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Second Quarter and Second Semester Information

  • Due to continued inclement weather and power outages throughout the area, we will have another calamity day tomorrow, Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

    This calamity day means that all district functions, including remote learning, are suspended and all district facilities are closed.


    Parma City School District is currently in Distance Learning.
    Career Tech is Hybrid Learning and A.C.E.S. is 4 days in person. 

    Second QUARTER Changes
    Q2 Start Date: November 16, 2020
    Q2 End Date: January 15, 2021

    Distance Learning (when the county is Red/Purple) Changes:  

    • All Levels: Office hours/intervention/enrichment for one hour on Mondays (established Google Meet time). This also applies to PVLA students. 
    • Middle and High school days follow traditional bell schedules (this also applies to PVLA students). 
    • Elementary will use the current distance learning schedule (this also applies to PVLA students).

    Hybrid Learning (when the county is Orange) Changes:

    • Monday week at a glance with screencastify lessons and directions for offline learning.  
    • Students log in on off days (secondary level) during the normal bell schedule to complete offline work.  
    • Attendance will be taken through schoolytics in google classroom on offline learning days.  

    Other Changes:  

    • A.C.E.S. will return four days per week when the County is Red.
    • Career and Technical Education (CTE) will follow the hybrid schedule when the County is Red.

    *** These changes will begin on November 16 *** 

    Second SEMESTER Changes
    Second Semester Start: January 19, 2021
    Second Semester End: June 4, 2021

    When the County is Red/Orange, PCSD will be Hybrid 

      • May close due to staffing shortages that arise from a spike in COVID cases
      • Hybrid remains the same with Green/White Cohorts
        • Green Cohort (last names A-K) Tuesday and Wednesday
        • White Cohort (last names L-Z) Thursday and Friday

    *** These changes will begin on January 19 *** 

Health and Safety Information

What's Up at First Step Preschool & Child Care

Monitor Newsletter


  • Dear First Step Preschool and Childcare Families,

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  I hope everyone is safe and well!  Our wonderful staff members have been working very hard to prepare for the excitement of this school year.  I want to thank everyone for their continued support. 

     I am so honored to be appointed as the Coordinator of First Step.  I have over 17 years of experience in early childhood in the Cleveland Suburbs and Chicago.  I worked with the First Step staff and community last year as well.  I am a proud graduate of Valley Forge High School and am blessed to return to my hometown.  In a world of uncertainty, I hope to provide some consistency and clarity. 

    We will be doing our very best to maintain a sense of normalcy and calm throughout the school year.  Much has changed, and we all still have many questions.  Rest assured that we will continue to do our best to care for our students, both academically and social-emotionally.  Together, with your support, we will make this year another great year at First Step!

    We will start the first nine weeks of school remotely but will continually monitor the state’s safety guidelines and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.  Please be assured that our staff has worked diligently to develop high-quality remote programming for your students that includes whole group and small group instruction. 


    All students served at the preschool and childcare (excluding infants and toddlers) will receive a PCSD iPad device.  We are working on setting up times to have families pick-up iPads to access virtual learning.   Each First Step student (excluding infants and toddlers) is given an email address and code to access.  Access information is forthcoming.  As early childhood educators, my staff and I know that “screen-time” should be limited; however, this technology allows us to provide high quality, individualized instruction to meet your child’s needs. 

    Enrichment Activities

    Enrichment activities will be available throughout the remote learning process. Families are encouraged to work on these packets weekly; however, the crucial instruction will be the distance live learning from your child’s teacher.  Times/dates for pick-up for our team created packets will be communicated at a later time. 

    Peer Models

    During the first nine weeks, PCSD will waive tuition fees.  Once school resumes, the tuition will return to standard rates.

    First Day for Students

    The first day for students will be Wednesday, September 8, 2020. 

    Class Assignments

    Soon you will receive a mailed letter of which section (AM or PM) with your child’s teacher.

    Distance Learning Schedule for Preschool:

    Sample Schedule  

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me! 


    Mrs. Svihlik

    Lara Svihilk  

    Lara A. Svihlik, M. Ed.

    Early Childhood Coordinator 

    First Step Preschool and Child Care

    Parma City Schools


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At A Glance

  • Early Childhood Coordinator:
    Shelia Ullman

    Main Office:
    (440) 885-8645


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