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Student painting
Morearts, music and extracurricular activities like dance, flag football, band, ceramics and esports

Periods 0 and 9, time added at the start and end of the day, give students time to enjoy activities and clubs on yoga, gardening, fitness, art, fashion design and more. Activity buses transport children who come early or stay late. Offerings vary by school. See a list here.
Listen to how CMSD is extending learning.-(video)


Students doing carpentry
Moreproject-based learning with students in control

Teachers across the District are trying their hands at project-based Learning, a strategy that allows students to design and research their own projects. They present their work before judges at Demonstrations of Learning. Watch a video that encourages teachers to try the approach.



Students dancing
Moreafter-school programs

Through Say Yes Cleveland, organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs and Cleveland Playhouse are coordinating programs to be held after school. The programs will focus on art, wellness and academics.


Students working on iPad

All CMSD homes equipped with free internet and a device for every student who needs one.


Student presenting recycling program
Morefor the future

New career planning and exploration programs to be unveiled in November for students in grades 6-12.

The District is rolling out PACE (Planning and Career Exploration), starting with a curriculum for grades 6-12. PACE also will include mentoring, worksite tours, summer jobs, internships and more. More than 100 individuals, 40 organizations and 75 employers have been involved in planning for this program.


Student using hand sanitizer
Moreto keep kids safe

CMSD has placed a health professional in every building to ensure students’ emotional and physical needs are met. See staffing numbers here. The District, with the help of Say Yes Cleveland and outside providers, is piloting integrated physical and mental health services in four schools and plans to expand that model to all buildings. Learn more about integrated health here.
Learn more about our Nursing and Health Services. -(video)
CMSD uses extensive safety measures to protect students, staff and visitors from COVID-19. The list includes:
  • Mask requirement for all students and adults in any District school, office, or facility regardless of vaccination status
  • Temperature check upon entry to every District school
  • Care clinics staffed with a full-time health professional at each school
  • Providing sanitation gel, sanitation wipes, and other PPE in every classroom and office
  • Maintaining 3-feet social distancing wherever possible
  • Displaying random digital pop-up reminders on all staff computers daily
  • Daily fogging each classroom and office with sanitation mist and misting each bus at the conclusion of every run
  • Bringing custodians in 2 hours early each day to perform a fresh-air ventilation flush before school begins
  • Running portable air sanitizing units in classrooms and offices of any building that does not have a modernized HVAC system and in band and choir rooms of HVAC buildings
  • Using high-grade air filters in HVAC buildings
  • Providing access to and information about vaccination clinics for students, parents/caregivers, and employees
  • Providing random, voluntary weekly COVID testing opportunities for students and staff in all schools
  • Because COVID is airborne, our protocols direct our cleaners to pull trash and sanitize rooms before mopping floors and other tasks.
  • Providing every classroom with hand sanitation gel and wipes. Students and adults are expected to wipe down their work areas daily as well.
  • Each school has a safety team composed of the principal, union chair and custodian to identify and solve COVID-related problems.
Watch how we prepare our schools every night for our students.-(video)


2 students playing an esport video game

We are investing $2.4 million in Senate League sports, including esports. Plans also call for streaming high school athletic events, with students leading production.


Student coloring
And evenMore
- building on a strong foundation

Under The Cleveland Plan, CMSD had already recruited top talent, developed a network of high-quality preschool sites, given families a choice of school models so they could find the right fit and helped launch the Cleveland chapter of Say Yes to Education. Say Yes Cleveland awards CMSD graduates scholarships that pay up to the full value of tuition to colleges, universities and Pell-eligible training programs. And school-based Say Yes support specialists organize services that help students and families overcome barriers to graduation.