KLSD Update Center
February 19, 2021
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 2 new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Local Schools from February 15 – February 19, 2021. As a reminder, we have the COVID-19 case information updated daily on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1695873/covid-cases-breakdown.
Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments will be administered at all three schools throughout the first two weeks of March. These exams are given in math and reading to our students in grades K-12 and in science for grades 3-8.
The purpose of these assessments is to determine the instructional needs of students and to track their progress. Teachers analyze this data to help support students, identify intervention, and provide resources for enrichment.
The annual KES Read-a-Thon is in progress now through March 7. The Read-a-Thon supports literacy goals, encourages a love of reading, and raises funds for KES. The money raised directly benefits our students, and pays for resources in classrooms and in the media center. The funds also help support field trips, interactive programming for our students, and much more. Please support the KES PTA by asking five or more friends or family members to sponsor your child as they achieve their literacy goal of reading at least 20 minutes per night.
For our upcoming schedule, we would like to remind parents that on Friday, Feb 26, all schools in Lorain County will be closed as staff will be receiving their first round of vaccinations.
Have a wonderful weekend Wildcats!
February 12, 2021
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 1 new positive COVID-19 case at Keystone Local Schools from February 8 – February 12. As a reminder, we have the COVID-19 case information updated daily on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1695873/covid-cases-breakdown.
I would like to recognize the amazing job our students and staff are doing in diligently following the COVID-19 safety measures by wearing face masks correctly, utilizing barriers, hand-washing and sanitizing, and following social distancing recommendations. Thank you for staying the course!!
On Tuesday, Feb 23, due to law enacted by our Ohio Legislature, we will be offering the ACT to all members of the Class of 2022, free of charge. Freshman, sophomore, and senior students that attend KHS will NOT attend school on February 23. The administration of the ACT is such that all of the high school’s resources will be dedicated to ACT testing on that day. We encourage students in those grade levels to plan college visits, engage in job shadowing activities, or participate in volunteer services. More information about the ACT administration can be found on the Keystone High School website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/keystone-high-school/news/1702667/act-feb-23.
If you were unable to attend the 8th Grade Parent Night last week, a video recording of the information given during the presentation is available on Keystone Middle School’s website under the NEWS heading.
Lastly, great work to Ms. Ratcliff’s fifth grade students as they created an amazing endangered species website. This was a culminating activity to an interactive Project Based Learning (PBL) unit about life sciences. Check out their research projects @ https://sites.google.com/keystoneschools.org/endangeredspecies/home.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
February 5, 2021
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 0 new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Local Schools from February 1 – February 5. As a reminder, we have the COVID-19 case information updated daily on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1695873/covid-cases-breakdown.
As we continue to navigate through cold and flu season, we would like to remind you of our “Plan B” should we need to close due to lack of staffing. We will hold remote learning classes for all of the students in the building that is understaffed. This is not the same as having a calamity day. School will still be held virtually. If we do not have enough staff or substitute coverage, we cannot have face-to-face learners in the school building. In the event of this situation, you will be notified via the all-call/text system, social media outlets, and website.
Regarding community resources, FREE tax prep and filing for those earning less than $60,000 available from the United Way of Greater Lorain County. Call 211 to make an appointment today. View the information below or visit their website @ https://www.uwloraincounty.org/free-tax-prep-and-filing-available-throughout-lorain-county-including-walk-super-saturday-location-0 for additional details.
LCPH is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people who live or work in Lorain County and qualify for Phase 1b. On their website, there is a sign-up option to be notified when clinics are available. View additional details @ LorainCountyHealth.com/signup.
Lastly, by partnering with the Smiles Program, Keystone Elementary and Middle School will offer mobile dentistry services for our students. State licensed dentists will come to our campus during school hours on March 2 and 3. Appointments are limited, and students are served on a first-come first-serve basis. Learn more and sign up your child to receive this service @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1700675/mobile-dentistry-services-k-5.
Have a wonderful weekend Keystone!
January 29, 2021
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 2 new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Local Schools from January 25 – January 29. As a reminder, we have the COVID-19 case information updated daily on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1695873/covid-cases-breakdown.
Please review the quarantine protocol - We follow the guidelines from the Lorain County Health Department, which states that a 14-day quarantine is necessary if you live with or come into close contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19. Please use the resources on their website for additional information @ https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/coronavirus.
The Lorain County Health Department has updated COVID-19 vaccination information on their website @ https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/vaccine/lhd-guidance-covid-19-vaccine-lhds.pdf.
LCPH is also coordinating COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people who live or work in Lorain County and qualify for Phase 1b. On their website, there is a sign-up option to be notified when clinics are available. View additional details @ LorainCountyHealth.com/signup.
Partnering with the Smiles Program, Keystone Elementary and Middle School will offer mobile dentistry services for our students. State licensed dentists will come to our campus during school hours on March 2 and 3. Appointments are limited, and students are served on a first-come first-serve basis. Learn more and sign up your child to receive this service @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1700675/mobile-dentistry-services-k-5.
Have a wonderful weekend Keystone!
January 22, 2021
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 4 new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Local Schools from January 18 – January 22. As a reminder, we have the COVID-19 case information updated daily on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1695873/covid-cases-breakdown.
Thank you all so much for an amazing first semester! Amidst many changes and challenges, we have been successful! This is a team effort, resulting from the hard work of our students, parents, and staff.
In upcoming events, this month’s virtual parent forum will take place on Tuesday, Jan 26 from 6-7pm. The virtual meeting is limited to the first 25 respondents. We will inform you if you are among the first 25, and the meeting link will be sent at that time to the email you provided on the sign-up form. Sign up @ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-hzZcecIkPow5e90WyevGrOf2Bu2dtgsQxhf0BBUCqTXErA/viewform.
Kindergarten registration begins on Jan 25 and concludes on May 28, 2021. This is done by appointment only. Please view our website or call the elementary school at 440-355-2300 for more information.
Lastly, take part in our competition against Wellington School District residents by participating in the KEY Collaborative's Winter Warm Up Challenge from Jan 24 - Feb 14! In the competition, the district with the most "steps" wins. Participants may also earn steps with other physical activities, such as housework, shoveling snow, or stretching. View more information @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1699740/winter-warm-up-keystone-vs-wellington.
Have a wonderful weekend Keystone!
January 15, 2021
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 0 new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Local Schools from January 11 – January 15. As a reminder, we have the COVID-19 case information updated daily on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1695873/covid-cases-breakdown.
We work closely with the Lorain County Health Department, and as such, we want to provide general information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination process. The Health Department began vaccinating individuals in the Phase 1a group in December. Individuals in this group include those at highest risk and hands-on healthcare workers. The full list of individuals in Phase 1a can be found @ https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/vaccine/lhd-guidance-covid-19-vaccine-lhds.pdf.
Vaccinations for individuals in the Phase 1b group maybe vaccinated in late January or early February. Phase 1b includes adults 65 years and older, adults who work in schools, and those living with conditions that make them more vulnerable to illness. The LCPH informed me that the earliest they will start vaccinating adults that work in schools is the week of February 1, 2021.
Vaccinations for Phase 2 individuals begin after Phase 1a and 1b. This group includes critical populations who choose to be vaccinated. In Phases 3 and 4, the vaccination will be available to all Ohioans.
LCPH is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people who live or work in Lorain county and qualify for phase 1a or phase 1b. On their website, there is a sign-up option to be notified when clinics are available for Phase 1. Please use this helpful resource @ LorainCountyHealth.com/signup.
All of this information, in its full form, can be found of the Lorain County Health’s Department website @ https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/coronavirus?gtm_cardu=urgentcard.
*Please note: due to availability of vaccines, the Health Department may have to adjust the projected distribution.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
January 8, 2021
Thank you for your generous flexibility and continual support during this continually evolving and unpredictable school year. I would like to address questions concerning the necessity of the three proposed staff workdays that will precede the start of Semester II. It is important for us to transparently report how we will utilize the time and why the additional time is necessitated.
Firstly, as we have experienced as educators and you as parents and community members, this school year is far from normal. More preparation has been required than ever before. Much of this centers around the fact that we chose to give parents/students the option to engage in remote or face-to-face learning. In doing this, we knew we would have to allocate staff for specifically remote purposes and that many of our teachers would be teaching both virtual and face-to-face classes.
Secondly, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators have been giving up their planning time, lunches, and thus vastly extending their work hours to cover staffing shortages, from filling in for other teachers to monitoring buses, lunches, and covering all areas needed for us to be able to keep our buildings open for face-to-face learners. Please use the following link to access a detailed description of the work that will take place from Jan 20-22: Agenda & Objectives Jan 20, 21, and 22, 2021.
We have also had many questions concerning the days required for quarantine. We follow the guidelines from the Lorain County Health Department, which states that students and staff must maintain a 14-day quarantine after coming into contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19. Please use the resources on their website for additional information @ https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/coronavirus.
Have a wonderful weekend Keystone, and again, thank you for your support and flexibility.
December 18, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 10 (*updated 12/21) new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Local Schools from December 11 – December 18. The Health Department is performing contact tracing and will communicate with individuals they deem as high risk for exposure.
Our COVID-19 case numbers are updated daily on our website. Find this information @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1695873/covid-cases-breakdown.
Thank you for your flexibility yesterday as our KHS students transferred to remote learning. The decision to have the high school students go remote was based on staffing shortages.
When we are remote, on days like yesterday and during the weeks after Thanksgiving break, our building staff continue to work hard. They made 288 additional plexiglass barriers, placing them throughout the middle school. We will be placing similar barriers in our elementary and high school buildings.
The Lorain County Health Department has many resources to help families make safe decisions as they celebrate the holidays. By following these suggestions and guidelines, you can help minimize the risk for you and your loved ones. These resources are available on their website @ www.loraincountyhealth.com. Click on the following text to view their Holiday Season Safety Guide Flyer.
Have a wonderful weekend Keystone, and thank you again for your flexibility as we navigate through this unpredictable time.
December 11, 2020
During the past three weeks in which we have been remote, the Lorain County Public Health Department reported 17 new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Schools from Nov 20 – Dec 10.
We look forward to seeing our face-to-face learners back in the classroom on Monday, Dec 14.
The decision to transfer to the remote learning platform from face-to-face instruction, and vice-versa, focuses on the following primary indicators: staffing, the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, and guidance from the Lorain County Public Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, and Governor DeWine. The principal reason for our transfer to remote learning during the past three weeks was due to the inability to fill needed positions with substitutes, which is occurring county and state wide. Our staffing levels continue to be tight, especially as we enter cold and flu season. Parents always have the option to transport their student to and from school. KeyCare services are also available. Learn more @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/parents/key-care or contact Key Care Supervisor April Asbury @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we prepare to come back on Monday, please be diligent in checking your child daily for symptoms of illness. To protect everyone, students are not to be sent to school if they exhibit any symptoms of illness. Additionally, if your child has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you cannot send them to school until they have quarantined for 14 days. The CDC has allowed for the number of days to change in some cases, but Lorain County Public Health is still requiring students to quarantine for 14 days. I appreciate your support and strict adherence to the regulations set forth by the Health Department.
During the past three weeks, our building staff has been working hard on constructing and placing additional plexiglass barriers at the middle school. We are placing similar barriers in our elementary and high school buildings.
Lastly, I would like to thank the attendees who participated in this week’s parent feedback forum. We discussed our transition to remote learning and the importance of barriers for face-to-face instruction. We also had valuable feedback from our parents of full-time remote learners. They expressed a desire for more live instruction when our in-class learners return. We sincerely appreciate these comments and concerns and will continue to do our best to make our teaching practices efficient and successful for all learners.
Have a wonderful weekend Keystone.
December 4, 2020 *UPDATE
I regret to inform you that due to sudden staffing issues, especially with transportation, we are unable to bring our students back to school next week. So we will continue with full remote learning for the week of December 7th - 11th.
Please understand that we want to bring our students back and believe we can do so safely. However, with our current situation we cannot staff appropriately for face-to-face learning.
We will continue to evaluate our staffing situation next week. We will let everyone know our plan for the week of December 14th by the end of the day next Friday, December 11th.
We understand that this is a difficult situation for all. As both a father and an educator I do not take this decision lightly. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through the pandemic.
November 24, 2020
Thank you all so much for working with us this week to adjust to remote learning. It is our intention to resume face-to-face classes on Monday, Dec 7. Please use the next two weeks to get healthy and remember to practice the recommendations from the Lorain County Health Department: mask up, back up, and wash up.
Have a great Thanksgiving Keystone!
UPDATE as of 4pm on Nov 20
On Friday, Nov 20, the Lorain County Health Department recommended Keystone Schools transfer to a remote learning environment, beginning on Monday, Nov 23 with the projected return date of Monday, Dec 7.
We have always followed the recommendations of the Lorain County Health Department, and we will continue to do so.
From Sept 7 - Nov 12, we only had 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This week alone, 13 new cases have been reported. In addition, over 40 students along with a number of staff members have been quarantined. With the growing numbers, staffing has continued to be difficult to manage. We cannot have face-to-face learners without enough staff members to cover classes.
Our remote building plans are now in effect. Your child’s administrators and teachers are prepared for this transition and are available to answer questions and address concerns.
Both nationwide and locally, the increase in cases is largely due to COVID “burnout.” People are not following safety measures, like social distancing, limiting group gatherings, wearing face masks correctly, and consistently washing their hands.
We need YOU to help us combat the spread of the virus by following the recommendations of medical professionals. This is why the projected date of return is Monday, Dec 7. The LCHD advised that a span of two weeks, in which everyone takes appropriate precautions, can decrease the number of positive cases. Let’s work together to ensure a safe and healthy future for our students, staff, families, and community members.
November 20, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 13 new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Local Schools from November 13 – November 20 at noon. The Health Department is performing contact tracing and will communicate with individuals they deem as high risk for exposure.
As you know, we experienced an increase in the number of positive cases at Keystone. For the majority of cases this week, the Health Department traced the spread of the virus to out-of-school get togethers. With the numbers going up in Ohio and Lorain County, we expect we will have more people testing positive and/or quarantining.
This week there was speculation that Governor DeWine was going to postpone or cancel winter interscholastic sports; he did not. However, contact tracing specifically with basketball is very difficult. If one basketball player tests positive for COVID-19, their entire team, along with any team they played when exposure was possible, must be quarantined. The Lorain County Public Health Department requires the quarantine to last for 14 days even if a student is tested and has a negative result.
You may notice that schools across different counties or even in Lorain County are handling COVID-19 cases differently. This is because each county is led by its own health department. In addition, no two situations are identical. At this point, exposure at Keystone Schools has been minimal as the Health Department has stated that cases are being spread at events that occur outside of the school day. At Keystone, we follow the safety protocols to minimize exposure. Please continue to treat any individual you come into contact with as a potential carrier.
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, we encourage you to review the Health Departments “Tips for a Safe Holiday Season” available @ Lorain County Health Department Holiday Season Safety Tips and Reminders.
Thank you for all you are doing in following these safety measures. Together, we can do our part to minimize exposure and keep our children, parents, families, and community members safe and healthy.
November 13, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 2 new positive COVID-19 cases at Keystone Local Schools from November 6 – November 12. The Health Department is performing contact tracing and will communicate with individuals they deem as high risk for exposure. Any person testing positive must quarantine until cleared to return to school.
Following the recommendation of Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell, we will not share the name or other identifiable information of the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
In recent meetings, Covell stated that case numbers, thus far, are not representative of the cases spread at the school as the majority of the cases are spread outside of school, often during family get togethers, parties, holiday celebrations, etc. He reiterated that we should always treat everyone we come into contact with as a potential carrier.
We discussed this and addressed other questions from parents during our feedback forum on Monday, Nov 9. Virtual attendees asked questions about sending their children back to school after learning remotely during the first semester. We discussed our safety measures, including barriers, face mask requirements, plexiglass, social distancing, and cleaning protocols. The purpose of the safety measures is to safeguard against the spread of the virus. If a student tests positive, it does not mean it will spread in the school if everyone follows the safety protocols.
They also posed questions about our Semester II decision deadline of Friday, November 16. They expressed a desire to extend the deadline to occur after parent/teacher conferences. As a result of this conversation, we have extended the Semester II decision time to Sunday, November 22, 2020.
As always, we appreciate your feedback and look forward to our upcoming parent forum in December. Have a great weekend Keystone!
November 6, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 1 new COVID-19 case at Keystone Schools for the week of October 29 – November 5.
Thank you all for signing up to our Feedback Forum, scheduled for this Monday, Nov 9 from 6-7pm. We had a very significant response, but at this time, the attendee number is capped at 25. You will receive an email from me today, letting you know if you were among the first 25 individuals who signed up. If you do not receive an email TODAY, I hope you will continue to express interest in our next forum, which will take place next month. Thank you all again for your interest.
From November 6 – 22, an online form MUST be completed if you are changing the CURRENT learning platform for your child. This information is for the second semester, beginning on January 18. If you are NOT changing your child’s learning platform, you DO NOT need to fill out the form; your child’s remote or face-to-face status will remain the same. Access additional information and the form @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1694928/semester-ii-learning-platform-decision.
As an administrator, former teacher, and parent myself, I know what a tough decision this is, especially with the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 virus. I sincerely appreciate your understanding.
Congratulations to our KHS students who were inducted today into the prestigious National Honor Society. This induction exemplifies their commitment to the four pillars of the organization: character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Congratulations to the 19 new NHS members: Kortney Bartlome, Lillian Cassell, Alexandria Corn, Braden Cuson, Abigail Drake, Brynn Duta, Stephen Faltay, Luke Forthofer, Kennedy Kerr, Caleb Lekki, Charles Magel, Hannah Maitland, Virgina Reaser , Jakob Rich, Aiden Rodachy, Tori Storrow, Johnathon Wargo, Hali Woods, and Erin Yates.
Have a great weekend Wildcats!
October 30, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 1 new COVID-19 case at Keystone Schools for the week of October 22 – October 29.
From November 6 – 22, an online form MUST be completed if you are changing the CURRENT learning platform for your child. This information is for the second semester, beginning on January 18. If you are NOT changing your child’s learning platform, you DO NOT need to fill out the form, and your child’s remote or face-to-face status will remain the same. The form will be on our website and linked to our social media pages. It must be completed by November 22. We know making these decisions is hard, with the unpredictability of the future; however, we need this data to plan for the second semester.
As we all look forward to Halloween festivities, the Lorain County Health Department reminds us there is no such thing as zero risk for COVID-19 exposure. They have issued COVID-19 reminders and tips for Halloween activities: use sanitizer and wash your hands often, wear masks correctly, eat only factory-wrapped treats, maintain social distancing, and avoid having children grab candy out of a bowl. A fun alternative to this would be to build a candy slide with PVC pipes to give out treats. These tips and other health reminders can always be found on their website @ https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/covid19resources.
Lastly, Election Day is THIS Tuesday, November 3. If you have an absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by November 2 and received no later than November 13. If you choose to return your absentee ballot in person to your polling precinct, you must do so by November 3 at 7:30pm. Polling locations can be found at https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx. Remember to bring a current ID to your polling location. Acceptable forms of ID’s are available @ https://www.usa.gov/voter-id.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
October 23, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 0 new COVID-19 cases at Keystone Schools for the week of October 16 – October 22.
As we are seeing COVID case numbers rise throughout the country, we want to ensure you are aware of our Plan B. There are two main factors that would precipitate Plan B. An increase in COVID cases at Keystone, building or classroom-wise, and staff absences.
We have outlined some plausible situations that would necessitate Plan B. If our staff cannot attend school, and we cannot get enough substitute coverage, we cannot have face-to-face learners in the school building. If this occurs, and we have enough coverage at KES and KMS but not enough at KHS, only KHS will go remote for that day(s). KES and KMS learners will still report as usual.
This policy also applies to COVID cases. All three buildings will not go remote if the COVID cases are tied to one classroom or building. For example, if the COVID cases at KMS necessitate remote learning for a day, KES and KHS students will still attend classes as usual. This is not the same as closing due to a Coronavirus concern. In the event of these situations, you will be notified via the all-call/text system, social media outlets, and website by 6am.
In terms of transportation, if we do not have enough bus drives for a particular day, we will adjust our routes. This may entail changing the time your child will be picked up, or you can always choose to drop your student off. You will be informed of this the same way as detailed in the preceding paragraphs.
Thank you for understanding the necessity of this plan, and please consider signing up to be a substitute teacher or bus driver @ https://www.applitrack.com/nccohio/onlineapp/. PLEASE read my full press release regarding this on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1691781/planning-ahead.
Red Ribbon Week will take place from October 26-October 30. This is a week for students to take a visible stand against drugs. At KES, KMS, and KHS, students can show their personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle by signing a Red Ribbon Week Pledge and participating in spirit week. The themes for each day next week are on the school homepages. Visit https://www.redribbon.org/ to learn more about the Red Ribbon Week program.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
October 16, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported zero new COVID-19 cases at Keystone Schools for the week of October 6 – October 15.
I would like to thank the individuals who attended our virtual feedback forum this Wednesday. Our parents, grandparents, and guardians in attendance were very complimentary of our teachers and expressed appreciation for the way we have navigated this year’s educational platform. Thanks to their feedback, we are also able to identify ways to adjust our online learning to meet the needs of our students. Our next forum will be held in November, with the specific date and time forthcoming.
Our Food Service Department, led by Director Jody White, continues to do an outstanding job packing week-long breakfast and lunch meals for our online learners. Over the past two weeks, they have serviced over 180 students. Following meal guidelines for schools, breakfast items include two grains, fruit, and a milk. Lunch includes one meat/meat alternative (yogurt or cheese), a fruit, vegetable, grain, and milk. View our weekly menus and nutrition information @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/departments/food-services.
The Lorain County Health Department provides a plethora of information about COVID-19 related resources, lists of vaccine clinics in our area, and a multitude of additional health related materials. To access this information, navigate to https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/vaccines.
We encourage you to check out our live streaming of Keystone sports! This stream also includes awesome performances during the games by our KHS band and cheerleaders. Access these live streams @ https://sportscopelive.com.
Keystone Families: If a member of your immediate household is sick and actively being tested for Covid-19, please do not send siblings or other members of the household into school until that individual's results come back.
Lastly, we are continually seeking part-time bus drivers, lunch monitors, and substitute teachers. Bus drivers receive free training. Please consider becoming a part of the Keystone family by viewing and applying for these positions @ https://www.applitrack.com/nccohio/onlineapp/.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
October 8, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 1 new COVID-19 case at Keystone Schools for the week of September 28 – October 5. While we must protect the privacy of individuals involved, we are committed to transparently relaying information concerning COVID-19.
We are working directly with the Lorain County Health Department and Commissioner Dave Covell. Following protocol, the Health Department performed contact tracing, notifying any individuals who may have been directly impacted by this situation. Any person testing positive must quarantine until cleared to return to school by the Health Department. We will continue to follow all COVID-19 related safety procedures. The safety measures and protocols we follow for each school are on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1687474/safety-measures.
We received grant money from The Ohio Department of Education to provide WiFi services to our students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunches. The free WiFi is on a first come/first serve basis and will be offered to families until the grant funds are used. View more information and apply for the program @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1692217/wifi-program.
We are hosting monthly virtual meetings to obtain your feedback concerning virtual learning, school policies, and more. Questions, comments, or concerns for specific teachers or about individual students will not be addressed by the group. Answers to these types of questions can be obtained by contacting your child's teacher and/or building administrator. Each session is limited to the first 25 individuals who sign up.
Our first session is on Wednesday, October 14 from 6-7pm. Please sign up @ Parent Feedback Forum.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
October 2, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 0 new COVID-19 cases at Keystone for the week of September 21 – September 28.
During our first week of providing free breakfast and lunch for our virtual learners, we serviced 101 students. I would like to thank Jody White, Food Service Supervisor, and her staff for smoothly running the meal pick-up and for preparing 1010 to go meals. Virtual meal sign up for the coming week began today at 8am and will conclude Tuesday, Oct 6 at noon. Please remember that in order to receive these meals, VIRTUAL learners must fill out a form every Tuesday by noon. The meal sign up form is deactivated on Tuesdays at noon and reactivated for sign ups on Fridays at 8am. This week, meals will be distributed on Thursday, Oct 8 and Friday, Oct 9 from 9:15-10:30. Students do not have school on Friday (10/09), but meals will still be distributed as scheduled.
In my meetings with superintendents across Lorain County, we have discussed plausible staffing issues due to illness or lack of substitute teachers. Per Health Department guidelines, staff cannot enter the workplace if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. If staff vacancies cannot be filled due to the substitute shortage across EVERY district in Lorain County or other factors, we will hold remote learning classes for all of the students in the building that is understaffed. This is not the same as closing due to a Coronavirus concern. PLEASE read my full press release regarding this on our website @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1691781/planning-ahead.
As we continue to delve into this school year, we would like to provide additional outlets for you to share your feedback, comments, concerns, and questions. We want to give YOU a voice. Thus, we are hosting a new platform to solicit this information in the form of a monthly virtual meeting. Please read the full article about our PARENT FORUM @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/about/news/1691759/parent-forum.
Have a wonderful weekend Keystone!
September 25, 2020
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 0 new COVID-19 cases at Keystone for the week of September 14 – September 21.
We are providing free breakfast and lunch for our virtual learners beginning the week of Sept 30. I outlined a few details below; however, for the comprehensive process along with the sign-up form, please access the article titled “VIRTUAL LEARNER MEALS” on our website. The first food pickup will be on Oct 1 and 2. In order to receive meals, VIRTUAL learners must fill out an order form EVERY Tuesday by 12pm. Food must be picked up between 9:15am and 10:30am on Thursday OR Friday of each week. You will select your pickup date each time you submit the meal form. The first meal form deadline is Tuesday, Sept 29 at noon. Meals will be distributed on Thursday, Oct 1 and Friday, Oct 2 from 9:15-10:30. If you have questions, please contact Food Service Supervisor Jody White at 440-355-2389. Again, for the complete process of free meal distribution for our virtual learners, please visit our news article @ Virtual Learner Meals.
We are excited to offer live streaming of Keystone volleyball, soccer, and football games. Follow Athletic Director Jon Bailey on Twitter @jbaileyKLSAD and links to the live streams will be posted as the broadcast begins!
Lastly, the census deadline is September 30, 2020. The census is important because your response helps us obtain federal funds for our community for schools, roads, and other public services. The survey takes only minutes to complete and is accessible @ https://my2020census.gov/.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
September 18, 2020
Happy Friday Keystone!
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported 0 new COVID-19 cases at Keystone for the week of September 7 – September 14.
Google is having problems with their educational platform, our primary resource for our virtual learners. We have reported these issues to Google and many other districts are experiencing these issues and reporting them as well.
We understand the frustration this causes for all those involved: our students, parents, and teachers. Please hang in there with us as we continue to report these issues. Google has responded, and their engineers are working on this problem and addressing it as a high priority.
We will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch for all students throughout the fall semester. Free breakfast items include two grains, fruit, and milk. Lunch includes one meat/meat alternative (yogurt or cheese), a fruit, vegetable, grain, and milk. Thank you to Jody White, our Food Service Supervisor, and her staff for the incredible job they have done in handling this increase to our school breakfast and lunch.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
September 11, 2020
COVID Update & Superintendent's Newsletter
The Lorain County Public Health Department reported positive COVID-19 cases amongst the staff. The Health Department determined there was no exposure at the school; thus, no one required quarantine. Any person testing positive must quarantine until cleared to return to school by the Health Department.
Although I dislike beginning my newsletters in this fashion, I want to assure parents we are transparently reporting COVID-19 cases at our District. Thus, throughout this school year, my newsletter will begin with the COVID update, followed by our school news, events, accomplishments, and more. With that being said, GREAT WORK to all of our students, staff, parents, and families on an awesome first week of school! The transition back, even after a six-month hiatus, went very smoothly!
The USDA announced free breakfast and lunch for all students throughout the fall semester. This will start on Monday, Sept 14 at all three Keystone Schools. Free breakfast items include two grains, fruit, and milk.
Lunch includes one meat/meat alternative (yogurt or cheese), a fruit, vegetable, grain, and milk. If you pack a lunch, and you need an individual item, such as a milk, it will need to be purchased for .50. A la carte items are not included.
Lastly, please join me in welcoming the newest members of our Keystone family, this year’s kindergarteners, on Monday, Sept 14.
Have a great weekend Keystone!
September 3, 2020
For our online learners, we now have materials ready for you to pick up. You can pick up these materials on Friday, September 4th, from 9-11 or from 1-3. You may also pick up materials next week on Tuesday, September 8th, from 4:30-6 or Wednesday, September 9th, from 4:30-6. You will pick up materials behind KES by the playground. These materials consist of workbooks, books and some other resources that may be needed during online learning. This pick up will not include chromebooks. If you got your materials today while picking up your Chromebook, you do not need to come again. You have what you need. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
September 2, 2020
As we prepare to welcome our students back next Tuesday, I want to take this opportunity to address Coronavirus concerns and explain to you the process we will use to communicate positive cases.
Q. What safety measures are in place at Keystone?
Our safety measures include spatial barriers, face mask requirements, plexiglass, social distancing, and cleaning protocols.
Q. Will we be contacted if someone tests positive at Keystone?
Early each week, I will send communication and share with you any positive cases at Keystone. Legally, however, due to privacy laws, we cannot give the name, grade level, or any other identifiable information concerning positive results.
Q. Will I know the number of positive cases at Keystone?
The number of cases can be considered identifiable information and has the potential to violate privacy laws.
Upon recommendation from the Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell, we will not provide specific numbers. Covell stated that case numbers are not representative of the cases spread at the school.
For example, individuals may gather at an event outside of school in which 5 people contract/spread the virus. This could lead to the assumption that the virus is spreading at school when in reality it is not.
We will always follow Covell’s guidance and recommendations in all situations related to the Coronavirus and the health and safety of our students.
Q. What if someone tests positive in my child’s class?
The purpose of the safety measures is to safeguard against the spread of the virus. If a student tests positive, it does not mean it will spread in the school if everyone follows the safety protocols.
When there is a positive case with an exposure risk, the Lorain County Health Department will contact you if quarantine is necessary.
Q. What should I do if my child tests positive?
Any person testing positive must quarantine until cleared to return to school. The Health Department created a DECISION TREE to address these questions. View this document @ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GROdexVTrXiPTfFhxM0WUPnj5qmcRG4q/view.
Q. Do I need to keep my child home if they have just one or a few mild
symptoms? How do I know the difference between a regular cough, cold,
flu and coronavirus?
The Lorain County Health Department addresses these questions @ https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/covid19resources.
Q. Have there been any positive cases within the District?
Yes. These cases have been addressed in the manner described in the previous questions.
Q. How do I prepare my student for the new safety mandates at school?
Navigate to https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/covid19resources. This site shows the proper way to wear a mask and also offers ways to prepare your child for school.
Talk to your child about their roles and responsibilities concerning safety measures both in and outside of school.
PLEASE stress to your child the mindset that anyone they come in contact with, whether during or after school, is a carrier of Coronavirus.
The Lorain County Health Department has this information and more on their website @ https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/coronavirus.
View an informational video from Mr. Covell @ COVID-19 Rings of Exposure in Schools.
The graph on the link below summarizes the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at Keystone Schools from September 7, 2020 through the present. Each week, the NEW cases are reported. This information is provided by the Lorain County Health Department, and all cases must be confirrmed by them.
KEYSTONE LOCAL SCHOOLS REMOTE LEARNING PLANS
View the plans for each building if full-time remote learning is necessitated.
Plans are outlined for each building on separate pages on the document.
*Click on the following document to view questions as a PDF: 2020-21 School Restart Guide FAQ's
Are there cleaning protocols in place for the general buildings and grounds, classrooms, offices, etc.?
Yes. Protocols have been developed and are in compliance with current orders from the Lorain County Board of Public Health (LCPH). In addition, we have stocked an inventory of needed materials and chemicals to clean and disinfect. Items such as hand sanitizer and hand sanitizing stations have been ordered. All custodians and cleaners will be trained on cleaning protocols. Disinfectants will be available in each classroom for use by teachers and others in between scheduled cleaning. Teachers will also be instructed in proper cleaning protocols.
What happens if a student or staff member becomes ill while at school?
Any student or staff member who develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be quarantined in a designated quarantine room until a parent or guardian arrives to pick them up from school. The ill student or staff member will be required to wear a mask unless other health issues prevent it.
Any staff member that develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be sent home immediately. Steps will be taken to limit exposure to others, including the wearing of a mask unless other health issues prevent it.
*All exposed areas will be immediately cleaned and disinfected. Students may need to leave their classrooms while cleaning occurs.
How will students who are not sick but need medical attention in another way be treated?
Students who are sick or injured, not related to COVID-19 will be treated by the school nurse or clinic aide with normal standards of care.
How will parents/guardians be kept informed of any changes?
Information will be shared in parent/guardian updates through school messenger and posted on the parent tab of the school website and on our social media accounts.
Will you rotate staff and have students stay in a single room?
Building plans will be put in place. However, know that the middle school and high school students will be rotating to different classes. We will be staggering students in the halls to reduce the number of students in the hall at one time.
Can my child come in for electives such as band and choir?
Although the online curriculum for option 2 does not offer band and choir electives, it does offer a plethora of other electives including music appreciation. Since the curriculum offers electives, you must choose an elective from the digital academy. If your child returns after first semester, they will be given a period in their schedule to finish this elective for credit.
AP courses are not offered through the digital academy. How can my child participate in AP, CCP and Honors courses?
Since AP, CCP and Honors courses are not offered digitally and there is nothing offered for your child to earn that credit digitally, your child may come in for the AP, CCP or Honors course they are taking.
Will my child’s digital academy teacher be the same teacher if they return?
No. We will have a designated staff member for the digital academy that is different from our face-to-face teachers. It is unrealistic to expect our teachers to provide quality instruction in both face-to-face and digital classrooms at the same time, without providing them time for the digital classroom.
If my child chooses the digital academy, can my child still participate in extra-curricular activities?
If more than 25 % of children choose online, does everyone go remote?
No. There will still be face-to-face. However, we will then arrange for our teachers to have time in their schedules to provide instruction via Google Classroom at this point. Our purpose of using the option 2 is to keep our teacher schedules as a full day of face-to-face instruction and reduce class sizes to help implement safety measures. If our percentage is higher, we will then provide teachers time throughout their day to provide face-to-face instruction as well as manage online courses.
If we choose the online option, does my child have to be logged in for the normal school hours?
No. Your child just needs to make sure the time and effort is being put into their assignments. They will receive a grade.
Where can I find more information about the curriculum for Edmentum?
Course Catalog (6-12): https://www.edmentum.com/course-catalog
Course Catalog (K-5): https://calvertlearning.com/curriculum
What if my child is on an IEP and wants to do online learning?
Please contact Nikki Campbell, Director of Pupil Services to help answer specific questions.
Back to School Transportation Plan 2020-21
THIS PERTAINS TO K-5 ONLY. KMS BUSING WILL REMAIN THE SAME AS LAST YEAR.
We continue to receive guidance from local health authorities concerning bussing for the upcoming school year. Due to social distancing mandates and student safety, we do not foresee being able to provide bussing for students living within a 1-mile radius of the school. This decision is based on our present numbers of bus riders and social distancing requirements. We are very sorry for the hardship this will cause families living within the 1-mile radius of the school, and we appreciate your understanding.
View this information as a pdf @ KLSD Transportation Guidelines 2020-21
To view your distance from the school,
Step 1: Navigate to https://www.mapdevelopers.com/draw-circle-tool.php
Step 2: In the ADDRESS field, type 531 Opportunity Way Lagrange Ohio.
Step 3: In the RADIUS field, type 1 (the number).
Step 4: Click New Circle. If your home falls within the circle that appears on the map, we cannot offer your child transportation at this time. **If you have trouble using the site, the PDF of this document provides additional support on steps 1-4.
Rough estimates of areas that cannot be serviced at this time. *These are estimates; please use the site above for exact locations.
- Route 303 between the school and Indian Hollow to the east and school and Factory St. to the West.
- Indian Hollow Road from the cemetery to Whitney Road
- Whitney Road between Route 301 and Indian Hollow Road
- Route 301 From Harmon Court to Whitney Road
- William Street
- Appomattox Court
- Taylor Blvd
- Forest Street
- Parklane Drive
- Church Street
- Union Street
- Pleasant Street
- Railroad Street
- Glendale Street
- Part of Hendrix Blvd
- Part of Rundle Street
We will not allow alternate drop off or pick up at another address. The drop off and pick up address must be the same one that is listed as your child’s home residence in the school records.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience this will cause our families. We are doing everything we can to keep all of our staff and students safe.
Please CONTACT Therese Jackson at 440-355-2411 or at email@example.com with questions. Only questions sent via email or phone will be addressed. Thank you for your understanding.
We are happy to inform you that we are able to provide Key Care services this upcoming school year. Key Care is a self-funded program. The cost of using Key Care covers ONLY the program’s expenses (staffing, food items, etc). Due to increased operational costs, we anticipate the cost per session per child to be $5.00 for the 2020-2021 school year. We understand this increase may be hard for some of our families, but unfortunately, Key Care will not be sustainable without the price increase. If you plan on using Key Care services this year, please fill out the survey @ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRklqIc8-V7eT7Au-JKdza4w7LPUvULiHdVMBDOEI_xm86Jg/viewform. This survey will help us prepare to welcome students on September 8, 2020.
Key Care will be offered during the 2020-21 school year. Information about the pandemic changes can be found @ https://www.keystonelocalschools.org/parents/key-care. This site also contains information about pricing, operation times, and more.