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Return to School - Update on Current Conditions

October 23, 2020 

Dear Solon Schools Families and Staff,

Today marks the end of the third week of our phased return to blended learning that provides synchronous instruction for our virtual students and those who are attending on-campus. We selected this model, despite its complexity, to best assure the highest-quality instruction from our Solon teachers and staff. Each day, our staff members become more adept at meeting the needs of all our students in these unique classrooms and under challenging circumstances.     

Like most schools, our actual reported cases of COVID-19 have been very low among students and staff. Since we have begun in-person learning, we have had 1 student and 1 staff member reported with COVID-19.  The governor and the board of health have indicated to us that overall spread in Ohio is mainly occurring outside of school settings right now and our quarantine numbers bear that out. In the past three weeks, we have had 9 staff members and 23 students need to quarantine due to close contact exposure, many of these quarantines stemmed from social gatherings that took place outside of the school.

With cases on the rise around us, it is critical that all positive test results and close contact exposures among students and staff in our school community be reported to the school or district immediately. We are also the first line of contact tracing for our schools, so it is imperative that we begin that process as soon as you know someone in your family has been exposed or tests positive -- even if your child is learning virtually. 

Earlier today, we participated in a conference call with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The discussion focused on the pathway forward given the Governor’s announcement of the county’s new status on the State Public Health Advisory System. As you know, our plans are based on the data in our district as well as in the county.  While our plans and procedures have enabled us to stay in session with cases on the rise in the county, we are prepared if it becomes necessary to learn remotely.

Our schools can only remain in session with an on-campus option as long as cases of  COVID-19 in our schools among students and staff remain low. YOUR ACTIONS MATTER. Attending parties or large gatherings for children and adults have an impact on that. We must adhere to and model the public health protocols that we know stem the spread of COVID-19, including wearing face masks, keeping physical distance, practicing frequent hand washing and avoiding larger social gatherings. If we see a worsening of conditions in our community with increases in cases and exposures in our schools, we may have no choice but to switch back to an all-remote learning model.