Dear Community Members:
We are wrapping up the first full week of school today. The overwhelming response has been positive. The staff feels like this has been an excellent start and there is a lot of energy in the buildings.
I have several items for you this morning.
SOME CHANGES IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE
Superintendent Secretary and EMIS Coordinator, Jenny McNair, is stepping aside. Her last day will be Wednesday September 7th. We thank Jenny for her service over the last 4 plus years. Her kind and compassionate approach to anyone and everyone she met will be missed. We wish her well in her new position.
As you can imagine, filling this role had its challenges. Replacing Jenny as the Superintendent’s Secretary will be Glenda O’Brien. Glenda was the secretary for this office for over 20 years before she retired. She will not be full-time, but we are looking at having her here for up to 30 hours per week. Filling the EMIS role will be Kathy Lee. Kathy was most recently the EMIS Coordinator at Lakota Schools and is familiar with our student information system from her time there. She will also be working part-time, but her expertise and experience will serve us well.
SOME COVID NEWS
We are seeing an uptick in the number of reported cases this week. As much as we want all of this to just go away, we are going to see cases. Our approach remains similar to where we ended last year. If your child is sick, please keep them home.
Since this started in 2020, our parents have been fantastic. You have worked with the district, monitored your kids and kept them home when needed. That has continued through the start of this year, and we thank you!
We are asking parents to keep their child home if they are not feeling well or exhibiting COVID symptoms. We know how hard this is because these symptoms mirror other illnesses.
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
At school the most frequent symptoms have been fever, fatigue, body aches and headaches.
Below are the recommendations from the CDC.
"Recommending that if you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public."
One question we have received when a student has tested positive or a family member tests positive is, "Can my other students still attend school?" The answer is yes but the CDC recommendation is that those students in school wear a mask, and they must be asymptomatic.
These recommendations have not really changed since the end of last year.
We do a limited supply of tests available if you feel you need to test your student. We ask that you keep us informed.
Thanks in advance.
We are off Monday for Labor Day, but we are back in session on Tuesday. For the last 10 years or so, we have used the Tuesday after Labor Day as a professional development day. However, this year we have moved it to October 3rd.
We also have a scheduled 2-hour delay for Tuesday September 13th.
Have a great weekend and GO EAGLES!!
Brent Welker, Superintendent
Eastwood Local Schools
120 E. College St.
PO Box 837
Pemberville, Ohio 43450
"Leaders create Culture, Culture drives Behavior, Behavior produces Results." - Tim Kight