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Toledo Public Schools push start date, go online-only until further notice

The 2020-2021 school year will begin September 8. Parents should make sure contact info is up to date with their child's school.
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Students at Toledo Public Schools won’t be heading back into the classroom any time soon. The school board voted on Thursday not only to push the first day of school until September 8th but to exclusively utilize online learning until further notice. This is a change in course from an earlier plan which would have students returning under a rotating hybrid model that blended in-person and online learning.

According to TPS, administrators and principals for the districts’ schools will be back in school buildings starting Monday. Parents are urged to make sure their child’s school has up to date contact information so the district can contact them about the distribution of Chromebooks and other instructions.

“I think it’s just being smart about it, and not re-opening too early such as we have seen other states do, we can be smart with children’s lives as well as families,” Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant said. “They are going to get up, report to school, just normal, they will log in, attendance will be taken, teachers will have video cameras on them, and go through the lessons as normal. No different than Facetime.”

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Additionally, all TPS fall athletics are canceled for the 2020-21 school year, and winter sports will be evaluated on Oct. 1.

TPS is the second local school district to announce an online-only plan. Bowling Green Schools made their own announcement last week, choosing to keep students online through at least mid-October before re-assessing. Most other school districts in Northwest Ohio have chosen to utilize a hybrid option, bringing students back into school buildings for a part of the week and using online learning for the rest.

“They will get breakfast and lunch. If a child can’t eat they can’t learn. We will continue with that and wifi buses so our entire community will work together to support our kids,” said Jim Gault, TPS Curriculum and Instruction leader.

Statewide, Toledo joins both Cleveland and Columbus in moving students online for the start of the school year.

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