NRCS District Update

November 20, 2020

Message from Superintendent

Dear Parent/Guardian,


The North Ridgeville City Schools are committed to timely communication, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our students, staff, and the community. The district created a COVID-19 dashboard to graphically represent our weekly and 2020-2021 school year totals of student and staff COVID-19 cases. The dashboard will be featured in our weekly district update and revised each Friday.


We are closely monitoring the sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Lorain County and throughout the state. We are confident in our hybrid plan to keep staff and students safe, but families must begin to prepare for the possibility that we may need to transition quickly to full remote learning. There are a number of factors that could trigger this decision, including the inability to staff buildings, further increases in the number of quarantined staff and students, or directives from the Governor’s Office.


On a more optimistic note, at the November 17 Board of Education meeting, I was pleased to highlight students who have been successful academically and staff who have made a positive impact to our school community.


Principals from each school in the district recognized two of their students. It was wonderful to learn more about the academic accomplishments of these students. Our Students of the Month have mentored peers, whether it was in-person or online, and exemplify the qualities of being Ranger STRONG.


Additionally, we were proud to recognize the accomplishments of two staff members. Academic Center 3-4 intervention specialist Jennifer Nemitz was nominated by many colleagues and selected as one of two November Staff Members of the Month. Ms. Nemitz has taken on many roles in the classroom to support student learning. Ms. Nemitz continues to demonstrate professionalism and I am grateful for her efforts.


The second staff member of the month was Tracy Ice, a paraprofessional instructional aide at Liberty Elementary. Ms. Ice has worked for the North Ridgeville City Schools since August 1997 and has positively influenced hundreds of students. Ms. Ice’s kind personality, her patience with students, and her continuous encouragement of others makes her an asset to the district.


This is the final scheduled weekly district update for the month of November due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I wish you all a safe and healthy holiday break. To stay safe from COVID-19 during the holiday, I encourage you to read the following tips provided from the Lorain County Public Health.


Sincerely,


Roxann Ramsey-Caserio
Superintendent

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NRHS Key Club Pancake Breakfast With Santa Canceled

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area, the North Ridgeville High School Key Club has canceled the Pancake Breakfast With Santa event, which was scheduled to take place on December 5.

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.

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.

November 17, 2020 Board of Education Meeting

North Ridgeville City Schools BOE Meeting: November 17, 2020

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.

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.