Mentor High School to Shift to Fully Remote Learning

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We hope this message finds you and your family doing well. Since February, we have constantly been following developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our community. Mentor Schools operates with the number one goal of providing a safe learning environment where students can grow academically, socially and emotionally. We are making some adjustments to our in-person learning plan to ensure we continue to be able to meet that goal. 


Mentor High School Shifts to Fully Remote Learning

Beginning Thursday, November 12 through at least Thanksgiving Break 

Over the last week-and-a-half, the number of COVID-19 cases we have at Mentor High School is climbing rapidly and is concerning. As a result, we are going to shift to fully remote learning for high school students beginning Thursday, November 12.  That means Tuesday, November 10 will be the last day for in-person learning at Mentor High School through at least Thanksgiving break. 


NEW Remote Learning Schedule for ALL High School Students (M, T & TH, F) 

The high school will now follow a new schedule. This is for ALL Mentor High School students, even those who had previously committed to fully online learning. Here is a link to view the new schedule: Mentor High School Fully Remote Schedule


Remote Wednesdays Schedule - Districtwide Remains the Same

The schedule for Wednesdays remains the same as it has been all year thus far across the district.


Elementary & Middle Schools, CARES, Integrated Preschool

Our elementary and middle schools as well as integrated preschool and CARES will stay the course for as long as we are able. We have had relatively low numbers of cases at these levels, but we are watching the situation daily.  If cases rise or even local data continues to show greater spread, it’s just a matter of time before we will go remote at those levels as well.


Staffing Issues 

Another factor that impacts us is staffing.  Between Covid cases, quarantines, and other illnesses, we have had significant staffing shortages, which could affect our ability to remain open.  As I’ve said recently, please be prepared as a family for a switch to Remote instruction.


Comments Directly from the Lake County General Health District

As you are likely aware, on October 22, 2020, Lake County reached Risk Level 3, or Red Alert Level, on Ohio’s COVID-19 Public Health Advisory System. As COVID-19 cases continue to increase and spread throughout the community, largely outside of non-congregate settings such as nursing homes, we must consider that it may only be a short matter of time before ER visits, hospital admissions, and the percentage of ICU beds occupied also increase to a level causing us to reach Risk Level 4, or Purple Alert Level, which is the highest alert level. The Ohio Department of Health characterizes counties reaching the Purple Alert Level as experiencing severe exposure and spread, and recommends that residents only leave home for supplies and services.


While the alert levels do fluctuate, and reaching Risk Level 4 will not represent a reason for panic, Lake County has been steadily moving in the “wrong direction” over the past month. Therefore, whether or not we reach Risk Level 4, there is a need to call upon all individuals in our communities to strengthen their resolve in adhering to the appropriate public health protection measures that have been communicated throughout the course of the pandemic. Lake County General Health District is committed to balancing public health best practices with the ability to keep schools in session, businesses open, and the county’s economy moving forward, and thus urge you consider the following best practices.

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from all who are not a member of the same household.
  • Wear a mask (properly covering the mouth and nose) when in public and with friends and family.
  • Increase caution when interacting with others not practicing social distancing or wearing masks.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently when handwashing is not available/practical.
  • Avoid touching the face, and cover coughs and sneezes into the elbow or a tissue.
  • Conduct daily health/symptom self-evaluations and stay home if not well.

Help Us Stay Open

We know that our schools will reflect what is happening in the greater community when it comes to coronavirus cases among our students and staff. Please help us stay open by avoiding large gatherings and taking all of the COVID-19 precautions listed above seriously when you are out in public to limit the spread of the virus in our community. 


Vigilantly Assess for Symptoms & Flow Chart

This is extremely important for our in-person students. Every day we all need to vigilantly assess for symptoms and stay home when sick, wear a mask, and practice physical distancing and proper hand hygiene.  Symptoms of COVID-19, according to the Ohio Health Department, are: 

Fever  or Chills

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New Loss of Taste and/or Smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

GI Issues (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea)


Reminder: Here is a link to flowchart for symptoms - Should my child go to school today? 


Dashboard and Cases Information - Transparent Communication

It still appears that most of the cases of COVID-19 positive cases reported to us regarding students and staff are being contracted outside of school and that our serious, layered approach to safety is working to limit the spread of the virus inside of our schools.  As you know, we have committed to sending information about positive cases of COVID-19 that we are made aware of district-wide so you are informed about what is happening across our school community. This information is shared with you every time it is reported to us that either a staff member or student has tested positive for COVID-19. All of these notifications are then posted on our website at mentorschools.net/coronavirus, under the COVID-19 CASES tab.  We also keep a dashboard where you can view current information building by building or district-wide. 


Meal Distribution Program 

We continue to pass out grab-and-go style meals at no cost for ALL students via USDA funding. Pickup happens on Wednesdays at various locations across the district. You can pickup from whichever location is most convenient for you.  

  • Mentor High School (Side Door Fine Arts Center) 
    • 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Memorial Middle School (East Side, Door #17) 
    • 9 - 10:30 a.m. & 12-1 p.m.
  • Shore Middle School (South Side, Door #1)  
    • 9 - 10:30 a.m. & 12-1 p.m.
  • Ridge Elementary School (Back, Door #9) 
    • 9 - 10:30 a.m. & 12-1 p.m.

Please contact Ginni Vaccaro at Vaccaro@mentorschools.org or (440)974-5227 with any questions. 

 

In-Person Extracurricular Activities

Effective end of day Wednesday, November 11, we are going to put a pause on any in-person extracurricular activities at all levels that have a higher potential to spread COVID-19. This includes all high school and middle school athletics, as well as musical concerts. This pause will be in place as long as our district’s and region’s Covid cases remain high.

 

Technical Questions? 

  • If students need support with their online learning or a specific assignment, please first contact the teacher and then a building administrator, if needed. 
  • If students need support from our IT Department for help with their devices, please contact it-support@mentorschools.org

Second Semester Learning Choice 

Please look for information to come on this within the next two weeks. The deadline will be firm.