First day for Cuyahoga Falls City School District students is Aug. 24

Board of Education approves delaying start date by five days due to COVID-19

PHIL KEREN Reporter
The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education on Wednesday approved changing the first day of classes from Aug. 19 to Aug. 24. This photo was taken of a board meeting on March 4, which was before physical meetings were restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured from left are Superintendent Todd Nichols, Treasurer Kristy Stoicoiu, Board President Karen Schofield, Board Vice President Anthony Gomez, and Board members Patrice White, Kathy Moffet and David Martin.

CUYAHOGA FALLS — It’s official. The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 in the Cuyahoga Falls City School District will be Aug. 24.

The Board of Education approved the calendar change on Wednesday night. The previous calendar for the 2020-21 school year had students starting on Aug. 19, but the administration proposed delaying the first day by five days to give staff more time to prepare for the issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teachers still must report to work on Aug. 17, but now have a full week instead of two days to prepare for students’ return to classes. Five professional development days that were originally scheduled to occur at various points during the school year were moved to the start of the year to give teachers more planning time.

Kindergarten readiness appointments will occur the week of Aug. 24 through 27, and the first day of school for all kindergarten students will be Aug. 31.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols told the board on Wednesday the district’s task force continues to work on the return to school plan. 

He said approximately 1,250 students have signed up for the online learning option in the district’s virtual academy. Building secretaries are calling district families that have not selected whether their student(s) will do in-person or online learning.

Nichols said he had a Zoom meeting with other district superintendents and Summit County Public Health officials, and told the board to be ready for more changes.

“Summit County’s numbers continue to spike,” said Nichols. “We’re anticipating further recommendations from Summit County Public Health within the next week or so. We would also expect continued guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health and the governor’s office.”

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