This page is created to communicate all details regarding school closure, procedures and resources available due to the Coronavirus (COVID – 19).  We will do our best to deliver up-to-date information as it occurs.

School Status Update – January 3, 2021

Happy New Year to all and we hope that you were able to enjoy the holiday season with loved ones.  2020 has most definitely brought many challenges and as we come back to finish up our school year in 2021, we want to update you on a few changes going forward. 

On Wednesday, December 30, Governor Dewine announced during his press briefing that the state is no longer recommending that classmates of K-12 students who test positive for the coronavirus be placed in quarantine, so long as the students were wearing masks and only in the classroom with the positive student.  This is based on an extensive study conducted by OSU with 50,000 participants.  There was no data to support that quarantining those exposed to a positive case had any bearing or spread.  At PLCC our data supports the idea that those exposed (though quarantined), did not spread within a classroom setting.

As of Monday, January 4, we will follow this recommendation from the Governor’s office.  Any student who is a classmate of someone who tests positive for the coronavirus will NOT be required to go into quarantine, provided that student was wearing a mask and maintained social distance.  However, The Ohio Department of Health does recommend that when not at school, the exposed student quarantines at home for 10 days as an added measure of protection for family members.

In addition, we must encourage students and staff to NOT come to school if ill.  Returning to school after an illness should follow these protocols:

  •     They have had NO fever for at least 24 hours without taking medication to reduce fever during that time; AND
  •     There is improvement in their respiratory symptoms (cough and shortness of breath) for three (3) days.

We will continue with students reporting in person ONLY for their CTE program and students who have enrolled as full-day will continue to receive their academic courses remotely.  It is our hope that we will be able to return all students to in-person learning in the near future.

The health and safety of students and staff are and always will be foremost in our mission, and we will continue to take all precautions to protect them.  Any change in procedure is not made without thorough consideration and alignment of state and local health department mandates and recommendations.

School Status Update – December 7, 2020

We are aware that Summit County has seen an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks and has been categorized as “Purple” by the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. After consulting with the Summit County Health Department, Portage Lakes Career Center will continue to maintain in-person learning for our students in career technical programs and online learning for our students who are taking their academics at PLCC.

The health and safety of students and staff is foremost in our mission, and we will continue to take all precautions to protect them. Our success in maintaining in-person learning is due to strict adherence to all suggested protocols: masks are required at all times, social distancing is observed, contact tracing with quarantining is in place, and surfaces are routinely cleaned multiple times each day. We also appreciate the support of staff, students, and families in following our safety guidelines. We’ve had limited positive cases and we have no indication of spread of the virus in our settings at this time. We will continue to follow the Summit County Public Health recommended 14 day quarantine as the most optimal and safest option for contacts exposed to Covid-19 cases in order to minimize the risk of transmission.

Our guidelines and operating plans are subject to change and will be reviewed continuously to ensure alignment with state and local health department mandates and recommendations.  Our goal is to keep the district open, and our plan is to stay open with in-person learning as much as possible.  

We appreciate the cooperation and patience of our students, staff, and families as we strive to provide educational services. As the Ohio Department of Education has stated, “there are questions about the implications of the Purple level guidance to ‘only leave home for supplies and services.’ Education qualifies as a service for purposes of this quoted statement.” Data has shown that the safest place for students is in the school, and we will continue to do our best to protect and serve the families of Portage Lakes Career Center.

Back-To-School Update – August 12, 2020

Portage Lakes Career Center’s administration has worked tirelessly to develop more specific details regarding the restart of our 2020 school year that will bring students & staff back to school in the safest manner possible while still allowing our students the opportunity to receive all of the benefits of a career & technical education (CTE). We will begin our school year with students reporting in person ONLY for their CTE program Monday through Friday, with additional safety precautions in place. All students who have enrolled as full-day students will receive their academic courses remotely from home Monday – Friday. Please click the link below to find additional important information about the hybrid approach we are taking as we reopen and bring students and staff back to PLCC.

Portage Lakes Career Center Back To School 2020

Back-To-School Important Update – August 3, 2020

Just Announced…Portage Lakes Career Center will offer a choice of both virtual and in-person academic classes.  PLCC will NOT offer this option for its career and technical education classes (labs) unless mandated by a complete state shutdown.  However, if your student would like to attend PLCC in-person for lab and virtually for academics, we will be able to accommodate that decision. This virtual academic option is ONLY available to students who opted for and were admitted into full-day PLCC schedules.   Students must commit to a virtual nine-week academic choice and must agree to attend academic classes at the same time they would attend during the regular school day (or be considered absent).

Students will need to register for virtual academic classes by contacting their school counselors.

Allyson Himmelright
Coventry and Springfield

Ilario Cursaro
Green, Manchester, and Out of District

Back-To-School Re-Opening Plan 2020-2021

The school year will open, at this time, with all students physically present in the building along with all staff members. We will continue to monitor and re-evaluate this plan as the need arises and we look forward to welcoming you on August 20 for an extraordinary year! Please click this link for additional important information related to the re-opening of Portage Lakes Career Center.

Updates from PLCC

April 26 @ 6:30 pm
April 1 @ 3:30 pm
March 18 @ 6:24 pm
March 12 @ 5:30 pm
March 11 @ 11:20 am

Technology Issues

If your student is having any technical issues with the device provided to them by PLCC, please click to submit a help ticket.

Spectrum has offered FREE Internet during school closures, click here for details: Spectrum Free Internet Access

Resources For Parents, Advisory Committee Members, and Small Business Owners

PLCC Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan 2021

Akron Children’s Hospital Return To School Guide For Parents

COVID-19 Quarantine vs. Isolation

Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms

SBA Disaster Assistance

SBA Types of Small Businesses

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans

SBA Disaster Loan FAQ

The Governor and Lt. Governor’s news release on their formal submission for federal assistance on small business

The Summit County Community Block Grant