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    August 27, 2020


    Dear Elyria High School Pioneer Student/ Parent:


    It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year at Elyria High School. As you are
    becoming familiar with the district’s back to school plan, I want to provide you with as many specific
    details regarding the high school’s plan before the restart. Our plan focuses on two essential priorities.
    First, provide a healthy and safe learning environment for our students and staff during in-person
    classes. Second, continue to provide quality instruction ensuring that all students, regardless of grade
    level, remain on track to meet the rigorous graduation requirements established by the board of
    education.

    To provide a healthy and safe learning environment, we have incorporated several best practices and
    protocols in our hybrid in-person instructional plan as outlined below:

    ● Students will attend in-person classes on their assigned cohort days. Cohort A - Mondays and
      Tuesdays and Cohort B - Thursdays and Fridays.

    ● Elyria High School will operate on an adjusted daily schedule during the first semester.

    20-21 Sem 1 Schedule

    ● To minimize unstructured movement throughout the school day, we have eliminated hallway
       class changes and the use of the cafeteria for meals.

    o Students will be permitted to eat breakfast in the classroom and student lunches will be
       served in take-home containers.

    ● Upon arrival, students must report directly to their first period classroom unless they are
       picking up breakfast.

    ● Students have been assigned to a grade level classroom that will serve as their home base
       during their scheduled cohort days.

    ● Students will remain in the assigned home base for their five instructional periods and their
       teachers will rotate within the classrooms.

    ● The student desks have been physically arranged to provide ample individual space for students
       while maintaining proper social distancing. Most of our in-person classrooms have less than
       10 students per room.

    ● The building layout has been set-up to provide safe traffic patterns by creating grade level pods
       for daily instruction.

    o 9th grade classes will be conducted in the Washington Building. All 9t h grade students
       will enter and exit the building through the main steps of the Washington Building.

    o 10th grade classes will be conducted in the first and second floor classrooms facing
       Middle Avenue. All 10t h grade students will enter and exit the building through the B
       Door (South side of the main office parking lot by the Imagineering Hub).

    o 11th grade classes will be conducted in the first floor classrooms. All 11t h grade students
       will enter and exit the building through Team 2/4 office Door.

    o 12th grade classes will be conducted in the second floor classrooms. All 12t h grade
       students will enter and exit the building through Team 2/4 office Door.

    ● Staff members will be posted at each of the four entry/exit points throughout the entire school
       day.

    ● Student lockers will not be issued, but students are permitted to bring backpacks to carry
       classroom supplies and materials.

    ● Per ECS Board Policy, all individuals (students, staff and visitors) must wear a mask or cloth
       face covering while in/on school premises.

    ● Prior to school each day, parents should do the following:

    o Check their child for symptoms
    o Provide a clean mask/cloth face covering
    o Reinforce the importance of healthy choices (i.e. hand washing, social distancing)
    o If your child/student isn’t feeling well, please keep home until feeling better.

    ● Hand sanitizers are available for student use.

    ● Students are encouraged to bring a clear, non-glass container for water.

    The district’s restart plan provided parents with the opportunity to select in-person or virtual instruction
    for their child. To ensure our students receive the high quality instruction they deserve, we have
    developed a plan that enables us to provide all of our students, regardless of their learning model, with
    the talented and dedicated teachers of Elyria High School. The key components of the instructional
    plan are as follows:

    ● All students (in-person and virtual) will receive two days of real time instruction during their
       assigned cohort days following the daily schedule.

    ● All students will have three remote days to continue their learning with the on-line support of
      their teachers.

    ● All students (in-person and virtual) will be issued an Elyria City School Chromebook. The
      Chromebook authorization form must be completed before the student can receive a
      Chromebook. Click on the link below for a copy of the authorization form. The form can also
      be found on the district website under the Pioneer Path Return to School tab.

    Chromebook Authorization Form 

    o Students attending in-person classes should bring their Chromebook to school on their
       assigned days and take home each day for their remote learning.

    ● All teachers will be utilizing Google Classrooms for their daily instruction (in-person and
       virtual).

    ● All students have been scheduled for five classes (English/Language Arts, Mathematics,
       Science, Social Studies, and a required elective) that meet the district’s requirements for
       graduation.

    o The two extension periods noted in the daily schedule are opportunities to provide our
       students with additional classes/courses.
    o Courses offered during these extension periods include: Advance Placement, JROTC,
       Band, Orchestra, Choir, Project Lead the Way, Digital Design and Video Editing.
    o For staffing purposes, we can only provide these extension periods as in-person options.
    o Students interested in taking extension courses should contact their team counselor.

    ● All Foreign Language courses (Spanish and French) will be taught virtually this year. Students
    enrolled in a foreign language course will receive two days of real time virtual instruction at a
    designated time during their off-cohort days.

    ● Gradual start to the school year:

            Gradual Start

    To provide our families with timely and up-to-date information, we are going to utilize the Smore
    Newsletter program in addition to our normal repertoire of emails, mailing, robo-calls, twitter, and
    website postings. Please make sure to complete your returning student forms in PowerSchool on the
    following link, so we have your current contact information: 

     

     Returning Student PowerSchool Forms

    To provide our families with timely and up-to-date information, we are going to utilize the Smore
    Newsletter program in addition to our normal repertoire of emails, mailing, robo-calls, twitter, and
    website postings. Please make sure to complete your returning student forms in PowerSchool on the
    following link, so we have your current contact information: 

     

    It’s a great day to be PIONEER,

    Timothy Brown

    Principal

     

     
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    Mr. Timothy Brown
    Principal
    440.284.8300
     
     
     
    Owca
     
    Mrs. Julie Owca
    Associate Principal
    440.284.8300
     
     
       
    Courtney
    Courtney Griffiths
    Team 1
    Assistant Principal
    440.284.5201
    Email: Ms. Griffiths 
     
     
     
    Katie  
    Katie Kalamsz
    Team 2
    Assistant Principal
    440.284.5202
    Email: Ms. Kalamasz
     
     
    Brett
     
    Mr. Brett Heighberger
    Team 3
    Assistant Principal
    440.284.5203
     
     
     
    Heuser
     
    Mr. Chad Heuser
    Team 4
    Assistant Principal
    440.284.5204
    Emial: Mr. Heuser
     
     
    Velazquez  
    Mr. Vincente Velazquez
    Team 5
    Pioneer Academy Coordinator
    440-284-5227
     
     
     
     
     
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    Ms. Patti Stiteler
    Administrative Assistant
    440.284.8300
    Email  Ms. Stiteler