Return to Headlines

Update on the Return from Winter Break on January 4

December 18, 2020

Dear Solon Schools Families,

As we head into winter break, we want to provide an update on our current conditions related to COVID-19 and our plan for return in January. Through our combined efforts and strategic staffing decisions, we have been able to maintain in-person learning for as many of our students as possible through the end of the semester. This was accomplished through a partnership with our families and the tireless efforts of our teachers, staff and administrators.

Despite our best efforts, however, we continue to experience significant staffing impacts due to cases of COVID-19 and COVID-related exposures. Since our return from Thanksgiving, 50 staff members and 291 students have had to isolate or quarantine due to testing positive or being exposed as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Details are available on our COVID-19 dashboard

Due to continued high levels of COVID-19 in our area and to ensure we have the necessary staffing to open PK-12 successfully for the next semester, we believe it is necessary to delay the opening of in-person classes by one week until January 11. Our goal, once we return in person, will be to stay open. We believe the week delay gives us the best opportunity to do so. 

The students in our intensive needs classrooms and in our preschool classrooms will still attend school in person beginning January 4. Administrators and teachers will communicate any specific schedule changes with those families directly. All other students will be virtual the week of January 4-8.

It is crucial that you notify your building administration immediately, even over winter break, if you or your child test positive or are exposed to COVID-19. We are responsible for contact tracing among students and staff and our return to in-person learning in January relies on accurate data.   

Winter break will be a critical time for the progression of the pandemic. In our communications with Case Western Reserve University and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, they have told us that although case numbers are expected to trend downward, they will likely remain at very high levels throughout the remainder of December. This means we all must be vigilant. Now more than ever, limit your gatherings, practice social distancing, wear your masks and wash your hands. 

Safely Enjoy Your Winter Break.

 

Small and Safer Celebrations from CDC: Winter Holidays

Safer Celebrations NPR: How To Have A Safer, Happy Holiday: 9 Lower-Risk Ways To Find Joy : Shots - Health News

New Year’s Eve: Is New Years Eve Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic? - COVID-19 New Year's Eve Safety

New Year’s Activity Ideas for Celebrating at Home: 

30 DIY New Year's Eve Party Ideas for Kids

How to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2021 at Home

Huge Resource of New Years Eve Celebrations for Families, Kids & More!