COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirty-five Cuyahoga County public and private schools and districts sent forms to the Ohio Department of Education declaring they’ll have blended learning if necessary due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
This is up 14 from last week. Beachwood is the only Cuyahoga school district that hasn’t declared a plan for blended or online learning.
Tuesday was the deadline for sending the Ohio Department of Education declarations of blended learning, which means students will spend a minimum of 51% of the time in the classroom this school year and the remaining time learning at home.
Schools may be faced with blended learning, enrolling kids online schools or tacking additional days onto the end of the school year if there is a COVID-19 outbreak or exposure and the people exposed were nor not vaccinated or wearing masks. If schools did not submit plans for online or blended learning, students will not have instruction if they are forced to quarantine or classes are canceled.
Although there is no statewide school mask or vaccine mandate, the state’s guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year say that people in the K-12 setting should quarantine at home and not participate in extracurricular activities if exposed and not wearing a mask or vaccinated. They can return to school and activities after seven days if they have received a negative coronavirus test that was performed at least 5 days after exposure.
Kids or adults who test positive for the coronavirus need to isolate at home for at least 10 days from the date of the positive test, according to the recommendations.
These are the new schools, private schools and districts that sent the state a declaration of blended learning in the past week:
-Bay Village City
-Cuyahoga Heights Local
-Maple Heights City
-North Olmsted City
-North Royalton City
-Rocky River City
-St. Martin de Porres High School
-St. Leo the Great School
-St. Mary Byzantine
-St. Mary of the Falls School
The following Cuyahoga County schools had previously declared they would have blended learning: Bedford City, Berea City, Brecksville-Broadview Heights City, Brooklyn City, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Cleveland Municipal, Diocese of Cleveland, Eleanor Gerson School, Euclid City, Fairview Park City, Flex High School of Cleveland, Garfield Heights City, Lakewood City, Parma City, Polaris Career Center, Richmond Heights Local, Shaker Heights City, Solon City, Strongsville City and Warrensville Heights City.
Beachwood City School District, which has a mask mandate, did not declare it was going to do blended learning. Nor did East Cleveland City and Olmstead Falls, although each are opening an online school.
Unlike blended schools, if a district sets up an online school, it’s considered permanent and intended to last beyond the pandemic.
Fifty-one percent of the learning is expected to occur at home with an online school.
The legislature is requiring online schools to provide students a computer and internet access at no cost, as well as filtering software that protects against online materials that are “obscene or harmful to juveniles.” The school would have to maintain a learning management system tracking the time students participate in online and offline learning.
Seventeen districts in Cuyahoga County received permission from the Department of Education to run online schools. Only four districts are new since last week, because the deadline to get forms into the state for this school year was July 1.
These are the newly approved districts with online schools:
Previously, the following districts had been approved to operate online schools: Berea City, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City, Cleveland Municipal, East Cleveland City, Euclid City, Olmsted Falls City, Richmond Heights Local, Solon City, South Euclid-Lyndhurst City, Strongsville City and Warrensville Heights City.
Independence Local Schools, which last week had been approved to run an online school, switched to instead declare it would have blended learning.
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