Over the past several weeks district staff at all levels worked hard to prepare our schools and learning environments for the start of school. All of the hard work of the last few weeks paid off with the return of our Streetsboro students. It is great to have them back again!
The district is required to report all cases of COVID for students or staff. Close contacts from school must also be reported to the county health department. This year we will be using an automated messaging system to communicate with you if your child has been identified as a close contact.
I apologize for the “robo” voice, but this is the only way our all-call system is able to specify a specific student. Families with multiple children need to know this information so that only the correct child is quarantined.
There are changes from last year that could impact your child’s ability to attend school or participate in athletics if they are identified as a close contact. The full details of the quarantine guidance are available on the school website. Look for the “Safe Return to Schools” option under the “home” tab.
For COVID exposure at school:
Students who are identified as a close contact will be able to continue to attend school in person and participate in extracurricular activities:
- IF they are vaccinated,
- OR if they consistently and correctly wear a mask,
- AND they remain symptom free.
Students that are not masked and not vaccinated will have to quarantine outside of school and will not be able to participate in athletics during their quarantine period.
For COVID exposure outside of school:
- Vaccinated students may attend all school activities and participate in all extra-curricular activities including sports, but should wear a mask during their quarantine period.
- Unvaccinated students will need to quarantine outside of school. They are not permitted to attend or participate in any extra curricular activities including sports during their quarantine period.
While it seems that so many of our thoughts are focused on this pandemic, following these health guidelines continues to be our best hope for our children staying in school, participating in our many activities and enjoying their school experiences.
For this reason, Streetsboro City Schools is STRONGLY RECOMMENDING all staff and students wear a mask while indoors at school regardless of vaccination status.
In partnership with Akron Children’s Hospital, COVID vaccinations will be made available at school for students over the age of 12. If you are interested in your child receiving a vaccine please complete the vaccine clinic paperwork that will soon be distributed by your child’s school.
The Portage County Health Department is also offering the following clinics for those wishing to be vaccinated. Combined Back-to-School and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics are being held at:
- James A. Garfield High School Gymnasium, 10223 Mantua Drive, Garrettsville, August 25, 3:00-6:00pm
- Ravenna High School Field House, 6589 North Chestnut Street, Ravenna, August 31, 3:00pm-6:00pm
- Crestwood Schools, 10880 John Edward Drive, Mantua, September 2, 3:00pm-6:00pm
- Portage County Health District, every Wednesday for children, 8:00am-12:00pm
- (PCHD Children’s Vaccination Clinic is by appointment only. Call 330-296-9919, ext. 135 to schedule an appointment.)
Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:
- Portage County Randolph Fair EMS Building, August 27, 10:00am-12:00pm
- Portage County Randolph Fair EMS Building, August 28, 10:00am-12:00pm
Adult and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic:
- Portage County Health District, every Tuesday for adults, 8:00am-12:00pm (by appointment only, call 330-296-9919, ext. 135 to schedule an appointment)
- Additional clinics are being scheduled and will be posted on the PCHD website (www.portagecounty-oh.gov/portage-county-health-district)
With the first three days in the books, the simple idea of having all our students back in class is one we will not take for granted. Do all you can to make learning a priority, keep the kids healthy and safe.
On a brighter note…
Mr. Daulbaugh is currently at home and has been following doctor’s orders to reduce his stress and screen time. I spoke with him earlier this week and he feels badly that he was not able to participate in the “start of school activities” this year. Those of you who know him can appreciate how difficult it is for him to be away at this time. He is looking forward to returning soon.
Thanks to federal COVID relief grants, our elementary students will be learning mathematics differently this year. AP Chemistry was added to the long list of course options at SHS and several AP math courses will be using the most up-to-date textbooks and teaching materials.
The varsity football team travels to Girard tonight for the first football game of the season. Next week, the soccer, volleyball, golf and cross country teams will all be in action. There are many opportunities for you to come out and cheer on our Middle and High school students. For a complete listing please check our district website – – look for the athletics section. Join me in wishing them good luck in their athletic pursuits.
And for those of you who enjoy data, here is info from the first week of school…
- School Bus miles driven taking kids to and from school – 3,450
- Number of students routed on school buses – 1,544
- Number of field trips for athletics – 12
- Meals served during the first week of school – 2,940
- Password resets for staff & students – 187
- Active logins to Google Accounts – 1,486
- Amount of files stored for all users – 7.79 TB
Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, and GO Rockets!
Director of Student Services