Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Updates


Tuesday, September 8, 2020 

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

In School Start Delayed for Nine Weeks

Following the guidance and recommendations issued today by the Erie County Health Department, we are announcing that Vermilion Local Schools will offer online instruction only for all students beginning Tuesday, September 8, through the end of the first nine weeks. Following the OHSAA guidelines and recommendations, sports will continue, as will other activities, with strict adherence to all safety precautions. More documentation will be shared beginning tomorrow.
The full announcement from the Erie County Department of Health can be found here:   ECHD Press Release 8-5-2020 

Please complete the Transportation Form

Parents and caregivers:   We are asking for your assitance in providing transportation for your children, if at all possible, to help us provide a safe atmosphere on the bus, and maintain social distance requirements between students.  We need your help!

Please complete the form at  to let us know how your child will be transported to school.  

Transportation will only be available for students who qualify under current policy.  Students will be required to wear a face mask while riding the bus, Students coming to the bus without a mask will not be permitted to board the bus 

Once bus routes are assigned, students cannot be added to a bus, as seating will be limited. Two students will sit in a seat in most cases. Families with three or more students will sit with family members, with up to three family members per seat. Families must to notify us if your child(ren) will be riding the bus, or will be transported in a private vehicle.  

Digital Academy - Sample School Day

The slides linked below outline what a typical day will look like for those who choose the Digital Academy option.  We hope that this helps parents as they continue to discuss and decide on the best option for their family.  

Digital Academy Registration Form

Digital Academy Guidelines

Due to the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vermilion Local School District (VLSD) is committed to providing an alternative, remote learning option for families who feel the most effective and safe learning environment for their student is at home.


The goal of The VLSD Digital Academy is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully progress through the general education curriculum, and to meet the State of Ohio and VLSD graduation requirements, by providing a rigorous course of study aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

In order for you to make an informed decision as to whether enrollment in the 2020 - 2021 VLSD Digital Academy (hereafter referred to as The Academy) is the most effective learning option for your child(), please thoughtfully consider The Academy’s expectations for teachers, parents, and students.

A complete overview of the Ditigal Academy expectations is available at this link: 

Parents can choose this option by completing the form available at this link:

Back-to-School Plan Town Hall Meetings

Superintendent Philip Pempin led two (2) Virtual Town Hall sessions on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in which he shared important details about the back-to-school plan.  The full presentation can be seen on YouTube or click on the PDF of the presentation below.    
On YouTube 10 AM: 
On YouTube 6:30 PM: 

Back to School Announcement

Thank you for being patient as we worked out a plan for re-opening schools in the fall.  As you have been faced with challenges at home, it has been the same for us during the challenging planning process.  We have been holding daily meetings with teachers and staff, looking at ways to welcome and safely accommodate students back into our school buildings. 


The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health have been releasing guidance on a regular basis throughout the summer.  Because of the fact that Vermilion lies in two counties, we have been working with neighboring school districts and health departments in both counties to discuss details of re-opening plans. In the coming weeks, both Erie and Lorain County Health Departments will be providing additional information that will assist us in completing the details of our plan.  Teams of teachers, support staff and administrators, have utilized guidance from health experts, as well as feedback gathered from parents.  We have created a plan that we believe will put us in the best position to keep our students, staff and community safe through all alert levels.  


We realize that this pandemic has forced parents to make difficult decisions that have impacted your family in a variety of ways.  In order to minimize the negative impact this may have on your family, our district has spent many hours formulating a plan based on some guiding principles that we believe are of equal importance:  1) Keep student  and staff safety as our number one priority; 2) Provide the very best, quality education for all VLSD students; 3) Keep the lines of communication open with parents and all stakeholders, with the realization that plans will need to be reassessed and changes may be necessary;  4) Minimize opportunities for contamination, or spread of COVID-19; 5) Support the academic,  social  and emotional needs of students, staff and famlies. 


With the following guiding framework from the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Health, Erie County Health Department and Lorain County Health Department, Vermilion Schools will:

  • Assess symptoms
  • Increase sanitation
  • Provide physical distancing of 6 feet or more
  • Require face masks for all K through 12 students and staff
  • Conduct risk assessments and mitigation

Vermilion Local Schools has developed the following options for returning to school:

1.  Hybrid Return ( reduced capacity) – A reduced capacity model in which students will attend school on a rotating schedule of two days on one week and three days the next week, following a color-coded calendar.  This plan will include physical distancing at a minimum of six (6) feet for in and out of class activities.  Face coverings will be required on school buses and inside buildings; frequent disinfecting protocols for high contact areas at least every day, with additional cleaning in specific areas as needed; daily symptom assessment must be completed by parents prior to sending children to school.   If your child will be attending school, we also need to know if you are able to transport your child(ren) daily.  A survey for parents to provide this information will be sent out after the town hall meeting.


2.  Online Remote Learning at Home – Parents who are not comfortable sending children to school may choose to enroll their children in the 2020-2021 online Digital Academy.  Parents who choose this option must notify us by July 31, 2020.  A survey form will be available online for parents to notify us that they are choosing this option.


Our staff is hopeful that we can return to a normal school schedule sometime during this school year.   Our entire community would like nothing more than for the risk level to be mitigated, and we can return children to their classrooms.  If that becomes a reality, we will communicate new options to all families, whether attending school, or choosing the online option. 


Our administrative team will conduct two (2) virtual town hall meetings on Wednesday, July 22 to provide all of the specific details on the district restart plan.  Session 1 begins at 10:00 AM, and Session 2 begins at 6:30 PM.   A link to a Zoom meeting will be published on our website and social media pages prior to the meeting.  Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting, and we will do our best to address everyone’s concerns. 


Thank you again for your patience as we have worked through these challenging times.


Philip M. Pempin, Superintendent

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - July 17, 2020

Return to School Letter 2020-2021

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - July 2, 2020

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - June 26, 2020

Erie County Local School Districts Collaborate on Restart Plans


Local school districts have been working together, in conjunction with the Erie County Health Department, to create a unified plan for reopening in the upcoming school year with consideration to the unique circumstances of each school district. District leaders recognize the need for children to be in school. While all districts can provide adequate remote learning opportunities, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction with high quality educators and support personnel, such as school counselors and social workers.

Area districts are committed to creating an educationally sound delivery model, but also adhering to the guidelines set forth by local, state, and federal health agencies. As we continue to plan, our top priority is the health and safety of our students and faculty. We will continue to use the most current scientific data to inform our decisions as we collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to protect the school community.

We have created a comprehensive plan for infection prevention and mitigation measures, with the understanding that it is subject to change based on the release of official guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education. The main pillars of our plan revolve around symptom assessment, social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, and cleaning protocols. Each district is committed to communicating their individual plans throughout the month of July. We will continue to review and update our plan as official guidance is released.

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - June 19, 2020

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - June 12, 2020

Vermilion High School Class of 2020 Graduation

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - June 5, 2020

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - May 22, 2020

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - May 15, 2020

Video Update from Mr. Pempin - May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Video Update from Mr. Pempin - April 24, 2020

Ohio Department of Education Graduation Ceremony Statement

COVID-19 Video Update from Mr. Pempin - April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Video Update from Mr. Pempin - April 10, 2020

Breakfast & Lunch Request Form

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.

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