Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 4/8/2020 3:22 PM

Ross Local School District 
School Closure FAQs 

 

These FAQs are shared in an effort to keep the Ross Local School District students, staff, and community informed of the impact that the coronavirus outbreak and local, state, and federal actions are having on the education of Ross students.

Throughout the period of extended closure, District leaders will continue to review the situation, adapt procedures to accommodate any situational changes, and communicate updates as soon as possible to students, families, staff and community members. 

Please continue to monitor school and district communication by viewing the updated “Latest News Regarding School Closure” section at www.rossrams.com and following us on Facebook at “Ross Local School District | Communication.”  

The staff of the Ross Local Schools appreciates your patience as we work through this ever-evolving time period. This is a very new process, and we are looking for as many opportunities to make this a smooth transition for everyone involved, and most importantly, for our students. 

 

GENERAL

Governor Mike DeWine’s executive order closing school buildings is part of the state’s strategy to slow down the spread of COVID-19. According to the Ohio Department of Education, “minimizing the operation of places where large numbers of people congregate can contribute to this desired outcome.” As of March 30, 2020, schools are closed through May 1, 2020. The return date for students to return to school is May 4, 2020.
The Ross Local Schools has canceled or postponed all indoor and outdoor events, including all meetings, performances, practices, meets, matches, and games through May 1st. If there are any updates related to the canceled or postponed events or events beyond May 1, 2020, the answer to this FAQ will reflect those changes as well as posted on the district website (rossrams.com).
At this time, all school-sponsored travel and field trips for the 2019-2020 school year have been canceled.
House Bill 197 permits schools to use distance learning as a way to meet any number of hours needed to meet the state-mandated instructional requirements.
 
 

FACILITIES

No, at this time all buildings are closed.
Due to the Ohio Department of Health’s Stay at Home Director’s Order of March 22, 2020, all Elda and Morgan’s playgrounds are closed through 11:59 p.m. MAY 1, 2020. Playgrounds are closed as part of that order because they pose a high risk of increasing transmission, according to state officials.
 
 

DISTANCE LEARNING

Ross students will continue with learning throughout the length of this closure. Teachers and building administrators will continue to be in touch with students and families to share learning plans and expectations. Teachers will begin providing distance learning instruction related to new content on April 7th.

Please see this chart for the approximate minutes that students will spend in distance learning.

Distance Learning Time Period 
Instruction and Learning Tasks will be designed for these days

April 7th, 8th, and 9th
No distance learning will occur on April 6th or 10th.

April 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th
No distance learning will occur on April 13th.

April 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th

April 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and May 1st

Teachers and other staff members will be available to answer questions and provide feedback within 24 hours.
Students’ completed assigned work will serve as evidence of their attendance.

The Ross Local School District provides behavioral and mental health services, healthcare services, supports for students with disabilities and meals to students and families in need. We will work to continue providing these services as much as possible during the closure.

  • Mental health services

    Ross student counselors and Catalyst counselors are available for student support and referrals. Please contact the student’s counselor for additional information.

  • Services for students with disabilities

    The Ross Local School Districts's intervention specialists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and services provided by contracted agencies will continue to provide interventions and support for students with disabilities during the school building closure. The method of delivery for each of these services will be individualized to the students' needs and the specific service itself. Parents of students with disabilities will be communicated with by phone and/or e-mail by these service providers during the closure.

  • Meals for students

    The Ross Local School District will continue to provide meals to families in need.

 
 

TECHNOLOGY

If your child is experiencing issues, it is important that he or she communicate those issues with the teacher providing instruction.

Please refer to the Chromebook Troubleshooting document, if your tech question is related to your child’s Chromebook. If your child is experiencing other issues, or the troubleshooting doc did not solve the tech problem, it is important that your child communicate those issues with the teacher providing instruction.

If your child’s device is not connecting to the internet, there are a few options you can try.

One option is to try connecting to your smartphone’s hotspot. Please click on the option below that may work for your situation to obtain more information.

How to set up a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad

How to set up a Personal Hotspot on an Android

Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi

Another option would be to connect to a hard-wired internet connection in your home. Please click below on the option that may work for your situation to obtain more information.

How to Connect a Mac Computer to your Wi-Fi

How to Connect a Mac Computer to Hardwired/Ethernet

How to Connect a Windows Computer to Wi-Fi

 
 

ASSESSMENT

The impact of an extended closure on student report cards is a district discussion. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

On Wednesday, March 25, Ohio legislators approved House Bill 197, which waives K-12 state testing (grades 3-8 AIR Assessments and grades 9-12 End-of-Course Exams) as well as eliminates the release of state report cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education for the 2019- 2020 school year.

House Bill 197 also exempts schools from retaining students under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee guidelines.

AP Exams will still occur in an online format. Please refer to apstudents.collegeboard.org for the most up-to-date information.

All SAT and ACT standardized testing are canceled through May. For SAT updates, please refer to the information at collegeboard.org. For ACT updates, please refer to their Frequently Asked Questions page at act.org.

 

CLASS OF 2020

At this point, Prom has been postponed until a later date. Graduation is still on as scheduled for May 29th, 2020 at 7 PM. If/when it becomes necessary to cancel or postpone these events or any others, we will update families as soon as possible. Please note that while we cannot control or circumvent directives from the state or federal government, it is the intent of Ross High School administration to do everything within OUR power to ensure that these events occur, even if it means that they take place in June or July.

The short answer is “yes”. With the passage of HB 197 last month by the Ohio legislature, school districts have been granted some flexibility in determining who receives a diploma. However, students should continue to complete their coursework via distance learning to ensure their graduation status. Any senior in jeopardy of not graduating will be contacted by a school counselor and/or administration.

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Due to the extension of the stay-at-home order issued by Governor DeWine, our kindergarten registration event has been canceled.

We are very excited to welcome your child to kindergarten in the Ross Local School District through our new KG enrollment process for incoming kindergarten students ONLY:

  1. To get started, you will need to complete your child’s Final Forms enrollment as soon as possible. You can access the login page by clicking here.
  2. The step-by-step directions for completing Final Forms are linked here.
  3. You will know if your Final Forms are completed when each form’s section on the left hand side is highlighted green.
  4. Once you have completed the enrollment, our district registrar, Tonja Curry, will contact you with the next steps in our virtual registration process.
A BIG thank you to all who have completed these first 3 steps, already! Mrs. Curry will be in contact soon.
Anyone that fully completes their soon-to-be-kindergartner’s Final Forms enrollment (explained above) by MAY 4, 2020, will receive a free Ross Class of 2033 t-shirt courtesy of the Elda and Morgan Elementary PTO’s! A pick-up date/time will be determined once the stay-at-home order expires. After that date, you must contact Tonja Curry at tonja.curry@rossrams.com or leave a message at 513-868-4504 to make an enrollment appointment.
If you have any questions about these new enrollment procedures, please contact Tonja Curry, the District Registrar, at tonja.curry@rossrams.com, or Tracy Wright, the District Instructional Specialist, at tracy.wright@rossrams.com.

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