Nordonia Expo postponed until fall

The annual Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce Community Expo at Nordonia High School March 21 has been postponed until fall, according to an email Chamber Chief Executive Officer Laura Sparano sent Wednesday.

Sparano said the decision was made by the school district. Information from the district was not immediately available.

Cuyahoga Falls schools cancel, postpone events, trips in response to coronavirus concerns

Cuyahoga Falls City Schools is cancelling or postponing upcoming large group events in response to recommendations officials received from public health organizations and state authorities regarding the coronavirus.

In an all-call to district homes Wednesday night, District Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols stated: “In response to newly released recommendations from public health organizations and state authorities, starting today we are canceling all non-essential indoor large group activities and gatherings, as well as all student field trips. At this time, we are still permitting small group after-school club meetings and practices.”

While recognizing the situation is “disappointing” for the students and families who were planning to participated in these events, Nichols said it is “critical” for district leaders to “make incremental decisions that are in the best interest of our students, families and staff.”

Events that were scheduled from March 12 through 20 are being canceled or postponed.

Visit to see a listing of the events that are being canceled or postponed.

Stow-Munroe Falls schools open but indoor events postponed until further notice

The Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools has announced that in keeping with advice and recommendations regarding COVID-19 from Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, the  schools will remain open at this time.

However, in order to minimize the risk to students, the district is postponing the following events until further notice:

1. All indoor student performances

2. All public events at Stow-Munroe Falls City School District buildings.

For any questions regarding a specific event, parents should contact their building principal.

Aurora cancels activities at Walker Building

Today, officials from the city of Aurora announced the city will cancel all social and recreational activities at the Walker Building through March 27. City officials are working with the schools regarding activities occurring on school premises.

The decision will not affect voting on March 17 unless the Portage County Board of Election’s plans change.

In addition, all Aurora senior trips and activities are being suspended through March 27, and seniors should contact the parks and recreation department at 330-562-4333 with specific questions.

The city’s transportation program will continue, and arrangements are being made to clean the van daily. “High touch” surfaces in city buildings are being cleaned every day.

Senior city staffers have been monitoring daily the status of COVID-19, and met this week to discuss recommendations to help keep the populace healthy. Three cases of the virus have been confirmed in the Cuyahoga County.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine had a press conference and recommended the cancellation of face-to-face college classes and limiting of spectators at sporting events and concerts.

CDC recommendations for minimizing the spread of communicable diseases include the following:

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including when leaving home and returning;

• Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;

• Cover the mouth with a tissue or the inside of an elbow when coughing or sneezing;

• Avoid contact with people who are sick; and

• Those who are are sick should stay home and contact your health care provider.

Woodridge schools postpone events, field trips due to coronavirus concerns

The Woodridge Local School District announced several cancellations and postponements in response to concerns about the coronavirus.

In an all-call to district families Wednesday night, superintendent Walter Davis said the district will take the following immediate actions:

• All after-school and evening activities are canceled for the foreseeable future;

• While athletic practices for spring sports will be permitted on campus, all scheduled athletic scrimmages, games and matches are canceled for the foreseeable future;

• All indoor performances and school events will be postponed. This includes the high school musical which was planned for this weekend as well as the first grade and kindergarten musicals planned for this week. The district is planning to reschedule these events;

• Volunteers should not to come to the schools for the time being; and 

• All field trips are suspended until further notice.

“We will revisit all of these provisions as the situation evolves to determine when each of these aspects of our school operations can resume,” said Davis.

Davis said these actions are being enacted following guidance from state and county leaders, which included a teleconference involving school district superintendents and Summit County Health Department officials Wednesday.

Davis noted the state’s K-12 schools have not yet been asked to close, but they have been “told to prepare for the possible extended closure of schools in the future.”

If school is closed, Davis said the district is prepared to offer alternative instructional options to its students.He recommended that students in grades 6-12 take their Chromebooks back and forth between school and home, and keep them fully charged in case they become a necessity for instruction in upcoming weeks.

“Plans are being formulated to provide instructional resources for all students grades K-12,” said Davis. “More information will be shared when and if it becomes necessary to close schools. Families should begin to consider the possibility of extended school closure, preparing for child care contingencies should that occur.”