Since our communication to you yesterday regarding our pending school closures, many questions have arisen. We hope the questions below give you some more clarity as we move forward with our new reality. We understand the difficulty this next three weeks will cause families but we must all do our part in keeping our community safe and healthy. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging time for everyone.
How is Lakewood City Schools making decisions?
Ohio schools continue to follow the directives of the Ohio Department of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Our Coronavirus Task Force meets daily and is in frequent contact with county health officials, Mayor George and leaders of our city’s private schools. Our task force consists of the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Operations, Manager of Operations, Director of Student Services, our District Nurse and the Communications Coordinator. Superintendent Barnes is also in daily consultation with Superintendents from across the state and country to assess and respond to new information. This is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to adjust and adapt.
When will schools open?
We do not know. Governor DeWine on April 20, 2020 extended the closure of school buildings through the rest of the academic year. The schools originally closed on March 17. The first extended closure period was to end on April 3, but the Governor then extended it to May 1. When announcing the new closure order on April 20, Gov. DeWine said he does not know what the status will be yet for opening schools in the fall.
Will students be required to do schoolwork during the closure?
Yes, please see our 60-Day Remote Learning Action Plan here for more details.
What do I do if my student's Chromebook needs repaired?
Call the Tech Department at 216-529-4088 and they can arrange an appointment to have it fixed. Tech Department will also have a repair station at the meal pickup sites of LHS, Garfield and Harding on Mondays and Thursdays.
What is the District doing for those students who receive free/reduced lunch and breakfast?
The District is distributing breakfast and lunch from Lakewood High School.and Gsrfield and Harding middle schools on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 am - noon for free/reduced lunch participants. Families will receive 3 days of meals for their students on Mondays and two days on Thursdays.
Will staff be reporting to work?
All staff will report to work on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. After those dates, staff will be reporting on an as-needed basis.
Will schools continue to be cleaned during the closure?
Yes, we will continue with the cleaning routine that was established at the beginning of this outbreak. That includes the use of antiviral disinfectants and electrostatic sprayers. Extra hand sanitization have been added or will be added and antiviral wipes are available for staff use upon request.
How do I talk to my child about coronavirus?
As public conversations around coronavirus COVID-19 increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19, and ways children can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
What can I do to help prevent COVID-19?
Please take the extra precautions that are recommended by the CDC, such as hand washing, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, and remaining at home as much as possible.
Again, we appreciate your partnership and patience, and will continue to provide information as new developments arise.