COVID & The Classroom

  In their own words: Students share their concerns ahead of an unusual school year

The 2020-2021 school year is almost certain to be one of the most unique academic experiences for students in greater Cleveland.

John Carroll University delays on-campus learning and living for fall semester due to COVID-19

  Fairview Park mom utilizes autism scholarship program to help with son’s at-home learning

  Some parents are turning to tuition insurance to protect their college investment from Covid-19

  Olmsted Falls parents push for in-person learning, but calls fail to sway board of education

  Homeschooling may grow in popularity as pandemic drags on

  Cases of coronavirus in children on the rise in Ohio and the US

Continued Coverage

  Cleveland Metropolitan School District: How did it prepare for this school year?

  Limited or no internet access is a painful reality for some students in Cleveland

  Brunswick custom packaging company pivots to create product to keep kids safer in the classroom

  What will Ohio safety drills look like when students return to in-school learning?

  Longtime Northeast Ohio teacher explains decision to retire early and find new job amid pandemic

  Ohio sales tax free weekend kicks off on Friday

  Rocky River parents sign petition to reopen schools

An online petition has gained over 800 signatures from parents and guardians calling to open Rocky River Schools in the Fall. The school board met Wednesday night and couldn’t come to an agreement on how to reopen schools in a few weeks.

Vermilion Local Schools moving to online instruction for first 9 weeks of semester

The same day the Erie County Health Department sent out recommendations that all schools in the county learn remotely for the first nine weeks, Vermilion Local Schools announced it would follow their guidelines.

Erie County Board of Health recommends K-12 schools teach virtually until Oct. 30

The ECBH also recommends school districts follow all current orders from Gov. Mike DeWine and the OHSAA for sports.

North Royalton City Schools moves to online learning, cancels all sports and extracurriculars to start semester

These changes will continue as long as Cuyahoga County is in the Red or Purple levels.

  Rocky River Board of Education considering the idea of a waiver to allow students to participate

  Ohio’s substitute teachers worried about finding work as many schools plan for remote learning

Bay Village Schools allows sports and extracurricular activities to resume

Operation Backpack: Northeast Ohio kids need your back-to-school donations on the Amazon Wishlist

  Great Lakes Science Center Learning Lab has capacity to help hundreds of school-aged kids each day

  Students returning to class this fall will be required to wear a mask under Ohio Gov. DeWine’s newest order

Mayfield Schools: Extracurriculars, athletic practices will resume

Mayfield Schools said they are following the Ohio Department of Health recommendation.

  Mobile schools considered as option during COVID-19 crisis for social distancing in the classroom

A local company, Apple Mobile Leasing, discusses using its portable buildings with districts as a way to keep students socially distanced during coronavirus

  Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education votes to disregard Cuyahoga County health officials’ advice on reopening

Breckville Broadview Heights City Schools vote to disregard Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s recommendation to go all virtual and cancel extracurricular activities

Bay Village parents, students and coaches plan protest to keep sports for kids this fall

Public schools in Lakewood, Parma, Shaker Heights, Westlake and elsewhere have canceled fall sports and in-person classes, after the Cuyahoga County Board of Health urged school systems to do so last week.

  Ashland face shield maker churning out equipment to meet surging demand

School is starting soon, and for those heading back to the classroom, it means they’ll need to be covered with a mask or a face shield.

  Cleveland disinfectant company targeting germs in hard-to-reach places in schools

It’s a way to make the back to school transition safer for students.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District creates video library to help answer back-to-school questions

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District created a video library answering many frequently asked questions to help ease concerns about starting the academic year remotely in the fall.

  North Royalton students, parents rally for fall school sports

North Royalton students and their parents rallied for fall sports and in-person classes.

Parma City Schools announces first 9 weeks of upcoming school year will be remote learning

The district also said all student-based extracurricular activities remain suspended.

Westlake City Schools to open virtually for upcoming school year; suspending sports and extracurricular activities

The district has also delayed band camp, which was suppose to start this week.

  Lakewood and Shaker Heights schools switch to remote learning a day after Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s warning on Covid-19 risks

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health announcement rippled through Northeast Ohio on Thursday, when medical officials urged school districts to suspend all extracurriculars and switch to remote-only learning.

  Cuyahoga County health officials defend push for online schooling, suspended extracurricular activities

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and members of the Board of Health addressed the area’s latest increase in COVID-19 cases and what steps are being taken to slow the spread of infection.

  North Ridgeville private school to take learning outside to bring kids back safely

Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville is using is vast 93 acre campus to bring learning outside when kids return to school.

  Solon-based tutoring service sees boost in clients as more parents look to home school kids

North Coast Education Services seeing boost in client are more parents chose to home school their kids in the fall.

  Parma schools cancel fall sports after Cuyahoga County Board of Health makes recommendations

Parma schools have canceled fall sports and extracurricular activities after the Cuyahoga County Board of Health made the recommendation for online classes to begin the school year.

Parma City School District suspends all student functions until further notice

The Parma City School District announced the suspension of all school functions, hours after the Cuyahoga County Board of Health recommended that education leaders cancel in-person extracurriculars and switch to virtual-only learning,

  Cuyahoga County Board of Health says schools should switch to fully virtual learning environment to begin the year

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health said Thursday that local schools should switch to fully virtual classroom environments to begin the year due to elevated risks posed by the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.

  Western Reserve Academy hopes to test for COVID-19 on campus

Western Reserve Academy in Hudson is preparing for the new school year.

  Cuyahoga County Board of Health working with districts on back-to-school plans

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health works hand-in-hand with local school districts to make sure kids are safe as they return to school.

Are face shields better than masks? One local doctor says so

A Tri-State doctor says cloth masks aren’t enough to keep teachers or students safe when they return to school in the fall.

  Ohio school districts are trying to show flexibility by individualizing school restart plans

If your head is spinning from the sheer volume of school reopening plans that are being introduced across Northeast Ohio, you are not alone.

Ohio’s child care centers allowed to return to full class size beginning in August

Child care facilities will be permitted to return to full class ratio beginning August 9, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday.

Ohio sales tax free weekend set for early August

Going back to school may look a little confusing right now, but students are still going to need supplies, whether they are in class or at home.

  Ohio virtual academies hiring teachers as interest skyrockets during pandemic

Enrollment at Ohio's established virtual academies are up 30-50% this school year.

  These are the steps to take if you want to homeschool your child in Ohio

Data from the state shows the number of homeschooled students in Ohio has gone up each year since 2012.

  Akron Public Schools will begin school year with virtual-only learning

After two weeks of deliberation, the Akron Public Schools Board of Education has voted to begin the year with virtual-only learning for its 21,000 students who are spread across 45 schools.

  Redlining is a problem in Cleveland for minorities, now more than ever because of COVID-19

Kendall Smith said there is a dire need for internet access in every household in the Cleveland area, especially now with COVID-19 in the picture.

  Akron Public Schools to give update on start of new academic year

The virtual school board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

  Show your young kids this 4 minute video before they go back to school, day care in Northeast Ohio

Ohio Guidestone is developing and sharing videos featuring puppets to help explain changes at school and daycare due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Lakewood mother connecting families who can support each other with child care when school starts

One Lakewood mom has turned into almost a middleman, trying to make asking for help a little easier.

  Lorain City schools announce September 8th as their back to school date

The Schools are starting back up on September 8th pushed back from the original August 18 start date.

Lorain City School District moves start date for classes to September 8th

The full draft of the district’s plan will be released at their upcoming joint Board of Education/Academic Distress Commission meeting on July 30 at 5 p.m.

Great Lakes Science Center creates Learning Lab to provide educational childcare amid COVID-19 pandemic

The program provides a safe and supportive environment for children to do their schoolwork virtually, do “non-screen” STEM-related activities, and meet new friends so they can continue to experience the emotional and social growth that comes with each new school year.

  Hispanic family in Cleveland to continue online schooling, even with new language barriers

Now, Elizabeth says her only way to help her sons is by using online translating services, such as Google Translate.

  Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s 1st 9 weeks 2020-21 academic year will be taught remotely

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s plans for the 2020-21 academic will be made public on Friday, according to CEO Eric Gordon.

CDC’s back-to-school guidelines encourages learning in classrooms amid coronavirus crisis

The CDC Director emphasized the importance of students going back to school in a classroom setting, despite changes such as the use of face masks and enforcement of social distancing.

  Cleveland Heights Teachers Union says district should go remote and avoid all in-person learning

The clock is ticking until the first day of school for students, and now one local teachers union is demanding that the kids don’t return to the classroom at all.

OHSAA releases recommendations for sports to return to play amid pandemic

As the fall sports season is quickly approaching, the OSHAA released their list of general Return to Play Recommendations for COVID-19, recommendations for individual sports, and the Acknowledgement and Pledge student-athletes will be given to sign in order to play in the pandemic.

  What recruiting looks like now to a Cleveland State University coach since coronavirus struck

Cleveland State women's basketball saw their season cut short by coronavirus and now their coach adjust to a new way of recruiting plus recovers from COVID

  Cleveland Clinic pediatrician and UH doctor share what supplies, conversations your children need to go back to school

Parents prepare for unprecedented school year with tips for sending kids back-to-school with coronavirus precautions

Changes recommended for Ohio high school football in the fall

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association says the changes will help "responsibly start Ohio high school football in the fall of 2020"

  Suggestions for safely reopening schools added to University Hospitals’ ‘Healthy Restart Playbook'

University Hospitals announced that a new section has been added to the Healthy Restart Playbook: Tips for safely reopening schools.

  Cleveland doctor: Vaccines down among children since the start of COVID-19 outbreak

New studies out show that child vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic have decreased since the start of the outbreak.

  Rocky River City Schools investing nearly $500k to make the air safer amid COVID-19 crisis

Rocky River School District investing nearly half a million dollars to make the air safer amid COVID-19 crisis

  North Royalton business owner hires tutor to help her employees’ kids on days they are not in school

The businesswoman and mom recognized if she’s going to keep her employees working, they’re going to need additional support this school year.

  Willoughby-Eastlake parents to make decision by Monday on online or all in class learning

Willoughby-Eastlake parents will decide Monday whether their children will go back to school online or in-class

  Parma City School District rolls out back-to-school plan with coronavirus precautions

The Parma City School District laid out its approach on how it plans to start the new school year and deal with the on-going public health threat of Covid-19.

Shaker Heights Schools: Younger children can go to class all week, as older students switch to hybrid learning

Shaker Heights Superintendent Dr. David Glasner, in a letter to parents and staff on Thursday, wrote that the district has finalized its 2020-21 school year plan.

Lakewood City School District releases reopening plans for upcoming school year

The school district is basing this on the Cuyahoga County alert system.

  Flexibility key in CMSD’s reopening plan to be released on July 24

The district has already scheduled the first day of school for students in year-round schools for Aug. 24, while the first day for all other students will be on Sept. 8.

Twinsburg schools plans virtual parent forums on reopening plans

The virtual forums are July 14 and July 16.

Strategy for reopening Ohio’s colleges, universities in fall during COVID-19 pandemic unveiled by Gov. DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled the state’s strategy for reopening colleges and universities for the fall semester during Thursday’s briefing in Columbus.

  CMSD CEO says district looking at online learning for all, in-class sessions for upcoming school year; Akron to focus on virtual learning, especially for high school students

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday unveiled public health guidance that will shape the upcoming school year, which begins on Aug. 17 for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

  UPDATE: ’Back to school’ guidelines unveiled by Gov. Mike DeWine Thursday

Guidelines for going back to school are expected from Governor Mike Dewine on Thursday.

  Akron Public Schools releases proposal for in-person classes to be held in fall

Akron Public Schools laying out their plan to help kids succeed and stay safe when they come back to school in the fall.