COVID & The Classroom

Strongsville City Schools' school board to hold emergency meeting, discuss restart plan

  Concerns about school grow as reported coronavirus cases rise in Ohio

  Akron Public Schools grappling with decision to have students return to classrooms

  Mayfield Middle School: 96 students, 11 staff members quarantined after student tests positive for COVID-19

Lorain City Schools announces COVID-19 website development after 2 staff members test positive for COVID-19

  Brecksville-Broadview Heights teachers’ union at odds with Board of Ed. about returning to classroom full-time on Oct. 26

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Eastlake Middle School temporarily shuts down after 1 more student tests positive for COVID-19

Eastlake Middle School 8th graders must quarantine through Oct. 16 after student tests positive for COVID-19

Lake Catholic High School cancels football game after player tests positive for COVID-19

Kent State University students to transition to remote learning after spring break

Newcomerstown High School students to learn virtually after student tests positive for COVID-19

  Getting meals to virtual students suffering from food insecurity in Parma

North Olmsted City Schools announces transition to hybrid learning

Classes have been online since the start of the school year in August.

  CMSD’s JFK High School finally finished with help of Alumni Association, but won’t have students inside yet

The building is a part of a much larger system-wide renovation project that includes more than 50 school renovations.

  Kent State issues coronavirus alert to students; new rules include ban on parties

Kent State University has issued an alert to students, banning parties for two-weeks among other measures, as Portage County rose to a red risk level.

  New, affordable high speed internet access being installed in 5 Cleveland neighborhoods

Digital C is a non profit working to install affordable high speed internet in five Cleveland neighborhoods.

Cleveland schools CEO on reopening in November: ‘We have not made a decision yet’

  Whirlpool donates washer and dryer to Cleveland charter school because access to clean clothes isn’t available to everyone unfortunately

COVID-19 positive staff member at Big Creek Elementary School, district says

  Akron-area school officials asking drivers to slow down, watch for students collecting meals

H. R. Walker Elementary School closed Friday due to COVID-19 case

  Cleveland Public Library offers various programs including tutoring to enhance student learning

Nearly 10,000 Ohio children have been infected with COVID-19; new dashboard shows data for schools, kids

For the first time since the start of the health crisis, the Ohio Department of Health has designated a data dashboard for COVID-19 cases in children and schools.

CMSD awarded $13.7 million after Ohio Department of Education’s funding failure

A Franklin County court said the Ohio Department of Education has to pay Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo city school districts $42 million.

Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Schools announces COVID-19 positive employee

The school is going through the contact tracing process with help from the Ashland County Health Department.

  School of Innovation 6th-graders moving online after student tests positive for COVID-19, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools says

The district has reported three positive cases of COVID-19.

Walsh Jesuit students face expulsion from Cuyahoga Falls school if they don’t admit to attending party

Officials from Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls have warned students that they could be dismissed if they are not honest about attending a large house party.

  Geneva native donates customized safety dividers to students in Geneva Area City Schools

Louie DeJesus donated more than 5,000 personal protection dividers to students in the Geneva-Area City School District.

  Coronavirus complicating already challenging situation of finding substitute teachers

Coronavirus has created new problems for school districts -- longer teacher absences, substitute teachers worried about going to class -- with Ohio lessening requirements for becoming a substitute teacher during a teacher shortage

Classes to continue at Oakwood Middle School after positive COVID-19 case

Plain Local Schools Superintendent Brent May said he's confident in the safety procedures put in place.

  Bay Village schools return to in-person learning

After two weeks of e-learning, the doors at Normandy Elementary in Bay Village are back open, and parents are sending their students back into the classroom.

  Northeast Ohio school nurses face more responsibilities, expanded roles during COVID-19 pandemic

School nurses are dealing with additional demand and responsibilities this school year to cope with the COVID-19 response.

Coventry Schools quarantines 9 staff members, moves 2nd grade online after positive COVID-19 test

The school said its goal is returning 2nd graders to the classroom by Sept. 22.

  COVID-19 positive Miami University students throw party, Oxford Police Department says

The young man told an officer that everyone at the party had coronavirus.

More staff members at Mentor elementary school test positive for coronavirus

As a result of the recent infections, remote learning for all Hopkins Elementary School students will be extended through at least Monday, Sept. 21.

  Hackers shut down first day of Toledo Public Schools’ online classes

Most students were out of school beginning at noon Tuesday.

  Northeast Ohio school districts have varying success as remote learning begins for students

Certainly, there were day one problems for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as they tried to navigate beginning a school year educating about 37,000 students online, and district CEO Eric Gordon is asking parents to have patience as they work out the issues.

Bay Village Schools offering in-classroom learning for the first time this semester the week of Sept. 14

The superintendent said in-building mode will be guided by a “Slow Launch Start,” which is a process that brings back up to half of the students in-building at one time to allow teachers to work with smaller groups and to supervise safety protocols.

  Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s first day: Important updates on virtual learning

CMSD CEO Eric Gordon will be live on 19 News' streaming platforms throughout Tuesday.

  Final distribution of technology to happen this week for Cleveland Metropolitan School District students

Remote classes begin Tuesday, September 8.

Mentor elementary school principal and teacher test positive for COVID-19

Mentor Public Schools confirmed a Hopkins Elementary School teacher and their principal tested positive for COVID-19 over Labor Day weekend.

  John Carroll University having students learn remotely for rest of fall semester due to COVID-19

The decision comes after the university started classes on Aug. 31 virtually without allowing any students to move onto campus.

  Lakewood computer shop seeing shortage in laptops as more students switch to online learning

The manager E-Tech Computers in Lakewood is struggling to keep up with the high demand for laptops.

Ohio governor issues new order defining how parents, schools will report COVID-19 infections

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order on Thursday that outlines how parents and schools should report coronavirus infections during the academic year.

  Q&A with Cleveland schools’ CEO about technology and training challenges

19 News is following up with Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s CEO as the first day approaches.

  Masks, distant desks and lots of hand sanitizer: A look inside a Northeast Ohio school during the COVID-19 pandemic

Painesville City Local Schools show the changes they made for this school year.

Cleveland Schools CEO talks about digital access, says devices ’still arriving’ week before online school year

"We have to solve this problem permanently," Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon said.

Governor believes increase in Ohio COVID-19 cases could be linked to return of schools, colleges

The 24-hour increase in reported coronavirus cases is the highest it has been in over a month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Tuesday.

  Cuyahoga Falls City Schools works with Local 1 to keep bus drivers working, students safe

Cuyahoga Falls City Schools are doubling up drivers on buses to help with safety protocols and keep drivers employed during distance learning.

  Surge in teacher retirements across Ohio could increase as year progresses

Teacher retirements have doubled in Ohio, according to the State Teachers Retirement System.

  Tools and apps to keep kids motivated and on track during virtual learning

Families in Northeast Ohio are using tools and apps to help keep kids motivated and on track during virtual learning.

  Akron School Board to revisits decision to postpone fall sports during special meeting Monday

The Akron school board will revisit its decision to postpone fall sports for nine weeks with a special board meeting tonight at 5:30 after pressure from some parents

Windham Junior High, High School move to remote learning after positive Covid case

The first two weeks of classes will be online.

  Solon City Schools employee tests positive for COVID-19

The school is launching a COVID-19 dashboard.

  Same game but much different as Ohio high school football season kicks off

Ohio's high school football season kicks off with limits on fans, only one marching band per game, and concession regulations.

  Ohio teachers get free virtual suicide prevention training for distance learning

Ohio teachers have access to free online on demand suicide prevention training

Akron Public Schools officials holding special meeting to discuss fall sports

Earlier this month, board members suspended all sports, practice and extracurriculars until Oct. 1.

Ohio schools will be required to inform public about COVID-19 cases in students, faculty members

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order during Thursday’s COVID-19 briefing detailing how schools will report COVID-19 cases in students and teachers to the community.

How will teachers protect themselves, students during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Tune in for our Q&A with Rachel Gutter, President of the International WELL Building Institute.

  Mayfield City Schools: Girls soccer player tests positive for COVID-19, season suspended

Earlier this week, Mayfield High School had eight volleyball players and two football players test positive for COVID-19.

  Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon answers questions about current school year

Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, will speak to 19 News’ Chris Frye live on Wednesday to answer your back-to-school questions.

  Independence company finds creative way to support employees as their kids begin online learning

Another local company is getting creative to make sure their employees have the support they need as the school year begins.

2 Mayfield High School football players test positive for COVID-19, season suspended ‘until further notice’

Earlier this week, eight Mayfield High School volleyball players tested positive for COVID-19.

  Back-to-school not back to normal for Cleveland school supply company

A local school supply company has pivoted again, first making PPEs, now planning a teacher giveaway and moving much of its production from China to the United States

  ’PCs for People’ providing laptops, internet access to low income students in Cuyahoga County

PCs for People is providing thousands of laptops and WiFi hotspots to low-income families in Cuyahoga County.

Student at Wayne County Schools Career Center tests positive for coronavirus

The Career Center remains open for classes.

  New safety feature on Parma school buses installed to prevent drivers from passing during stops will damage vehicles

Parma City Schools is adding extended arms to some of their school buses to prevent drivers from passes buses during stops.

  Ohio State: 80 students and 12 faculty/staff test positive for COVID-19

The Ohio State University today published aggregate test results from its comprehensive COVID-19 testing program and unveiled a data dashboard that will be updated weekly to inform the public about test results and other information about the university’s COVID-19 status.

Parma City Schools to begin classes remotely, allow athletics

Classes in Parma City School District will be remote until September 25. Sports will continue.

  Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland offering virtual learning support in Northeast Ohio

Many Northeast Ohio schools are starting the school year with virtual learning.But many parents who have to return to work, can’t stay home with their children.

  Back-to-school flu shots provide big benefit in fight against Covid-19, Northeast Ohio pharmacist says

Discount Drug Mart says getting flu shots will prevent hospitalizations from flu, and free up health care resources to fight COVID-19.

  Students at Plain Local Schools begin new year with in-person and online learning

Plain Local Schools students begin their school year with a mix of online and in-person learning.

Lake Ridge Academy reopens for 2020 school year

The Academy is on 93-acres.

Shaker Heights High School fall sports competition to return Sept. 1

The Athletic Department made the decision to postpone sports competition on Aug. 14.

  North Olmsted football team in quarantine after varsity player tests positive for COVID-19

A letter sent out to families of football players, cheerleaders, and marching band members said the district canceled the opening game scheduled for Aug. 28 due to the 14-day quarantine.

  Akron Public Schools, CMSD provide pick up times for students on free meal plans during distance learning

School districts are working with their food service staff to make sure that kids who get free breakfasts and lunches at school, still get those meals during distance learning.

In-person or online? Parma City Schools debating 2020 school year

Cuyahoga County's COVID-19 threat level lessened in severity Thursday. What does this mean for the school year?

3 Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District employees test positive for COVID-19

The employees work at Fairfax Elementary School.

New guidance: Teachers could stay in classroom if exposed to COVID-19

New guidance from President Donald Trump's administration that declares teachers to be “critical infrastructure workers” could give the green light to exempting teachers from quarantine requirements after being exposed to COVID-19 and instead send them back into the classroom.

Ohio governor’s Covid-19 regulations for sports: Masks, limited crowds and social distancing required

These protocols apply to all Ohio sporting events until the Ohio Department of Health Director says differently.