This message is for all families that need access to health care.
With Ohio’s ordered school-building closure period set to last until at least Monday, April 6, Toledo Public Schools students are not able to access our TPS school-based health centers.
That is why the Rams Health Center and the Bulldog Health Center are currently offering a Telehealth option for all Toledo Public Schools students. Access to a health care provider for physical or mental health is available.
All students who are enrolled in Apex Credit Recovery courses are able to continue in their course and DO NOT need to contact their Apex administrator or teacher to unlock these items.
Students need to take their time and try their very best the FIRST time they take an Apex quiz. The score earned the first time is the score that will be entered in the grade book. That goes for unit tests, too.
All final exams remain locked and CANNOT be unlocked for completion at HOME. If students have completed all of their activities with the exception of the final exam, they need to EMAIL their administrator to let them know. If these students need to recover credit in another course, those administrators will get another APEX course assigned to them at that time.
Apex students taking an English, Biology or Physical Science course need to complete their practice writing pieces and dry labs at home using the resources provided in the Apex course. These activities need to be saved and brought to school when classes resume in April. Final exams will also be completed when students return to school.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that Apex students do their very best. This means reading through all presented material, completing all practice items and study sheets, and taking their time on quizzes and tests... NO CLICKING AND GUESSING!
As always with Apex Credit Recovery Courses, students must have an overall final score of 70 percent or higher to recover the credit.
Students can login to apex at www.apexvs.com where they will be able to login with their assigned username and password.
With Ohio’s ordered school-building closure period lasting until at least Monday, April 6, administrators at Toledo Public Schools understand how overwhelming the situation is for families. The following tips have been compiled to help parents and guardians as they work with their children on assignments.
Below is a copy of the parent letter sent to families on Friday, May 13, about the steps Toledo Public Schools is taking as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine mandated all schools in the state close for at least three weeks. Here is the letter in Spanish: Parent Letter
This is a copy of the information that all families have, or will, receive from their schools.
March 13, 2020
Dear TPS Families:
Following the mandate from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Toledo Public Schools will be closing schools for three weeks, starting Monday, March 16. It has been determined that closing schools will be an effective way to disrupt widespread infection of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of now, this is the schedule we will follow:
• Today, Friday, March 13, is the last day of school for students until at least Monday, April 6; students will be given assignments to take home today and complete next week
• TPS staff members will report on Monday, March 16, to complete up to 10 additional days of Blizzard Bags. They will be distributed on Monday, March 23, at schools from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
• All Blizzard Bag assignments are expected to be completed as they will count toward end-of-the-year grades.
• Additional supplemental materials by grade level will be accessible on www.tps.org
• Students taking college courses will follow the policies of their university for course completion
• Students enrolled in APEX learning, iReady and Lexia may access their curriculum at www.tps.org
• During the mandated closure period, all schools will be open at least two days per week, for two-hour blocks, for students and families to come in and pick up curriculum. The schools will determine the days and times and you will receive an All Call on Monday, March 16, with those details.
• For additional questions, starting this coming Monday, March 16, please call 419-671-0001 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Current information about closings, meals, student assignments, etc., will be available to callers.
We know this is an alarming situation for everyone. We have developed the following update to provide as much practical information as possible as we navigate this unprecedented situation. Please know we understand how extremely difficult our closing will be on our students and families and we are doing everything in our power to make sure you have resources while the district is closed.
What provisions are being made for students to continue to receive free breakfast and lunch each day?
• The buildings will be open for meal distribution from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., starting on Wednesday, March 18. In order to prepare enough meals each day, parents and guardians will need to call The United Way of Greater Toledo’s 2-1-1 line at least 48 hours to confirm the dates for breakfast and/or lunch for their student(s)
• Starting this Wednesday, March 18, the following schools will be open for TPS students to pick-up ‘grab and go’ breakfast and lunches:
• Bowsher High School - 2200 Arlington - Attendance Office Entrance
• Jones Leadership Academy - 430 Nebraska - Main Entrance
• Rogers High School - 222 McTigue - Main Entrance
• Scott High School - 2400 Collingwood - Attendance Office Entrance
• Start High School - 2010 Tremainsville - Cafeteria Door Entrance
• TTA/DeVilbiss High School - 3301 Upton - Main Entrance
• Waite High School - 301 Morrison - Career Center Entrance
• Woodward High School - 701 E. Central - Main Entrance
• Other locations may be added
Are there any resources available to help me talk to my child about this pandemic?
There are great resources provided by the National Association of School Psychologists for talking with your children. You can access those through this link: https://www.nasponline.org/
Will closing schools impact TPS spring break?
No. The Toledo Public Schools spring break will not be impacted.
We know that closing our schools will impact our most vulnerable families and we recognize that working families depend on the consistency and predictability of supports and services our schools offer. We are working with partners and the city to determine how to best mitigate the impact closing schools will have on working families.
We also recognize there are still a lot of unknowns about this virus and just how prevalent it is in our community. We will continue to stay in conversations with federal, state and local officials, as well as our community partners, and updates will be provided to families through all-calls, posts to social media and the district’s website.
With Novel Coranavirus (COVID-19) cases now being reported in Ohio, Toledo Public Schools has developed an extensive question-and-answer document that will answer most questions that families have: Coronavirus FAQ sheet; Coronavirus FAQ sheet - Spanish; Coronavirus FAQ sheet - Chinese
To learn more about what the Ohio Department of Education is doing, please watch this video from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria: Coronavirus Video
Also, here is some history and facts about this virus.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, a new virus first reported in Wuhan, China, causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. The symptoms of COVID-19 infection are: fever, cough and shortness of breath.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is through methods similar to those we use to protect ourselves from the seasonal flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it in the trash
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- Stay home when you are sick
- You should not go to work and your child should not go to school if you or your child has a fever of 100.4 or greater
Please contact your physician should you or your students develop flu-like symptoms. Families that live in the Rogers, Waite and Scott High School learning communities are encouraged to visit the health clinics located in the three high schools should anyone in the family develop flu-like symptoms.
More information on the coronavirus can be found by visiting these links: