Update from the CEO
May 25, 2020
To: Families and Caregivers of CMSD Students:
Thank you for the many ways you are remaining connected to your child’s school.
In consideration of what all our families are doing to support students during the closure of Ohio’s schools, I am pleased to provide the District’s first mailed packet of Summer Fun Enrichment activities. Each student household will receive one packet that includes activities for grades PreK–12. These enrichment activities are designed to provide your child with fun opportunities to stay engaged throughout the summer. Packets will be mailed home two times per month. We will also send home books for each student in the District starting in June with enrichment activities you can complete with your child.
Recognizing that students are used to a consistent school schedule, I strongly encourage you to continue working with your child to develop and maintain a routine at home that will extend his or her learning throughout the summer months. Make time and space for quiet reading and active engagement with your child’ learning packet, and with other materials found online to stimulate curiosity, increase critical thinking skills and enable your child to practice reading.
Children learn best when instruction is continuous, which is why CMSD educators will continue to produce learning materials to keep students engaged and keep their minds active during the summer months.
Visit the District’s website at ClevelandMetroSchools.org/LearningOpportunities to access digital versions of the Summer Fun Enrichment Activities.
Also inside the activities packet is daytime contact information for your schools and a Help Line if your child needs assistance with technology.
Thank you for the opportunity to emphasize the importance of academic enrichment in your child’s experience, and for the important role you play every day in our shared commitment to the safety, well-being and future of Cleveland’s children.
Eric S. Gordon
EDUCATOR: Chief Executive Officer
P.S. CMSD has stressed the importance of participating in the 2020 Census and is turning to students to help spread the word. The Cleveland Foundation is supporting a Census Contest to encourage Clevelanders to complete the 2020 Census by creating a promotional video. Twelve students from grades PreK–12 will be awarded a $200 Visa gift card.
Daytime Phone Numbers for Schools
To reach your child’s teacher or school principal, to update your contact information and for answers to your questions about learning packets, your child’s grades and other academic issues, call your school.
TECHNOLOGY HELP LINE – For assistance with logging into your device, accessing the Internet and other issues related to educational technology, call our Technology hotline during school hours: 216.838.0440
- The Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program is additional money for families to buy food due to COVID-19 related school closures. Questions about P-EBT? Call 1-866-244-0071.
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Advocate for Education Resources
The Council for the Great City Schools is seeking substantial coronavirus relief for local school districts. See the Council's letter to Congress, a CMSD Board of Education resoution in support of the call for aid and a sample letter to members of Congress for community members to use in showing support.
The Ohio 8 Coalition strongly urges Ohio not to ignore the intent of the Congressional CARES Act, which is to provide support and relief to students most in need. See the press release from The Ohio 8, the letter to the Governor and a sample advocacy letter for community members to use in showing support.
Most Used Resources
Our Customer Care Center may be reached by phone at 216-838-0000. (216-838-0001 for Spanish speakers). CMSD'S Welcome Center is closed.Download:
The Refugee Response releases informational Coronavirus video in several languages. (English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Swahili, Karen, Pashto, Burmese, Nepali and Kinyarwanda)