September 11 - Switch to Hybrid (Yellow) Model


September 11 - Switch to Hybrid (Yellow) Model

September 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The Rocky River City School District (RRCSD) will resume in-person/in-building learning on Monday, September 28, in the Hybrid (Yellow) Instructional Model.

Throughout Cuyahoga County, we have seen a sustained decline in COVID-19 testing positivity rates below 5-percent, a sustained decline in new cases over a one-month period, and a risk rating of Orange or below over multiple weeks. This indicates continued improvement in the metrics as they relate specifically to our health jurisdiction.

I want to thank the many parents/guardians, students, staff, Board of Education, community members and local medical professionals for their assistance, ideas, efforts and patience in helping us reach this point.  For the last six months, we have faced many challenges regarding COVID-19, used guidance and recommendations from local health officials, and reviewed local data  -- all with the goal of ensuring the health and safety of students, staff and the community, and returning to in-person learning.

Listed below, you will find information about the Hybrid (Yellow) Model, Online Learning Option B, district safety protocols and the district’s COVID-19 reporting site.


  • Information about the Hybrid (Yellow) Instructional Model can be found here.
  • AM/PM session times for each building are as follows:
    • Goldwood: 8:30am-11:14am & 12:46pm-3:30pm
    • Kensington: 8:00am-10:44am & 12:16pm-3:00pm
    • RRMS: 8:15am-11:00am & 12:30pm-3:15pm
    • RRHS: Maroon/White Schedule
  • Students with last names beginning with A, B, D, F, I, K, N, O, Q, S, U, V, W, Y will attend in-person/in-building classes during the AM session.
  • Students with last names beginning with C, E, G, H, J, L, M, P, R, T, Z will attend in-person/in-building classes during the PM session.
  • When students are not in-person/in-building, they will take part in online remote learning (Grades K-8) and independent learning (Grades 9-12).
  • Information regarding the Hybrid (Yellow) Model for each school can be found in the building reopening plans linked below.


  • The RRCSD has established a remote online learning option (Option B) for families who choose not to send their children back to school for in-person learning.
  • The online learning program will provide K-12 students with instruction delivered by Rocky River teachers during school hours.
  • For more detailed information about the remote online learning Option B, please click here.
  • If you would like to enroll your child(ren) in online learning Option B and have not yet registered, please contact your building principal.


  • The district has implemented the following safety protocols for in-person learning:
    • Face masks required for all students and staff in buildings and on buses.
      • If your child is unable to wear a face mask, we kindly request your medical documentation be submitted to Jennifer Norman ([email protected]) so appropriate accommodations can be made.
    • Daily cleaning and sanitizing of classrooms, desks, chairs, common areas, restrooms, hallways and buses.
    • Weekly building and transportation deep cleaning with the use of an electrostatic disinfectant.
    • Air filtering, purification and disinfection in all buildings with recirculated air replaced 3-5 times per hour.
    • Hand sanitizer in classrooms, hallways and common areas.
    • Portable sinks in each building for hand washing.
    • Hand washing reminder signage in restrooms.
    • Social distancing reminder signage in all buildings.
    • Directional signage for student passage in hallways
    • Socially distanced desks in classrooms that face the same direction.
    • Socially distanced restrooms with a maximum occupancy posted.
    • Touchless water bottle filling stations in all buildings. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school each day as traditional water fountains are disabled.
    • Full-time RN at Goldwood and nurses at Kensington, Rocky River Middle School and Rocky River High School.


  • Beginning Monday, September 28, an email will be sent to parents/guardians each morning asking them to conduct a daily health check (temperature, COVID-19 symptoms) of children before schools.
  • Please do not send children to school with a fever of 100°F or higher, or if children are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.


  • On September 3, the Ohio Department of Health issued an order encouraging families and requiring schools and local health departments to report information about positive COVID-19 cases in students and staff.
  • The goals of the order are to provide communities with information to minimize the further transmission of COVID-19 and to allow local health officials to begin timely contact tracing.
  • The complete order can be viewed here.
  • To comply with this order, the RRCSD will report new cases online at this link.

Thank you for your continued support of the Rocky River City School District.


Dr. Michael G. Shoaf

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