Summer Meal Program

Wickliffe City School District families may pick up student meals as part of our summer meal program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at door #17 on the North side of Wickliffe High School near the Family Resource Center.

Welcome to WES

A huge thank you to our parents, caregivers, students, staff, and community members for your support as we navigated this unprecedented time. We are grateful to be your partner in your child’s educational journey. Have a relaxing summer and stay well.

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-Ms. Bearer and Mrs. Makee 

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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

School Stuff

WES School Supply Lists

 (updated 8/4/2020)Updated Kindergarten List 
Email

District Email Conversion

The District is currently in the process of converting to a new email program. During the conversion period (August 7-11) there may be a delay in email response from District staff members. If you sent an email to a staff member on Friday, August 7th, it is possible that it was not received. Please resend any emails from August 7th.

The new email addresses follow the format of [email protected] Emails sent to the old email address will be forwarded. Staff emails can be found in the staff directory: WCSD Emails 

Free & Reduced Lunch App

Free / Reduced Meal Application

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

Online Learning Option for 2020-21 School Year

Wickliffe Schools is offering on online learning option for all students for the 2020-21 school year. Please see attached for information and registration.
 

2020-21 School Year - Re-Opening Community Presentation, FAQs

Attached is the presentation from the community Zoom meeting held on July 14, 2020 regarding the re-opening of the Wickliffe Schools for the 2020-21 school year. Also attached are FAQs regarding the school re-opening plan.
 

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 Results/New Facility Update

Attached are the results of the Exterior Visual Preference Survey conducted by ThenDesign Architecture. The report summary provides information about how respondents reacted to a variety of options related to the exterior design of the new building. 

Visual Preference Survey - Summary Report

In addition, consider this a brief update regarding progress on the new facility:

- Hammond Construction was selected by the Board to serve as the Construction Manager for the project. Hammond has completed hundreds of school projects in Ohio and surrounding states. Locally, Hammond has been the construction manager for the Euclid Schools, Hudson Schools, Strongsville Schools, North Olmsted Schools, North Royalton Schools, and the Akron Schools.

- The schematic design of the building will be complete by the end of June and sent to estimators for review. 

- The process of exterior design has started. 

- Currently, soil boring, testing, and site preparation is taking place. 

- A traffic study is being completed with the cooperation of the city.

- Student surveys regarding lockers, storage, and common space have been distributed and the results are being reviewed. 

- The district is working with consultants in a variety of areas to ensure that high standards are met in areas such as technology, food service, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, environmental sustainability, and other areas.

- Progress is on-track and on time.

Key timeline dates

  • Completion of new stadium turf            8/21
  • Completion of PK-12 building                5/23
  • Demolition of WHS                                 8/23
  • Completion of north parking lot             8/23
  • Completion of south parking lot            11/23
  • Demolition of WES and WMS                 11/23
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.
Wickliffe Elementary School 
1821 Lincoln Road
Wickliffe, OH  44092 
 
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Main Office: 440.943.0320
Fax:  440.943.7781
Attendance & Registration:  440.943.3240 
Clinic:  440.943.7784
 

Kindergarten Registration

 
Do you have an incoming preschool or kindergarten student for the 2020-2021 school year? Contact us at (440)943-0320 or Mrs. Pfundstein
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WCS Licensed Staff Preparation

Mon Aug 17 2020
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Student Orientation Sessions

Tue Aug 25 2020
to Fri Aug 28 2020

WCS No School (Labor Day)

Mon Sep 7 2020

WCS No School (NEOEA Day)

Fri Oct 9 2020
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