News - School Buildings Now Closed for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year

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April 20, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Avon Lake Community Members,

Today, Monday, April 20, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that all schools in Ohio would be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This announcement saddens all of us, but we must remember that the health of our students and all of the residents in Avon Lake and Ohio is our priority.  Instruction will continue as it has since March 16th.  

It is more important than ever that our students participate and stay engaged in their classes.  Clear and timely communication is extremely important.   If a student needs support, please contact their teacher or a building administrator.  All questions should be asked.  Working with the Avon Lake staff will not only help students today but working together now is imperative for a successful start to the 2020-2021 school year.

The end of the school year traditionally includes concerts, award ceremonies, and many other activities that celebrate our students’ hard work and success.  The Avon Lake staff is committed to ending the current school year on a positive note.  Again, working together we can make sure that the 2019-2020 school year is successful and memorable.

**The lights at Memorial Stadium at ALHS, in conjunction with OHSAA and the SWC, will be turned on tonight from 8:20 p.m. (20:20) until 8:40 p.m. (for 20 minutes) to celebrate our 2020 Graduates.

**Starting Wednesday, April 22nd the celebration of our 2020 Graduates will continue and we will turn on the stadium lights every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 20 days at 8:20 p.m. (20:20) for 20 minutes ending on June 5th (the evening originally planned for Commencement).

We are also asking all Avon Lake residents to turn on their porch lights these same days at the same time (8:20-8:40 p.m.) to show your support for the hard work and dedication that these students have shown throughout their school career.

Please also remember:
**A Standing Ovation for our First Responders, Healthcare Workers, and Essential Workers
When: April 28th at 7:00 p.m.
What:  60 SECONDS OF NOISE – Walk to the end of your driveway or just stand outside and clap your hands, beat on pot and pans, be as loud as you can be to show the First Responders, Healthcare Workers, and Essential Workers in Avon Lake and Avon how much you appreciate their hard work and sacrifice!

**Heroes Fund – Last Friday the cities of Avon Lake and Avon, and the Avon Lake City and Avon Local School Districts, along with Cleveland Clinic, Mercy Health, and University Hospitals started an initiative to donate to the Heroes Fund by making a monetary or personal protective equipment donation, or to buy gift cards from local restaurants and donate those to the hospital of your choice.  This is a great way to give back to our frontline workers.  Go to any of the websites of the organizations involved or see the flyer that came with the SchoolMessenger message sent last Thursday.

Today our world at school and at home changed yet again.  The hard part of this change is that many of our normal activities held at the end of the school year will not happen or will be very different than in the past. The good part is that with this most recent announcement of school buildings now being closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year we can now focus our plans for the end of this school year and for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. It will be different, but it will be exciting and great! 

Just remember that together we are strong!  Things will be different, but we will make the experience positive and fruitful.  With a great staff, great students, great parents, and a great community we can overcome anything!  

Stay safe and look out for each other!

Bob Scott, Superintendent
Avon Lake City Schools