Hears Details on COVID Response

Board Reappoints Akbar, Hall
Posted on 01/11/2022
Image of Dr. Ellen McWilliams-WoodsAs COVID-19 closes in on two years of occupation in the U.S., school districts across the nation continue to wrestle with its effect on day-to-day teaching, learning and overall school operations.

Akron Public Schools Board of Education addressed the matter with an update at last night’s meeting by Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer Ellen McWilliams-Woods, Ph.D. Dr. McWilliams-Woods told the board that, overall, APS is seeing what she called “positive results” due, largely, to the district’s strict adherence to health and COVID safety protocols.

Her visual presentation featured data and informative graphics showing that Akron Public Schools has what she called a “manageable absenteeism” among students that has enabled schools to remain in session. Currently, APS has approximately 140 active student cases of COVID and 80 cases among faculty and staff.

In board activity last evening, members voted to keep leadership with N.J. Akbar, Ph.D., and Derrick Hall for a second consecutive year, reappointing Akbar as president and Hall as vice president.

Image of N.J. Akbar, Ph.D. Image of Derrick Hall
N.J. Akbar, Ph.D., Board President Derrick Hall, Board Vice President
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