December 3, 2021
Dear Avon Lake Community,
I hope that all of our Avon Lake families had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. At this time of year it is always good to slow down and remember all of the things that we have to be thankful for in our lives.
For 20 months the COVID crisis has brought uncertainty into our homes and into our schools. Constant change has become the norm inside and outside our classrooms. Even with all of the uncertainty, I am so proud of all of the efforts that have been made by students, parents, and the Avon Lake City Schools staff. The education our students are receiving has remained exceptional throughout the pandemic and that is due to all of us working together as we battle through this crisis.
We all have hoped that by this time, December of 2021, we would be back to “normal” in our schools. Unfortunately, COVID is still affecting all of us daily. We have gotten this far by working together to mitigate the effects of COVID, and even though we are all tired of the pandemic, we need to continue to work together until this crisis is past.
We are all concerned with the current surge in COVID cases in Avon Lake City Schools. We monitor all cases in the classroom, in the school, and in the school district daily. We do not want any student to be sick. Our mitigation protocols are designed to not only reduce that chance of positive cases, but to also minimize the possibility of “spread” occurring from positive cases in the schools.
Our goals since the start of the pandemic have been to keep students and staff safe and to keep students in the classroom, in front of teachers, in person. Again, we should all be proud of what we have done to meet these goals. Few school districts in the state have done what Avon Lake has done educationally in the past 20 months. As we move forward there are things we need to continue doing through the holidays and into the New Year as we weather this spike.
- Wash your hands
- Be careful when you are outside of school – most positive cases in Avon Lake and around Lorain County can be tracked to exposures outside of the school day.
- Masks are highly recommended – wear your mask correctly on the school bus and at school.
- Stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms that would indicate that you are sick. School Nurses will send students home who exhibit any symptoms indicating they may be sick.
Avon Lake City Schools will continue the safety protocols for cleaning, hand washing, and distancing.
Keeping students in school, in person and safe is worth the effort. If the current spike in COVID cases continues Avon Lake City Schools will not hesitate to add mitigation protocols. We are tired of COVID, but together we can tighten up our existing safety protocols to slow the current trend.
Change has been the only consistent factor for all of us since March of 2020. Our community continually rises to challenges and the COVID crisis is another example of Avon Lake stepping up to meet the needs of families. Thank you for everything you have done for the Avon Lake students and staff.
Bob Scott, Superintendent