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Coronavirus vaccine distribution for school staff in Cuyahoga County could utilize ‘pods,’ but timeline in flux

Emily Bamforth, |

Cuyahoga County could roll out coronavirus vaccines to school teachers and staff in “pods,” similar to the system set up at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, where patients go through drive-thru bays to get the vaccine.

The system is efficient, Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan said, with about 1,000 vaccines distributed a day at the fairgrounds. Many school districts have offered spaces for vaccination to take place, but the board has to think of social distancing and masking precautions, as well as space, when picking where to conduct the vaccinations.

Akron Public Schools plans to opt-in to vaccine, in-person schooling

Emily Bamforth, |

Superintendent David James will need to assess how many staff are interested in the vaccine and communicate with the state the district’s intent to return to buildings after the vaccine.

James laid out a tentative schedule for return to buildings and for vaccination during a board meeting on Monday, but noted that these timelines will need to be “fluid” because of the uncertainty around vaccination rollout.

Akron Teachers Keeping Students Engaged In A Year Of Constant Change

Jenny Hamel, ideastream |

Learning isn’t easy for students or parents during a pandemic, with classrooms closed and lessons delivered remotely.

It’s not easy for teachers, either. In front of a computer screen instead of a classroom, they work to keep their often distracted students engaged, but not overwhelmed. They miss the interaction in-person schooling affords – the chance to help with emotional issues or simply to give and receive a reassuring hug.

And many teachers are parents themselves, teaching their students while also supervising their own children’s learning. It’s a lot.

Ideastream talked with four Akron Public Schools teachers about how they’re adapting to a year of massive change.

Cleveland Students To Continue Remote Learning Through Jan. 22

Annie Wu, ideastream |

In a recorded message to families Monday, CMSD CEO Eric Gordon said he’s concerned about an increase in COVID-19 cases following the winter holiday break.

“Public health experts anticipate this spike will continue to worsen through the holiday and into January, and possibly through February, before finally beginning to subside in early spring when COVID-19 vaccines are expected to begin reaching our communities,” he said.

School Districts Trapped Under State Control Until Further Notice

Tonisha Johnson, Spectrum News 1 |

It can be tough for K-12 students to perform well on assessments in a pandemic. “It doesn’t matter what district you’re in right now, it’s going to be difficult for anybody to have high achievement,” said Youngstown City Schools CEO Justin Jennings.

That’s why legislators agreed to alleviate the extra stress. They suspended state assessments this past school year and temporarily did away with state district report card grades. But Youngstown Academic Distress Commission (ADC) Chair John Richard said that decision left districts like Youngstown City Schools in a catch-22.

“With the pandemic, we have been a bit frustrated because of put a hold on the report cards, overall. And of course, for the commission to no longer exist, there has to be an overall grade on the state report card of a C, and then two subsequent years of a D or higher.”

That means they have no way to get from under state control because there’s no way to measure performance and improvement.

Poorest Students Avoided COVID Slide on NWEA Tests, Cleveland Data Show

Patrick O’Donnell, The 74 Million |

The Cleveland school district offers a look at the students most left out of the data from NWEA. A big caveat to the recent NWEA results was that they came mostly from white and affluent students, while poor, minority and disadvantaged students were underrepresented.


Rep. Tim Ryan honors Akron students for winning congressional app-design contest

Robin Goist, |

Sophomore Lucas Hacker and juniors Cameron Neuman and Jared Phavixay of the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School, an Akron public school, collaborated remotely to code their “STEM Hub” app, which is an extension for Google Chrome that organizes links and information for high school students and faculty.

Each year, students across the country compete in the contest by designing an app, and each participating congressional selects a winning app that will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol. This is the third year that a team from Akron’s NIHF STEM High School was won, according to the district.

Cleveland Heights Teachers Union, CH-UH Board of Education reach tentative agreement, avoiding strike


The Cleveland Heights Teachers Union and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education have reached a tentative agreement Wednesday, avoiding a strike. 

The pending strike was a response to the district’s unilateral imposition of a new contract that slashes retirement and health benefits, costing many members $3,000-5,000 a year in losses, according to the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union (CHTU).

According to a press release issued this afternoon, the parties involved negotiated overnight and into the morning, before “agreeing on important compromises for the good of our students and community.” 

Parents, teachers express concern about Ashland City School’s participation in COVID-19 evaluation

Ashland Source |

The district’s administration is allowing those who were in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case to opt into the study, and possibly skip the Center for Disease Control’s advised 14-day quarantining period following their first negative test.

“As a parent of a student who has not been enrolled in the study, every time someone consents to this study, my child’s risk of contracting COVID-19 increases, or at least, you can’t tell me that it doesn’t,” said parent and AU professor Diane Bonfiglo.  “The current science does not allow you to suggest that does not happen, and I did not consent to that.” 

The evaluation has not been approved by an Institutional Review Board, she continued. Such a process typically is required for research projects to ensure the protection of human subjects.

Cuyahoga County sees sharp spike in COVID-19 cases in the community and in schools


Cuyahoga County has reported a record surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the last week, recording about 1,000 new cases on Sunday alone.

“Across the board in our county, we’re seeing spread, so it was only a matter of time until we saw it in schools, and now we’re spiking,” said Suzanne Hrusch, who tracks coronavirus data at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH). The CCBH reports 640 Covid cases across 86 school buildings in the county, with a sudden surge in the last week.

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