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Superintendent Message | October 15, 2020

Last Updated: 10/17/2020 2:08 PM

Dear Black Tiger Families:

Over the past few weeks, our Black Tiger community has expressed the desire for our students to return to school in-person. First, I want you to know I hear you, and deeply appreciate your thoughts. Additionally, on the advice of Summit County Public Health, we are no longer following the state’s color-coding system to make educational delivery decisions.  The reason for the change is two-fold. First, the color-coding system can change rapidly which would cause confusion.  Second, the evidence suggests there is little to no community spread in the schools.

Therefore, to best serve you, we are in the process of gathering information from our families, staff and community to explore possibilities we are considering. We created two surveys – one for families of K-5 students, the other for families of 6-12 students.

The K-5 survey asks one question:

  • If we were to return to K-5 in-person instruction five days per week, would you prefer:
  • Option #1: K-5 students would attend school in-person, five days a week (date to be determined).
  • Option #2: Students would attend our Black Tiger Remote Learning Academy (fully online).

The 6-12 survey asks for your comfort level with three different scenarios:

  • Scenario #1: 6-12 students return to in-person instruction five days per week utilizing a traditional schedule
  • Scenario #2: 6-12 students would attend school according to the current in-person hybrid schedule but all day instead of leaving the building at lunch.
  • Scenario #3: 6-12 students would remain in the current in-person hybrid schedule

Both surveys can be found on this email, ClassDojo, Remind, and on our “Return to School” 2020 portion of the district website herePlease complete and return this survey by Friday, October 23rd.

Please note that any switch from Option 1 to Option 2 or Option 2 to Option 1 will not take place until second semester which begins January 4.  The reason for this is the staffing, transportation and scheduling changes that need to take place due to the shifts.

Ultimately, we want to increase our in-person instruction for students, as we believe this is the most effective environment for learning. However, t
he health, safety and well-being of the students and staff at Cuyahoga Falls City Schools will remain our top priority as we move through the 2020-21 school year together.

On a positive note, we received some great news regarding our new 6-12 building project. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission gave us the green light to access our portion of the funds, over $80.6 million. As a result, we are in the process of selecting an architect of record and construction manager by mid-December, with a project kick-off in early 2021.

As a district, we always embraced our vision as being “the hub of the community”. The new 6-12 campus will be a living embodiment of our vision – creating opportunities for us to both revitalize learning and transform our community.

Finally, if you haven’t already, we encourage you to please exercise your right to vote now through Tuesday, November 3rd. There are a variety of important state and national issues on the ballot – including Issue 36, our Renewal Levy that generates almost 10% of our annual operating revenue. It is a renewal, and is NOT a tax increase. Please visit our website for levy facts and information regarding this issue.

In the meantime, please continue to practice healthy habits (masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing) to help maximize the chance that we can return in-person soon.

Be well, stay safe and as always - Go Black Tigers!

Dr. T.M. Nichols


Cuyahoga Falls City Schools