Superintendent Issues Statement Regarding Coronovirus Preparations & School Closings


Philip M. Pempin, Superintendent of Vermilion Local Schools, has issued the following statement regarding Coronovirus preparations and school closings.

March 10, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

First, I would like to assure you that we have no knowledge of any student or community members being diagnosed with Coronovirus (COVID-19).  However, in order to be prepared should conditions change, and our schools must be closed for a period of time, we need to be ready to continue your child’s education in a meaningful way, even if school is not in session.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Vermilion Local School District will be closed to all students.  All VLSD staff members will report to school as usual.  They will be participating in a practice exercise designed to test how well we can provide remote learning to our students.  As you can imagine, this is not a simple task, but it can be successful with everyone working together:  administrators, teachers, students, parents, care-givers, and community resource providers.

For grades 6-12

By Thursday your child’s teacher will provide information for continued at-home learning to be completed on Friday.  This information will be shared with you and your child in an electronic and printed format, using the communication platform your teacher uses most often.  Please help us by also reminding your child(ren) to bring their laptops home on Thursday.

For grades K-5

On Thursday, teachers will provide lessons and other content to students in printed format.

Every day our office staff record the reasons for student absences.  This information is used to alert us if there is an increase in specific illnesses.  When this happens, the custodial crew is able to add extra steps to their daily cleaning procedures.  This weekend our custodial department will use this opportunity to complete deep-cleaning in all of our facilities beginning on Friday through Sunday.  To accommodate the deep cleaning, all of our facilities will remain closed on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15.  Athletic teams will not be permitted inside the buildings until Monday.

Our March 13 practice activity will teach all of us a lot about what else we need to do should school close for an extended period.  We invite your comments, questions and suggestions.  No one wants to be inconvenienced by such a closure, but we must be thoughtfully prepared in the event circumstances dictate that we make that decision.  Thank you for your support of our staff and students throughout this practice exercise.

Sincerely,

Philip M. Pempin, Superintendent