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Update Leading Into Thanksgiving

November 20, 2020

Dear Solon Schools Families and Staff,

Everyone here in the Solon Schools is working as hard as possible to provide the safest learning environment for our students, staff and families. But the stay-at-home advisory issued this week by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health is sobering. Although the CCBH recommendations still tilt toward full remote instruction, the advisory recognizes education as an essential service. 

It has been made clear that decision-making regarding education during this pandemic remains at the local level with the Solon City School district. Our plans this year have always been about striking the balance of safety, learning and the social-emotional well being of our students, families and staff. 

Looking ahead, we have made several important decisions for the remainder of the first semester.  These changes are necessary due to a significant spike in staff quarantines and our inability to secure adequate substitute coverage:

  • Solon High School - Beginning today through the end of 2020, the high school is shifting to remote learning. Our high school families will receive more detailed information directly from Erin Short tonight about this transition.
  • Solon Middle School - Students at SMS will shift to all-remote learning after Thanksgiving on Monday, November 30, and continue through the remainder of 2020. Families will get information from Scott Hatteberg next week. 
  • Orchard Middle School, Roxbury, Parkside and Lewis - Students in grades K-6 will remain in person after Thanksgiving and for as long as cases allow us to do so. Our experience has shown that the younger our students, the more in-person learning many of them need.
  • Pre-School & Intensive Special Education – Our youngest learners and those with the most significant needs must be taught in person if at all possible, so we will continue to serve them on-campus. 

If you wish to switch your child to virtual learning during the stay-at-home advisory, which coincides with the end of the semester, we fully support your decision to do so. Please call your building principal if you want to make a change.

The ability to sustain In-person learning is subject to change. We are following the case data within our schools and this may require us to shift to remote instruction quickly. This is a fluid situation, but we will make every effort to provide you with as much advance notice as possible.

We implore you to follow the safety guidelines and be smart with your holiday celebrations. What you do over the next week will impact the health of our school community and the rest of your children’s semester. It is up to you whether we can maintain in-person learning now and for the remainder of the year.