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Message to Families From Superintendent Kirby - March 6, 2021

March 6, 2021

Dear CH-UH Families,

It’s hard to believe that it is already March! Planning is underway for Quarter 4 and the close of the school year. The Elementary Reopening Planning Committee reconvened this week, and the secondary committee will meet next week. The committees include teachers, support staff, administrators, school nurses, and union representatives. They are discussing operations, student progress, and extended learning/summer opportunities for students. Next, they will share their information and recommendations with my reopening advisory committee.

Upcoming survey
Families have been sharing their feedback with me on the current learning model and their interest in returning to school in a more traditional, 5 day a week model, if that is possible. Beginning Monday, March 8, we will ask all PreK-12 families for feedback on hybrid learning thus far, as well as gauge interest in potential learning model adjustments for students in grades K-12 beginning sometime after April 6, the start of the fourth quarter. We are collecting this information so that we can have information from parents as an essential component of our planning process.

As always, any changes in the instructional model are pending Board of Education approval and all models would align with CDC health and safety guidance. We also would continue to maintain a remote learning option for students.

Vaccine round 2 is March 10
As a reminder, due to the District’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, March 10, both that day and Thursday, March 11 will be asynchronous learning days for all PreK-12 students. Please contact your child’s school principal if you have any questions.
 
Updates from the state
Yesterday evening, Governor Mike DeWine announced that when Ohio gets down to 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, all health orders will come off. As of Wednesday, the average was 179.6 cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. Citing masks’ effectiveness in reducing spread, DeWine indicated that the mask mandate will continue for now. Read more about this news on .

COVID-19 case summary for the week of March 1
Since Monday, March 1, we have received reports of 1 staff member and zero students testing positive for COVID-19. This case is reflected on the District’s . The county remains in Level 3 “red” alert level status in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. The released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday show that two of the seven indicators are currently met.

When staff and students who have been in District buildings test positive for COVID-19, we send notices to the families whose children attend the affected schools and to the staff members of those schools. We also post the notices on chuh.org and our District app, available for and . contains the process following a staff or student testing positive for COVID-19.

Finally, I wish the best of luck to the 12 members of the Heights High track team competing in the state indoor championship today! Two weekends in a row where our students are competing at the state level - I am so proud of these students. I’d also like to wish our school social workers a happy School Social Work Week which begins on Sunday. Thank you for an integral part of our school communities and for your steadfast dedication to our students.

All, please continue to stay healthy and safe, and enjoy the sunny weekend ahead!

Sincerely,
Superintendent Kirby

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