Nordonia students could have five days in school, online options

Draft of back to school plan will be discussed by school board tonight

April Helms
Kent Weeklies

NORTHFIELD CENTER — Students attending the Nordonia Hills schools could be in the buildings five days a week as much as possible while going to a hybrid model of in-person and online education, or even all online, should Summit County be considered at a more elevated risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, according to the draft of the district’s school reopening plan.

The plan, which is expected to be discussed Thursday evening by the school board, also will include an all-online option for families to prefer to keep their children at home.

Highlights of the draft proposal include:

• Two education options, one providing in-building instruction when Summit County is at yellow, orange and red level COVID-19 alert in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, and switching to online if the county were rated purple; and an option where students take all of their classes online.

• Staff are required to wear masks; students are strongly recommended to required to wear masks in school, depending on the alert level released by the state’s public health authority, and required to wear a mask on the school bus.

• Online learning will be asynchronous, but families are strongly encouraged to set up a routine at home.

The school board will meet this evening at 6 p.m. over Zoom to discuss and possibly vote on the plan. For details on listening in on the meeting, visit https://www.nordoniaschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=40AU2&dasi=23Y online.

Once the plan has been released, Superintendent Joe Clark said he would have a virtual town hall to address resident questions. A form for residents to submit questions can be found in the link above, as well as a draft of the plan.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@recordpub.com