Superintendent Fred Bolden gave a brief update on several proposed policy changes at the Solon Board of Education meeting on Monday. The policies are set to be approved at the next meeting. Gov. Mike DeWine required all schools to write a mask policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Bolden may activate this policy during times of a communicable disease. Masks will be provided to employees by the district, according to the policy.

Students must also wear a mask, including on buses, unless they cannot due to a health or developmental reason. Face shields are also permitted as an alternative to masks, the policy states. Shields could be helpful when interacting with students with disabilities or English language learners or settings were a cloth mask would be a safety hazard, like a science lab.

There was also a revision to the religion in the curriculum policy. Now students can engage in religious expression in their assignments, which will be graded in the same manner as other assignments, according to the policy. Students will not be rewarded or penalized based on the religious content of their work. The policy also states that students are no longer limited to exercise their religion at lunchtime and other non-instructional times.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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