Plan is Flexible For Change

APS Goes Online For Fall
Posted on 07/28/2020
Image of APS LogoFollowing two weeks of careful scrutiny, the Akron Public Schools Board of Education has voted to begin the school year with student learning from home.

“The 2020-21 school year will begin with remote learning for our students,” said Superintendent David W. James, Ed.D., following tonight’s meeting.

“We have studied and researched. We have followed guidance from all of the experts locally, regionally, statewide and nationally. We have also met with and discussed plans with other Ohio schools large and small. It is our belief this is the best way to begin, the safest way for the greatest number of students and staff,” James added.

Akron’s 45 schools have had an option to begin the year fully on site with 21,000 APS students in classrooms. Another option, called blended learning, would have had staggered days in and out of the classroom for students, rigorous sanitation protocols and rearranged bus transportation plans.

“As a board, we spent hours and hours looking at what is best for our students and our staff,” said Board President Patrick Bravo. “The risk of having that many students and teachers trying to keep everyone safe, at this particular stage of COVID-19 is just too great. We plan to watch carefully and reevaluate our plans as we approach the end of the first semester,” Bravo concluded.

The re-evaluation would come in roughly nine weeks and could signal an end to the remote learning plan, institute the intricate blended learning model or bring back school as it was before last March.

“A great deal will, of course, depend on the many aspects of this that are out of our control such as local and national trends of the pandemic,” said David James.

“Some other area districts have plans to return soon to the classroom. We will also be carefully watching them to see how they do.”

Students in special programs (STEM, Early College or any students taking college-level courses) must follow what the university schedule dictates whether those are in person or online.

Online Learning for Fall 2020:
  • Teachers will develop robust programming to provide support and close the gaps that occurred during the spring online learning and the summer slide.
  • Staff training and professional development will continue to support teaching and learning throughout the 2020-21 school year.
  • Teachers will assess student learning needs to design and plan personalized learning pathways.
  • Planning for interventions to be based on identified student gaps in knowledge
  • Continue using the Ohio Learning Standards as the basis for teaching and learning
  • Continuation of the PK-12 College & Career Academies of Akron transformation
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