Important School Year Update
Dear Copley-Fairlawn Families,
I hope this letter finds all of our families well! During the summer months, our central office and building administrators have been meeting multiple times per week to plan for the coming school year. Each building has a social distancing team that has helped to plan out the endless number of scenarios that we may face during the coming school year. We have met with parents via Google Meet and have happily worked hard to answer the countless emails and phone calls over the concern for our eventual return to school. We have also met weekly with multiple administrative groups from across the state as well as with local health officials.
Local health officials shared with me this week that there is an expectation for a spike in COVID-19 cases during September. Additionally, there is opinion from health officials that as we move into October and the onset of flu season, we will experience an increasing chance for serious illness. Most recently, five area schools have shut down one or more athletic programs due to positive COVID-19 cases.
I am very aware of the importance of in-person learning, student-teacher contact, the importance of social interaction with peers in school and during extra-curricular activities. It concerns me deeply that our students are missing out on these interactions and growth experiences.
I have communicated on a regular basis with the Summit County Health Department. I plan to recommend to our Board of Education that Copley-Fairlawn provide remote learning by CFCS teachers for our students for at least the first nine weeks of the school year. The Health Department is in full support of this decision. We would like to provide an opportunity for our students to meet their teacher(s) and pick up curricular materials during the week of August 24th. A schedule from our building principals will be forthcoming. This schedule will provide an opportunity for students to meet their teacher(s) and learn about the schedule and process for remote learning for the first quarter, including daily and weekly schedules. I know that some families would still like to commit to the first semester or the entire school year at home. The Copley-Fairlawn Schools Virtual Academy is still an option for those families.
This is a very difficult decision and I know there will be many who may agree and many who may disagree. No part of this is ideal. Please understand this path has been chosen with the health and safety of our students and staff as the top priority.
Additional information will be coming next week. Thank you.