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Superintendent's Message

Welcome back to Tallmadge City Schools!

All of us at Tallmadge City Schools are very excited to be back! We are thrilled to reopen the buildings and be with the students in person to share in their educational journey. While excited, we also know that this year is going to be very different compared to past years. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students remains our top priority and we will do everything in our power to keep everyone safe, happy and healthy this year while also providing the high-quality education Tallmadge City Schools is known for.

Throughout the summer, we worked hard to come up with a plan to get our students back to school in the safest way possible. We reviewed federal, state and local health guidelines and listened to community feedback to help us develop a reopening plan that best meets the academic, social and emotional learning needs of all of our students. I would like to thank everyone who helped us prepare for this school year. It was truly a team effort, and we could not have gotten here without your support.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing a number of new policies and safety protocols this year. Parents/guardians are asked to conduct a health assessment of their student(s) each morning before leaving for school. Any student who is not feeling well or is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home until the symptoms subside. Temperature scanners will take students’ temperatures upon entering buildings, and facial coverings will be required for all staff members and students while on buses and in the school buildings. Social distancing guidelines will be followed, and students and staff will be encouraged to frequently wash and sanitize their hands.

Additionally, we have implemented a number of changes to best utilize our state-of-the-art buildings to spread out students and keep class sizes small. While our kindergarteners and students in grades 1-5 will attend school in-person five days per week, the kindergarten classes will be separated into AM and PM groups while grades 1-5 will be spread out as much as possible. Grades 6-12 will attend school on a Blue/Gold schedule to account for smaller class sizes and as much physical distancing as possible. With these policies, it is our hope that students will still have a rewarding experience with friends and schoolmates while reducing their risk of exposure.  

As an administration, we are confident that we have the necessary safety precautions in place to keep students protected while also providing the best educational experience possible. You can review all of our safety protocols and procedures in our 2020-21 Reopening Plan.

Thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding as we embark on another successful school year. Please feel free to reach out to me or any other staff member with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Jeff Ferguson
Tallmadge City Schools 
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