Back to School

Sycamore Community Schools- August 27, 2021

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Facial Covering Decision For Back to School

For the start of the 2021-22 school year, facial coverings will be required for students in grades PK-6 as well as all Sycamore staff. Facial coverings will be recommended and encouraged for students in grades 7-12. This will remain in place until further notice.


While our local health data has shown a slight improvement this week, the numbers still remain high in our local zip codes and Hamilton County. We will continue to assess weekly. Please note there will need to be a minimum of two weeks of positive data trends before a change is made to the current policy. If a change is made, families will be informed via email on the Friday prior to implementation.

Federal Mask Mandate for Buses Extended

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the federal mask mandate for school buses until January 18, 2022. TSA enforcement rules had been set to expire on Sept. 13. This means all students will be required to wear facial covering while on the school bus.

WATCH: Quarantine Protocols for 2021-22 School Year

Keep Our Students In School: 2021-22 Healthy Aves Quarantine Protocols

2021-22 Healthy Aves Guide

The 2021-22 Healthy Aves Guide is now available. It is important to familiarize yourself and your student with information about the health and safety protocols that will be in place for the new school year. Please visit goav.es/healthyaves to review it online. You can also download a copy below.

Healthy Aves Questions?

How do I report a COVID-19 related absence? How will I know if my student is in a class with someone who tests positive for COVID-19? Where can I find information about the number of cases in our schools? Head to the Healthy Aves section of our website for answers to all of your questions! We will continue to update this section throughout the school year.


NEW THIS YEAR: Our new and improved COVID-19 Dashboard is now interactive and updated at the end of each day. You can track confirmed cases districtwide, by building, and by students/staff. You can also see the number of close contacts in quarantine. Please note, the dashboard will begin reflecting data on August 30.

Staggered Start to School: August 30 and August 31

The first day of school is August 30 for:
  • Grades 1-6 with the last name beginning A-K
  • Grades 10-11 who are new to the district
  • Returning virtual students in Grade 10
  • All Grade 7 students
  • All Grade 9 students
  • All Grade 12 students
  • All preschool students
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (by invitation

The first day of school is August 31 for students:

  • Grades 1-6 with the last name beginning L-Z
  • All Grade 8 students
  • All Grade 10-11 students who did not start on August 30

Check Your Bus Route Information

Please make sure you recheck your student's bus route information prior to the first day of school for potential adjustments to pick-up and drop-off times. This information is available inside the Sycamore Community Schools Mobile App. Simply enter your Parent Portal email and password into the "Student Info Log-in” icon to access this information on your smartphone. The app is free and available for download on iTunes and Google Play. You can also check your routes by entering your student ID on our website, by clicking here.


As a reminder, transportation services often experience slight delays during the first weeks of school, particularly in the afternoon. In the event of a delay longer than 15-20 minutes, we will alert families via email and text message. It is important that families please limit calls to the Transportation Department in order to keep the lines clear. We appreciate your patience as we get running on a normal schedule!

School Menus Now Available

Menus are now available by clicking HERE or through the Sycamore Community Schools App.


Nationwide Food Shortages Will Affect Your School Kitchens This School Year

There are nationwide food shortages that will affect our department this school year due to unavailable items or last-minute replacements by the distributors/manufacturers. Menus are subject to change, as always, but more than ever this school year. We will do our best to provide timely notification to families when major outages occur affecting the menu(s). We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Does your student have meal restrictions?

CLICK HERE to learn more about how to set up meal restrictions on your student’s meal account.


Food Allergy Notification Form

  • The school’s Food Allergy Notification form and additional information can be found HERE

  • A form does not need to be filled out yearly, only as information changes BUT does need to be on file for a notification to be placed on the student’s school meal account


Contact warrenk@sycamoreschools.org with any specific questions on food allergies or how your student can eat for FREE with us this year safely!

Mental Health Services

Sycamore Community Schools is proud to have nine school-based therapists available to serve our students in each of our seven buildings, thanks to our partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital.


For more information or to contact the therapist(s) serving students in your building, please visit our website. If you would like more information about our mental health services or have specific questions, please contact Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, at zelvyl@sycamoreschools.org or (513) 686-1700.

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