Kenston moves to remote learning

Kenston Local School District will enter into a fully remote learning model on Monday. The district will remain in the remote model through Dec. 22, and resume in person learning on Jan. 4, 2021. Superintendent Nancy Santilli said that students will take home their belongings from school for the rest of this week. District officials said they will review procedures to transition to the remote learning model. Geauga County Health Commissioner Thomas Quade wrote a letter to express his support of Kenston’s temporary move to a remote model.

“I know this is a difficult decision to make given the weighty consequences in both directions,” he wrote in the letter.

Mr. Quade said that the incidence rate for COVID-19 in Geauga County has increased by 700 percent in the last 30 days. He said that the number of cases will have an impact on students and staff capacity. Mrs. Santilli said that building operations have become an issue and substitute staffing levels are “extremely low” districtwide.

After returning from Thanksgiving break, Kenston received notification that more students and staff tested positive for COVID-19. According to an email from Mrs. Santilli, six students and one staff member at Kenston High School, one staff member at Kenston Middle School and one staff member at Timmons Elementary School have tested positive. The Geauga Public Health Department is using a contact tracing system to inform people who may have been exposed. Kenston has had a full-time, in-person learning model in place since the start of the fall semester. The district also offered a fully virtual option.

Curbside tree collect begins Jan. 4

Put it on your calendar for the new year, the Chagrin Falls Street Department will offer curbside collection of holiday trees from all residences in the Village of Chagrin Falls.

Collection dates are Jan. 4-18. After that, Kimble, the village solid waste hauler, will pick up trees on regular trash collection days.

Ornaments and all trimmings including lights are to be removed. Artificial trees will not be accepted.

Contact the Street Department at 440-247-5053 with any questions.

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