Now that school has started, we expect there to be positive COVID-19 cases among our students and staff. Even if students or staff test negative, they may be quarantined for a certain period of time due to exposure. Our COVID-19 Response Plan For Fall news article has been updated with a link to ACTIVE POSITIVE cases by building as we are notified by parents, staff, and/or the health department. Please DO NOT panic if your child comes home with packets of work, as many staff members are creating such work just in case.

    As previously noted in our COVID-19 Response Plan For Fall, there is the potential for building or district closure due to staffing shortages or a large percentage of students testing positive for COVID-19. Likewise, transportation plans could be altered or delayed due to driver shortages. Please be sure your family has contingency plans should a building or the district have to close due to staffing shortages or outbreaks. 


    Please remember, a staff member or student out of school does not necessarily mean their absence reflects a positive case of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.  

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COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN FOR FALL 2020 COVID-19 Response Plan 2020

As we look to start the 2020-2021 school year, the health and safety of students, staff, volunteers, and community are paramount. Sidney City Schools (K-12 and preschool) plans to start school with in-person instruction five days a week beginning September 8, 2020, with the exception of kindergarten, which will run on a staggered start as in years past.  

We believe it is extremely important for the mental and physical well-being of our students that they be in school. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year start with the goal of having students physically present in school.


However, given that we have students and/or families with legitimate health concerns, we will offer a remote learning option. 

District Upgrades Lighting Using Key Energy Grant and Rebate Programs Greg Sharp of CJ Electric installs a light at SMS.

Sidney City Schools broke ground last month on a $481,000 project at the district’s facilities including the high school, middle school, and administrative offices to replace and improve existing, end-of-life fluorescent lighting systems with new, efficient LED fixtures. While the project had been in the District’s upcoming permanent improvement plans already, administrators expedited the timeline to take advantage of a number of time-sensitive opportunities including a State of Ohio grant for energy efficiency projects and utility incentives that are due to expire before the end of the year.

ALL SCS Students to Receive FREE Meals Through December 31

Sidney City Schools is pleased to share that the Ohio Department of Education has approved the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) extension for food services. This means all students at Sidney City Schools will receive free breakfast and lunch meals through December 31, 2020.

All students will receive a free regular breakfast and/or lunch. Any additional items, like ala carte items, extra meal items, or extra milk will have to be paid for by the student. 

District to Offer Shuttle Bus from Northwood to Primary Schools School Bus

Sidney City Schools will continue to offer an afternoon-only shuttle bus service from Northwood Intermediate to Emerson and Longfellow Primary for the 2020-2021 school year. Service will begin at the start of the school year. Students taking advantage of the shuttle bus can either be picked up at the primary schools or may walk home with their siblings.

This service is open to ANY NORTHWOOD STUDENT going to the primary schools - A PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST COMPLETE THE FORM LINKED IN THE ARTICLE. Your child will not ride until they receive confirmation from the school.