CUYAHOGA FALLS — City school district officials have announced their reopening plan and are looking for district families’ thoughts on the proposal.
Cuyahoga Falls City School District officials are planning to resume classes on Aug. 24, which is five days later than originally planned. This delay is proposed to allow teachers to have additional preparation time. The board of education is expected to vote on that calendar change Aug. 4.
Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols emphasized that the plan being released is the proposal for reopening "as of today."
"The situation may change, as the pandemic is unpredictable and flexibility is needed," said Nichols.
When students start school on Aug. 24, Nichols said they will be able to select one of two learning options:
1. Attend classes in-person two days a week and then engage in online learning the rest of the week. Each school building’s student population would be divided in half with one group attending in-person classes Monday and Tuesday, and then doing online learning the next three days. The second group would attend in-person courses Wednesday and Thursday and participate in virtual learning Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Mandatory staff meetings would happen every Friday. Nichols added that a "thorough" sanitizing of the buses and facilities would take place on a daily basis. Guidelines and procedures would be rolled out in the first week of August.
2. A K-12 virtual academy would be offered to families who do not want their children returning to in-person classes. Nichols said the curriculum would be similar to what is offered in the combined in-person/online option, would align with state standards and be offered at no additional cost to district families.
"These two options allow us flexibility should the spread of COVID-19 increase," said Nichols. "Our entire staff will be prepared to move toward 100% virtual instruction if necessary, which we will employ until the situation improves."
Nichols said a survey will be sent out this month asking parents to select the option they would prefer for their child.
He added the district will continue to monitor guidelines and requirements from state and local health departments before making any decisions about extracurriculars and athletics.
Nichols told district families to expect more communication from district staff in the coming weeks.
The administration is scheduled to discuss the reopening plan with the board of education July 15.
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