UPDATE ON COVID ALERT IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across our area, we want to provide you with advance notice of how Cuyahoga Heights Schools will react depending on tomorrow’s announcement of any changes to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System for Cuyahoga County. Currently Cuyahoga County is in Alert Level 3 with "High Case Incidence," putting our county on their Watch List.

LEVEL 3 | If Cuyahoga County remains on Alert Level 3 - Red, then we will remain in our current Scarlet/Gray Hybrid Learning Model.

LEVEL 4 | If Cuyahoga County moves to Alert Level 4 - Purple, then we will return to the Full Remote Learning Model effective Monday, November 2. 

What that means:
  • If Cuyahoga County is moved to Alert Level 4, beginning Monday, November 2nd, students will return to the remote learning schedule that was in place prior to the current hybrid learning plan.
  • If we move back to remote we will make every effort to reopen the Off-Site Learning Centers. With the election taking place next Tuesday, the Off-Site Learning Centers will be closed on November 2nd and 3rd. We will notify families of which Learning Centers will be open. If you are currently using the Off-Site Learning Center you will stay on the list. If you have not used the Off-Site Learning Center previously, please contact my secretary Tracy Deal at tdeal@cuyhts.org
  • Building Principals will follow up with additional communication in regards to specific instructional schedules


COVID-19 REPORTING

We are required by the Governor's order to report any student or staff who has tested positive for COVID-19. We report weekly to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and keep a running total on the district website through our COVID-19 Resource page.

In an effort to provide our community with information, while still protecting the privacy of the individuals involved, I am writing to inform you that we have had one Cuyahoga Heights student and one staff member who have been placed in isolation for a ten (10)-day period by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) because he/she tested positive for COVID-19.

Cuyahoga Heights Schools works closely with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to initiate the contact tracing process, and for guidance in the appropriate protocols to follow to keep our schools and community safe. This includes: 

  • Individuals who are diagnosed or presumed positive for COVID-19 are kept home from school until they are no longer infectious.
  • Activities of individuals who have tested positive are assessed to determine when and where they could have spread COVID-19.
  • Anyone in close contact with an individual who has tested positive with COVID-19 will be instructed to stay home from school for 14 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine. 
  • Any close contacts identified through the investigation process are contacted by school district officials with next steps. 

If CCBH contacts you as part of a COVID-19 investigation, please cooperate fully to ensure the safety and health of our entire community. It is also important that we show kindness and understanding to those who may be identified as a case of COVID-19 or as a close contact. 

Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members. If you have questions, please email me directly at tevans@cuyhts.org.  We have also established a COVID-19 Hotline if you would like to speak with a nurse: (440) 429-5703.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together. Thank you for your support of Cuyahoga Heights Schools. 

Tom Evans

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