BG City Schools to remain online only for start of 2020-2021 school year

District leaders cite current COVID-19 trends as the reason
Bobcat wearing hand sanitizer necklace outside BG High School.
Bobcat wearing hand sanitizer necklace outside BG High School.(WTVG)
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 7:19 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Across the country, school districts are making decisions about the new school year. As the world continues to deal with COVID-19, many schools are changing the model of how school will operate.

Bowling Green City Schools will remain online only as the new year begins. Superintendent Francis Scruci tells 13abc it was a tough decision but one the school board took time and effort to make.

Scruci says teachers within the district are on board with the idea and that they appreciate the health and safety of the staff and students is the first priority.

Superintendent Scruci says in addition to continuing remote learning, the start of the school year is being pushed back. Students will now return after Labor Day on September 8th. The extra time will give teachers a chance to prepare for online learning.

“We wanted to give them professional development but also time to reflect, absorb and start to plan what it will look like in their classrooms,” says Scruci.

The district is one of the first to say all classes will remain online for the beginning of the year. Scruci says every district is different and has their own “set of challenges.” In Bowling Green, the Superintendent noted concerns about the current COVID-19 numbers as well as the fact that the city is home to University that attracts students from across the country and world.

The goal for BG City Schools is to continue remote learning through mid-October and then reevaluate the situation and decide when and if students will have a chance to return to a physical classroom or school building.

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