NORTHFIELD CENTER — Parents in need of a babysitter for children at home due to schools being closed from COVID-19 concerns can contact their schools for a list provided by the high school's National Honor Society.

Superintendent Joe Clark, in the latest updates to school district families posted March 13, said that The Nordonia High School National Honor Society is compiling a list of available babysitters whose service, character, and leadership have already been assessed. Schools will provide this list to families; however, Clark urged that these lists not be posted on social media.

It was announced yesterday that Ohio's schools will be closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19; Nordonia Hills schools will be closed through April 14 due to the state order, coupled with the district's planned spring break.

"Today, teachers worked diligently creating lessons and activities for students to do at home during this extended absence," Clark said. "You should expect communication early next week from teachers and principals about expectations during this time at home. You will also hear information about times the schools may be open for students to get needed materials and medicines from school."

In addition, Nordonia Hills students can "have a lunch provided and home delivered by the schools" beginning Tuesday, Clark said.

"These lunches will be reimbursable to the schools through the national free and reduced lunch program, but a student does not need to be on free or reduced lunch to participate in the program during this school closure period," Clark said.

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Other notes Clark shared:

• Students who do not have access to a computer or wifi at home should call Technology Director Mike Russ at 330-908-6229.

• Kindergarten tuition payments due April 3 may be deferred until school resumes. Also, pay to participate fees for spring sports will be deferred until school resumes and the district knows if the athletic seasons will be played.

• Due to the lengthy time away from school, the district's schools will use a semester grade. "The work that students have completed to date in the third quarter will be carried over to the fourth quarter, and only a semester grade will be given," Clark said. This won't affect GPAs or class rankings.

• Kindergarten registration is still being taken. Call 330-467-0580 to schedule an appointment.

Clark added that the closure "will not impact seniors expecting to graduate, and there is no indication that the school year will be extended."

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"These are unprecedented times, and we will get through them together through flexibility and common sense," Clark said. "Please understand this closure is not only to keep students and staff safe, but also to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as seen in other countries around the world."