March 16 meeting

Rotary ZOOM meeting presenter Jon Ritchie, Orrville City Schools Superintendent, gave a broad and informative overview titled "How COVID-19 has affected the Schools (State of the Schools)" program. Having it become abundantly clear that the pandemic was to worsen in the Spring of 2020, Ritchie realized the need to aggressively pre-plan measures to insure the safe re-opening of Orrville schools for the 2020-2021 education year. 
With the help, guidance, and input of Orrville's board of education members, school staff and federal, state and Wayne County Health Department guidelines, the topics of preparing for and living through COVID-19 were implemented as follows:
Procurement:  Supplies (face masks, shields, hand sanitizer, partitions, extra Chrome books, additional staff and other support employees, etc.).
Protocols:  Spaced seating, traffic flow, social distancing, mask wearing, water bottle filling stations, access to safety items, etc.) All protocols followed Wayne County Health Department's COVID-19 recommendations.
Program:  Options for traditional school (in buildings) vs. remote (at home), taking into consideration events of student quarantine and staff vaccinations.
Reflection:   Superintendent Ritchie noted that planning early and quickly for the COVID-19 crises relative to the overwhelmingly successful, extremely safe and continuing school year. Moving forward, the speaker assured our community that all state, local and federal guidelines will be adhered to adjusted as they may, from time to time, be safely changed or altered.
Our thanks to Rotarians Sue and Rich Corfman for inviting Mr. Ritchie to share this important information with us.