Coronavirus Announcement and Information

Dear Families: 

Student safety and wellness is our highest priority. Today, the administrative team and I conferred to review processes, procedures, and protocols related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The number of cases in the U.S. and the immediate health risk from COVID-19 remains low at this time. Yet, the current global circumstances suggest that there is a high possibility this virus may continue to spread and may eventually impact our schools and communities at large. With student safety as a top priority, we are proactively monitoring this situation with health officials. 

Our best defense against the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and influenza, is prevention and planning. By following the recommendations listed below, together we can reduce illness in our school: 

  • Keep sick children home. If your child has a fever, seek appropriate medical attention and keep students home until they are fever-free for 24 hours. Students must be fever-free without fever reducing medication (such as Tylenol or Advil) understanding that administering Tylenol or Advil does not make the student non-contagious; it simply removes the symptom of fever. Keeping sick children home prevents the spread of any virus to others. Any child suspected to be sick while at school will be assessed and if determined to be sick will be sent home. 
  • Report your child’s absence and share sickness information with our secretary. 
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wash as soon as you can. We encourage parents to ask students to recite the entire alphabet or slowly count to 20 as a measure of time to ensure proper hand washing. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. 
  • Remind your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth whenever possible. 
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

We ask that if your child awakens feeling unwell in any way that you keep them home for observation to determine if further symptoms will develop. This will be especially important for travelers returning from spring break in the coming weeks. 

Desks, tables and common surfaces in our schools are cleaned regularly to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. We have asked all staff members to assist students in regularly using sanitizing wipes in our classrooms and regularly washing their hands too. We have asked for additional diligence in our sanitizing efforts by our custodians, teachers, and other staff members. 

We appreciate your assistance and support. We have been asked about guidance specific to closure of school and potential length of time. Many factors could play into a closure decision, including student and staff attendance, ability to obtain substitute coverage, and proximity and extent of the virus outbreak. We will take the guidance provided by the CDC and local health department and will continue to update our staff, parents and community as this progresses. Should we need to close, we will use a combination of calamity days (i.e. snow days) and online and/or work packets. 

Please contact me with any further questions. We take our responsibility very seriously and assure you that we will continue to monitor COVID-19 with health officials, implement planned safety protocols, and provide updates to our families. 

Thank you
Paulette Hare
School Superintendent

Please see the attached for further prevention information: Coronavirus Disease Prevention.

We're Hiring!

We are currently interviewing for a Kindergarten Teacher and an Intervention Specialist.

We are adding a class and growing and need more teachers for our fantastic team! These positions would be for next year but we are starting to interview now.
Call the school now for more information and to set up an interview!  440-340-3202

Tri-C Nuts and Bolts Summer Camp Academy!

Keep your student productive this summer while also having fun! 

The Nuts and Bolts Academy summer camps are designed for kids age 9-18.  Camps expose students to manufacturing and engineering through innovative, hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities.

3D printing, fashion creation, the science of cooking, creating pieces of art; all at Tri-C this summer!

College Credit Plus Process for 2018-2019

Public high school students must declare intent to participate by April 1
Students intending to participate in the fourth year of College Credit Plus, the successful program that provides Ohio students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, can begin the notification process for the 2018-2019 school year now. College Credit Plus debuted at the start of the 2015-2016 school year and has since had more than 65,000 students participating and getting a jump start on college, saving more than $262 million in college tuition costs.

College Credit Plus provides students with the opportunity to take college classes offered by any Ohio public college or university, or from any participating private postsecondary institution, at their high school, on the college or university campus, or online. The program allows students to explore college interests sooner and to earn college credits toward a degree before graduating from high school. It is free to families when students take courses offered by Ohio public colleges and universities.

Beginning Feb. 15, public high school students may notify their principal of their interest to participate and must declare their intent to participate by April 1. This includes students who participated in any or all of the first three years of College Credit Plus. The application window for nonpublic and homeschool students is now also open and closes at 5 p.m. EST on April 13; those students may send their letter of intent to participate to the Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215, or email it to

In an effort to give more students and families the opportunity to save on the cost of college, College Credit Plus now includes a summer term. Credits earned by taking courses through College Credit Plus during a summer term will be applied to students’ high school and college transcripts during the fall. Students and parents should check the summer term registration deadline for the college or university from which the student intends to take courses.

For additional information on College Credit Plus, visit

Time to Choose a High School 8th Graders!

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District's School Choice Portal is NOW OPEN but closes on March 9, 2018. 

Follow This Link! To go to the CMSD website to view all of your options for High School.


Important Dates to Remember:

March 9 – School choice portal closes. Student applications MUST be received by this date to maximize chances for a student’s top choice school.

March 16 – High school lottery conducted. All students whose application is complete will be put in a lottery to match the student to their high school.

March 26 – Lottery results released. Parents will be notified as to what school choice their student has been matched.

April 20 – Assignment confirmation deadline. Parents MUST confirm their high school choice by this date or their student’s spot will be released.

May 15 – Out-of-district high school students accepted as seats are available.

May - June – Students accepted via "wait lists" as seats become available

July 31 – Out-of-district K-8 students accepted as seats are available.

Winter Weather Closing and Delays

The decision to open or close Orchard Park Academy, offer a two-hour delayed start, or resort to an early release in bad weather impacts each of our families and affects you enormously. The following information may help you to better understand the process used when making these types of decisions, which are decided in large part to Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Orchard Park Academy. 

The following is based upon a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:

  • Information on road conditions from transportation staff, local law enforcement and road crews (as warranted); we must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads; they can be treacherous, even if your road or street looks clear.
  • Amount of accumulated snow and ice
  • Whether precipitation is expected to continue throughout the day
  • Temperature and wind chill (wind chills at or below -15°F to -20° during key walking and waiting-for-bus times are given special consideration)
  • Impact on the transportation fleet (school bus diesel fuel begins to gel at an ambient temperature of 0 degrees)
  • Weather predictions
  • Timing of storm
  • Building conditions (is there electricity and heat?)
  • Parking lot conditions
  • What other surrounding districts are doing as we use their bus fleet for our students.

TWO-HOUR DELAY: Orchard Park Academy's school-sponsored LatchKey programs are canceled if the school is canceled. If the school is on a two-hour delay, there will be no LatchKey in the morning. For the two-hour delay option, the school day starts two hours later than normal but ends at the regular time. Bus pick up times are adjusted accordingly. (Example: If your child is normally picked up at 7:15 a.m., the bus will arrive at 9:15 a.m. on a two-hour delay.)

NOTIFICATION: In addition to our All Call System, the school website, Facebook and our Constant Contact emails, closing notifications are announced on TV, radio and posted on many storm alert and school closing websites.