• March 12th, 2021

    Dear Parents and Caregivers of CMSD Students:

    I am writing with an important update for families as we prepare to welcome our students to Hybrid Learning.

    Specific information about your child’s assignment will be communicated directly from your child’s school, but I want to include a few important reminders as you prepare for our reopening.

    Some preschool students and some special education students will receive in-person instruction four days per week, but most students returning over the next two weeks will have in-person instruction two days each week -- either on Monday and Tuesday or on Thursday and Friday. 

    If you are unsure of your child’s assignment, your child’s school can confirm his or her assigned cohort group.  For your convenience, our Hybrid Learning Calendar for each grade and phase of students is posted on the CMSD website. 

    Also included on the website is our back-to-school checklist for students and a checklist for parents with reminders of the most important things to know for a successful transition to Hybrid Learning over the next two weeks.

    I will continue to keep you updated on the District’s plans and progress during our phased-in reopening. 

    In addition, you can expect your school principal and classroom teachers to be communicating more directly with you about your child’s assignment and procedures specific to your child’s school and classrooms as we move through this transition.

    I understand that a shift to hybrid learning after a full year in a remote-learning environment will present challenges for some of our students and families. We also know many of our families are anxious for schools to reopen and feel ready for their child to return. Parents and caregivers should understand that students might experience some additional asynchronous learning days during this March transition period.

    Families who wish to remain in remote learning can opt out of Hybrid Learning through March 19, either online or by calling 216.838.3675.  Keep in mind, this is NOT an irrevocable decision.  CMSD will remain flexible during your transition, and our staff is fully committed to working with families to find the right learning mode for your child this spring.

    One of the reasons we chose to transition to Hybrid Learning before spring break was to be able to help students and families adjust to changes in your routines now so that, after spring break, our students can return for a full quarter of learning in the learning mode in which they feel most comfortable.

    Watch for more school-specific information from your child’s principal and teachers and continue to visit the CMSD website at clevelandmetroschools.org/hybrid for the most current District information and updated FAQs.

    Finally, I cannot stress enough how proud I am of our students, our families and caregivers and our CMSD educators for the patience, grace, and resilience you have shown in an unprecedented year of change in our District and city and, in fact, across the state, country and literally the world!

    I know I speak for all of our educators when I say how excited we all are to welcome our students back for what I am confident will be a safe and nurturing Hybrid Learning experience for all. 


    Eric Gordon

    Eric S. Gordon

    Chief Executive Officer
    Cleveland Metropolitan School District