Happy New Year and may 2022 be a year filled with joy! I sincerely hope you and your loved ones have had a restful and restorative break. We understand the challenges and frustrations associated with the past several years and join with you in a renewed sense of hope for a return to normalcy. We value our teachers, community, students, and staff and appreciate your continued flexibility and willingness to shift when required. Please review the following information.
The Euclid City Schools will return to school in person, as scheduled, on Monday, January 3.
Our administrative team has been in continual contact over Winter Break and participated in the conference calls with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH). Additionally, we updated our district's COVID protocols to reflect the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio Department of Health, and the CCBH guidance. In addition, we have also learned that isolation of virtual learning format has an adverse impact on students’ mental health and has also led to inequity in the academic achievement gap. Since the start of COVID, we have followed the most current health expert guidance want you to know that the decision to remain open for in-person learning is multifactored.
As I shared prior to Thanksgiving Break, school districts across Northeast Ohio are experiencing critical staffing shortages with substitute teachers, support personnel, and bus drivers. The Euclid Schools are no exception. While we have done our best to manage substitute teacher and bus driver shortages, there have been instances where we have had to shift to virtual instruction. We will continue doing everything in our power to educate students in person. However, we know some circumstances may prevent this. There may be times where our district may need to switch individual classrooms or school buildings to a virtual learning format. The school district will provide families with as much advance notice as we can, we do encourage your family to have a plan in the event we have to make this shift again.
SAFETY STARTS AT HOME
Most important of all, safety begins at home. If your child is sick, they should stay home. Please notify your child’s school clinic and your health care provider.
The Euclid City Schools requests that everyone Complete a daily two-part self-assessment:
(1) Fever Check - measuring your temperature not to exceed 100.4F and
(2) Symptom Check of the following: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or Vomiting, Diarrhea.
For more information: Symptoms of Coronavirus
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS
CDC released new guidelines for individuals exposed to Covid-19.
To ensure the safety of staff and students, Euclid Schools has taken the following measures to promote safe learning and working environments:
District facilitated vaccinations and boosters for staff and eligible students
Air ionization filtration system
Masks are strongly recommended for indoor activities in Euclid Schools, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. Students may opt-out of wearing a mask only through an official request made by parents in Infinite Campus.
Masks are required on school buses, per Ohio law.
Euclid Schools plans to enforce three feet of physical distancing, where possible, in our classrooms and activities.
Non-contact and/or thermal thermometers at each location
Cloth and Disposable masks for students and staff
Sanitizer for each classroom as well as hallways, gym, cafeteria, entrances, etc.
Surface disinfectant for all classrooms and common spaces.
District PPE and distancing protocols
Employee and student health assessments (temperature checks)
The enhanced facilities cleaning protocol
Establishing appropriate clinics to distinguish COVID related care from typical health services
Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been impacted most.
Chris Papouras, Superintendent
Euclid City Schools