More school districts return to remote learning or require masks amid COVID surge

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(WJW) – As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge across Northeast Ohio, several local school districts are making some changes as students return from winter break.

Akron Public Schools

The Akron Public School District is aligning with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health as students return to the classroom on Jan. 4. The director of ODH recommends a continued focus on vaccines, as well as COVID testing, masking and monitoring symptoms to keep everyone safe while returning to school.

Berea City Schools

The Berea City School District is continuing its mandatory masks for students, staff and visitors through Jan. 28. Masks will be required in all district buildings. Masks are also required on school transportation.

Brecksville – Broadview Heights City Schools

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District will require everyone to wear masks in district buildings starting Jan. 3. Everyone must remain masked until Jan. 28.

Brooklyn City Schools

The Brooklyn City School District is requiring all students and staff to wear masks while indoors when they come back from winter break on Jan. 4. The district recognizes that some students may be unable to wear masks during the school day for medical or developmental reasons. Anyone with questions should contact their student’s principal.

Conneaut Area City Schools

Conneaut Area City Schools will begin remote learning Friday, Jan. 7 and return to the classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Crestline Exempted Village School District

Crestline School District students will learn remotely from Wednesday, Jan. 12 through Friday, Jan. 14.

Garfield Heights City Schools

Students and staff in the Garfield Heights City School District will wear masks until at least April 1 to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The district will continue monitoring data and communicate any changes to its safety protocols.

Mansfield City Schools

Students in grades 7-12 at Mansfield Senior High and Mansfield Middle School will switch to remote learning on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Nordonia City School District

Masks will continue to be required for all Nordonia students, staff, and visitors during school hours through January 23.

North Ridgeville City Schools

Beginning with our January return to school, all students and staff will be required to wear appropriate facial coverings while in all district buildings and on all school-provided transportation. This guideline is in place until Jan. 28. The district will communicate any adjustments as needed. 

Parma City School District

Beginning Monday, Jan. 3, the school district said all students and staff members must wear masks in all school and school-related activities and facilities. “We recognize and respectfully acknowledge that some of our families will not appreciate this protocol. However, we are erring on the side of research and strong guidance from many leading public health entities, including, most recently, the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Children’s Hospital Association.” Read more, here.

Ravenna School District

Beginning Monday, January 10, the school district has made the decision to go remote through Friday, January 21. “Due to family gatherings over the holidays, the Ohio Health Department and the CDC have both projected January 9 through the 15 as the timeframe for when the omicron variant cases are due to spike.” The district said the switch is meant to alleviate congregate settings such as classrooms and cafeterias.

Solon City Schools

The Solon City School District will continue mandating masks when students return Jan. 3. All students and staff must wear masks while indoors unless actively eating or drinking. The district will also intensify masking during lunch periods and require masks for extracurricular activities.

South Euclid – Lyndhurst Schools

Due to the rising number of COVID cases, the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District will do remote learning from Jan. 10 through Jan. 17. They plan for students to return for in-person learning on Jan. 18. They will continue to monitor COVID-19 data to see if that date needs pushed back. The district will provide meals to students for pick up during the remote learning period.

Strongsville City Schools

The Strongsville City School district is implementing a mask mandate from Jan. 3 – Jan. 14.

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