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Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon holds 2021 State of the Schools address

Gordon spoke about the ongoing battle against COVID-19 and didn't rule out a potential return to remote learning.

CLEVELAND — On Wednesday, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon held his annual 'State of the Schools' address, hosted by the City Club of Cleveland.

Gordon laid out his vision for the district's recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but also cautioned that the battle is not over yet. 

"COVID is getting worse and COVID is impacting kids," Gordon told a student during a Q& A segment after his remarks. "We have a kindergarten student who is hospitalized right now. We have high school students who are hospitalized right now. And we have staff members who are hospitalized."

Gordon says the positive news is that CMSD has had roughly 400 COVID-19 cases so far this school year. However, only one case happened at school. 

"We're doing what we know we have to do," Gordon said. "And that's keeping us in school."

Could CMSD go back to remote learning?

"If we have to, we will," Gordon said. "But our teachers want to be in class with you (students)."

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Tuesday's event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

You can watch Gordon's address in the player below:

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Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published, unrelated story.