School Closure FAQ

Question: Has Governor DeWine said anything about whether we will be coming back to school this school year? Also, if we end up not coming back, how will the seniors finish school?

Answer: Governor DeWine has not made this decision. At this time, students will remain in online learning through May 1. Once we hear a definitive answer for when school will resume, a communication will be distributed to all families by the WCSD. At some point, Principal Keener will meet with the Class of 2020 officers.

Question: I just moved to Wooster. How do I enroll my children and when can they start in Wooster City Schools? 

Answer: To enroll a new student please complete the following steps. Step 1 - Complete and submit the online forms (Final Forms) located on the WCSD website under Parent/Registration. Step 2 - A building registrar will reach out to the parent/guardian to welcome you and discuss the enrollment process and answer any questions you may have. A records release and free/reduced lunch application will be emailed to the parent/guardian to sign and return by email or regular mail, if no scanner is available. Step 3 - Copies of birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency, immunizations, custody documents (if applicable) and a copy of your child's IEP or 504 Plan (if applicable) will need to be scanned, faxed or mailed to 144 N. Market Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691. Step 4 - A building principal, secretary or guidance counselor will reach out to the parent/guardian to discuss a class assignment, schedule and give further educational instructions. Please contact Jill Ackerman at or at 330-988-1111, ext 1241, with any questions or concerns. Welcome to Wooster City Schools!

Question: My son left some items in his locker that he needs. Will the buildings be open at any time for students to get needed books, etc.?

Answer: If a student needs an item from the school prior to spring break they should e-mail their principal directly to set up a time to get their materials. After spring break we will be announcing time frames for students to get materials from each of the buildings. This schedule will be posted to the district website on Friday, April 3.

Question: Will high school teachers have times during the week for a video chat with their classes or something like that? I feel like a lot of people would really like that.

Answer: Not all teachers will be using video chats as part of their virtual learning curriculum. However, if there are tools that students are enjoying during this time we encourage them to reach out to their teachers to share ideas about what is working/not working. Our Technology Resource Teachers are working to support the use of these tools and will be happy to help teachers who want to incorporate them.

Question: I missed the opportunity to pick up a computer on Monday and Tuesday because I was at work. Can I still get one for my family?

Answer: If you were unable to come in during the computer pickup times, please email the building principal at your child's school to make arrangements. Please also watch for updates on the Computer Checkout page.

Question: My family does not have a computer or Internet access. Can we check one out?

Answer: Please watch for updates on the Computer Checkout page, or email your building principal, in order to obtain a computer. Families with students in grades K-12, and also college-aged students, may contact MCTV at 330-833-4134 for details concerning their free internet program that is available through April 30.

Question: With social isolation being extended to April 30 by President Trump, are schools also closed until April 30? 

Answer: Yes, Governor DeWine has now ordered that schools are not in session through Friday, May 1. 

Question: How will open enrollment work this year? Will there be a way to submit the form online? 

Answer: Typically, our open enrollment process begins on May 1 and continues through June 30. In the next few weeks, our 2020-2021 application form will be available on our website to print off and mail in (Jill Ackerman, Registrar, 144 N. Market Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691.) We will also work on an online application submission solution if schools/offices are not in session.

Question: If school does not resume for the rest of the year will the students be able to come in and clean out lockers at the high school and desks at the elementary schools? When will we know end-of-year grades? And how will we move forward for moving up a grade the following year? 

Answer: If school does not resume for the rest of the year, we will work with our administrative team to provide opportunities for students to obtain personal items that have been left at school. If you have an immediate need, please reach out to your school's principal. While school is not in session in our buildings through May, we will continue to provide ongoing instruction and feedback following spring break. We will follow guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Education regarding end-of-year grades and promotion/graduation.

Question: How will we support our students who are transitioning from grade 4 to grade 5 into Edgewood Middle School? 

Answer: Our teachers, guidance counselors and principals are continuing to plan for school visits, meetings and activities in the month of May to support the transition to Edgewood Middle School. We will modify the dates/times if needed. 

Question: Will instruction and virtual learning continue during spring break? 

Answer: No, virtual instruction will not be occurring during spring break. All staff members will be on spring break and will not be providing lessons. Please enjoy reading, writing and exploring the outdoors! 

Question: Will food distribution from the schools take place during spring break? 

Answer: No, food distribution by the Wooster City School District will not continue during spring break (April 6-10). Partners in the community have plans to support our families in need. Food distribution on our regular routes will resume on Monday, April 13. 


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