March 25, 2020 - Update from the CEO (Video)
March 25, 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers:
This is an important update regarding legislation passed by the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate today.
The emergency legislation begins to give guidance on how Ohio’s school districts, including CMSD, will move forward when schools are permitted to resume at the conclusion of this public health emergency. Provisions that matter most for now include:
- suspension of all state testing, including Ohio State Tests, End of Course exams and testing for English language learners and students with disabilities,
- suspension of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements, although school districts are still responsible for determining if a student has demonstrated the reading proficiency needed to move to fourth grade, and,
- modifications to high school graduation requirements that allow districts to determine those students who were on track to graduate when the public health order to close schools began and that permit districts to help those students who were not on track to graduate to begin in-person graduation recovery services as soon as practical to do so.
The emergency legislation also requires school districts to continue to find ways to keep students actively engaged in learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year, even if the school closure period is extended.
There are certainly many more questions that need to be answered for our students, families and educators. However, this initial guidance provided through emergency legislation and Governor DeWine is useful in beginning to answer some of the most pressing concerns our students and families have asked about.
I’m thankful for this legislative action, which I believe is good public policy as we move through this public health emergency.
CMSD is working on a variety of ways to keep all of our students, including our students with disabilities, English language learners, foster youth and homeless youth, actively engaged in learning opportunities, including planning for any extension of this school closure period. For now, all students and families are encouraged to please continue to use the extended spring break academic enrichment materials available at our 22 meal sites and on our website, www.clevelandmetroschools.org.
Please also continue to stay home, safe and as comfortable as possible so that you are healthy and ready for the day when I will be able to notify you of the return to school.
Eric S. Gordon
Chief Executive Officer