Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon
February 19th, 2021
Dear Parents and Caregivers of CMSD Students:
I am pleased to provide an update on our plan to reopen CMSD schools for in-person instruction in a Hybrid Learning environment.
Today, I announced my recommendation to begin our transition from Remote to Hybrid Learning in a phased in approach over the next several weeks. This recommendation was based upon continued review of public health and safety data, survey data from students, parents and caregivers, information on the progress of staff vaccinations, and feedback from the Cleveland Board of Education.
First, on Monday, February 22nd, CMSD will begin practices for our spring athletic programs, including baseball, softball, boys tennis, and outdoor track and field. Our coaches and student athletes will be expected to adhere to carefully designed health and safety measures, including when and how to use masks during practices and contests, social distancing requirements, and proper personal hygiene and equipment sanitation requirements.
Next, on Monday, March 1st, the district will welcome back a number of our students with significant learning disabilities needing additional in-person attention and care. In addition to these students, some career-technical education students and some twelfth grade students requiring extra support may also be welcomed back to in-person learning.
Next, beginning on Monday, March 8th, we will begin to welcome back several student groups, including Level 1 and 2 English Language Learners, PreK students, students in grades K through two, off-track 9th grade students, off-track seniors, additional career-technical education students, and additional students with learning disabilities. This transition period will happen over a period of two weeks and will include an orientation period and a phased-in return to in-person instruction.
Beginning on Monday, March 15th, we will begin a similar final transition period for all remaining elementary and middle grades students and all remaining high school students. Again, this two week transition period will include an orientation period before a phased-in return to in-person instruction.
This phased–in approach to reopening our schools will enable CMSD to honor its pledge to begin bringing students back by March 1st. It also enables us to more cautiously acclimate students and families to a Hybrid learning environment and the changes you can expect when schools reopen this spring.
Next week, parents and caregivers should expect to receive a Back to School mailer for each of their children that includes your child’s school and transportation assignment, as well as the days your student is assigned to in-person instruction at school.
The mailer details the Hybrid and Remote Learning options available and includes information on how families who choose to remain in remote learning can opt out of Hybrid Learning.
Families who prefer to keep students in fully remote learning can opt of their child’s hybrid learning assignment without losing seats in schools where the students are enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year. Contact our CMSD Enrollment Specialists to opt out of Hybrid Learning by calling 216-838-3675.
The same is true for parents who opt to enroll their student(s) in CMSD's virtual academy. The opt out period begins Monday, February 22nd and will remain open through March 19th for families opting out of Hybrid learning.
With students and staff returning to school buildings, it will be just as important as ever for our school community to continue following COVID-19 health and safety protocols to keep our school community safe.
The extensive health and safety protocols already in place in every CMSD school can be accessed on our website at clevelandmetroschools.org/Hybrid where you can take a video tour of the changes you can expect to see when schools reopen and review information about hybrid and remote learning options, safety guidelines in place at your school, what to expect in a hybrid learning environment, Frequently Asked Questions and other information about our preparation to reopen CMSD schools.
While we know that for most students teaching and learning is best when our student and educators are together in school, I remain mindful of the need to be empathetic to the comfort levels of our school community during times of uncertainty. This is why we are providing an opportunity for families to opt out of Hybrid Learning if they wish to do so, by calling our enrollment specialists at 216-838-3675.
Thank you, to our families and caregivers, for your continued partnership on your child’s success. We look forward to welcoming those students and families who are ready to do so back to in-person learning soon and keeping you informed of our reopening plans and progress in the days ahead.
Eric S. GordonEDUCATOR: Chief Executive OfficerCleveland Metropolitan School District