Brent May, Superintendent
Welcome to the Superintendent's Office at Plain Local, where our dedicated team works to provide outstanding educational experiences for our K-12 public school district. With a focus on academic excellence, student well-being, and community collaboration, we strive to create a nurturing environment where every student can thrive. Go Eagles!
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Dear Plain Local Schools Families,
I wanted to take a moment to share with you an important decision regarding the upcoming full solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
While there is educational potential for this rare event, there are also significant safety factors that have led to the difficult decision to close school on that day. I'd like to provide you with some key insights into the factors that influenced this decision:
Timing of the Eclipse: The eclipse is expected to begin around 2 pm and last until around 4 pm. This timeframe coincides with when our students would typically be leaving school, driving or riding home, and participating in after-school activities, including athletic practices.
Population Surge: The Stark County Emergency Management Agency has advised us to expect a significant influx of visitors from neighboring states coming to view the eclipse. This surge in population could be compared to the traffic and crowds experienced during major concerts or events.
Potential Disruptions: Based on past eclipse experiences in neighboring states, there were reports of heavy demands on resources such as gasoline, hotels, campsites, restaurants, and parks. Severe traffic jams, stress on cellular phone and internet services, and impacts on first responder services and infrastructure were also noted.
Safety Concerns: Traffic conditions during the eclipse can become extremely congested.
After careful consultation with the Stark County Emergency Management Agency and considering the safety of our students, staff, and families, it has been decided that closing school and all after school activities on April 8 for both staff and students is in the best interest of everyone. This measure will help keep our buses, student drivers, parents, and staff off the roads during this unique event.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this decision, please do not hesitate to reach out. We value your understanding and support as we prioritize the safety and well-being of our Plain Local Schools community.
Thank you for your cooperation!
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Good evening, this is Brent May from Plain Local Schools. I hope everyone has had a nice long weekend; relaxing and recharging with family and friends. Just a couple quick reminders as we start the second semester. First report cards for students in grades 5 through 12, will be available this week in the Home Access Center. Elementary students will be bringing their report cards home this Friday, January 19.
We are in cold weather season. Please make sure your information is correct in Final Forms. In the event of a cancellation, I will call families and staff, we'll post on the website and I will also post cancellations on my Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Families, please know we're out on the roads about 4:15am any morning there's a weather concern and we try to make those decisions as quickly as possible and keep the safety of our, our kids and our staff in mind as we do that.
Thanks for a great first semester. Looking forward to the second semester. I hope you have a great evening and Go Eagles.
Dear Plain Local Families,
Your child's online safety and security are of the utmost importance to us, and we want to make sure you are aware of a potential digital threat that has come to our attention. Today, on December 15, 2023, there is a phishing email circulating that is attempting to gain login information from our staff and students. We take the security of our students and staff very seriously, and we want to remind you of a few important steps to keep your login credentials safe:
1. Beware of Suspicious Emails: Plain Local Schools will never ask for your login credentials over email. If you receive an email requesting this information, please do not respond and report it to us immediately.
2. Trust Verified Contacts: Only click on links and download files from trusted contacts and sources. If an email or message seems suspicious, even if it appears to be from someone you know, exercise caution before clicking any links or providing personal information.
3. Stay Vigilant: Be proactive in monitoring your email inbox for any suspicious or unsolicited messages. If anything seems out of the ordinary, please report it to us right away.
Your cooperation and vigilance are essential in maintaining a safe and secure online environment for our school community. If you ever have concerns or questions about the legitimacy of an email or communication from Plain Local Schools, please reach out to us for clarification.
Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and staff protected. Together, we can ensure a secure online experience for everyone. If you have any immediate concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at 330-492-3500.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you!
Dear Plain Local Families,
Today, we became aware of a threat of violence circulating on social media among Stark County students. While the post does not specify any particular school, I want to reassure you that we are actively addressing this situation in close cooperation with law enforcement and our dedicated school resource officers.
First and foremost, I want to emphasize that the claims made in the social media post have been thoroughly examined and have been determined to be not credible. However, it remains our duty and commitment to keep you informed and to ensure the safety of our students.
At Plain Local Schools, the well-being of our students is always our top priority. Any threat of violence is treated with the utmost seriousness, and we have taken immediate action to ensure the safety and security of our school community.
As we move forward, I encourage you to maintain open communication with us. If you or your child comes across any concerning information or notices any unusual behavior, please do not hesitate to reach out to us or the appropriate authorities.
I want to thank you for your trust and support as we work together to ensure the safety and success of our students.
Dear Plain Local Families,
We want to address a situation that may have come to your attention. Recently, a troubling email has been circulating among various Ohio school districts, as well as others nationwide. This email, which claims to be from a Russian terrorist group, threatens violence in schools. Similar threats were reported in Texas last Friday but were found to be unsubstantiated.
To ensure our community's safety, we have actively coordinated with local and federal law enforcement agencies. The Ohio Homeland Security (OHS)/Terrorism Analysis Unit (TAU) and the Statewide Terrorism Analysis & Crime Center (STACC) have identified these emails as probable swatting or hoax attempts. They do not believe the threats to be credible. Despite this, we remain vigilant. As a precaution, our School Resource Officers and local law enforcement have increased their presence in and around our schools.
The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community members are our utmost priority. We will keep you updated with any new information. Your cooperation and support play a vital role in maintaining a safe environment for our school community. Thank you for your support and your efforts in ensuring misinformation is not spread in our community.
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