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2020-2021 School Re-opening Communication Update corona 19

On March 16, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Ohio schools closed for the remainder of the school calendar year by order of Governor DeWine and the State Health Commissioner. As of late June, little guidance is available from the Ohio Department of Education for school re-opening for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Ross Local School District intends to begin the 2020-2021 school year with all students attending a full day of school on a daily basis (5 days/week). In cooperation with other Butler County school districts as well as the Butler County Health Department, we are in the process of developing guidelines for the upcoming school year that must be followed as we move forward with our schools’ re-opening.

It is important for students, parents, and the community to understand that the school experience will not be conducted as it was prior to COVID-19. Safety precautions for all aspects of our schools will be in place which will alter previous procedures and protocols. 

On July 24th, we’ll release our full plan which will outline changes and/or modifications to transportation, food service, required handwashing, sanitizing protocols, social distancing, classroom instruction, visitor access, recess, field trips, and other daily practices.

As our District Leadership Team works through the process of developing this plan, we ask for your patience and understanding.  We recognize that our Ross students learn, grow, and achieve best through attending school on a daily basis. Our goal is to ensure that they are able to do so in the safest environment possible.

Superintendent Scott Gates Resigns scotgates

Superintendent Scott Gates resigned his position as the Superintendent of the Ross Local School District on June 24, 2020. His resignation is effective at the end of his current contract on July 31, 2020.  Gates has accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Alternative Education with the Butler County Educational Service Center.  

Ross Local Schools Board of Education President Sean Van Winkle expressed appreciation for Gates’ dedication and service to the district. “Scott has a tireless work ethic and his commitment to the staff and students of the Ross Local Schools was evident each day.  He led the district through some difficult times and did so with integrity and class.  I wish him well as he takes on this next challenge of his career”. Gates said this about his time at Ross and his transition to his new position,  “It will be an honor to support the BCESC and serve the many school districts and organizations in this capacity.  I know this team works hard to support students and I’m excited to be there to support them. I have enjoyed working with the Ross staff, students, parents and community and I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished during this time. 

Ross Local Schools Board of Education Vice President Amy Webb added "It was a pleasure getting to work with Scott Gates over the last four years.  His passion and enthusiasm for education and the students and faculty of the Ross Local Schools was exemplified by how he led.  He acted with professionalism and integrity on a daily basis and his positive attitude was contagious, as is a reflection of his character.  Scott accomplished a lot during his tenure as Superintendent of Schools for Ross and will be missed.  I wish him nothing but good things on the next endeavor of his journey with the BCESC".

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