Back to School 2020: A Step-by-Step Guide

Now that we've announced back-to-school plans for the 2020-21 School Year, Pickerington Schools wants to help student(s) get ready to return in the fall as quickly as possible! We have created this "One Stop Shop" with all the information you'll need to get your kids ready for school, including supply lists, district calendar, online forms, student handbooks, school menus, and easy ways to update your family's information online! Please note that August 31, 2020 is the first day of school for both Virtual Learning Academy students and students in the hybrid model.

School-specific information (such as supply lists and information about back-to-school activities) is available by clicking on one of the links under the "Get School Supply Lists and Other Info From Your Child's School" heading below.

Pickerington Schools Back to School Information

General Information

At Pickerington Schools, we are constantly working to improve our customer service and be more cost efficient. To that end, we have created this online “one-stop shop” for most of the back-to-school information parents need each year.

This includes placing our student handbooks, school supply lists, transportation information, district calendar and other info online to reduce printing costs, as well as provide an online system to allow parents to easily fill out all those back-to-school forms.

We hope you find this approach to be convenient, and that you appreciate the cost savings of moving all these materials online. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your child’s school.

What Info Do You Need In Hand Before Starting?

For some of the steps below, parents will need:

You also will need internet access for some of the online information referenced below. If you do not have internet in your home, free access is available at the Pickerington Public Library. Computers also are available for parent use during business hours at the District Office, allowing you to review and complete this information online.

Teacher/Team Assignments and JH/HS Schedules

Look at the back-to-school page for your child’s school below to find out how assignments and schedules are being disseminated.

Please remember that all back-to-school forms for students K-12 must be completed using our online forms system. Junior high and high school schedules will not be released until these forms are completed.

Step One: Complete Your Family's Required Forms Online

For custodial parents in the primary household of returning students in kindergarten through grade 12

In order to complete back to school and EMA forms, a parent/legal guardian in the primary household will need to submit an annual update for each returning student through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Please follow the directions below for the online registration annual update:

  1. Login into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal, click on the 3 lines in the upper left corner and select “More.”
  2. Click on Online Registration on the bottom of the list.
  3. Click on Existing Student Registration

Infinite Campus pic showing buttons for existing student online registration annual update instructions

4. Click on Begin Registration at the bottom.

Infinite Campus Online Registration pic showing Begin Registration button

5. Follow the prompts to complete the Online Registration Annual Update.

New items to be added for a current student will be doctor, dentist, hospital information, etc.  Please review all other information, including emergency contacts, health conditions and medications.

If you have any questions, please see our Infinite Campus webpage for instructions regarding your Infinite Campus Parent Account and submitting an Infinite Campus help desk ticket.

Step Two: Get School Supply Lists and Other Info From Your Child's School

Virtual Learning Academy students

  • Supply lists are the same as listed for your student’s home school below. Students are still enrolled at their home school.  However, it is likely adjustments will be made to the supply lists by the VLA teacher to accommodate for the remote learning platform.

High Schools

Junior High Schools

Middle Schools

Elementary Schools

Preschool

  • Pickerington Preschools supply list — still to be determined
Step Three: Review Handbooks and Policies

All handbooks are available for review online. The district will not be printing handbooks. Parents will be asked to confirm that they have reviewed the handbooks when filling out back-to-school forms. Students in grades 5-12 will sign a similar acknowledgment once school starts.

Step Four: Follow Us On Social Media

Be sure to follow the District and your children’s schools on your own Facebook and Twitter accounts. This is often the quickest way to be informed about what’s happening in Pickerington Schools.

District

High Schools

Junior High Schools

Middle Schools

Elementary Schools

Step Five: Pay Student Fees

The district assesses a fee to all students for supplies and consumable materials. These fees are typically available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal a few weeks after the start of school. (This delay allows for students to change courses at the junior high and high school levels.)

  • The Technology Protection Fee for student one-to-one is $30 for grades K-5, and $40 for grades 6-12. This is an optional fee, but highly recommended. Once fees are assigned, the Treasurer’s Office will send an email alerting parents of activities on a student’s account.
  • Student fees for students in grades K-6 will be on IC as information becomes available.
  • Student fees for grades 7-12 will be on IC after the add-drop period (about two weeks after the start of classes.)
  • Athletic/pay-to-participate fees will be on IC as they become available from coaches.

The preferred method of payment is by logging into the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. While schools will accept a check or cash, paying via the Parent Portal ensures there is a record of payment (and that students do not misplace a check or cash.)

Where applicable, the cost of student planners is included in school fees. Families who are financially unable to pay for necessary materials should refer to Board Policy 6152.01 regarding fee waivers. Applications are available in the school office. Failure to pay school fees will result in grades and transcripts being held until payment is received.

Please note that specific technologies and consumable resources may vary slightly by school. 

Kindergarten (Total: $19.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Consumable supplies: $12.50

First grade (Total: $17.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Language arts consumable: $7.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • ­STEM learning: $3.00  ­

Second grade (Total: $17.50)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Language arts consumable: $8.00
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • ­STEM learning: $3.00

Third grade (Total: $22.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Data/assignment notebook: $4.00
  • Language arts consumable: $6.50
  • ­STEM learning: $5.00

Fourth grade (Total: $23.50)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Data/assignment notebook: $4.00
  • Language arts consumable: $8.00
  • ­STEM learning: $5.00

Fifth grade (Total: $36.00)

  • Science supplies: $6.00
  • Literacy consumable: $10.00
  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Hands on Science Fee: $15.00

Sixth grade (Total: $83.00)

  • Science supplies: $6.00
  • Springboard: $17.00
  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Outdoor Science Trip: $55.00

Gateway Fourth grade (Total: $20.00)

  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Science fee: $5.00
  • Story Works: $10.00

Gateway Fifth grade (Total: 36.00)

  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Science fee: $6.00
  • Story Works: $10.00
  • Hands on Science Fee: $15.00

Gateway Sixth grade (Total: $71.00)

  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Science fee: $6.00
  • STEM/Design Challenge fee: $5.00
  • Outdoor Science Trip: $55

Grades 7-12

Student fees in grades seven through twelve are based on individual class schedules. Fees for courses were listed in the Program of Studies when students register for classes in the spring. The Program of Studies can be found on the high school and junior high school websites under “Academics” and then “Courses and Class Registration.”

Pickerington Virtual Learning Academy

Based on recommendations made by the COVID-19 Task Force, Pickerington Schools will be offering a fully virtual option for students during the 2020-2021 school year. The VLA curriculum will now be substantially the same as the normal PLSD curriculum. This means that fees for secondary students (grades 7-12) may in some cases exceed $100.

Step Six: Check Your Child's Bus Route

Parents seeking information about their child’s bus pick-up and drop-off may use our interactive online systemAfter clicking this link:

  • You will be asked to enter your username and password. Both of those are your child’s Student ID number (the same number used for lunch accounts.) If you don’t know your child’s student ID number you can get that information through Infinite Campus.
  • Click “Log-In.”
  • Click “Work with Students.”
  • Click “View My Students.”
  • Click a student’s name to be taken to their transportation information page. Read this page carefully as it explains the morning and afternoon transportation information for your student.

Students with the same home phone number will be grouped together on the “View My Students” page. If, for some reason, you do not see all the students in your household, try logging in again using one of your other children’s information.

If you wish to request a change regarding your student’s pick-up or drop-off sites, please log in to the online system and click on the “Parent Communication” link.

All requests for a stop location change will be determined using Board Policy, State and Local ordinances, and Pupil Transportation Guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Education.

If the change involves an alternative address other than the home, such as a babysitter’s address, it must be in the attendance boundary that corresponds with the home address.

PLSD does not give transportation services to private day care businesses.

Transportation is a tax supported program. Therefore, demands for individualized service beyond any legal requirements cannot be met.

The purpose of bus scheduling and routing is to achieve efficient service with a minimum fleet of buses consistent with rendering service to all students who are eligible for transportation services.

Use your child’s six-digit student ID for both the username AND password. Once you have logged in, select “Parent Communication” and choose “Babysitter Bus Stop Request” in the drop-down menu. Copy and paste the message text to complete the submission.

If you have any questions, please call Petermann Pickerington at 614-837-8525.

Step Seven: Download Bus Tracker App

How long until your child’s bus arrives to pick him up? How long until her bus gets her home from school?

A mobile application can tell Pickerington School parents approximately where their child’s bus is in the morning and afternoon. This useful application can be downloaded by clicking this link. Parents must download the app to allow Petermann send text notifications in case of bus delays and other information.

Parents will need their children’s student ID numbers to set up the app.

Parents should not use the system to wait until the very last minute to send their children to the bus stop. Students must be at their designated stop by the scheduled bus arrival time, and waiting until the last minute can be dangerous if children are running to meet their bus.

Plus, the system operates by tracking the GPS units in each bus, so it operates on a lag that can be up to two minutes. During that time, the bus may have made progress on its route, so GPS locations are only approximate.

Parents who will likely see the greatest benefit from the application are those who live in the more rural parts of the district and parents of children with special needs.

Step Eight: View the 2020-21 School Calendar

The revised version of the 2020-21 School Calendar is now available.

Step Nine: Publicizing Great Things About Your Child

The district frequently has the opportunity to celebrate accomplishments of our students, including award recipients, participants in unique classroom projects, involvement in fine arts programs, and other activities worth recognizing and promoting.

Sometimes, this recognition appears on district and school websites, in print publications, and in district-controlled social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. This recognition may include photos of students, as well as their names, school, grade and teacher’s name. It also may include pictures or other representations of students’ artistic work, including visual and written pieces.

We also occasionally will have members of the local media visiting our buildings to cover special events and unique approaches to education being offered by our teachers. Media access to students does not happen within our schools without district knowledge and supervision, and we do not provide direct access to students when the media is covering stories or topics that might be considered controversial or negative.

Most parents enjoy seeing their children included in the day-to-day celebration of all the great things happening in our schools. For that reason, default consent and release for this type of recognition is granted to the district. However, we know there are a few parents who prefer that their children not be included in such photographs and online stories. Action is only required by parents who wish to deny this consent. Please note that photos of students with their names, school, grade and teacher’s name will be included in school yearbooks by default. Parents who wish to deny consent for inclusion in school yearbooks must take action to deny consent as well.

We require those parents to inform us, in writing, of their desire to have their children excluded from district-managed recognition and/or school yearbook pictures by downloading this opt-out form (PDF) | opt-out form (RTF version), filling it out, and returning it to their child’s school. Parents are asked to do this by Sept. 1 each fall to ensure we have a current list of students whose activities should not be publicly acknowledged by the district on the website, on social media, in school yearbooks, or in other public forums.

Step 10: Review Info on Safety and Security Drills

The safety and security of our students is our top priority. That’s why every Pickerington School is required by law to perform annual drills designed to ensure our students and staff are prepared in the event of emergencies.

Such drills are part of every building’s emergency plan. Plans for these drills are developed in cooperation with and assistance of local law enforcement, fire departments, and the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of these drills is to train and improve.

Safety and security drills

Six fire drills: We hold six drills between August and May. These drills require a complete building evacuation. One drill must be held within the first 10 days of school.

Tornado drills (Per Ohio Revised Code): Schools will hold drills once a month when school is in session during tornado season (April 1 – July 31). Additionally, schools will hold one drill within the 1st 90 days of school and two additional drills between March and the end of the school year.

Three lockdown drills: Each school performs three lockdown/intruder drills between the months of August and May. The first drill must occur before December. These drills may include either a building evacuation or a lockdown (sometimes known as “shelter in place.”) Local law enforcement agents are often on site and participate in these drills. At the junior high school and high school levels, some of these drills are unannounced, which provides a more realistic opportunity to test our preparedness. Unannounced exercises occur toward the end of the school year after students have gone through training during announced drills. For “unannounced” drills, teachers are notified in advance. Our experience is that some students will text parents when an unannounced drill occurs, so schools typically use Infinite Campus to email parents about shortly before such a drill occurs. Please ensure your contact information and preferences are current in Infinite Campus at www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/parent-portal/

Medical drills: Schools complete two drills each year to prepare for a possible medical emergency. During these drills, all available staff members report to the area where the medical need is occurring. Students are kept in their classrooms, clear of the area until the emergency is over.

Parents should not call the district or come to/call their child’s during drills or actual emergencies. This distracts district staff and law enforcement, which creates additional risks to the safety and security of our children.

If you have any questions about these drills, please contact your school.

Step 11: Technology and Your Child's One-to-One Device

Picking Up Your Child's One-to-One Device

Device Pickup 

If your student(s) is in grade 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, or 12 and attended PLSD during the 19-20 school year, they already have a device and will continue to use their same device during the 20-21 school year.

If the device is still in good working condition, then there is nothing that you need to do and students will need to continue to bring the device to school, charged, everyday.

If your current device is damaged to the point of not working, we will be holding several repair days in August before school starts. 

In order to receive service, please sign up at the below link so we can prepare for the correct number of visits.

Technology Support

Repair Days in the District Office (90 N. East St.)

  • Monday, August 10th – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 11th – 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12th – 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 24th – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 25th – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

After August 31st, the Technology Team will hold repair days every Wednesday throughout the school year from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 – 3:30 p.m at the District Office (90 N East Street). Students will also have the ability to turn in devices for repair at their building’s media center if the student is a part of the hybrid model.

If the district returns to Status Level Green in the Flexible Learning 2.0 Plan at any point during the year, we will eliminate these service days.

All 2020 – 2021 Elementary Students

Students/Families in grades 1-4 will be asked to drive to their home elementary school on the dates listed below and follow the student drop-off/pick-up route to the curbside pickup location (purple tent). Please let the PLSD staff member know the name, grade, and homeroom teacher of your student.  They will then give you a device and power cord (1st & 2nd grade = iPads and 3rd & 4th grade = Chromebooks), as well as numerous pieces of information.

  • August 20th – Grades 1-4 only – Heritage, Pickerington, Fairfield, Violet Elementary Schools from 8:30 am – 3:30 PM 
  • August 21st – Grades 1-4 only – Sycamore Creek, Tussing, Toll Gate Elementary from 8:30 am – 3:30 PM

Kindergarten students will receive their device on August 31st, September 1 or 2 from their teacher during the orientation and assessment days.

Notes: 

  • If your elementary student will be attending the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) they will still be issued a device and they need to pick it up at their home building (the physical building they would have attended).
  • If you cannot make it during your building’s scheduled curbside pick up, students will need to wait until their first day of school to pick up their device.
    • You cannot go to another school and please do not ask the office to pick up the device at a different time.
  • Fourth Grade students that are attending the Gateway Academy at Toll Gate MS will pick up their device at Toll Gate MS during their curbside pick up day as listed below.
    • Fourth Grade Gateway students will need to bring their old Chromebook and power cord to swap it out for the new device.

All 2020 – 2021 5th Grade Students 

Students/Families in grade 5 will be asked to drive to their middle school on August 19th from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM and follow the student drop-off/pick-up route to the curbside pickup location (purple tent). Please let the PLSD staff member know the name and grade of your student.  They will then give you a Chromebook and power cord, as well as numerous pieces of information.

Notes: 

  • If your middle school student will be attending the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) they will still be issued a device and they need to pick it up at their home building (the physical building they would have attended).
    • Students attending the Gateway Academy will need to pick up their device at Toll Gate MS. 
  • If you cannot make it during your building’s scheduled curbside pick up, students will need to wait until their first day of school to pick up their device.
    • You cannot go to another school and please do not ask the office to pick up the device at a different time.
  • Fourth Grade students that are attending the Gateway Academy at Toll Gate MS will pick up their device at Toll Gate MS during their curbside pick up on August 19th.
    • Fourth Grade Gateway students will need to bring their old Chromebook and power cord to swap it out for the new device.

All 2020-2021 9th Grade Students 

All 9th graders will receive a new Chromebook this year.  We are asking that all 9th grade students bring their old Chromebook and power cord into the school on the following dates and we will swap them to a new Chromebook (you must bring in your old Chromebook and power cord to get a new one). Chromebooks will be swapped out in English classes. 

  • Cohort A – PHSN – Monday, August 31st
  • Cohort A – PHSC – Tuesday, September 1st
  • Cohort B – PHSN – Thursday, September 3rd
  • Cohort B – PHSC – Friday, September 4th

9th Grade students that will be attending the Virtual Learning Academy are asked to bring their old Chromebook and power cord to the curbside pickup at Diley Middle School on August 21st from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM to swap it out for a new device. You must bring your old Chromebook and power cord to receive a new device. 

Students in Grades 6-12 that are New to Pickerington Schools since the end of the 19-20 School Year

Students/Families in grade 6-12 who are brand new to Pickerington Schools since the end of the 2019-2020 school year will be asked to drive to Diley Middle School on August 21st from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM and follow the student drop-off/pick-up route to the curbside pickup location (purple tent). Please let the PLSD staff member know the name and grade of your student.  They will then give you a Chromebook and power cord, as well as numerous pieces of information.

Notes: 

  • If your new student will be attending the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) they will still be issued a device and they need to pick it up at Diley Middle School on August 21st from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Device Login Information

All PLSD students are issued a Google account. Their email/account is their first name_last name and the last three digits of their student ID# @students.plsd.us (example: robert_ross123@students.plsd.us).  The password for students in grades K-5 will be their student ID#+00 (example: 80212300). Students in grade 5 will need to create a new unique password (with at least one capital letter, one lowercase letter, one number and one unique symbol).  Students in grades 6-12 should continue to use the same password as they did last year. 

If your Google Password does not work and you would like the technology team to reset it, please fill out the following form including an email of a parent or guardian.  The technology team will reset it and will email a parent/guardian your new temporary password. 

https://tinyurl.com/iforgotPLSD

For the iPads, students do not have a direct password, but at some point in time we will require that all students with an iPad create a passcode (more information about that coming later). 

We will continue to use Classlink as our main platform for all digital content and software.  Students can log in using their Google account information and for students in K-4 we will provide their Classlink Quickcard to use as well.  Also, later this year, we will launch the ability to login with Classlink with facial recognition (students will be shown this option later in the school year).

Consider Purchasing Device Technology Protection Plan (Highly Recommended)

We will again be offering families the opportunity to purchase (through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal) the PLSD Technology Protection Plan.  This annual agreement covers the Chromebook or iPad (“device”) loaned to the student against any accidental damage and/or repair costs. This agreement costs $30 per device (for grades K-5) and $40 per device (for grades 6-12) per school year for a total of $400 worth of repairs, replacement and/or labor costs. (The difference in the cost is to offset the non-use of devices at the elementary schools during the 4th quarter of the 19-20 school year.)

Any costs above and beyond $400 will be the responsibility of the parents/guardians/student. The charger is NOT covered and is the sole responsibility of the student/parent. Coverage is 24 hours per day. Damage(s) due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct is not covered. Lost devices will not be covered by the technology protection plan. Stolen devices will be covered by the technology protection plan as long as the parent/guardian submits to PLSD a filed police report for the stolen device. The Technology Protection Plan will cover damage and repairs for loaner devices, but will count towards the total allowed for the TPP. 

Payment is due by September 25, 2020 for the plan to be in effect.

The coverage option will be removed for those students whose parents/guardians do not pay this premium by September 25, 2020.  Payment may be made via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

The Technology Protection Plan will be made available in the Parent Portal once all of the scheduling changes and cohort assignments have been completed. 

The Technology Protection Plan is non-refundable. Administration, in its sole discretion, will determine if damages were due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct (please see PLSD Technology website for more specific information). This is an annual plan, previously purchased PLSD Technology Protection Plans will NOT cover the new school year. The Technology Protection Plan is not subject to waiver for free and reduced students as it is totally an OPTIONAL fee; students/parents are NOT required to have this coverage.

Reminder this is an annual plan and does NOT extend from one school year to the next. 

If the Technology Protection Plan is NOT Purchased

All damages and replacement parts will be charged at the current market rate with a labor cost of $15-$50 determined by the repair.  Damage fine without the Technology Protection Plan will range between $15 – $300.  If the cost of the damage exceeds $300, then a new device will be issued at the cost of $300.  All damage, replacement parts and labor costs will be applied through the parent portal in Infinite Campus. Additionally, when a student is provided a loaner device all of the regulations apply for proper care of loaner devices, any damage to the loaner device will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student.

Full version of the 2020-2021 Technology Protection Plan for Grades K-5

Full version of the 2020-2021 Technology Protection Plan for Grades 6-12

Overview of the One-to-One Program (FAQ)
  • Devices are the property of Pickerington Schools.
  • Students will retain the same device for four years. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the device in proper working order.
  • Students need to charge the device at home. No charging will be allowed at school. All devices have an 8-12 hour battery to last throughout the school day. All power cords need to stay at home.
  • Pickerington Schools offers a yearly Technology Protection Plan (see above) to protect against accidental damage, more information below.
  • All devices are filtered 24/7 against inappropriate websites. Alerts will be sent to administrators about inappropriate use. Teachers have the ability to monitor student use throughout the day.
  • The Pickerington Schools Acceptable Use Policy is effective 24/7 when using these devices.
  • Printing will not be allowed on these devices, as part of the plan is to share documents digital and use less paper.
  • Students are only permitted to download the apps that have been approved by the technology department.
  • Students may put stickers on their devices as long as they are not covering the serial number or Pickerington Schools logo. Also, stickers cannot interfere with the functionality of the device.
  • If your device becomes lost or stolen, please let the main office of your school know as soon as possible. We can track your device, but we only activate that on devices that have been reported as lost or stolen.
  • All devices will be collected during the last two weeks of the school year.
PLSD Every-1 Connected Program (Free hotspots)

EVERY-1-CONNECTED is a program sponsored by Pickerington Schools designed to give students with the greatest need and limited or no internet access away from school the opportunity to receive a hot spot on loan for two-week periods throughout the school year. 

Mobile Hotspots (allowing free access to the Internet) are available for check-out from our technology office at the PLSD District Office.  These are especially helpful when a student knows they have a big assignment they will be working on over a weekend or for a few days when Wi-Fi is required for completion.  Multiple students can sign-on to the same mobile hotspot, so please coordinate use for group projects. 

The Pickerington School District is offering a limited number of free wireless hotspot devices to students who have limited or do not have Internet access at home. This program enables students to “check out” a hotspot for up to two weeks or longer —absolutely free. Students may keep the hotspot throughout the school year until it is requested to be turned in or at the end of the school year. Both the device and monthly service fees are fully paid by the district and through a grant. The program is intended to help PLSD students access online resources at home to help bridge the digital divide and ensure educational equity. 

To ensure peace of mind, these devices use internet content filtering and the history is logged. The borrowing limit is one device per household, but these devices can be signed out repeatedly throughout the year.  

This form must be completed by the parent prior to each year. By signing this form, the parent agrees to assume all responsibility for equipment signed out to the student. A replacement fee of $150 will be charged if the device is lost, damaged or not returned. The PLSD Technology Protection Plan can cover the cost of any damaged hotspot devices, but damage(s) due to intentional reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct is not covered.

Steps for Obtaining a Hotspot:

  1. Complete the PLSD Every-1-Connected Application and return it to your child’s media center or you can bring them form with you to the District Office during any of the repair days as listed at the bottom of this letter.

    1. Application is available on the PLSD website, under departments, Technology.
    2. Applications will be approved by the PLSD Technology Staff. 
    3. If application is approved, the student/families can pick up the hotspot at the PLSD District Office.  
    4. Bring the device home and connect to your PLSD iPad or Chromebook to the hotspot. 
    5. All devices are required to be turned back in at the end of the school year.

Due to recent circumstances, students that currently have a hotspot issued to them from the 19-20 school year may continue to use that hotspot during the 20-21 school year. No new form is needed.  If you would like to return your hotspot, please return it to your building’s media center or drop it off at the District Office. 

Caring For Your Chromebook
  • Avoid using Themes. Many seem to cause issues with the battery and freezing.
  • Do not eat or drink over your Chromebook.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to clean your display on a regular basis.
  • Do not spray any household cleaners on your device. Isopropyl alcohol wipes can be used.
  • Do not leave your Chromebook in an unsecured location.
  • Please report any problem (including damage) to the media center as soon as possible.
  • Do not remove the serial number or ID tags.
  • Do not disassemble or attempt to repair the device, or take the device to a third-party for repair. All repairs must be made by the Pickerington Schools Technology Department.
  • Extreme heat or cold can harm the device. Never leave the device in a hot or frozen car.

Avoiding Physical Damage

  • Do not pick off any of the rubber around the edges of the Chromebook or on the bottom.
  • Keep liquids out of your backpack when your Chromebook is in it.
  • When walking with the Chromebook, always keep the lid closed.
  • Do not draw, write, or etch on your device. Stickers are permitted if they do not cover the etchings or serial number.
  • Do not remove or change the physical structure of the Chromebook, including the keys, screen cover or plastic casing.
  • Too much pressure may crack the screen. Avoid placing anything on top of the device.
  • Do not cram the device in a bag or locker
  • Never leave your device on the floor, a chair, or sofa. Stepping or sitting on the device could cause significant damage
  • Be cautious of breaking off headphones when using them in the device. We may not be able to remove the broken piece, which would lead to a repair.

Step 12: Review Information From Your School Nurse

Medical Forms

In addition to the emergency medical form which should be filled out using our online system, there are several other important medical forms that can be downloaded from the district website:

Please fill out all information forms carefully and completely. Please provide cell phone numbers, additional contact names, and phone numbers on a separate sheet of paper if needed. Please provide all appropriate health information pertaining to your child. Information will be shared with staff members in order to safely care for your child. Be sure to include information such as diabetes, asthma, seizures, severe allergies, as well as any medication information.

Medications (Prescription and Nonprescription)

In the event your child needs to take prescription medication while at school, please be sure to have the Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel form or completed by the child’s physician and parents. Forms are available in the school office and on the website.

Nonprescription medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and cough drops may be administered to students if the parent/guardian sends in the medication (in original container) along with written permission for the medication to be given. Dosages cannot exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for age and weight. (i.e., We cannot administer medication to children under 12 if the label says: “Do not administer to children under 12, except under the direction of a physician.” We need to have a note from the doctor in order to give a dose of medication that is different than the dose stated on the bottle.) All medications, prescription and non-prescription, must be sent in the original container.

Immunizations

State law and district policy require written proof of every student’s immunization status. Any student who does not meet the minimum state-required immunizations or exemptions within the first 14 days of school attendance may be excluded. The current requirements for immunizations can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website under “Immunization Summary – School.”

Franklin County Health Department offers several immunization clinics every month. Visit the Franklin County Health Department website for more information.

Fairfield County clinics can be found on the Fairfield Department of Health website.

Health Concerns

Be sure to contact the school nurse and your child’s teacher to discuss any health concerns your child has, including severe allergies, seizures, diabetes, asthma and any current medications. During the school year, please be sure to update the school nurse and your child’s teacher(s) of any new medical conditions your child is diagnosed with or any new medications your child is taking. This would include changes to a current medical condition or medication dosage as well.

Illness and Injury

Any student with a temperature of 100° or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, or signs and symptoms of a possible communicable disease will be sent home. Please keep students home until they remain fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication and free of vomiting or diarrhea symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school. All children with suspicious rashes must be excluded from school until the rash has been determined to be noncontagious by a doctor.

Students who appear to need stitches, x-rays, or extended observation for an illness or injury will be sent home for possible medical evaluation. If your child appears to have a life-threatening or serious illness or injury, the emergency squad will be called. Every effort will be made to notify you of this necessity, so please be sure all phone numbers and healthcare information on the emergency form are kept current.

In the event the school is unable to reach a parent/legal guardian when a student is ill or injured, the clinic will contact those persons so designated by the parent/legal guardian on the student’s emergency medical form. Only those designated individuals on the form will be permitted to pick up or release the student from school. Also, if parents will be out of town for an extended stay, they must provide the school, in writing, with the name(s) and phone numbers of those individuals responsible for the student’s care in their absence.

Health Screenings

State-mandated health screenings (such as vision and hearing) will be completed during the school year. Please contact the school nurse if you have any concerns regarding your child and the screening process.

Nurse’s Schedule

Please note that there will not be a nurse in the school building every day; however, a school nurse can always be reached by phone in case of emergency.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school nurse. A list of school nurses is available on our website.

Questions?

**The information below will be updated when a new School Health Supervisor is hired. Thank you!

Please contact the School Health Supervisor by phone (614) 835-2017 for questions or assistance in reaching your school nurse.

Step 13: Review Food Services Info and Add Money to My Payments Plus

Food Services Website (including menus)

Information about Food Services, including menus and links to applications for free and reduced-price meals, can be found on the Food Service department’s website.

Set Up Your My Payments Plus Account and Place Funds in Your Account

Please note that the My Payments Plus system will not be activated until approximately August 5, 2020.

If you don’t have an account yet

We ask that you take a moment and create a free account at MyPaymentsPlus. Obtaining a free parent account will give you 24/7 access to information such as the balance in your student’s school meal account and record of what they have purchased in the cafeteria.

Place money on your “MYPaymentsPlus” account

Go online or call 1-866-711-7341. For a $2 fee, through MyPaymentsPlus, you are able to deposit funds directly into your student’s cafeteria account. Deposits can take place both on the MyPaymentsPlus website and via the mobile app. You may also add money to your student’s account on the phone by calling 866-711-7341.

If you prefer auto-payments, you have that ability as well. The system will even allow you to set the parameters for when you would like an auto-payment to take place.

Parent help line

The MyPaymentsPlus Support Team can be reached Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EST at (877) 237-0946 or via email at: support@mypaymentsplus.com if you require assistance.

We also accept checks for meal payments

Pickerington Schools also accepts checks for payment of meals. Make checks payable to Pickerington Food Service Department. Please include child’s name and ID# on the check.

For more information, visit the Food Services web pages.

About My Payments Plus

Pickerington Schools uses the online payment system My Payments Plus as a safe, secure and convenient way to allow parents to pay for their children’s meals. With a My Payments Plus account, you can take advantage of other free benefits of the site, such as low-balance e-mail notifications and even the ability to download the free MyPaymentsPlus mobile app, which is available for all iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices. The mobile app will also allow for you to set up push notifications regarding your student’s balance.

Through the system, parents can check their children’s cafeteria balances and purchase histories, make prepayments for breakfast and lunch with auto-pay capability, and receive email reminders if account balances get low.

We highly encourage you to at least set up an account so you can be included in any direct messaging from our nutrition department.

Thank you for partnering with us in an effort to make managing your student’s account easy and the fall transition a smooth one.

Helpful Tips for My Payments Plus Student Meal Account

Setting up low-balance email notifications and auto payments online

Step one: Log-in to your account at: MyPaymentsPlus

Step two: Each of the customized settings have a button pertaining to that setting. Those buttons are “Low Balance Notifications,” “Auto Pay,” “Online Payment History,” and “Purchase History.”

Step three: By clicking either the “Low-Balance Notifications” button or the “Auto-Pay button,” you will then enter the dollar amount that you want to outline as the “lowest amount” your student’s account will hit before a low-balance e-mail notification or auto-payment is processed.

Step four: Be sure to click “Save Changes” when you are finished.

Forgot your password?

Click “Forgot username or password?” and enter your email address in the location provided for a link to be sent to that email. (Please note: you must use the email you registered with).

Need help?

The MyPaymentsPlus Support Team can be reached Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EST at (877) 237-0946 or via email at: support@mypaymentsplus.com if you require assistance.

Free and Reduced Meals Information

Please note that the online application system for free and reduced lunches will not be active until approximately August 5, 2020.

Our goal: The goal of Pickerington Schools Food Service is to improve the health and education of our students and staff by providing nutritionally well-balanced meals. Menus are available in all school offices and cafeterias. Reduced-price lunch is 40 cents. Breakfast is served at Central, North, Lakeview, Ridgeview, Diley, Harmon, Toll Gate Middle, Fairfield, Heritage, Pickerington, Tussing and Violet. Reduced-price breakfast is 30 cents.

Free/reduced-price meals: Your children may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. If you wish to apply for meal benefits, please read the instructions below and complete the application. Fill out the application online or download, print, and complete the application on the link below. Use one application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete.

Do not fill out an application if you received a letter about direct certification for free meals. Contact the school if any of your children are not listed on the certification letter.

Children receiving SNAP (formerly food stamps) or OWF are eligible for free meal benefits. If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts shown on the income chart, your child may receive free or reduced-price meals. A foster child is eligible to receive free meals regardless of your household income. If you receive WIC your child may be eligible for meal benefits. Please fill out an application. Homeless, runaway, and migrant children receive free meals. Please call the school or your homeless or migrant coordinator to see if your child(ren) qualify. You may apply even if you or your child(ren) are not U.S. citizens.

When filling out an application you must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends.) You must include yourself and all children who live with you. You must include income from everyone living in the household, related or not. Call 866-711-7341 to check to see if your child’s application is approved. We will notify you in writing only if your application is denied.

Verification: School officials may ask you at any time during the school year to provide proof of eligibility.

Fair Hearing: Contact Pickerington Schools Food Services if you do not agree with the decision on your application or the results of verification. If you are not satisfied after speaking to Food Service, you may ask for a fair hearing by writing Vince Utterback, Business Manager, Pickerington Schools, 90 East St., Pickerington, OH 43147, or by calling 614-833-2110.

If you have other questions or need help, call:614-833-3645.

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Reapplication: You may apply for meal benefits any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in household income, become unemployed, have an increase in household size, or receive SNAP (formerly food stamps) or OWF for your child, you may reapply.

Confidentiality: Food Service will provide information about your child’s eligibility to other school officials. This information is used to determine if your child is eligible for a waiver of school instructional fees. On the application, please check the box “yes” if you want this information shared. Check “no” if you do not want this information shared. Please sign the waiver choice. Answering the question in either way will not change whether your child will get meal benefits.

Last year’s eligibility: Children who were approved last year must have a new application approved this year to continue receiving meal benefits. Applications must be received in the Food Service office no later than September 20, 2019, or your child will be dropped from the program.

Special dietary needs: All meals served in our cafeterias meet meal pattern requirements and national dietary guidelines; however, if a child has a disability that prevents eating regular school meals, we will make doctor prescribed substitutions at no extra charge. If you believe your child has special dietary needs due to a disability, you may contact Food Service Supervisor Judy Riley at 614-833-3645.

Online applications: Online applications are available after August 5, 2019. You may apply and submit your application for meal benefits after that date at this link.

Additional help: Contact your local assistance office or call 877-852-0010 to find out about additional programs that are available.

Non-discrimination statement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and /or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a civil rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at U.S. Department of Agriculture, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request a form. You may also write a letter. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or fax to 202-690-7442 or email Program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Free Health Care: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for free health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.

Free and Reduced Meals Application

OneSource Online Instant Processor application entry makes it easy and convenient for parents to apply for meal benefits for their children. Simply enter the requested information as accurately as possible, and all data will be instantly and securely sent to Pickerington Schools for processing.

You can access the electronic application online, or you can download the application when it becomes available.

Please note that the online application system for free and reduced lunches will not be active until approximately August 5, 2020.

Return the application to your school office or mail to Food Services Office, 90 East Street, Pickerington, OH 43147. Applications also are available from each school.

You may check the status of your student’s application at 1.866.711.7341. You will need your student’s ID number.

H.O.P.E. Packs Program

Each week the H.O.P.E. Packs Program offers a weekend bag of food for children who meet the requirements. If your child in the past has received a H.O.P.E. Pack, has been eligible for free or reduced lunch, or your household income is low, complete the attached application (PDF) | (H.O.P.E. Packs application RTF version) to receive the weekly bags throughout the school year.

Before going home each Friday, your child will pick up a bag of food from his or her school’s office. The food is intended to be kid-friendly, easy to prepare, and supply supplemental food over the weekend. The bags are not to be opened until your child gets home.

To sign up for this free program, complete the application at the above link and return it to your child’s school. All personal information will be strictly confidential. Eligible students will not be able to receive their food until the attached form has been completed and returned.

Check Our Our New Parent University

Parent University Website

We are proud to release the first version of the PLSD Parent University website. This website will be geared towards helping parents with technology and instructional issues that they may have while at home.  We will continue to add material on this site throughout the school year. Additionally, we will be hosting live events on Facebook to help parents with working with iPad/Chromebooks and the software we will be using in the Flexible Learning 2.0 models. 

https://tinyurl.com/PLSDparentU

We're Looking for a Few Great Substitute Employees

Apply to Work for Pickerington Schools

Pickerington Schools is currently seeking support position substitute employees to work in our schools.

Positions are available for the 2020-21 school year in positions that include duty aides, secretaries, office assistants, paraprofessionals, library/media aides, kindergarten aides, healthcare assistants, food service, and custodial/maintenance.

Interested? Start by filling out the district’s online application through Applitrak. (Click on the “Start an application for employment” link.) Once completed, contact our Human Resources Department at 614.834.2162.

Of course, we’re always looking for qualified substitute teachers, too!

Safer Schools Hotline

Helping to Make Our Schools Safer: SaferOH Tipline

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety have launched the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day.

This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.

Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit. When action is needed, the TAP Unit immediately forwards information to Pickerington Schools, local law enforcement agencies, and others, if necessary.