Aurora schools switch to online learning starting Tuesday

Kaitlyn McGarvey
Record-Courier
The Aurora City Schools Board of Education and administration is still fine-tuning plans for the new school year.

Editor's Note: This story previously stated that Aurora schools will transition to online learning beginning Monday, November 30. It has been updated to reflect the correct dates of online instuction.

Aurora City School District will switch entirely to remote instruction starting Tuesday, December 1.

According to Aurora Board of Education President Gerald Kohanski, superintendent Michael Roberto reported at a recent board meeting that the entire district will switch to remote instruction. Roberto informed the Record-Courier that remote instruction will last from Tuesday, December 1 to Friday, December 4. Students are anticipated to return to school on Monday, Dec. 7, for the remainder of the semester.

That period of remote instruction is meant to allow time for any COVID cases that may have occurred during the Thanksgiving break to resolve themselves. Athletics have also been suspended until December 7, Kohanski said. 

Roberto said the district is fortunate to have a low population of students in need of nutritional support. As a result, administration has coordinated with the Church in Aurora, 146 S Chillicothe Rd., to support families who are in need.

No new cases for Aurora students or staff have been reported as of Thursday, Nov. 26 according to the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard.

Roberto also gave a quick update on surveys that were distributed to parents regarding their preferred choice of instructional method for next semester, Kohanski added. Although there was some switching of preference, numbers were similar to the current semester. Instructional resources are currently being planned and allocated based on the survey responses.

Similar decisions were made earlier this year in an attempt to curb COVID cases in the district. Aurora High School students who had been fully attending school in-person attended classes virtually from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. With contact tracing, Roberto previously said, it was learned that each of the positive COVID-19 cases that encouraged the decision originated from sources outside of the school.

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Aurora is not the only district changing to all remote learning for a limited time. The Streetsboro City Schools Board of Education determined at a recent meeting that all students will move to a remote learning environment beginning Monday.

The information was shared with families in an emailed announcement by Streetsboro Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh. He said the district experienced 14 COVID positive students and seven positive staff members in the first 11 weeks of school. By Sunday, Nov. 22 over 200 students and staff were quarantined due to being a close contact.

Reporter Kaitlyn McGarvey can be reached at kmcgarvey@recordpub.com or on Twitter at @kaitlynmcg_rc.