Seeds Closes Physical Classroom Again Due to COVID, Virtual Instruction Continues

Seeds of Literacy will not reopen its physical classrooms in Cleveland as planned after Winter Break due to a surge in COVID cases in Northeast Ohio.

The Virtual Classroom will remain open for remote tutoring using Zoom. All New Student Orientations will be conducted via Zoom.

“For nearly two years, we have been incredibly fortunate to maintain the health of our Seeds Family,” said President & CEO Bonnie Entler in an all-staff call during break. “We’ve had a few close calls, but never confirmed cases until the omicron variant. The numbers are simply too big to ignore.”

Earlier this week, Cuyahoga County (home of both Seeds East & West) had the dubious distinction of being ranked third in the nation for COVID cases.

Entler believes this temporary closure will help mitigate any spike the organization would have seen following holiday gatherings.

Seeds closed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and did not reopen for in-person instruction for 15 months.

“I don’t anticipate this being a long-term closure like the first time,” she said. “Although our Virtual Classroom has continued to thrive, in-person instruction is really critical for our local students. We have to carefully balance their health and safety with this need.”