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COVID-19 Update and Looking Ahead

November 13, 2020

Dear Solon Schools Families and Staff,

The purpose of this communication is to update you on current conditions in our schools. We also want to explain the possibility of a return to remote learning at some or all of our schools should the need arise. Our intention is to maintain in-person learning, but some circumstances are beyond our control. Since we welcomed students back into our buildings last month, everyone has been working diligently to maintain in-person learning for as long as possible. So far our efforts have been successful. 

  • Fortunately, cases in our schools continue to be low, but the number of our students and staff members having to quarantine is increasing. The majority of our positive cases are being traced to exposures outside of school.
  • Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases in our greater community continue to rise, with almost 20 percent of total cases in our area occurring within the last two weeks.
  • Since October 30, we have had 10 students and 4 staff members test positive for COVID-19. Additionally, we have had 116 students and 8 staff members need to quarantine. We are also seeing many absences among our staff members as they take appropriate precautionary measures by not coming into the school buildings if they are experiencing symptoms.
  • As these numbers continue to climb, staffing is an issue. To date, we have been able to maintain in-person and virtual learning through a combination of substitutes and using our technology to allow our teachers to teach from home with supervision in the classroom. Unfortunately, substitute staffing levels are extremely low,  jeopardizing our ability to effectively maintain in-person learning. 
  • We know that many families will be welcoming home their college-aged children in the coming weeks as well as possibly planning family get-togethers for the holidays. These gatherings could have a large impact on the rise of COVID-19 in our community and we urge you to proceed with caution.
  • If quarantines and cases continue to climb in our schools, we will have no choice but to shift to remote learning.

As we continue to monitor the case and quarantine data in our schools, we will notify you as soon as possible to give you the maximum amount of time to prepare for remote instruction. Remote instruction is not a certainty. If we come together as a community and do the right things outside of school, we can continue to have in-person learning for our children. We have a responsibility to our schools and our community.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute teacher for our district, please visit the Employment Hub on our website. Any person with a bachelor’s degree in any field is eligible to obtain a substitute teaching license from the state.