Learning at Home

Tips and tricks from Elyria City School District

Dear families...

Good afternoon! It was wonderful to feel a touch of spring this week with the unseasonably warm temperatures. I hope you were able to get outside and enjoy the weather with your children.

With spring comes new hope for better times ahead, and most notably, an end to the pandemic. We're encouraged by news from health officials at local, state and national levels that cases are lessening and conditions are improving.

Lorain County Public Health continues to be an invaluable partner to Elyria Schools and to the school districts across the county. The health department administered the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to school staff last month and on Friday, March 26, they will return to Elyria High School to provide the second dose to school staff members.

As a reminder, all students will work independently from home on Friday, March 26, with no virtual or in-person instruction. Schools will be closed to students on March 26 as staff members receive the last of their vaccinations.

Another important reminder for March is the calendar change prior to spring break on March 29 and 30.

Students in grades K-8 who attend school in-person will attend these days on a modified schedule: Cohort A students will attend in-person on Monday, March 29, and Cohort B students will attend in-person on Tuesday, March 30.

Wednesday, March 30, will follow a typical "Wednesday" schedule. Virtual Academy students will follow their regular schedule that week.

Students are off Thursday, April 1, through Friday, April 9, for spring break.

School resumes on April 12. With students' return on April 12, I'm delighted to announce that elementary students, grades K-5, who are currently attending "in-person" will return to school on a four-day model.

Student attendance days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Transportation schedules will be announced (social distancing can't be guaranteed on buses but masks are mandatory.)

One caveat to the elementary in-person attendance model is this: if your fifth grade student physically attends either Northwood or Westwood Middle, they will continue to follow the "2 plus 2" attendance plan.

This means students in grades 5-8 who physically attend Westwood or Northwood, and Eastern Heights, will continue attending as they do now, two days in-person by their assigned cohort and two days remotely through Google Classroom on their off-cohort days.

Space limitations in middle school classrooms require us to stay with a split model of attendance through the remainder of the school year.

Virtual Academy students, K-8, will continue on their current "at-home" schedule with no changes.

We're thrilled to welcome back the K-5 in-person elementary students four days per week. To this point, they've been the only grade levels that weren't receiving four days of teacher instruction.

All students are still required to wear masks at school and on buses, and social distancing will continue when possible though distances could be less at the elementary level when
in-person students return as combined cohorts after spring break.

Elyria High School students will continue with their current four-day schedule with no changes.

In summary, beginning Monday, April 12:

  • In-person elementary students, K-5, will return to school in-person four days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. (Does NOT apply to fifth graders who physically attend Northwood and Westwood.)
  • Middle school in-person students, grades 5-8, who attend Westwood, Northwood and Eastern Heights will stay on the "2 plus 2" model, attending in-person on their assigned cohort days and attending remotely in Google Classroom on their off-cohort days.
  • Virtual Academy K-8 students will see no changes to their schedules.
  • Elyria High School will see no changes to its four-day schedule.
  • Preschool will see no changes to its four-day schedule.
  • Transportation will be adjusted for the return of in-person elementary students.

Please reach out to your building principal if you have any questions or contact us at mailto:ask@elyriaschools.org.

As always, thank you for reading, and thank you for your continued support. We look forward to brighter days ahead and to an even better 2021-2022 school year!

Enjoy your weekend.

Ann Schloss


Food News: Delivery schedule changes

Student meals are free for all students through the end of this school year. With the majority of students returning to school in April on a four-day attendance model, food delivery services are changing.

The existing schedule of weekly meal deliveries will end on April 2 to make way for a new arrangement.

Beginning April 12, home deliveries will only be available for students who are fully remote and learning from home through Virtual Academy.

To receive this service, parents must sign up at elyriafoodservices@gmail.com and include their address, phone number and the number of children under age 18 in the home. Families who are already signed up to receive deliveries must re-register for the service by emailing this address.

Students who are attending in-person are eligible to receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon super snack free of charge daily.

Aramark foodservice will continue hosting weekly meal distribution days every Wednesday. Families may pick up pre-bagged breakfast, lunch and snack items in a drive-through fashion at Elyria High School.

During spring break, meal deliveries will not take place but Aramark will host a meal distribution day on Wednesday, April 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elyria High School (Middle Avenue entrance), and families may pick up meals.

Beginning Wednesday, April 14, meal distribution days will take place on Wednesdays at Elyria High School, and will be held from 10 a.m. to Noon for in-person students, and from Noon to 2 p.m. for Virtual Academy students. Students do not need to be present to receive meals.