make.


Ann Schloss


School Mask Mandate to be Lifted

Elyria Schools will eliminate the mask requirements for students in all grades as of Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.

Students will no longer be required to wear masks in school beginning Jan. 31 but they most certainly can continue to wear them if they desire.

Elyria Schools still adheres to other policies surrounding COVID-19, for example, masks are still required on busses, per the Centers for Disease Control.

If students display any signs of illness, they are asked to stay home. Also, any students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain out of school for five days from the day after the onset of symptoms, returning once their symptoms are improving and they have no fever.

Children ages five and up are now able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if desired. For more information or to find locations of upcoming vaccine clinics, please visit Lorain County Public Health.

Please note: Lorain County Public Health will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic (including boosters) at Northwood Middle School, 570 N. Abbe Road, this Saturday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended.

Information is Just a Text Away!

Have you opted in to receive text messages from Elyria Schools?

It's a simple process and offers another avenue for instant information from the district.

The text feature lets us deliver information quickly to a large number of people at once. This is a valuable tool in an emergency or when there's important, time-sensitive information to share.

The service is free and opting in is easy. Parents or guardians simply need to send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district's short code number at 67587.

Just as simple, you can opt out at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”

The text feature and the robo-call system are tied directly a student's contact information that is on file with your child's school. Please make sure this information is kept up-to-date to ensure you continue receiving calls or texts from Elyria Schools.