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Shaker Heights Schools to begin year remotely; all extracurriculars suspended until further notice

Superintendent David Glasner
Posted at 5:13 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 17:48:47-04

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — All Shaker Heights schools will begin the school year remotely on Monday, Aug. 31, and all in-person athletic practices, events and conditioning are suspended immediately until further notice, Superintendent Dr. David Glasner announced Friday.

Glasner announced the district’s latest back-to-school plan via a Facebook Live video after the Cuyahoga County Board of Health issued official guidance that all public school districts in the county begin the school year remotely.

The goal, Glasner said, is to return students to the classroom as soon as possible, but he expects the district will be remote learning for at least a quarter and will reevaluate at that time.

“We know that the COVID-19 spread in our community and in our state continues to present a high level of risk for our students. And so we’re making this decision with those numbers and that data in mind,” Glasner said.

The district will align their decisions on the guidance from local, state and federal health authorities.

The plan to start the school year remotely will include the district’s pre-K students, Glasner said.

While extracurricular activities are suspended, instruction in band, orchestra, choir, art and drama will continue remotely and virtual extracurricular activities will be offered to students, Glasner said.

The next summer update will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m., and the next Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.

You can watch Glasner’s video update below, and head to shaker.org for more information.