2021-2022 Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 9/2/2021 8:29 PM

Updated September 2, 2021 
Health and Safety FAQs:

Q: Do students need to wear masks during the 2021-2022 school year?

A: Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Stark County students and staff in grades K-12 will be required to wear a mask while indoors starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Please click here to read more.  (updated 9/2/21). 

Q: Are students in grades K-12 able to wear a shield instead of a mask? 
A: Students will need to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Masks will be available at the school building for students who do not have one. Please contact HR Director Darci Knight with additional questions at 330-492-3500. (updated 9/2/21)


Q: What is the incentive to wear a mask in school?

A: Students who wear a mask to school are less likely to be quarantined if they come in contact with a COVID-19 positive case in a classroom setting. If an unvaccinated student is a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual in school, and the contact student is wearing a mask, has maintained 3-feet of distance, and has no symptoms of COVID-19, that student can remain in-person, participate in extracurricular activities and sports. (updated 9/2/21). 


Q: What is the process for students/employees with COVID-19 symptoms?

A: We will follow guidance from the Stark County Health Department. Please note state and local guidelines are subject to change at any time. 


Q: Under what circumstances would a student or staff member need to quarantine?

A: Please click here to review the Guidelines for Quarantine After Exposure in K-12 Classroom Settings from the Ohio Department of Health. (updated 8/11/21). 


Q: Will students be eating lunch in their classrooms this year?

A: No, students will be eating lunch in the cafeteria K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.


Q: Will hand sanitizer be accessible?

A: Yes, there will be hand sanitizer in every classroom and across all facilities.


Q: Will cleaning continue?

A: Yes, cleaning and sanitizing procedures will continue to be enforced at all buildings and facilities.


Q: What will the distance be between people?

A: We will do our best to keep as much distance as possible between people but there is no guaranteed minimum for the 2021-2022 school year.


Q: Are visitors allowed in the building?

A: Visitors will be at a minimum at all buildings but parent volunteers will be allowed for the 2021-2022 school year.

Q: Will there be one-way only hallways?

A: No, we will utilize two-way hallways.


Q: Will students be able to use the drinking fountain this year? 
A: Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle with them to school. The refilling stations on the water fountains will remain open but the spouts will remain off to start the school year. (added 8/13/21) 

General FAQs:

Q: Where can I find my supply list?

A: Copies of the Plain Local Schools Supply List were sent to all local stores that carry school supplies. In addition, you can download our supply lists here.

Please note that there is no formal supply list for GlenOak High School, students should bring a notebook and writing utensil the first day of school.

Q: How can I complete back-to-school paperwork for my child?

A: Plain Local Schools uses Final Forms, an online portal, to complete all forms. All parents and students will log on here, to complete their forms. Parents will be sent an email in August to remind them to complete their forms. Any issues call us at 330-492-3500.

Q: When should I expect to get my bus information?

A: Bus information will be emailed to families along with all beginning of the year information on August 13. Additionally, Bus Routes are loaded online for viewing and will be available on August 13, 2021. Instructions to log in are available below:

  • Visit the website https://tinyurl.com/PLSBUS
  • First time logging in, your user name and password are the same.
  • They are your child’s first and last name in the format firstname.lastname (Example: Student name is Samantha Johnson - username and password = samantha.johnson)
  • Click Login
  • You will be prompted to change your password on the initial login
  • Click “Work with Students”
  • Click “View My Students” then click the name of your child
  • Click “View PDF”

In the event that you find incorrect or partially correct pick-up or drop-off information, please contact the transportation office at 330-492-1918.

Q: I heard Plain Local Schools was using a transportation app this year, is that true?

A: Yes! The transportation department and administration at Plain Local Schools are pleased to announce the introduction of a new software application for the school district. Versatrans My Stop® allows parents to track their students’ bus location and arrival times, as well as receive notifications on delays, breakdowns, and other pertinent information. Information will be loaded in the app on August 13, 2021. 

Your username and password for My Stop are the same. Your username and password are your students' FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME all capitalized. Once you change your password to view your bus route, your password will also be changed for the My Stop app. Please click here for a step-by-step guide on how to download the My Stop app.

Q: Where can I find my breakfast and lunch menu?

A: All lunch menus are available online! You can click here or visit any school webpage under "Quick Links" to view the menu. The online platform allows parents to see nutritional information and allergens for all meals served. New lunch menus for the 2021-2022 school year will be loaded on August 13, 2021. 


Q: How can we pay for school lunch?

A: School breakfast and lunch is NO COST to all students for the 2021-2022 school year and is available to all students daily. This year each cafeteria will offer a “lunch bag buddy” kit at no charge. This kit includes milk, fruit, and a grain item at NO COST to help supplement their lunch from home. Plain Local Schools Nutrition Services is a cashless department. All students will need a PaySchools Central account to purchase ala carte items, the Nutrition Services Department does not allow charging for ala carte items, please make sure your student has funds on their PaySchool Central account. If you have questions regarding each school's menu or student account information, you may call your child's school cafeteria daily between the hours of 8:00 am-1:00 pm or by calling 330-493-5569.


Q: Since school lunch is free for the 2021-2022 school year does that mean I do not need to complete the Free and Reduced Meal application?

A: No, we still need all families to complete the free and reduced meal application. Did you know that completing the free and reduced lunch application does more than qualify you for free meals at school? It provides funding to our schools, provides students and families with discounts and reduced fees within the district, and qualifies students for scholarships and financial aid, and will allow eligibility for future P-EBT funds if available. Applications need to be completed each year and can be done through PaySchools Central or you can request a paper application at any school building. 

Q: When does the Home Access Center open? 
A: Access for parents and students to the Home Access Center opens on August 6, 2021. 

Q: Did my student HAC username and password change? 
A: Yes. Students now have one less username and password to remember. All 5th through 12th grade student HAC (Home Access Center) usernames and passwords have been set to their Chromebook Login/Eagleapps account information.

Students will login (username) with the first part of their email address (everything prior to @eagleapps.org) and their current Chromebook/email password.


Q: When will my student get their schedule?

A: Please review the schedule below on how all students grades K-12 will receive their schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.

GlenOak High School: Grade 9 will pick their schedules up at Orientation on Wednesday, August 11. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are able to pick up their schedules at GlenOak during the outlined times below during their beginning of the year photos. Homerooms will be emailed to parents on August 13, 2021, and schedules will be loaded in the Home Access Center. Access for the HAC will open on August 6, 2021.

Wednesday, August 11: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday, August 12: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, August 13: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, August 13: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Oakwood Middle School: Homerooms will be emailed to parents on August 13, 2021, and schedules will be loaded in the Home Access Center. Access for the HAC will open on August 6, 2021.

Parents may request a copy of their email from the school office after August 13, in case they did not receive the email.

Glenwood Intermediate School: Homerooms will be emailed to parents on August 13, 2021, and schedules will be loaded in the Home Access Center. Access for the HAC will open on August 6, 2021. Information on how to log into HAC will be emailed to 5th-grade families in early August.

Parents may request a copy of their email from the school office after August 13, in case they did not receive the email.

Elementary Buildings: Class lists will be emailed to parents on August 13, 2021, for all Elementary buildings. Parents may request a copy of their email from the school office after August 13 in case they did not receive the email.

Q: When is the first day of school?

A: The first day of school is dependent on what grade level you are in. There is a staggered start for our students in new buildings. Students in Grades 5, 7 and 9 begin on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Students in Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11 & 12 start on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Our youngest learners in Kindergarten begin school on the following schedule:

  • Kindergarten students with last names A-L: Tuesday, August 24
  • Kindergarten students with last names M-Z: Wednesday, August 25
  • All Kindergarten students attend together: Thursday, August 26, and going forward.


Q: Where can I find the school calendar?

A: You can download the full 2021-2022 school calendar here.


Q: When is Open House?

A: Please review the following schedule for the Open House dates and times by grade level:

Elementary (K-4)
Grades 1-4 August 17, 2021

  • Last name A-L: 6:00pm
  • Last name M-Z: 7:15pm

Kindergarten Students By Appointment:

  • August 18: 8:30am - 3:00pm
  • August 23: 12:00 - 7:45pm

Click here to schedule an appointment. Please note that families will receive the names of their child's teacher on August 13, 2021, via email.

Glenwood Intermediate (5-6)

August 16, 2021

  • 5th grade: 5:30-7:00pm
  • 6th grade: 7:30-8:30pm

Oakwood Middle School (7-8)

August 18, 2021

  • 7th grade: 5:30 - 7:00pm
  • 8th grade: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    • Washington DC Parent Meeting 7:00 pm
    • Algebra Meeting 6:45 pm

GlenOak High School (9)

9th Grade Orientation August 11, 2021

  • Last name A-L: 5:30 p.m.
  • Last name M-Z: 7:00 p.m.


Q: How can I contact my school?

A: Building secretaries return to work on August 2. You can contact any school by phone or by visiting the school. Click here for a list of all schools.


Q: How can I register a new student for the 2021-2020 school year?

A: Building secretaries return on August 2. You can register new students at the school they will attend. Not sure what school your child will attend? Call us at 330-492-3500 to confirm!

Families can register students before August 2 at the Plain Local Schools Administration Office by requesting an appointment online here.

Q: Where can I find fall Athletic schedules?

A: All of the fall Athletic schedules are posted on the Athletic Website at glenoakathletics.org. You can click on any sport at the top of the page to view the individual team schedule for middle school and high school athletics. 

Q: How do district-wide mass notifications or “All-Calls” work?

A: Plain Local Schools uses the SchoolMessenger notification system. This software allows us to provide timely communication to parents and staff regarding emergencies or school-related cancellations. The system works by delivering a pre-recorded telephone message to phone numbers specified by the parents and staff members.

Please note: Student families are automatically enrolled in the system using phone numbers provided to the child’s school during registration. Staff are automatically enrolled at the time of employment.

While the goal is to contact every person at the number specified, technical problems may prohibit the successful delivery of messages in every case. Specifically, problems with phone lines or cellular connection quality, ambient noise, telephone privacy services, and some outgoing voicemail or answering machine messages may inhibit message delivery. Click here to read some frequently asked questions.

Q: How do I sign up for weekly principal email newsletters?

A: All 9 school buildings send out a weekly email newsletter, anyone can sign up to receive them by completing the signup form here- https://us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4435ce012809f6fb8337ef225&id=a878897650. Additionally, email addresses from parents will be imported from FinalForms five times per year.

Q: I no longer want to receive the weekly principal email newsletter from the school my child used to attend, how do I get off of the list?

A: Scroll to the bottom of the email newsletter and click on “update subscription preferences” to add or remove a school.


Career Tech FAQs: 

Q: When is the first day for Lake, Jackson, Hoover students to attend Career Tech classes at GlenOak?  

A: Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Students will be greeted at Door #1. Students will receive a copy of their schedule and will be escorted to the classroom. Bussing/shuttle information will be given to the students on the first day of school.  


Q: When is the Career Tech Orientation Meeting?

A: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at GlenOak High School in the Theater.  6:00PM


Q: When do GlenOak students attend their Career Tech Classes at Hoover, Jackson, and Lake?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021.   Bussing/shuttle information will be given to the students on the first day of school.  


Q: Who do I talk to should I have a question about Career Tech Programs?

A: GlenOak Academy Principal, Leigh Anne Helson 330-491-3908