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Update: Current Conditions and Halloween

October 30, 2020

Dear Solon Schools Families and Staff,

Yesterday’s announcement by Gov. DeWine that Cuyahoga County will continue as red on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System presents a slight reprieve from the purple watch list designation of last week.  We look at our safety protocols, the case data in our schools, and the conditions in our county and district to determine our ability to maintain our learning model that provides both in-person and virtual learning to meet families’ needs and circumstances. 

What we have learned is that COVID-19 spread is occurring primarily through informal interactions, including gatherings and celebrations. Our own incidence data since we have been back in session bears this out.  Our overall cases among students and staff continues to remain low. We are confident this is because of the strict adherence to the public health protocols that are proven to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as masks, distancing, barriers and hand hygiene.  This can change at any time.

Our schools do not operate in a vacuum. We are doing everything we can each day here at school to reinforce our layers of protection and mitigate spread among our students and staff, but our reach only stretches so far. We are all more interdependent than ever. As a community, WE CANNOT LET UP.  We are making every effort to maintain an in-person learning model as long as possible to meet the needs of our students and their families.

Going into Halloween weekend every single Solon Schools’ family needs to rethink what this holiday looks like.  We cannot have a business-as-usual Halloween with parties and gatherings. The county and state boards of health have made it clear this is how COVID-19 is spreading.  What you do this weekend can have an enormous impact on our ability to stay in school.

None of us want to look back on this week and regret the necessary actions we didn’t take. Please be vigilant in doing everything you can to help us keep our students and staff safe and healthy. We are all counting on you.

Safer Halloween Celebration Links:

CDC:  Trick or Treating and Other Halloween Activities

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

CDC: COVID-19: Holiday Celebrations

Ohio Department of Health: Responsible RestartOhio

Healthychildren.org: Halloween & COVID-19: Have Fun While Staying Safe

Hopkinsmedicine.org: Halloween Tips for Spooky (and Safe) Fun During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Better Homes & Gardens: 11 Fun Family Activities to Do When Trick-or-Treating Is Canceled