Following the extension of Governor Mike DeWine’s order that all Ohio schools will be closed until at least May 1, 2020 to decrease the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, Cleveland Transformation Alliance has shifted its efforts to support Cleveland families in a variety of new ways.
More than just a disruption to learning, we recognize that closing schools means Cleveland students are disconnected from their normal routines, trusted child care providers, healthy meal programs and social support networks, adding to the uncertainty and stress of potential health concerns and work-related issues that families may be facing.
In light of this, we are collaborating with a variety of community partners and information sources to provide resources and information that may be useful to parents/students/families affected by school closures. This list will be updated regularly as more information becomes available. You can access the COVID-19 resource page here.
If we help ensure the basic needs of our students and their families are met, then we can begin to consider ways to continue learning at home. We are proud to support the committed public educators, both district and charter, who have pivoted quickly to connect with their students in innovative ways.
CMSD Superintendent Eric Gordon and Cleveland Schools Book Fund director Sharon Brown collaborated with Scholastic Books as soon as closures were announced to ensure that any Cleveland child who picked up lunches could also choose from a variety of free books.
Principals from our community partners at Breakthrough public schools offered the following suggestions to make things simple for families concerned about home-based education:
Fourth-grade Campus International School teacher Miles Bubbett took to Youtube to share a “global connectedness message” with his students, something we all understand a little more now that the whole world is facing COVID-19 together and in different ways.
Have you seen other examples of dedicated Cleveland educators supporting and connecting with their students during the school shut down? Are there resources you’d like to see added to our Family Resource Page? Let us know!