March 19, 2021
Dear Students, Parents and Caregivers:
I am writing with an important update for families as we prepare to welcome our third and final phase of students to Hybrid Learning on Monday.
I want to first say “Thank You” to all of the students, families, and educators who worked together this week to ensure a successful transition for thousands of students to Hybrid Learning in our schools. I know transitions like these are difficult, and sometimes emotional as well, but I am proud of how our school community worked together throughout the week to ensure a solution was identified and in place for each student and family.
Next week, all students who choose Hybrid Learning will return to school. While some preschool students and some special education students will attend in-person learning four days per week, most students 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 Hybrid Learning assignment, please contact your school to confirm your child’s group and scheduled days for in-person learning.
Today, March 19, is the last day for families to opt out of your child’s Hybrid Learning assignment. Feel free to talk with one of our enrollment specialists at 216.838.3675 if you want to remain in remote learning. Our specialists can assist with understanding the difference between the current remote learning option that includes live interaction with CMSD teachers and the Virtual Academy option, which does not.
Choosing to remain in remote learning is NOT an irrevocable decision. We will remain flexible during this transition, fully committed to working with families to determine the right learning mode for your child. Please keep in mind though that opting back in to Hybrid Learning is strictly dependent upon the space available in our classrooms and on our buses within the strict COVID-19 safety requirements.
Please visit the CMSD Hybrid Learning website at www.clevelandmetroschools.org/hybrid for up-to-date information, back-to-school checklists, and updated Frequently Asked Questions. And please remain in direct contact with your child’s teachers and school for information specific to his or her learning plan.
Again, thank you to every CMSD scholar, parent and caregiver, and educator who has worked together throughout our hybrid transition process.
Eric S. GordonChief Executive OfficerCleveland Metropolitan School District