Dear Maple Heights Families, Community and Staff,
On Thursday afternoon Governor DeWine announced that Cuyahoga County has turned “red” in the Board of Health Public Health Advisory Color Code System. On Friday morning and into the afternoon I was able to participate in our weekly conference call with leaders from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) and the superintendents across Northeast Ohio.
The CCBH put out guidance in August recommending a safe school openings based on these color codes. In a “red” system they recommend remote schooling, and with a sustained rating of “orange” they recommend we could offer a hybrid face to face opening. For the past 8 weeks our county has been designated as “orange,” which led to our decision last week to begin preparing for a hybrid opening. During today’s conference call I received clarification from the Board of Health that their guidance regarding safe school openings based on color codes are still in effect, and that while they are always subject to change as they analyze new data, there is no intent to change those standards at this time.
After a great deal of additional discussion on today’s call, I am recommending that the Maple Heights City Schools remain in our current remote learning model for at least the 2nd nine week period. While the CCBH is not our only source of information to make this decision, it is and should be a major factor in this decision. As an educator, I rely on the advice from health care professionals when considering the health, safety and welfare of our students, their families and our staff. While I adamantly want to see our students physically back in our schools learning each day, I feel the obligation to err on the side of caution in my recommendation in dealing with a health pandemic with so many unknowns.
I am proud of our students, their families and our staff for the way they have all adapted to a remote learning format and for all of the hard work to keep a focus on student learning.
Dr. Charlie Keenan
Superintendent, Maple Heights City Schools