Improvements Continue to be Made

Full-Time Remote Learning Could Continue
Posted on 10/26/2020
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As the Akron Board of Education prepares to vote Monday whether to start sending students back to classrooms next month, much attention will be on the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Ohio.

But the board will also have to consider how the district has handled online learning to this point and whether the model launched this fall is sustainable long-term, if it needs to be.

While district leaders acknowledge there are students who have struggled with remote learning, they are also pleased with early signs their model is not seeing masses of children fall off the cliff academically.

"We don't have this huge group of kids out there that we're just not hearing from, who aren't connecting, who aren't engaging, which is incredible," Assistant Superintendent and Chief of Academics Ellen McWilliams-Woods said. "So we feel very good about that."

Akron was one of a handful of districts in Summit County to start the year remotely but now is the lone district out of 17 that does not have any students learning in-person. While board members have been concerned about the health-care inequities that have exacerbated the pandemic, in particular in the Black community, not sending students back to school when everyone else around them has access to
an in-person education can also raise equity issues.

But district leaders are hopeful that early efforts to boost technology over the last seven years, along with a collaborative plan with teachers to provide flexible but rigorous online learning, has positioned Akron students to do as well in online learning as possible. Read more  here >>.
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