Update on Start of School from Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd (8/28/20 8:15 PM)

Dear Bulldog Families,

On behalf of the school board and staff I want to thank you for your patience over the past several months. It has been a long journey to get us to this point in time.  While I recognize that not all families are fully supportive of our instructional model, it is important that you at least understand the rationale behind the decisions and know where we are headed. 

Over the past several weeks I have been monitoring the data that has come from the Governor’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Overall, the most recent set of data shows a positive trend. Our county COVID Advisory level, the number of new cases and the percent of positive testing are all at levels that allow for a safe and responsible restart in person. Listed below are the main numbers that I’ve been watching:

 

 

Aug 7

Aug 14

Aug 21

Aug 29

CuyCo COVID Level

Level 3

Level 3

Level 2

Level 2

Positive New Cases from Previous Week in Cuyahoga County

699 (fewer)

621 (fewer)

591 (fewer)

529 (fewer)

% Testing Positive

5.4%

5.0%

4.0%

4.3%

Source: Cuyahoga County Board of Health https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

 

Based on the trends, I’m happy to say that we will start the 2020-2021 school year in a Hybrid Model. Our staff is pleased that we will be able to provide in-person instruction for our students. While it is not in-person learning 5-days per week, it does represent the first steps towards a typical school day. 

While I suspect that families will have questions about their students’ schedules, I thought it important to make families aware of our start so that you can begin planning. Please know that there are a number of final details that we are working through. With Monday being a holiday, we may need to make a schedule adjustment to the first week of school. Specific communication will be forthcoming from each school principal by September 3rd. I would ask that you wait until you receive further details directly from the building level before reaching out with questions.

For those who have indicated they will be using OFCS bus transportation to and/or from school on their in-person days, the OFCS Transportation department will be sending bus information via e-mail by Friday, September 4th.

Thank you again for your continuing patience and understanding.  We are looking forward to welcoming our students back into the buildings.

Have a good weekend.

Sincerely,

 

Jim

 

Dr. Jim Lloyd

Superintendent for the Olmsted Falls City School District

26937 Bagley Rd.

Olmsted Township, OH 44138

Phone: 440-427-6000

Twitter: @OFCSSuper

Web: www.ofcs.net 

 





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