Welcome to the Ravenna School District

Message to Ravenna School District Families -
All Call Sent March 29, 2020

Good afternoon, this is Dennis Honkala, Superintendent of the Ravenna School
District with a few very important messages for all Ravenna Families.
First, welcome back everyone from spring break! It is time to push through the
next nine weeks and finish the school year strong! These are unprecedented and
challenging times to be sure. The Governor and the Ohio Department of
Education have made it clear that instruction and learning must continue by every
child in order for them to be promoted to the next grade for next year. Parents
and students, please make sure that you are in communication with your teachers
and are completing the required assignments. Our staff will continue to provide
instruction electronically. Please stay in communication with all of your teachers
during these uncertain and challenging times. We are all in this together!

Second, we will be continuing our food distribution days for those students and
families in need. We will be distributing food bags at all 7 of our schools from
11:00 am to 1:00 pm., including our Preschool, on Mondays and Thursdays. This
distribution falls under the exceptions from Governor DeWine’s stay at home
order. There will be volunteers to guide everyone through this process. If you are
driving, please stay in your car and we will bring the food bags to you. Students
need not be with you but we do need the names of the children. Also, you do
NOT have to go to the school that your child attends in order to receive the food
bags. PLEASE go to the school that is closest to you and pick up for ALL family
members. We will continue to distribute food bags every Monday and Thursday
from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at each school until further notice
And finally, our technology support team will be at Ravenna High School every
Monday and Thursday as well from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. They will be servicing or
exchanging devices for all schools with students in grades 1st through 12th . Please
be safe and healthy and take care of each other. And as a final reminder, I will
continue to update all families as I receive additional information and guidance
from our state leaders. Please continue to check our website and Facebook pages
for updated information and I will continue to send these all calls as necessary.
Have a good evening.

Message from Ravenna School District

Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

We are carefully watching the COVID-19 (coronavirus) news in the state of Ohio and are in regular contact with public health officials.

At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Portage County.

While we monitor this we want to remind everyone that they can help be leaders for students in our community by following these recommended steps from our healthcare experts:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds per cleaning - many times per day.
2. Wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom, before and after eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60%+ alcohol-based).
3. Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
5. If you are sick, stay home (but get your coursework from your teachers so your student isn’t falling behind).
6. Cover your mouth if you are coughing.
7. If you use a tissue, discard it in the trash.
8. Clean and disinfect your home regularly.

Please know we will always take appropriate action as guided by public health officials. We are currently deep cleaning and sanitizing each building each day, and making other plans and precautions.

As we are not healthcare professionals, all we can do is share with you some of the resources we are using:

– https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/
– https://www.co.portage.oh.us/portage-county-hea…/…/resources
– https://www.cdc.gov/coronavir…/2019-ncov/…/share-facts.html…

If you have school or district-related questions, please contact us. If you have healthcare related questions we recommend you contact your healthcare providers or some of the many awesome resources we have in our community like UH Portage Medical Center.

Tips for the Flu Season

What is Portage County doing to respond to 2019 novel Coronavirus?


Ohio Department of Health Opens Call Center to Help With COVID-19 Response

Ohio Department of Health Opens Call Center to Help With COVID-19 Response
1-833-4-ASK-ODH Open Seven Days a Week

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today announced the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has opened a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Call center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They will be available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.

The number of potential cases and the results of testing are regularly updated every weekday at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

While the general risk to the public in Ohio is still considered low, it is important to continue to follow standard precautions to prevent the spread of infectious disease. To prevent the spread of any virus including novel coronavirus, practice these preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Additional information and guidance on COVID-19 is available at ODH’s new website, coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Tips for Keeping Yourself and Others Healthy


  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Find additional CDC resources on how to clean and disinfect schools.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

Novel Coronavirus

General Information and Precautions

* Currently, you are only at risk if you (1) are displaying symptoms; and (2) have traveled to China in the 14 days before feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19. By and large, travel history is key.

* People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing that may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure to the virus. At this point you are more likely to catch the flu or a common cold, which both show some of the same symptoms.

* ODH recommends precautions used for reducing the risk of infection for other illnesses, such as flu. Encourage staff, children, and families to follow these precautions at all times.

* Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

* Avoid contact with people who are sick.

* Stay home when you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid contact with others.

* Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

* Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Additional Resources for Ravenna School District Families

We hope everyone is staying safe & healthy, and keeping up with their learning!  Our elementary school counselors  have put together a Google Drive Folder full of resources for students and families.  You will find the link to this folder below.  Inside the folder, you will see a condensed version of all of the various things that have been floating around about virtual learning via social media, email and text.

Please refer to the "Master List for Families in Digital Learning" first.  We have included various challenges, community resources, coping skills, covid-19 information, education & edutainment resources, technology & wifi services, as well as positivity resources.

Come back to this folder throughout the next couple of weeks, as we will continue to update it.  Our hope is that we can provide some useful information that can make this challenging time a bit easier.

Words of Encouragement from the Staff at Willyard

Willyard Elementary

Officer Staple Checking in on Students and Families

Our School Resource Officer, Officer Staple, has been out in our community and had a chance to check on some of our students and families!  He wishes everyone the best and encourages you to stay safe and healthy.


Food Distribution Site Includes a Book to Read

Thanks to generous donations, families who picked up food this week at the Willyard Elementary distribution site were also able to choose a book to take home!

Doe v. Ohio Department of Education Settlement Proposal

The parties in the Doe v. Ohio Department of Education class action have submitted a proposed settlement to the U.S. District Court for approval. The first step in the approval process of the settlement is to provide notice of the proposed settlement to affected students and their parents.