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WATCH: Safely Back to School — a News 5 Special Report

Posted at 3:07 PM, Aug 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-31 10:42:06-04

CLEVELAND — On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., News 5 reporters, investigators and photojournalists presented a half-hour of special coverage about getting Northeast Ohio students back to school safely in the fall.

Watch the complete special in the video player below:

Safely Back to School - A News 5 Special Report

This special coverage covered recommendations and mandates from local districts, the continued digital divide in our communities, concerns from parents and teachers about the upcoming school year and more.

Segments included:

With the decision to mandate masks left to Ohio school districts, the mask debate rages on
Investigator Sarah Buduson looked at the new divide that has emerged over coronavirus prevention measures as children head back into classrooms for the 2021-2022 school year. Face masks - and whether to make them mandatory or optional - have sparked debates in school districts across Northeast Ohio.

Real talk from student and parent roundtable about COVID concerns, politics, and policies
With new concerns over COVID variants and debates about vaccines and masks, Investigator Jonathan Walsh heard from students heading back to class and their parents in two roundtable discussions.

Teachers look back on past year and share requests from parents, students heading into new school year
A trio of educators who teach totally different subjects, grades and come from different districts, spoke to News 5 about the challenges and changes that come with the upcoming school year.

Local school districts outline new features on school buses to keep students safe and parents at ease
With many kids heading back to the classroom this week, reporter Jon Rudder found out what school districts are doing to ensure the kids are safe getting to and from school.

East Cleveland looks to bridge digital divide through empowerment, education, connection
It is one of the least connected cities in Ohio and it borders the least connected major city in America. The digital divide in East Cleveland, in many respects, is like a canyon. However, as the city heads back to school in the coming days, reporter Jordan Vandenberge learned that the divide is slowly closing not just for students, but their families as well.