August 6, 2020
Dear Parents / Caregivers:
I continue to be thankful and appreciative of the ongoing support of our staff and community. At the end of last week, I shared with our community that Cuyahoga County Health Department issued a recommendation that schools open in a remote environment and cancel all extracurricular activities including sports. I also explained that our District is split between Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties and we needed to take the time to conduct our due diligence around the recommendation specific to our plans for opening.
Last night, I shared with our Board of Education my recommendation to continue to move forward in a hybrid model. If you would like a full explanation of this decision, I would recommend watching the Board meeting at the following LINK
. This decision was made by evaluating feedback from both Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties as well as evaluating data locally.
We continue to understand that this is a very personal decision for each family. Therefore, if you have an interest in changing your decision regarding returning in a Hybrid or Remote model this can be done until Monday, August 10 at 8 a.m. Please reenter Final Forms at this LINK
and change your selection. It is our intent to move forward with staffing and planning to support our students both in a Hybrid and Remote model. The only factors that would impact this decision prior to opening are as follows:
An order by the Governor to move to remote learning
A significant outbreak of COVID-19 locally
A change in the State of Ohio Advisory Model in Geauga and / or Cuyahoga Counties
A recommendation from the Geauga County Health Department to open in remote learning.
It is important that we all realize we have a collective responsibility to protect each other during this public health crisis. I encourage all of our families to implement and encourage the basic principles of mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing. These very simple measures implemented pervasively throughout our community can make a difference and will likely be the most significant factor in our ability to educate students in person.
Thank you for your continued support.
Robert W. Hunt, Ph.D.
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools
The arrival of COVID-19 in March has significantly impacted all of our lives. We are all continuing to adjust to our new normal as this situation evolves in our community, state and nation. However, what has not been impacted is at the foundation of what makes this community and School District special. When a crisis arrives, we come together to support each other and that is exactly what I have witnessed from our students, staff and parents as we have engaged in conversation about the reopening of schools. This will have to continue as we move forward into the school year.
The "At a Glance" document, linked here, provides you with a general overview of the Chagrin Falls Schools' learning models that are in place for next year as well as directions on how to register your student(s) by July 31st, 2020. There is a chance we could be operating in all three of these models at some point during the 2020-21 school year. This introduction is intended to provide enough information for families to make an initial selection of a learning model that fits their circumstances and begin planning. A more comprehensive document, entitled Chagrin Falls Back to School Guide, will be shared in August with parents and staff.
As of today, our intention is to open school with two options for our students, a hybrid half-day model OR Chagrin Falls Virtual Academy. We are asking our parents to commit to one of these options for the first semester (grades 7-12) or first trimester (grades K-6). We understand the disruption this causes for families and we will be evaluating the possibility of offering a Learning Lab for parents that are significantly impacted by the half day model due to work commitments. This decision can only be made after we understand model selections by families.
This decision to open in a hybrid model has been made after reviewing research, consulting with experts, evaluating survey data and working internally with educators on what would be best for our students. We believe this provides us with the ability to safely reintegrate students and staff. We also believe this provides the opportunity to best mitigate the risk factors associated with the spread of COVID-19 to hopefully remain in school. It is our goal to get all students and staff back this school year. We believe this reentry is an important step in that direction. The Chagrin Falls Back to School Guide will provide guidance on the matrix we will be utilizing to evaluate if our delivery model will be changing and the potential timelines if a transition were to occur. We appreciate your continued support and efforts.
All families must complete this registration form by July 31, 2020.
Thank you for your continued support.