Welcome to the home of Newark City Schools' Back to School 2020 landing page. This is your home for information related to restarting school for the 2020-21 school year.
Plans have been created in collaboration with the Licking County Health Department, district staff members, parents and surrounding school districts. 

The school year began fully online, with some small group in-person learning opportunities. Schools are communicating directly with students about the start of the year, including class lists, login information and more. As the year gets underway, this page will include links and information that parents and student can use to get connected.

The district will begin transitioning to fully in-person school the week of Sept. 28. Please see the below presentation for more information.

Responsible and Safe Return Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

What platforms are students using?

Students in Pre K through grade 1 will use Seesaw to communicate with their teachers. Students in grades 2 through 12 are using Google Classroom for coursework. Teachers are using Zoom for student communication.

Classes are being offered online during the regular school times, with some time left at the end of the day for other student outreach and activities. Classes will also be recorded and available outside normal school hours, though it is preferred that students attend classes during the normal school day.

We do not have a specific hardware recommendation for students. PC, Mac, laptops, Chromebooks and tablets should each work for online activities.

How are classes being graded this year?

Classes this fall are being graded normally. We are not giving pass/fail or participation grades. We do want all students to learn and be successful. If your student is having difficulty with anything, please reach out to your teacher directly for assistance.

How do I request a laptop for my child?

At this time, we are working to provide devices for families who need them. Some students may need to be placed on a waiting list as we prepare more devices for dispersal. Please click here to fill out a form if you need a device for your child(ren).

How is the district evaluating when to open for in-person instruction?

We will continue to listen to the health department and follow guidance from the state and local levels. We will evaluate all data that is available to us. Parents will have more than a week’s notice before we change from online to in-school. We are considering a variety of options for transitioning back to school once it is safe to do so.

How are meals being provided?

We are providing paid hot lunches that students can pick up at school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Families should fill out the free/reduced price lunch application at this link to apply. Even though we are holding classes online at this time, there are opportunities to pick up to-go meals from school buildings. Meals are being served at no cost for all students through Dec. 31, due to a USDA ruling. Free lunch status also waives school fees for students, and helps with district Title 1 and Technology funding that help all students.

Community resources for childcare with online access and academic assistance
The Boys and Girls Club will be in session Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Sept. 8. Contact 740-340-0959 for more information. The Boys and Girls Club is geared for elementary and middle school students.

The YES Club will be open Monday through Friday noon to 4 p.m. starting Aug. 24. The YES Club is open to middle and high school students. Contact 740-522-0937 for more information.

How do I enroll my child into the Newark Digital Academy?
As of Aug. 13, 2020, Newark Digital Academy is at-capacity and students will be placed on a waiting list in the order requests are received.

How does preschool look?

With the start of the school year in a blended fashion we are offering face to face services for our preschoolers with disabilities. Those typical classmates will be invited to participate in online activities and some class activities by Zoom until we are able to bring all students back. 


Those in a half day program will be offered 1 ½ hours Monday – Thursday.  Those in a full day program will be offered 3 hours two days a week. The other hours of preschool will consist of online activities. 

If you prefer to not send your child for face to face services but still would like to have online preschool please let your child’s teacher know.


If you choose not to send your child or have questions, please call the Student Services office at 740-670-7025.

Will uniforms still be required? Will the masks need to be uniformed?

School uniforms are not required for online classes or in-person sessions at this time, however students should be dressed appropriately for school while at home or for any in-school sessions. Masks for in-person sessions need to be school-appropriate.

What services will be provided for students who receive special education services?

With the start of the school year being a blended fashion those students in an MD or Autism unit will be offered face to face services in the buildings for 4 hours per day, Monday - Thursday.  For those in an ED unit your students will be offered face to face services in the building for 2 hours per day, Monday – Thursday. 

Exact times will be coming to you in the near future with busing provided.  Your child’s intervention specialist will be in contact with you soon.  If you do not wish to have your child come in for the face to face services please let your child’s teacher know. They will provide Zoom access to allow your child to join in the classroom activities from home with some additional online supports.

Any other students with services will be contacted by their intervention specialists.

What do athletics and extracurricular activities look like?

Our athletic department is following state guidelines for practice and contests. Non-contact sports such as golf, tennis and cross country are proceeding normally, following the guidelines. The volleyball season will begin on September 1. Football and soccer seasons are also under way following guidelines. More information on attendance, ticketing and online viewing options will be coming soon.

What about C-TEC?

If your child is attending C-TEC this year, you will receive communication from the school. Please visit their website at this link for more information.

Important Links

School links

Technology help numbers

During this time, we have identified the following phone numbers that parents and students can call for help with technical issues:


Telephone Number 

High School 740-670-7003 
High School 740-670-7001 
High School 740-670-7013 
Heritage Middle School 740-670-7021 
Liberty Middle School 740-670-7022 
Wilson Middle School 740-670-7034 
Ben Franklin Elementary 740-670-7036 
Carson Elementary740-670-7054 
Cherry Valley Elementary 740-670-7043
Hillview Elementary 740-670-7058 
John Clem Elementary 740-670-7048 
Legend Elementary 740-670-7035 
McGuffey Elementary 740-670-7037 
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