To best protect the health of our students and staff, Clermont Northeastern (CNE) is announcing the

closure of our campus and programs for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. All instruction for

programs will be conducted solely through virtual learning models unless instructed otherwise. The

gravity of this decision is not taken lightly and results from last week’s recommendations from Governor

DeWine and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria on the subject of school closures.

The official announcement to extend campus closures through the remainder of the 2019-20 school

year has been made. As educators, we are saddened by this decision but remain hopeful if we all do our

part to flatten the curve, we can play a critical role in reducing the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

Only then can we provide a safe place for education in our schools.

Despite the ongoing and escalating landscape of the COVID-19 global pandemic, CNE has remained

dedicated to serving our students. Even in this ever-changing health crisis, we see the value and

importance of education in the daily lives of our students and our staff. We wholeheartedly miss seeing

the familiar faces in our classrooms and hallways but are encouraged by the students and instructors

who have adapted impressively over a short time to distance learning models of instruction. There is a

connection taking place, not only through a new style of instruction via Google Classrooms but on a

basic human level of needing to know while operating remotely, we are not alone. We will only

continue to improve the remote learning taking place and encourage if students or parents have

questions, to contact the CNE instructor directly.

With each day new information is being provided to help guide CNE and fellow school districts on how

certain aspects of the remainder of the school year will be handled. The Ohio Department of Education

will share the best way to address and satisfy instructional, budgetary, and overall function

requirements in light of the unique set of challenges our schools have experienced this year. We

understand the stressors and endless questions COVID-19 has caused and will continue to be in

communication to alleviate those the best we can, as quickly as we can.

We are now entering the most critical phase of the county mandated shelter in place order. As the

number of positive cases continues to rise, it remains critical we all remain safe at home, wear face

coverings/non-medical masks when conducting limited essential errands, practice social distancing,

maintain high levels of personal hygiene, and making a conscious effort to avoid touching your eyes,

nose, and mouth.

Throughout these unprecedented series of events, it is important take care of each other. It is easy to

say and even hard to do in practice while navigating the anxiety and stressors surrounding the new roles

we each have taken on during the health crisis. We must take each day as it comes and do the best we

can. We will get through this and we will be stronger as a result.

Michael Brandt