Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Welcome to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

Superintendent Pempin will use this page to share new information and support services with the community.  If you have a specific school-related question, please submit it to us using the form link below.  We do our best to respond to these questions within 24 hours.  The form is available at:     Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to do our best for students.

Before spring break scheduled from April 4-12 2020, we want to pass along important information about how student work will be graded. Please take a few minutes to view the video below.

Vermilion Elementary School Slide

Sailorway Middle School Slide

Vermilion High School Slides

Superintendent Message 3-31-2020

      Yesterday Governor DeWine announced that all Ohio schools will remain closed through Friday, May 1, 2020.   This news was anticipated, and I want to assure parents that we working with our staff to continue to provide educational opportunities to your children throughout the closure. 

      Please continue to do your best to work on the assignments provided by your child’s teacher.  It is important that you follow the teacher’s instructions, and remember to return only the assignments requested.  Many teachers are also providing links to websites with ideas that can be used to supplement the instructional materials.  We hope you are finding these useful.    

      It is very important that student learning continues to take place each day. Please check your email using your phone or computer for updates from teachers daily.  We know that everyone is doing their best under the circumstances. Our entire staff thanks you for your partnership.  Together we can ensure that our children continue to learn, and will be ready to return to school when this crisis is over.  

      If for any reason you are not receiving assignments, or are having difficulty accessing them, please contact the building principal by email:

VHS – Mrs. Deliz  [email protected]

VHS – Mrs. Bengele  [email protected]

SMS – Mrs. Bartlome  [email protected]

VES – Mr. Malear  [email protected]

Message to the Class of 2020 from Mr. Pempin - March 27, 2020.

Check out this video update from Mr. Pempin - March 20, 2020.

Check out this video update from Mr. Pempin - March 19, 2020.

Families that are currently participating in the free or reduced lunch program are eligible to receive a food bag one day each week, starting this week.  If you are interested in participating, please SIGN UP using the Breakfast/Lunch Request form linked on the right side of this page. 

The schedule of food distribution is:
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 11:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020 11:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020 11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON
WHERE: Vermilion High School main entrance area
Parents should be prepared to show a photo ID (drivers license or State ID card) when picking up food bags.

Changes Due to Gov. DeWine's Message

In light of Governor DeWine’s address to the State in which he ordered all restaurants and bars to close, we have reconsidered the pickup of packets for students in Preschool through grade 7. The pickup of the packets scheduled for Monday is now cancelled.

Nurses will be available at all three schools between 8-9 a.m. on Monday, March 16 for the few families that may need to pick up their child’s medication.

The safety of all citizens must come first. We will do our best to provide as many resources as possible to students who attend the elementary and middle school. The leadership teams will be working for the next 5 to 7 days on alternative methods of instruction. When we have a solid plan, we will make announcements on our website and social media pages.

The Governor has stated that there is a possibility that schools will not return to session this year. State and Federal authorities will also be planning for that possibility and will likely have recommendations and/or requirements that we must include in our planning. Please know that everyone here is working very hard and we have the best interest of your children at heart. We will continue to revise our plan as necessary to comply with mandates that are given to us. Thank you for your patience.

Philip M. Pempin, Superintendent

March 15, 2020

Superintendent Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In his message this afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine issued an order closing all school districts for a period of three (3) weeks, beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.   That three-week period will end on Monday, April 6, 2020.  During this period our district will continue to provide instruction, and teachers will have regular scheduled office hours during which students and/or parents may contact them with questions.  These hours will be communicated to you by each individual teacher.  It will be important for your child(ren) to come to school on Monday, March 16, 2020 so that he or she can receive materials and instruction for the weeks that school is closed.

Spring break for Vermilion Schools will continue to be observed during the week of April 5 through April 12, as originally scheduled.  No instruction will take place during that week. 

Should the closure be extended by the Governor beyond April 12, we will contact parents and student with instructions as to how coursework will continue to be provided.

During the break period, we will continue to enforce the following restrictions:

1.     Parents and others will not be permitted to visit our schools
2.     All assemblies will be cancelled or postponed to another date
3.     Teachers will not participate in or attend off-site professional development events
4.     There will be no student and/or teacher led field trips
5.     All planned banquets are cancelled
6.     All indoor and outdoor athletic and other group activities, including practices, are cancelled
7.     Outside groups will not be permitted to use our facilities

As new information and breaking news about the virus outbreak is provided to us by various agencies, we will communicate updates to you as quickly as possible.  Please watch for these updates on our website and Facebook pages.  If you have questions at any time, please contact us.

Philip M. Pempin, Superintendent
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