GUIDELINES FOR THE RETURN TO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK
Review school-specific return dates below
As we return to classrooms next week I know there are many questions about how we are welcoming our staff, students and families back to school, and how we're keeping everyone safe as the pandemic seemingly refuses to end. Please know that the details below take into consideration the latest COVID guidance as shared by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health through weekly and as-needed superintendents' meetings.
As I've stated in the past this is our current guidance, and is subject to change as local conditions change. We will continue to keep you updated as we move forward into the 21/22 school year -- be sure to review our article on communications below.
Wednesday, August 18 | Middle and High school students will return to instruction in person, five days per week.
Thursday, August 19 | Elementary students grades 1-5 will return to instruction in person, five days per week.
Thursday, August 19 & Friday, August 20 | Kindergarten and Pre-K screening - details coming soon from our Elementary School.
- All instruction will be in school.
NOTE: If your student has health concerns due to COVID, and will be unable to attend in school instruction please contact Assistant Superintendent Matt Young at email@example.com.
Instruction | Remote, synchronous instruction will not take place. There will not be an option for students that are absent to “log in and participate” in classroom instruction. We are required by the state to report in-school attendance. Students who are unable to return due to health reasons will complete a self-guided online curriculum that will be monitored by the district.
KEEPING AN EYE ON LOCAL DATA | Throughout this process we have attempted to use as much local data in our decision making process as possible. I am aware of the national numbers increasing dramatically. However, our local numbers have not reflected that increase. Since June 1st we have not had any positive student COVID cases reported to the district, and last week was the first reported staff member positive test, and that positive test was contracted out of state.
CONTACT TRACING | We are still required by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to do contact tracing, and we are still required to report positive cases. Parents should notify Tracy Deal at firstname.lastname@example.org if your student tests positive.
- It is imperative that parents not send students to school when exhibiting COVID symptoms.
- Not sure if your child's symptoms are due to allergies, a cold, or COVID? We have test kids available for any parent who would like one.
VACCINATIONS | A point of emphasis has been placed on vaccinations by Governor Mike DeWine. Please know that 147 Cuyahoga Heights Schools staff participated in a county-wide vaccination program sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio, which was well over 90% at that time. We also are aware that some staff chose to be vaccinated at other sites or through another provider, further increasing that percentage.
MASKS | Remain optional in our facilities, but are strongly recommended. With all of the above being done, we will continue to monitor our local numbers and will not hesitate to enact a mask mandate should an outbreak occur locally.
Students riding school transportation will be required to wear masks, per CDC mandate.
- The CDC and ODH are strongly recommending masks for staff and students this fall.
- All visitors to the buildings will be required to wear masks.
Cuyahoga Heights Schools will continue to enforce many COVID-safe mitigation strategies that were put in place last school year:
Air purifiers will be in use in classrooms;
Outside activities will be encouraged as much as possible when the weather cooperates, including lunch, classroom activities and Recess/Physical Education;
Additional cleaning staff will work during the day to continually sanitize our facilities district-wide;
Social Distancing of the CDC-recommended 3’ social distancing will be maintained as much as is practicable;
Water Bottles are recommended to be brought from home. Filling stations will be available in addition to water fountains throughout our schools.
Again, the plan listed above is our current plan for the return to school. Please continue to follow Tom Talks for any changes.