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Food Service Update

WCSD Parents,

The USDA recently approved the Wickliffe City School District to provide meals for all students regardless of income.  The WCSD will be making free meals available to any enrolled student starting on Tuesday, September 22nd.  

Meal Distribution:
- Monday-Friday in the Wickliffe High School cafeteria between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
- On Tuesdays (no service on 9/22) and Thursdays between 12:45 and 1:15 PM in the Wickliffe Middle School parking lot.
- On Thursdays between 12:00 and 12:30 in the Wickliffe Community Center parking lot. 
- Meal availability is provided on a first come first serve basis. Meals are limited to enrolled students and limited to two meals (breakfast and lunch) per student.  The food must be picked up by the student or parent and cannot be picked up for other students.
SuperUpdate

Superintendent's Update - September 18, 2020

Wickliffe School Families,

After reviewing all of the available information, I have concluded that the Wickliffe Schools will continue with remote instruction through the end of the first quarter. In-person instruction will commence as planned on October 19, 2020. Earlier in the month I was hopeful the district would return to in-person instruction before the end of the first quarter, but recently Lake County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases and the Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner has recommended not changing from remote learning to any kind of in-person instruction until the county remains at Level 2 for four weeks. Lake and Cuyahoga Counties have not demonstrated  the sustained decline anticipated in order to return to in-person instruction.
 
Specifically:
  1. Lake County moved from Level 2 to Level 1 in the middle of August and now the county has moved from Level 1 to Level 2 and the health commissioner is concerned about the potential of moving to Level 3. The commissioner’s concern is people in the county are engaging in behaviors that are leading to greater community spread. Congregate gatherings are increasing and people are relaxing in their use of protective behaviors.
  2. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) is recommending at least four weeks at Level 2 before considering moving to any kind of in-person instruction. Outbreaks in Cuyahoga County have been reduced, in part because schools started remotely based on the commissioner’s recommendations.
  3. Recently, there have been outbreaks in other local school districts that have led to buildings closing, the quarantine of classrooms, and the canceling of athletic events and extracurricular activities.
  4. According to Governor DeWine: Statewide, there has been a consistent increase in new COVID-19 cases among those 0 to 29 years of age over the past several weeks.
Some people have expressed concern about Wickliffe Schools not returning to in-person instruction as other districts in Lake County have done. From a proximity perspective, the district is closer and has more in common with Cuyahoga County schools than Lake County schools:
 
Distance from WHS to:
  • South High School (Willoughby)        3.5 miles
  • Richmond Hts. High School               4.5 miles
  • Euclid High School                            4.9 miles
  • North High School (Eastlake)            5.1 miles
  • Mayfield High School                         7.1 miles
  • Brush High School (SEL)                   7.3 miles
  • Kirtland High School                          8.3 miles
  • Mentor High School                           10.7 miles
  • Harvey High School (Painesville)       16.5 miles
  • Harding High School (Fairport)          17.6 miles
  • Riverside High School (Painesville)   19.4 miles
  • Perry High School                               23.1 miles
  • Madison High School                          29.3 miles
 
  • For example:
    • Lakewood High School         21.4 miles (Closer than Perry)
    • Parma High School               24.8 miles (Closer than Madison)
    • Bay Village High School        29.0 miles (Closer than Madison)
 
It is important that we consider not only our geographic boundaries when determining a return to in-person instruction, but also circumstances that exist in neighboring districts outside of Lake County as well.

Thank you for your patience throughout this time.

Joe Spiccia
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INFOhio Resources for Families, Students, and Educators

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Ohio Department of Health

WCSD COVID-19 Reporting Form

The Wickliffe City School District is providing this reporting form in compliance with the Ohio Director of Health's September 3, 2020 order. That order requires school districts:  "To facilitate timely contact tracing and prevent further transmission of COVID-19, all schools that provide any kindergarten through grade twelve instruction shall maintain a reporting system for parents to report positive tests and/or cases of COVID-19."

The Director's order can be found here: ODH K-12 Order

Please review the information and instructions in the WCSD COVID-19 Reporting Form
IC Students & Parents

Infinite Campus for the 2020-2021 school year

The Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portals are active for the 2020-2021 school year:  WCSD IC Portal

New to the IC Portal or need a refresher?  IC Portal Video  IC Parent & Student Information:  IC Info

Board of Education Meeting and Community Facilities Presentation

Attached is the video link from the August 20, 2020 Board of Education Meeting and Community Facilities Presentation

School Lunch

Food Service During Remote Learning

Food Service will be provided during the period of remote learning.  For information:  WCSD Food Service
Welcome back to school

Fall 2020 Information, Opportunities, and Resources

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! In an effort to better communicate information about the start of the school year, please utilize the Fall 2020 Information, Opportunities, and Resources page for up to the date news, links, and information.


Update

Superintendent's Update - August 4, 2020

Wickliffe Families,

After a great deal of consideration, discussion with public health officials, and study, I have decided to begin the 2020-21 school year remotely, regardless of the level Lake County is in on August 25, 2020. This was not an easy decision because I, like you, want to have our students back in school. However, it is important that we do so safely and in a manner that will minimize the disruptions students have already experienced. I want to share my thinking and the process used in making this decision. Additionally, I am postponing school sports and extracurricular activities pending further guidance from the Ohio Department of Health.

  * As of August 3, 2020 Lake County is designated as Level 2. According to the Lake County Health Commissioner, there is reason to believe Lake County will be at Level 3 in a matter of a few weeks. 

               - As a district, we told the community that in Level 1 or 2, we would open school with students and at Level 3 or 4, we would move to remote instruction.

              - It is disruptive to begin the school year in-person and move to remote instruction in a matter of a couple of weeks.

         * The Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner has strongly recommended the school districts in Cuyahoga County open remotely due to the county being designated Level 3. 

               - Wickliffe’s proximity to Cuyahoga County is obvious and creates a little greater challenge for the district as opposed to other districts in Lake County.

         * According to the CDC, Ohio is among 20 states in which transmission of the virus is at greatest risk. Since the reopening, Ohio has seen a significant increase in COVID cases (93,000 cases and 3,500 deaths).

         * Recent news articles have pointed to day camps and schools that have reopened resulting in more children, school employees, and community members contracting COVID. There is concern the in-person reopening of school may trigger “large spreading events.” 

               - About 7% of COVID cases are children age 18 and younger.

               - There is concern that children can/will transmit COVID to others including teachers. It is clear young people can transmit COVID to adults; the extent is unknown at this time.

          * There are concerns about the capacity and cost ($150.00-200.00 per test) of testing in Lake County. If testing were required due to a case or suspected case of COVID related to a student, staff member, and/or the family of a student/staff member, it would be difficult to appropriately and expeditiously test all those needed to be tested.  

               - A reason for postponing school sports is the current Ohio Department of Health order requiring all participants, coaches, and team officials are tested for COVID (and test negative) within 72 hours of a contest. At this time, it is an impossible standard to meet.

         * Congregate gatherings for adults are not taking place. In many work places people are working from home, and in many cases the number of adults working at any one time is limited. If adults are not meeting in congregate settings, colleges and universities are starting remotely and/or on a limited basis, and most other aspects of daily life have been altered, it does not seem reasonable to bring children back to school. 

The decision to open remotely is prudent and is done with an abundance of caution. I recognize this creates issues for some families with regard to childcare and has the potential to be a challenge for some students and families. However, I am confident this is the best decision we can make for our students, staff, school district, and community at this time. Attached is information related to the beginning of the school year.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this challenging time.

Joseph Spiccia, Superintendent

School Reopening Information

Free & Reduced Lunch App

Free / Reduced Meal Application

Information regarding the federal free / reduced-priced meal program and application:  F/R Application 

Free Workforce Training Available Through Coursera

The Lake County Board of Commissioners along with OhioMeansJobs Lake County and The Lake County Workforce Development Board are excited to announce our partnership with Coursera to support Lake County with the critical skills to succeed in the era of digital transformation. Coursera is a world-class learning platform that provides a transformative learning experience that will empower today’s workforce to upscale their skills to meet the demands of employers. Coursera offers more than 3,800 cutting edge courses, taught by top instructors from190 of the world’s leading universities and organizations including Stanford University, Duke University, and the University of Michigan. Coursera will enable you to:

- Master the most in-demand technology and business skills to excel in your role

- Enjoy an engaging and interactive learning experience with leading instructors

- Work at your own pace with bite-sized sessions and a self-paced learning model

- Earn university-accredited certifications in industry-vetted disciplines

Certifications include Python, Data Science, Google IT, Machine Learning, and Digital Manufacturing & Design Technology Specialization. This program is provided to anyone free of charge through Coursera’s Workforce Recovery Initiative which has been designed to help governments provide their unemployed workers with free access to 3,800 online courses. This program will end on December 31, 2020. For those interested in signing up, please call 440-350-4000, option 3; and an OhioMeansJobs Lake County career counselor will walk you through the process.

 Coursera Flyer

Survey

COVID-19 Community Survey

As we develop a plan for the reopening of school for the 2020-21 school year, we are asking your input so we make the best decisions possible for students and their families. Please take a few minutes to complete the attached survey. We will use the input and data collected as we develop future planning. Our goal is to successfully serve our students and families within the guidance received from the Ohio Departments of Education and Health. Please understand the plans being developed at this time are subject to change based on the latest information and guidance received. 

If you are a parent/caregiver, please click on the link for the Parent/Caregiver Survey. If you are student, please click on the link for the Student Survey.

Thank you,

Joe Spiccia, Superintendent

COVID-19 Parent/Caregiver Survey

COVID-19 Student Survey

Wickliffe Family Resource Center - Donations Needed

The Family Resource Center is in critical need of donations to meet the long term needs of families during this time. Please read for more information and a list of materials needed.  Thank you for your support!  
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Facilities Project - Tentative Timeline

Please review the attached for a tentative timeline for the new facilities project.
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