Welcome Eastern students, families, and community!
I am very excited for another wonderful year at Eastern Middle/High School! When the 2019-2020 school year abruptly ended last spring, the remainder of the year was met with an abundance of uncertainty, frustration, and unprecedented challenges. I want to thank our students, parents, and staff for all of their hard work and patience as we navigated those very difficult and uncertain circumstances. I also want to extend a special thank you to the staff and many volunteers who worked relentlessly to provide and deliver meals to our students and families during the closure. The positivity, hard work, and resilience demonstrated by our students, staff, and community during that time gives me great confidence that we will overcome any and all challenges we may face as we return to school this fall.
As we approach the new year, please know that the district is taking every precaution to keep our students and staff safe as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the primary additions and changes will be hand sanitizing stations in all classrooms and common areas, plexiglass dividers at all teacher desks and student tables where necessary, six foot spacing between all student desks, additional cleaning before, during, and after school, temperature checks for all students as they board the bus or enter the building if driving or being dropped off, an unshared Chromebook for each student while in the building, staggered exchange times and limited locker usage in the high school and self-contained classrooms in the middle school, as well as many other added safety precautions. It is imperative that parents/guardians check their child for symptoms before leaving for school each day. Students who attempt to board a bus or enter the building with a temperature of 100.0 or higher will not be able to board the bus or enter the building. For more information regarding the district’s Responsible Restart plan, including a COVID-19 symptom checklist, please click HERE.
In the classroom, the middle/high school will continue to utilize multiple digital platforms, as well as some new digital platforms, to enhance in-person and remote instruction and prepare for the possibility of another school closure. Some of those platforms include Study Island, iXL, NoRedInk, Edulastic, CommonLit, Google Classroom, and many more. Furthermore, staff will receive additional training in Google Classroom. The middle/high school will also have two remote learning facilitators who will be the point of contact for our students and families who have opted to enroll in the remote learning program.
A few things to keep in mind as the school year begins:
Please take time to carefully read and review the Eastern Middle/High School Student Handbook with your child; specifically, the student code of conduct and the attendance policy, which is available at http://www.ep.k12.oh.us/FormsLinks.aspx.
- Middle/High School student drop-off and pick-up will continue to take place in the visitor parking lot. However, those students will enter/exit the rear of the building using doors 7 and 10. You can view a map and instructions by clicking HERE.
- Student drivers and drop-offs will not be permitted to enter the building prior to 7:50 a.m. Students arriving prior to 7:50 a.m. must enter through the elementary gymnasium.
Thank you for entrusting the Eastern Local School District with the safety and education of your child and for your continued support of our students and staff.
Eastern Middle/High School Principal
(740) 226-1544 ext. 11016