Good afternoon everyone,
I hope this email finds you well and ready to enjoy your weekend after what was a very long and different week for all of us. This update will contain some important information as move forward with remote instruction for our students.
I would like to begin by announcing that effective immediately I have put a pause on high school athletics until December 18, 2020 and on middle school athletics and practices until January 4, 2021.
Prior to December 18th, we will reassess the health of our district, athletes, coaches and our county in general and make the decision as to whether or not to return to competition.
This was a difficult decision to make, but one that was made in order to keep our student athletes, their families, and our staff safe. I understand this will disappoint many of you, but it is my hope that we can return to competition and return to in-person learning as soon as possible.
During two separate meetings today with the Portage County Health Department and the Cuyahoga County Health Department, we were told to expect an unprecedented surge in COVID cases, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions over the next few weeks.
While it is encouraging that a vaccine will likely be administered very soon (in the next few weeks to certain individuals), it is critical that we are on guard over the next several weeks and not leave our immediate family bubble. It is paramount we do this so that we can get back to school in person and offer the experiences our students deserve.
This is in our control, but we all must do our part. Please continue to mask up, socially distance yourself from others and do not gather outside of your family bubble.
I for one want to have our students and staff back where they belong.
Finally, as you know, the health departments are weeks behind in their reporting and contact tracing. Therefore, it is CRITICAL for all of you to report to us when your student (or staff member) is either confirmed positive or presumed positive.
We are required to report these numbers and this data will help us determine the overall health of our district. Also, if you are sick, STAY HOME.
In closing I want to give a shout out to all of our school community. Everyone has been doing a great job adapting to this new normal. I have been thoroughly impressed with our students, staff members, and our families. This hasn’t been easy, but if we continue to work together, we will get through this pandemic.
Have a super weekend and Go Rockets!
R. Michael Daulbaugh
Streetsboro City Schools