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CMSD, teachers union agree to return to school on Wednesday

Posted at 9:38 PM, Mar 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-08 21:38:35-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metropolitan School Districts and Cleveland Teachers Union have agreed to return to school buildings on Wednesday.

Students will begin hybrid learning on Friday.

The announcement comes after the Cleveland Teachers Union raised issues about health and safety concerns.

“Our buildings are safe, and the District has taken every precaution possible to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff,” said CEO Eric Gordon.

"We are all looking forward to welcoming back students whose families have chosen a return to in-person instruction,” said Cleveland Teachers Union President Shari Obrenski. “Based on the amount of progress that was made since Thursday, we are confident that our school district is ready to move to hybrid learning.”

Last Thursday, more than 500 elected leaders of the union voted to postpone a return to schools until concerns about ventilation in each classroom and adequate COVID-19 mitigation supplies were addressed.

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