Here's where to always find out what's going on around the Toledo Public Schools district.
THE EBOLA VIRUS AND TPS
As many of you know, news about the Ebola virus has been in the news both locally and nationally. There are NO cases of Ebola in Ohio, but we want to reassure families that we are closely monitoring the situation. Here is a letter that has been sent to TPS families about this topic: Ebola virus letter. The Ohio Department of Health has set up a 24 hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans’ questions regarding the Ebola virus: 1-866-800-1404. If you would like even more information about this virus, please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website at: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/dis/orbitdis/ebola/Ebola.aspx
TPS LAUNCHES ANTI-BULLYING INITIATIVE
October is National Bullying Prevention Month nationwide and it is the perfect time to announce the anti-bullying efforts going on in Toledo Public Schools. On the home page at www.tps.org, under the Students tab, there is a link called TPS Cares/Anti-Bullying Efforts. There, students and parents and guardians can find definitions of bullying, an anonymous reporting form and a number of resources to help students if they are the victims of bullying. TPS is dedicated to making sure that every student is able to go to school without the fear of harassment. And in October, the following events are planned:
Our plans for the month of October include:
· Having our school counselors conduct presentations in each classroom so all students get the information they need; we will then ask the students to take an anti-bullying pledge that addresses their specific roles in preventing bullying.
· On Wednesday, October 8, there will be a Candlelight Vigil at 5 p.m. at Toledo Early College High School on the campus of the University of Toledo to bring awareness to the issue.
· On October 13, 14 and 17, all students in grades 6th through 9th will be treated to a concert by After Romeo, a national band with an anti-bullying platform. Following the concerts, all students will be given information about bullying prevention to bring home to discuss with you.
TPS RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT FOR HEAD START PROGRAM
On Thursday, June 12, Dr. Romules Durant held a news conference to announce that TPS and two delegate agencies (WSOS Community Action and the Lucas County Family and Children First Council) had been awarded more than $8 million from the federal government to run most of the Head Start operation in Lucas County. Here is a copy of the news release about the grant: Head Start release
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR
Parents who missed the spring deadline and would still like to register their child for kindergarten can pick up forms at the nearest high school or at the TPS Administration Building at 420 E. Manhattan Blvd. Only a parent or guardian can fill out the forms and that person must have a photo ID; three proofs of residence, and the child's birth certificate. Any questions, please call 419-671-8497. All children entering kindergarten must be age 5 on or before Sept. 30.
GUIDE TO ONLINE COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Affordable Colleges Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families, recently published research on all of the not-for-profit universities and colleges in Ohio that offer online college programs. The Ohio colleges guide can be accessed here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/ohio