Weekly Updates From Dr. Markwardt

February 19, 2021

Dear West Geauga Parents/Guardians:

Our district count of active COVID-19 cases remains low this week. As of this morning, we have just two active student cases and no active staff cases.

I have received a couple inquiries related to district plans for the week after Spring Break. I do NOT plan to convert to remote learning for our students who attend school in-person as we did following Thanksgiving weekend and Winter Break.

Several factors are influencing my decision:
  • Community COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are decreasing. 
  • The governor has made clear his expectation that schools offer in-person instruction beginning March 1 and the president has announced his goal that such in-person instruction should occur five days per week. 
  • Our staff members who received vaccines will have immunity by the resumption of school following Spring Break. They will have exceeded the two-week period following the second vaccine dose when immunization takes effect. 
The foregoing factors each contribute to my decision to resume in-person instruction for our in-person students immediately following Spring Break on March 29, 2021. (The 20% of our students whose families chose the online learning model for this school year will remain online for the balance of the school year.)

Please avoid situations that contribute to community spread of the virus over Spring Break. If your family comes into contact with the virus, please do not send your child back to school until you have clearance from the health department to do so. 

I am sending this communication related to Spring Break to you today because I know that some families wish to know if they will have the option of an additional week of Spring Break from a remote location. I'm not critical of that fact, but I want our community to know that West Geauga will NOT be converting to a week of remote learning after Spring Break so that families have ample time to plan accordingly.

Rich Markwardt 
Richard A. Markwardt, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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