All Six District Compact programs will start Aug. 31, group's leader says

PHIL KEREN and KRISTA S. KANO
Reporters

All career and technical education programs offered by the Six District Educational Compact will be taught in school, although some will be part in-class, part online, according to the organization’s executive director.

The school districts in the Six District Compact are starting their academic years with various start dates, but Compact Executive Director Mary Jane Stanchina said Friday that all CTE programs will start on Aug. 31.

The districts that encompass the Six District Educational Compact are Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge.

Although the Cuyahoga Falls City School District is the only district starting its year in an online-only format, Six District programs that take place at Cuyahoga Falls High School will still happen with face-to-face classes.

Stanchina said individual CTE programs will be operating either in-person or in a hybrid model based on the program’s enrollment and the size of their labs. 

Programs with large enrollment numbers and small labs that are unable to maintain social distancing guidelines will operate in a hybrid model, with students alternating between in-class and remote attendance. Programs with lower enrollment numbers and large labs that are able to maintain social distancing will be in-person five days a week.

Individual schools and programs are setting their own physical distancing requirements, and Stanchina said lab requirements range from 3 feet to 6 feet.

“There will be physical distancing in every lab,” she said.

CTE programs will continue to embed academic courses, as has been done in previous years. Students that go to other high schools for CTE programs will follow the hybrid or online schedules of their home school for all other academic courses.

Transportation will be provided.

Any changes in learning models will be addressed at that time, and future plans have not yet been solidified, Stanchina said.

“I’m assuring students and parents that each district in our programs are following appropriate protocols for face coverings, sanitizing and physical distancing. Those plans will be implemented and followed daily,” she said.

Cuyahoga Falls High School Associate Principal Jason Smith said that the Six District programs that occur inside Cuyahoga Falls High School will still be conducted in-person in the building Monday through Friday.

Cuyahoga Falls students who participate in a Six District program at a building in another school district are encouraged to contact that district to find out how their program will be handled, Smith said.