Chardon Board of Education on Monday discussed the success of safety measures taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and new case reporting requirements.

As required under a recent health order, the Chardon Local School District began reporting weekly submissions of coronavirus cases of students and staff to the Geauga Department of Health which began on Sept. 21.

“The district seems to be tracking very well in terms of the overall COVID pandemic,” Superintendent Michael Hanlon, Jr. told the board. “This is certainly a credit to our students, our staff and indeed the entire school community who are taking reasonable steps to control the spread of the virus in the school setting.”

The district is required to report four categories of data each week which includes: new student cases full remote, new student cases on-site, new staff cases full remote and new staff cases on-site.

According to Dr. Hanlon, in a recent call with superintendents, health officials praised the efforts of schools and noted that contact tracing is not identifying schools as a major source of viral spread.

“Unfortunately, these numbers are not reflected in the broader picture of our region and the state of Ohio” Dr. Hanlon said.

In other business, the board approved an agreement for services, support and training for the 2020-2021 school year with Lake Geauga Computer Association in the amount of $3,294, as well as approving a service agreement for a summer reading program with Kids Read Now in the amount of $35,514 beginning in the summer of 2021 for students in kindergarten, first, second and third grades.

Approval was also given for a Kent State University graduate student to participate in a student-focused consultation with a district teacher, and the board approved a $5,000 subgrant agreement between the board of education and Chardon Township for coronavirus relief funds.

An interagency agreement between Riverside Local School District and St. Mary’s School in the amount of $8,388 was also approved by the board for Title 1 reading intervention services to identified students who have a home district in the Chardon Local School District provided for students in grades one through seven.

The Monday meeting was held virtually and live-streamed on their broadcast channel. The next regular school board meeting will be held Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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