Dear Fairview Families:
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. We are cautiously optimistic as news about the vaccination timeline gets closer to including adults working in schools and new cases continue to decrease throughout Cuyahoga County. However, Governor DeWine stated today in his afternoon press conference that we cannot ease up with our efforts to stay safe, keep masks on, and maintain physical distancing. I completely agree! Please know that we are watching closely, every day, as the news reports speak about new variants of the COVID-19 virus that are more contagious than the initial viral strain. For now, the continuing decrease in new cases, ED visits, hospital admissions, and the recent stability in outpatient visits in Cuyahoga County is a promising sign. Thank you for all you are doing to help in your own ways. Everyone can make a difference.
This first week having students back to school in a hybrid mode has gone very well. Every member of the Fairview Schools team has done a tremendous job to maximize the safety measures from the point of the children getting on the bus in the morning to heading home at the end of the day. The teachers have planned and prepared well for the unique and difficult demands of hybrid learning and our support staff and administrators are laser focused on keeping our students safe. In addition to the many measures we’ve already taken, we took delivery this week of individual desk and table shields that will be added to classrooms, cafeterias, and common areas in all buildings in the coming days. Also, we have a LOT of face shields available that students can have and use in addition to their face masks to increase their personal protection and safety.
Here is our continuing plan for the coming weeks:
Week of Jan. 25th CONFIRMED
No school for students on Friday, Jan. 29 for Teacher Records Day
Week of Feb. 1st TENTATIVE
Week of Feb. 8th TENTATIVE
Week of Feb. 15th TENTATIVE
“All In” Grades K-12 return to full, in-person (all day, every day) on Tuesday, February 16.
No School for students or staff on Monday, Feb. 15 in observance of President’s Day
We are not alone. Governor DeWine reported today that:
42.5% of school districts in Ohio are back in school 5 days a week
33.7% are back in some sort of a hybrid mode (like us)
23.8% are still in full remote mode
This information, both at the state and regional level, has also been a factor in our decisions regarding what “mode” of instruction we will be in from week to week. As we continue our efforts to bring all students back every day and return to our regular, pre-pandemic schedules, we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding that our primary goal is always the health and safety of our students and staff.
Dr. Bill Wagner
Fairview Park City Schools