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1-6-2022 Winter Update

1-6-2022 Winter COVID Update

January 6th, 2022

Dear Students, Families and Educators:

Thank you to each of our students, parents and caregivers, and educators for your efforts so far this week to implement our remote learning plan.  I appreciate all of your efforts.

My team and I have continued to monitor both the city’s and the district’s reported positive cases of COVID and exposures requiring quarantining.  We have seen a significant reduction in cases reported to both the city and the district.  Likewise, with the shortened quarantine requirements approved by the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health last week, we anticipate fewer employee absences required for quarantining.  Therefore, all CMSD schools will return to in person instruction beginning Monday, January 10th.

As we return, it is critically important that every student, staff member and guest in a CMSD building wears his or her mask.  It is also important to complete a self-check for any flu-like symptoms and to stay home if you are sick.  In addition, I strongly encourage students and staff to take advantage of the free, voluntary weekly COVID testing being implemented in schools across the district as another way to identify and stop COVID cases quickly.  See your school’s health professional for more information about this free weekly testing. 

As a reminder, please report all positive COVID cases to us as they occur by calling our COVID hotline at 216-838-9355 or emailing covid@clevelandmetroschools.org. Accurate reporting of COVID cases among our students and staff is critical to helping us make quick effective decisions about the potential need to quarantine a class or school.

I would again urge those of you who are eligible to be vaccinated to take advantage of the opportunities to do so as an additional way of protecting your health and the health of those around you.

My team and I will continue to monitor the city’s and the district’s health data daily.  I ask that you remain prepared for the possibility of remote learning in the event that we need to make any quick adjustments with your child’s class or school based on the rapidly changing data in our community.

Sincerely,

Eric S. Gordon

Eric S. Gordon
Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Metropolitan School District