The Canton City School District will return to in-person and hybrid instruction on Monday, December 7th, in all buildings (with the exception of Dueber, which returns on December 9th due to staffing issues).
At the December 3rd Board of Education study session, the district presented a plan for students to learn remotely for the first two weeks of January. This will again give everyone a chance to quarantine and protect the health and safety for everyone following a time when we cannot control the level of social distancing and preventative measures our students, staff, and families take over the break. This plan will be discussed again at length and the board will make its decision regarding the calendar at the December 14th meeting.
Stark County was elevated to level purple on the state alert system, which means that the spread of the COVID-19 is continuing to increase within the county. In anticipation of this scenario, we have had several discussions with city & county health officials to make sure our response to the pandemic is in line with federal, state, and local guidelines.
Even with our county moving into purple, our city department of public health believes that school is still the safest place for our students as long as we make sure our safety guidelines are followed by everyone.
So far in our district, 87% of staff and student absences related to COVID-19 are because of quarantines and not a positive test. To date, we do not have evidence of significant spread in any of our buildings (defined as more than 2 connected confirmed cases in a building).
This data confirms that our safety procedures are working. We remain committed to providing in-person learning as long as we can continue to mitigate the spread of the virus, and appropriately staff our buildings and classrooms.