Cleveland Metropolitan School District prepares to release coronavirus school plan; here are the changes to expect


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The Cleveland Metropolitan School District announced Tuesday that it will outline its coronavirus safety changes by July 24.

The first day of school for Year-Round students will be on Monday, August 24, with students in all other CMSD schools starting Tuesday, September 8.

That’s about two weeks later than initially planned.

Before the full plans are announced, we have some insight as to what changes are coming, based on a CMSD document called “Anticipated Changes for the 2020-2021 School Year.”

Included in that document are areas they’ve been looking at that will need to change due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus.

Here are a few of those items:

  • Schools will not be able to transport 40-50 students on a bus
  • No class sizes larger than 25
  • Extra time for staff and educators to sanitize
  • Lunchroom changes, due to the large number of students that typically eat in the cafeteria

They are looking at “hybrid learning” options, that may mean only part-time in-person learning.

CMSD also says they’ll make decisions based on the Ohio Department of Health alert system that indicates coronavirus risk.

Cuyahoga County is at a Level 3 and on the cusp of becoming a Level 4.

Level 3 requires masks in public.

Level 3 means a county has 4 to 5 indicators triggered.

Five counties were added to Level 3 of the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System on Thursday. It's the state's system for determined coronavirus risk.
(Image courtesy: Ohio Governor’s Office)

Level 4 is 6 to 7 indicators.

Those indicators are:

  • New cases per capita
  • Sustained increase in new cases
  • Proportion of cases not congregate cases
  • Sustained increase in emergency room visits
  • Sustained increase in outpatient visits
  • Sustained increase in new COVID-19 hospital admissions
  • ICU bed occupancy

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