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301 South Oak Street
West Lafayette, OH 43845
Telephone: 740-545-6354
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Latest Information on the CoronaVirus and District Updates

Update, July 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

2020-2021 School Year Re-Opening
We are finalizing our Re-Opening Guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year.  We will be confirming our plans with Coshocton County Health Department this week.  We plan on posting our Re-Opening Guidelines on Friday, July 17.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and support during this difficult time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me (Mike Masloski) at 740-545-7639 or by email, [email protected]
2020-2021 School Year
We are very excited that we will be able to have traditional face to face instruction with our student in our physical buildings on Wednesday, August 26.  Governor DeWine, during his press conference on Thursday, July 2 provided COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 schools Click Here to provide a framework for Ohio school districts to reopen our buildings while also helping our students and staff reduce the risk of exposure and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  The framework is based on guidance and best practices for:
1) Assessing symptoms.
  • Ridgewood Local School District staff and students will be expected to complete a wellness check which includes symptoms and temperature prior to attending our school’s property. Staff and students who have a temperature over 100 degrees or COVID-19 symptoms will be required to stay home.

2) Increased Sanitation. 

  • Ridgewood Local School District will implement recommended safety protocols to the highest degree possible. Deep cleaning and disinfecting will take place during and after the school day.
  • Ridgewood Local School Buildings will have hand sanitation stations located at entrances of our school buildings as well as classrooms.    
3) Social Distancing.
  • Student entering the school building in the morning will be going directly to their homeroom/1st period class. Students will eat breakfast in their classroom and/or socially distanced cafeteria.
  • Teachers will move from class to class when possible.
  • Student meals will be eaten in the classroom and/or socially distanced cafeteria.

4) Face Coverings/Mask.

  • Ridgewood Local School District staff will be wearing face coverings.
  • Governor DeWine guidelines recommend students in 3rd grade and higher wear a face mask unless they are unable to do so for a health or developmental reason.
  • Ridgewood Local School District will be working on guidelines for student face coverings/mask. We have yet to determine when and where students will need to wear a mask.
We have been working on our own Re-Opening Guidelines and General Principles for the past month. We have provided a few details under each framework above. We will now utilize Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 Schools as well as the Ohio COVID-19 Risk Level Guidelines for the public Click Here to finalize our Reopening Guidelines and General Principles.  We are hoping to have this available within the next 10 days.  We will post it on the website and app.
We are aware that some parents and guardians might not feel comfortable sending their child back to a regular schedule school day for a variety of reasons.  We will work with you and your child to provide remote learning.  If you are thinking about remote learning, homeschooling or enrolling in an online school, please contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 740-545-7639.
Skills Training for HS Athletes
Per guidance from the Coshocton County Health Department any student that travels out of state will have to refrain from school activities for a two week period after returning home.  Lt. Governor Husted announced on June 18 new “Responsible ReStart” for contact sport practices and non-contact sport competitions.  Click Here to view.  Contact sports may now have intra-team scrimmages.  Competitive games and tournaments are permitted for non-contact sports only such as baseball and softball.  Under the leadership of our Athletic Director, Matt Colvin, our coaches and student-athletes have done a tremendous job following the Responsible Restart Ohio guidelines.  Contact sports will begin the new guidelines starting Monday, June 29.
Summer Band/Musical
Mr. Lindig has been in contact with the marching band students through the BAND app and also through email. Students should have received a summer schedule in their school email. Please contact Mr. Lindig at [email protected] if your child did not receive a calendar and was planning to be in the marching band. If your child received a calendar and is not planning to do marching band please let Mr. Lindig know that as soon as possible through his email. We are working hard to keep our band students safe and give them a rewarding experience.
Ms. Collins and Ms. Evans will have the following announcement: Until Governor Dewine provides guidelines for having an audience inside for theatrical and sports events, it seems premature for us to begin practice and set performance dates for this summer.  There will be a google form coming concerning what you want to do about t-shirts (if you still want them or if you want a refund).
2020 Mamma Mia cast, please note, we haven’t given up on a chance to go to Donna’s taverna! We are not yet conceding that the show will not happen sometime in 2020 so keep track of your rehearsal materials and costumes!
RES Playground/RMS Outdoor Basketball Courts
Our elementary playground is open.  If you plan on using our playground you must follow the guidelines for Responsible RestartOhio Consumer, Retail, Services and Entertainment.  Click Here to view them. We are going to keep the outdoor basketball courts closed at this time.  Sorry for any inconvenience.
MVHC Onsite Clinic
Muskingum Valley Health Centers (MVHC) has partnered with Ridgewood Local School District to provide a School-Based Health Center located on the campus of Ridgewood Local Schools to provide complete healthcare and behavioral health services to students during school hours.  The School-Based Health Center will also provide care to the community after school hours by appointment. The School-Based Health Center will operate Monday-Friday and is scheduled to open this August. MVHC offers a School Health Program centered on providing comprehensive primary care services including pediatric, adolescent, and behavioral health care to students. This community-based model of care is designed to provide affordable, age-appropriate, confidential, convenient care to students.  MVHC medical staff and providers will treat illness, as well as providing preventative care and well-child services.
Ridgewood Local Schools New Athletic Complex
Ridgewood Local School District’s new athletic complex is near complete.  The new athletic complex will consist of locker room, weight room/fitness center, multipurpose center and a meeting room.   We would like thank our general contractor Hathaway Inc. for a tremendous job.  We are very proud that every single contractor on this job was local that lives and works in the community. The following are the local contractors that contribute to the building project:  Phillip A. Wagner-plumbing, Johnson’s Plumbing and Heating-HVAC, William Albert Excavating, Specialty Roofing, Bice Masonry, Fisher’s Painting, J & R Door, Hischer-Clark-electrical.  Building materials and supplies were purchased through Coshocton Lumber and Baird Concrete.  Finally we would like to thank our Board of Education as well as The Block R Foundation for their financial support of this project.  We are looking forward to having an open house in the future. The Block R Foundation is currently installing flooring for the weightroom and lockers in the lockeroom. The Block R Foundations will be pouring exterior concrete in July outside of the complex.normal'>
Building Hours and Restrictions
We are restricting visitors to all buildings at this time. If you need anything, please call your child’s school building or central office.  If no one answers, please leave a voicemail.

      Ridgewood Elementary School 740-545-5312
      Ridgewood Middle School 740-545-6335
      Ridgewood High School 740-545-6345
      Ridgewood Local Schools 740-545-7639 
Calendar of Events
      • RHS Prom:                                                              ** Cancelled
      • RHS Musical:                                                          ** TBD
      • RMS Musical:                                                         TBD
      • Students 1st day for '20-'21 school year        August 26
      • 8th grade DC trip:                                                 Spring 2021
      • RHS NY City trip:                                                   Spring 2021
Everything is subject to change.  We will reassess the calendar of events weekly. ** indicates a date change
To view staff email addresses Click Here 
Governor DeWine's Responsible RestartOhio Guidelines: 
To view Skills Training for All Sports Click Here
To view Contact Sports Practices and Non-Contact Sport Competetions Click Here
To view Consumer, Retail Services and Entertainment Click Here  
To review recent updates use the Click Here links below:
July 6, 2020 Superintendent Update Click Here 
June 29, 2020 Superintendent Update Click Here
June 22, 2020 Superintendent Update Click Here
June 15, 2020 Superintendent Update Click Here 
June 8, 2020 Superintendent Update Click Here 
June 1, 2020 Superintendent Update Click Here 
To review older updates Click Here 
For additional information on this virus and how it affects our district and community Click Here. 


To Our Seniors, Their Families and Our Ridgewood Community

Virtual Graduation Sunday, May 17

RHS 2020 Virtual Graduation Link!

Virtual Graduation: Our 2020 RHS Virtual Graduation Ceremony premieres on Youtube this evening. The video premiers at 5:45 PM tonight, Sunday May 17 with a photo slideshow beginning at 5:45 PM followed by the Graduation Commencement Ceremony beginning at 6:00 PM.  Click Here to view the ceremony. If the Click Here link doesn't work, copy the URL below and paste it to your browser address box:


Virtual Graduation!:  Congratulations, Class of 2020!Your administrators, teachers, and staff wish that we could join you to celebrate your Commencement. However, given the continuing risk to public health and per the requirements of both the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health, graduation will be conducted online. Ridgewood High School’s Class of 2020 Commencement Exercises will be held virtually on May 17 at 6 PM. We have worked to create an online experience that preserves our many important traditions and honors the achievements of the Ridgewood High School Class of 2020. Seniors, you will receive your personalized Ridgewood Class of 2020 Celebration Bundle package when you begin the Senior Parade on the evening of May 8th. This package includes everything you need to participate in the ceremony. You’ll also find guidance on how to participate at home, surrounded by your family. If you cannot participate in the parade, your package will be available in the high school office beginning on May 11. Our digital Graduation Ceremony will premiere live on YouTube on May 17 at 6 PM. The link to the ceremony will be available on the Ridgewood website and RHS Facebook page and can also be heard on WTNS. The heart of graduation is taking a moment together, as a community, to celebrate the accomplishments of this new generation. While we will conduct Commencement virtually, we know that many families value a professional photo of their senior in his/her cap and gown. Information on how this tradition will continue will be emailed to seniors and detailed in their Class of 2020 Celebration Bundle.  
Again, congratulations to the Class of 2020!!! 
Senior Photo Opportunity:  Following the Ridgewood tradition, Mr. Seibert will be available to take a photo of each senior, in cap and gown, holding their diploma. There is also the option of having family members included in the graduate photos. Pictures will be taken in the High School Auditorium.  In accordance with the Ohio Dept. of Health's requirements, social distancing is essential; the graduate and family must remain in their vehicles until they are signaled by a staff member to enter the building. For additional information on this photo opportunity, including the dates and times for each graduates photo click here.
Senior Parade:   Due to the guidelines handed down during this coronavirus pandemic, we cannot perform our anual 'Senior Walk'. Instead will be doing a 'Senior Parade.'  Click Here for additional information on the Senior Parade.
Seniors and Senior Parents/Guardians:  Please have your student check their Ridgewood email for a message from Mrs. Ionno. We want to recognize each of our seniors on social media to pay tribute to this amazing group of kids. Please have your student send Mrs. Ionno an email with their high school activities, plans for after graduation, and favorite memory of Ridgewood High School. We will begin recognizing a few seniors each day until the end of the school year. If you have any questions, you can email myself or Mrs. Ionno or call the high school. We will also keep you posted as we finalize plans for upcoming special events. 
Students and Community:  On behalf of Ridgewood Local School Board and our staff we all feel terrible but understand the decision by Governor Dewine to close school for the rest of the year and to continue remote learning. We are especially hurting for the Class of 2020.  Senior class students and families need to know it is ok and validated to feel cheated out of the last few month of the school year.  Our staff will be working diligently to create alternative opportunities for our senior class for milestones such as Senior Awards, Graduation and Prom.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all our students, families and community during this trying time.  Remember we are a strong resilient community that will overcome these obstacles.  We have done it in the past and will continue to grow and get better as a school district and community.   If you need to talk to someone or have questions, please reach out to any staff members as well as myself at 740-545-7639.  Thank you 

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Welcome to OneView

We are pleased and excited to announce Ridgewood OneView - an on-line forms program allowing parents/guardians to maintain required forms on-line. From this page you can access the Parent Portal. Your first step is to set-up your OneView parent account. Please note that in order to set-up an account you must have a vaild e-mail address. If you have a valid e-mail account click on the Parent Portal icon below. 


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For addition information please contact one of the following district staff:
Ms. Patti Rohr. EMIS Coordinator/Special Services Secretary, Dasl POC
ph. 740-545-5302
Ms. Shirley Smith, Director of Technology
ph. 740-545-7644

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What is a Parent Mentor?

Parent mentors provide information and support to families of children with disabilities and their school districts. Click Here for details on the mentoring program and contact information.

Homeless Information

Information For Homeless School-Age Youth

Homeless students are eligable for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Homless students have the right to enroll in school immediately - even if lacking documents normally required. Homeless students can enroll in the local school or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled). Homeless students can recieve transportaion to and from the school of origin, if requested. Mike Masloski is the liason for the homeless at Ridgewood Local Schools He can be contacted at 740-545-6354 or 330-340-8660. For addition information on federal rights for homeless  school-age youth and eligibility requirements Click Here.

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P-EBT Important Information About Your Child's School Meals
If you have a child in kindergarten through twelfth grade in your household who was receiving free or reduced-price meals while in school, your child is eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as a result of the school closure. These benefits can be used to buy food items at grocery stores/retailers that accept the Ohio Direction Card (also referred to as an EBT card). Click Here for additional information on this program. 
Congratulations Boys 2020 Baseball Team!
Division III State Champions! 
Congratulations Boys 2020 Basketball Team!
District Champs for the first time in school history! Record: 24-2
Congratulations to Our Own Grace Gottwalt!
Grace, a Senior gymnast here at Ridgewood, placed 6th in the District Meet. Competition was fierce with 39 schools participating in the Central District. Grace also received All District Team honors and All Ohio Academics honors.  She will now advance to the State competition. Grace’s dedication to gymnastics is apparent.  With no one else at Ridgewood  interested in gymnatics, a team could not be formed. Grace then started working out with the Tri-Valley gymnastic team, but she continues to compete for Ridgewood.  Congratulations Grace! We couldn’t be prouder! 
Coshocton Youth Leadership
We are pround of our student members of the Coshocton Youth Leadership program. Their assignment was to Pay forward a monetary donation.  For additional information and photo's click the Read More button. 
Ridgewood Opposes Ed Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program
 Ridgewood Superintendant Mike Masloski speaks out about the Ohio Government Ed Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program
Our School Board on Monday, February 10th, passed a resolution opposing the state of Ohio EdCHOICE Scholarship (Voucher) Program.  This voucher program takes school tax money to pay for private school education.  I (Mike Masloski) plan on providing written and verbal testimony for the committee conference of the General Assembly.  I (Masloski) had the opportunity to voice our displeasure of this voucher program at a press conference at MVESC. This voucher program currently affects Ridgewood Elementary School.  In the press conference, I tell the story of RES.
Click Here to see the press conference. Scroll to the bottom of the WHIZ page to hear the entire 11 minute press conference.
Ridgewood Elementary School of Honor
Congratulations to our Ridgewood Elementary students and staff for earning the prestigious 2018-2019 High Progress School of Honor award.  
Our Own Kate Shivers Receives CORAS Award!
 Kate Shivers, head cook at the Elementary, has been awarded the 2020 Coalition of Rural and Appalacian Schools Support Staff Award for her dedication to the students, staff and community of the Ridgewood Local School District. Kate has been a Ridgewood District employee for 30 years.
The Award was presented at the CORAS Winter Meeting held at the Ohio University, Zanesville Branch on January 15, 2020.  Congatulations Kate! We couldn't be prouder!
Former Ridgewood Student-Athlete Leads NKU to the Horizon League Tournament Championship Title
 Laura Crawford, a graduate of Ridgewood attending Northern Kentucky, led NKU to the Horizon League Tournament Championship Title which earned them a bid in the Division 1 NCAA tournament against Michigan. Laura was named MVP of the Horizon League Tournament game. We are very proud of her and her team's accomplishments!
Our Elementary Teachers Present at the OCalicon 2019 Conference!
Our elementary teachers were honored by being  asked to present at the OCalicon 2019 Conference held in Columbus, Ohio November 20 – 22. This year’s conference featured Inclusive Education. Ms. Carolyn Wilson, Ms. Heather Kinsey, Ms. Brandalyn Regula and Ms. Jamie Davis presented “An Inclusive Team Approach: Utilizing Targeted Interventions for Student Success”. The presentation demonstrated how our district utilizes a pre-school approach to assess all areas of childhood development. The presentation focused on a case study to demonstrate how the needs of the whole child are addressed. Using the Underlying Characteristic Checklist and the Comprehensive Autism Planning System, we create strategies that allow children to be successful. 
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