Solon Board of Education members on Monday weighed the decision to go back to the classroom in person or stick to remote learning.

This summer, city school district officials planned to have families choose, but after the Cuyahoga County Board of Health recommended schools start remotely, leaders made their decision based on science and not emotion and opted to start remotely.

During the meeting, Superintendent Fred Bolden read letters from parents who indicated they hoped the board would continue to make decisions based on medical advice and not feel pressured by those who are not taking the crisis seriously.

Mr. Bolden said district officials would like to make a final decision before the first quarter is over. Administrators are working with the county health board to decide if students can safely return to the buildings. Parents should look for a decision by the end of this week, he said.

In other business, the board agreed it is never too early for students to embark on their journey into adulthood and approved a candidate for graduation, Kaci Boling, upon her successful completion of meeting state and local requirements.

Although unusual, it is legal for a student to complete his or her high school obligation earlier than their classmates. In this instance, Kaci met her requirements by taking college credit plus classes during the summer, officials said.

“It doesn’t happen often, but we usually have several a year where there are students who want to graduate early,” Mr. Bolden said.

The board also approved policies related to protective face coverings during pandemic and epidemic events, employment of administrators, interscholastic athletics and procurement for federal funds.

A resolution also was approved to appoint St. Vincent-Occupational Health to conduct and complete the district’s bus driver examinations for the 2020-2021 school year.

Board members also acknowledged 19 Solon High School seniors named National Merit Scholar semi-finalists for 2021.

The next regular Solon School Board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.

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