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:
Scott High School seniors - and their parents and guardians - got a wonderful surprise the morning of Wednesday, January 29, when Pete Kadens, an Ottawa Hills native who now lives in Chicago, pledged to pay for their room and board, tuition and all fees for either college or a trade school.
Mr. Kadens, the retired CEO of Green Thumb, a national cannabis company, also made the same pledge for one parent or legal guardian of each student. For more information, visit Hope-Toledo.org
The offer covers any accredited Ohio public college, university or trade school, as well as Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and Lourdes University in Sylvania. For the parent guardian, the offer is extended to any accredited public school, university or trade school within 45 miles of Scott, as well as Eastern Michigan and Lourdes.
In order to qualify, students must:
- have been enrolled at Scott High School on Jan. 6 and must graduate before Aug. 15
- complete federal student aid forms in a timely manner; staff members at Toledo Public Schools, Scott High School and H.O.P.E. Toledo, will be available to assist with completing the forms
- write by June 15 a one to two-page essay detailing: their favorite class and why; their least favorite class and why; ways they can improve their performance in the upcoming school year; their biggest regret of the previous school year; and three primary goals for the upcoming school year
To be eligible for themselves, parents and guardians must:
- have a student who was enrolled at Scott on Jan. 6 and graduates from Scott before Aug. 15
- provide paperwork to prove their relationship with the child
- complete federal student aid forms in a timely manner; they can also receive help with completing the forms
While they were still absorbing the news, the Scott families learned the nation would learn about their story. On the evening of Friday, January 31, the story was featured on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell by Toledo native Steve Hartman for the weekly On The Road segment. Watch it here: Toledo students and their parents surprised with free college tuition
A ceremony was held recently at Bowsher High School to acknowledge that the school has ben selected by the Ohio Department of Education as a 2020 Purple Star designee.
The school is the first urban school in the state to receive the honor.
The education department started the Purple Star program four years ago as a way to honor schools' commitment to providing additional services for military-connected students and families.
Robyn Hage, Bowsher's assistant choir director and the staff member responsible for military programming, told The Blade the school honors both students enlisted in the Army as well as staff members who have served in the armed forces, with programming such as a special annual breakfast.
She said the school also has a committee that provides support services for students in military families, "because it’s very cumbersome to come into a building where you don’t know anybody or you are unsure about the classes that you need to take because you move multiple times a school year."
Toledo Public Schools is implementing the following procedures for the 2019 basketball season. These changes are being made with the safety and security of our students, staff members, families and spectators in mind: Entry procedures for basketball games
If you are a student at a TPS school other than the two schools competing, you must present the following form to an administrator at the gate: Athletic entrance form