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CEO's Message
CEO Justin M. Jennings

Dear YCSD Families,

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. We begin this school year like no other. The coronavirus pandemic brought and continues to bring new challenges.

The decision to go fully remote for instruction was not one I made lightly, but I had to put the health and safety of our scholars, staff, families and community above all else.

We just ask that you continue to be patient with us. We’ve provided devices for all of our scholars and home internet for those homes that didn’t already have it.

Fully remote instruction is new for all of us and there’s learning curve. It may take some time for everyone to get up to speed. That’s why we have remote support available to help. You can call 330-742-1900 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for assistance. You also have the option of opening a help desk ticket for district technology staff by clicking the “Remote Support” link here on our homepage.

Some of our schools plan events to provide more help to families so please watch for that information.

We will remain fully remote for at least the first grade period of this school year. When things return to normal with scholars, teachers and staff in our buildings depends on the virus. I won’t make any promises or predictions. I know our teachers and administrators are eager to see scholars and families face-to-face again, but we have to wait until it’s safe.

One way we continue to help you, our families is by providing five breakfasts and five lunches weekly from our eight distribution sites. Scholars need nutritious food in order to learn.

Later this fall, we’ll open health clinics at East and Chaney high schools through a partnership with Quickmed. The YOUCare Quickmed Clinics will offer annual wellness visits, vaccinations, state-mandated vision/hearing screenings; diagnostic testing for illnesses including the flu, COVID-19 and strep throat; referrals to specialty physicians and other services.

The goal is to open a clinic in each of our schools. Quickmed is a great partner and I’m excited about this initiative and the services it will bring to our scholars, families, staff and community

Let’s make this a great year!



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