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Shaker Heights indefinitely delays students' return to in-person classes

The district's schools were supposed to re-open next week.

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Students in Shaker Heights had been planning to return to school for in-person classes this coming Monday. That will now not happen.

The district announced Tuesday night it has indefinitely postponed the scheduled Oct. 26 start date for resuming classroom instruction. Officials cited Ohio's recent surge in COVID-19 cases as the main reason, with Cuyahoga County specifically now back at a "Level 3" risk.

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"We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work toward a safe return to onsite instruction for our students and staff," the district said in a statement.

No new start date has been announced, but the city's board of education plans to hold a special meeting Wednesday night at 8 p.m. (details on how to attend can be found here). For the moment, students will continue to do their work remotely.

As Ohio experiences another coronavirus spike, responses from local school districts have varied: Cleveland recently announced all of its buildings would remain closed through at least winter break, while Strongsville welcomed back all of its students to in-person classes this past Monday.