COVID-19 Resource Page

Letter to Families on Rossford's Return

Dear Rossford Schools Families,

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult time in our nation together. We realized shortly into our July 22 Board of Education virtual meeting that there was an attendance cap, and not everyone who wanted to attend could. Here is a link to a video which shows the board discussion starting shortly into the meeting: The presentation to the board is also attached here.

Rossford Schools students will return to classrooms beginning August 20th (exact dates depend on the grade). Students will be returning to school with a hybrid model. Mondays will be remote learning only days, with Tuesdays and Thursdays half of the school population in class with the other half remote learning. Those roles will be flipped on Wednesdays and Fridays. Therefore each student will have three remote learning days and two in-class days each week. The return to class will be done with safety procedures and social distancing to account for limiting the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. These general practices are agreed to by Lucas and Wood County Health Departments.

To make the hybrid model work, students will be placed into a cohort. Students assigned to “Cohort 1” will attend classes on-campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while students in “Cohort 2” will attend classes on-campus on Wednesdays and Fridays. Every effort is being made by district staff to assign students to cohorts by family/household. Cohort assignments will be communicated to families soon.

Families may elect to enroll their child in Rossford’s virtual learning program, which will utilize an online curriculum through NOVA ( More than 50 schools and districts in Northwest Ohio utilize NOVA, which provides high-quality virtual curricula for students. Parents/guardians who choose to pursue this option for their student(s) will need to indicate their intent to do so by filling out an online form through our website by August 7, 2020. There will be a virtual informational meeting on NOVA on August 4, 2020. NOVA will replace in-person learning, will be solely online, and completely self-driven.

Students who are returning will need to adapt to new protocols which will limit close contact. Our staff, pursuant to guidelines from the Ohio Department of Education, will be wearing masks and/or face shields. All students will be required to wear masks, unless an exception is made for health reasons.

Staff and families will need to work together to make sure our reopening, and the rest of this school year, is done safely. In order to accomplish this, we ask that families monitor temperatures daily and keep their children home whenever they have a high temperature or other symptoms are present. Rossford staff will be following the same procedures. A good-faith agreement on these practices will be a part of back to school forms.

As we have learned as a society, things can change rapidly with this pandemic. We need parents to be prepared with childcare if we as a district have to go to a fully-remote educational model. Again, the model we use may change throughout the school year depending on the circumstances in our area.

Read below for new procedures, developed in collaboration with the health department, to help make our school year safe for our students and staff.

Rossford Junior-Senior High School

Students will arrive at school and go directly to their first period class. Students will not be permitted into school prior to 7:35 a.m. First period class starts at 7:45 a.m. We will avoid congregating at lockers and in halls. Lunch seating at the high school will be spread out throughout the cafeteria and concourse to allow for social distancing. A new schedule will limit the number of class changes. See the attached for more details: To minimize trips to lockers, students will be allowed to carry backpacks. Each student will be assigned a Chromebook for his/her exclusive use, which may also be taken home.

Rossford Elementary School

Our art, physical education, STEM, library and music teachers will be visiting homerooms to teach to reduce the number of transitions between classrooms and the number of students sharing the same space. The specials schedule has also been adjusted to minimize cross-over of students.  Additional details are available here: Elementary Scheduling.pdf. To account for social distancing some classes will eat lunch in their own classrooms while others will eat in the lunchroom. This arrangement will change on a weekly basis. We will continue to hold recess, but with a modified schedule and a rotation of activities. High-touch surfaces on the playground will be routinely sanitized. Adjustments have also been made to student drop-off and pick-up procedures. We will also strive to keep students socially distanced during this process. Each student will be assigned a device for his/her exclusive use (iPads for preschool, kindergarten and first grade; Chromebooks for grades 2-5). These devices will be sent home with students in a remote or hybrid setting.  

Please see this attachment for more details on transportation, meetings, guests/visitors, cleaning, distancing and other plans as we return to school.

Thank you again for working with us as we provide a safe education for our students.

Rossford Schools

We are offering a Rossford Virtual Academy through NOVA which is a self-driven, online-only curriculum – separate from the hybrid model. If parents are not comfortable with their child returning to the classroom right now, they can opt-in to this online-only curriculum. If you opt your child into this option, the only chance to return to the traditional classroom setting and opt out would be between the first and second semester (first semester ends Jan. 14, second semester begins Jan. 19). We will email preschool families later this week with an update.

This is a separate curriculum and will be only-online. Students will still be allowed to join clubs and athletics if they opt in to Rossford Virtual Academy. Here is the opt-in link:

You have until August 7th to opt in. If you have any questions or concerns about the online-only opt please direct them to Curriculum Director Megan Spangler at [email protected] or 419-666-2010 ext. 6903.

Free WiFi available in school parking lots

Our facilities are still closed, but we are offering free WiFi in the school parking lots. We ask that those who come for the free WiFi keep social distancing, stay in their vehicles, and leave a space between other cars.


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