Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon
February 22nd, 2021
Dear Parents and Caregivers of CMSD Students:
I am writing with an important update following Friday's announcement of our plan to transition into a Hybrid Learning environment during the weeks of March 1st through March 15th.
The community’s active interest in the announcement has been evident in the comments and questions we are receiving on social media. This message today is designed to help you find answers to the questions you have.
Back to School Mailers began arriving in mailboxes last Friday, and will continue to arrive this week, to inform families of their child’s school and transportation assignment. This mailer introduces the Hybrid Learning model, contains links to where you can learn more information and explains how you can opt out of Hybrid Learning if you choose.
A more detailed Hybrid Learning comparison document that is posted on the CMSD website at ClevelandMetroSchools.org/Hybrid enables families to explore all facets of the learning models and choose whether a Hybrid or Remote learning model is best for your child.
Also posted on the site is a checklist for parents and caregivers of what you can do now to help your child prepare for a transition from Remote to Hybrid learning, as well as a number of instructional videos, guidance documents, and a Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
The most important document you will find on the website is our Hybrid Learning Guidebook for Families that includes guidelines for every aspect of the Hybrid school experience. You can access or download that resource at ClevelandMetroSchools.org/HybridGuide.
This online guidebook will enable you to quickly find the information you need, including safety protocols; sample student schedules; transportation guidance; special supports for our English Learners, students with special needs and homeless families; and other information to help families transition from a Remote to a Hybrid Learning environment.
Our CMSD students, families, and educators have demonstrated incredible resiliency in the nearly yearlong disruption we’ve all experienced because of this global pandemic. With improving public health trends, increased availability of vaccines and a thorough plan in place to begin bringing kids back to school, I’m confident we will successfully move through this important transition to Hybrid Learning as well.
Eric S. GordonEDUCATOR: Chief Executive OfficerCleveland Metropolitan School District