Superintendent's Message

 Dear Garfield Heights City School Community, 
The Garfield Heights City Schools continues to march toward the end of the school year in as productive manner as possible, as the final day for online instruction will be Friday, May 29, 2020.
 
Survey of the Community
As a way to obtain valuable feedback from the community on the most important matters confronting our school district, the Garfield Heights City Schools will be conducting a survey. If you receive a phone call from Center for Marketing and Opinion Research, please do not hang up, and consider taking approximately 10 minutes of time to answer questions pertaining to your child's education. This input will be used in helping to formulate our plan for next school year. Thank you in advance for taking time to participate in this survey.
 
Commencement for the Class of 2020
Commencement for the outstanding, hard-working and very patient graduating senior Class of 2020 will take place during an outdoor, drive-up event in front of the High School on Tuesday, May 26th, Wednesday, 27th and Thursday, May 28th, rain or shine, from 11:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. Each graduate has been given a specific time to drive to the High School with their families, one graduate per car only, and will be permitted to exit their vehicles, walk across an outdoor stage, receive their diploma and even toss their graduation cap. Strict social distancing guidelines will be followed under the supervision of our local public safety authorities as well. The High School has purchased T-shirts for each member of the Class of 2020, and GHTA has once again, and graciously helped to create a sense of normalcy with their annual placement of "Congratulations" yard signs throughout the month of May.
 
Commencement, this year, will be different and there is no question about this reality. One thing that has not changed is the resilience, determination and character of our Bulldog Class of 2020. Despite the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 situation, the High School staff, District leadership and the entire Garfield Heights community is dedicated to honoring and recognizing the distinguished members of the High School Class of 2020 in the most dignified manner possible while being compliant with all health department directives. Congratulations, to the Garfield Heights High School Class of 2020.
 
Students Returning to Buildings for Final Items
Parents and students in the community should take note that beginning on Monday, June 8th and running through Friday, June 12th the buildings will re-open for the purpose of picking up any needed supplies that may have been left at the building. Building principals will be sending more detailed information to families about strict procedures for social distancing in the coming week or so, and please expect a drive-up/pick-up format for the remaining items in the future. Students will be expected to return Chromebooks at this time, and again more details will be forthcoming from your building principal. Keep in mind that failure to return Chromebooks will result in the Chromebook being disabled and a bill sent to your home for the cost.

Attention Kindergarten-Aged Parents!
The Garfield Heights City Schools began conducting a by-appointment, parents-only and socially distanced Kindergarten Registration for those families with children who turn 5 years old before August 1st at the Garfield Heights Middle School. This Kindergarten Registration is being conducted, once again by appointment only with parents only. You are being asked to take your temperature the day of your appointment and record it upon arrival at the Middle School, and our plan has received the full approval of the County Board of Health. Please call the Board Office at 216-475-8100 to make your appointment.
Finally, I would like to gratefully thank the wonderful and dedicated staff members of our District for their hard work, dedication and resilience as we celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Week earlier this month. The staff in the Garfield Heights City Schools has gone above and beyond the call of duty, particularly this school year, to create instructional awareness and make a lasting contribution in the lives of our students. Our families are continually grateful for your time and talents. On behalf of everyone in the Garfield Heights City Schools community, thank you to our teachers and staff members, in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Once again, on behalf of everyone in the Garfield Heights City Schools, congratulations to the Class of 2020 and thank you all for finishing the 2019-2020 school year on as solid and strong of a note as possible.

Go Bulldogs!
  
Christopher G. Hanke, Superintendent
Garfield Heights City Schools

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