Lakewood Schools Plan Return To In-Person Learning

LAKEWOOD, OH — The Lakewood City Schools could return to partial or full-time in-person learning starting Oct. 19.

The district’s education model will be determined by Cuyahoga County’s COVID-19 transmission classification. If the Ohio Department of Health classifies the county as “yellow,” then Lakewood Schools will have full-time in-person education. If the COVID-19 threat is “orange,” then there will be a partial return of in-person education.

“We know that there may be concern regarding the safety of this return so we wanted to share the extensive safety protocols we have developed in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health that can be viewed on our COVID-19 Building Safety Protocols page,” school officials said on the district website.

According to the district, the new health and safety protocols in schools include:

  • Health assessment, including temperature, at home before entering school

  • Face coverings required for staff and students

  • Physical distancing guidelines followed with 6′ separation for partial return when possible and 3’ for a full return

  • Hand sanitizer available in every classroom

  • Cleaning supplies to sanitize work areas will be available throughout the day

  • Lunchroom space expanded to other areas if necessary

  • Water fountains closed – students will be able to bring water bottles and filling stations will be available

  • No visitors or volunteers

  • No shared student supplies

  • One-way hallways/stairwells when possible

  • No field trips

  • No large group student events

  • No access to student lockers (students will be able to carry backpacks)

  • In addition to their daily/weekly checklist, custodial staff to use daily log for facility/restroom cleaning/disinfecting of high touch surfaces using CDC/EPA-approved disinfectants throughout all shifts

  • HVAC modifications: reduction of recirculated air, increase of outside air supply & installation of higher MERV-rated air filters.

Families can also opt to continue remote education for their student. To learn more about registering for continued remote education, visit the district’s website.

This article originally appeared on the Lakewood Patch

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