Bowling Green area residents rally against all remote learning model

School board says a decision on changing the current plan would take place Oct. 9
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 9:55 PM EDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - Many Bowling Green area parents want their kids back in school, whether that’s two or five days a week, just like many other school districts around Northwest Ohio, but the school board there says they’re in a unique position because Bowling Green State University is in its backyard.

“We are unique. We are a university town and with that comes the joys of being a university town. Sometimes that includes COVID. We are looking at this as the school district that we are, not what other districts are doing. We watch what other districts are doing, but we’re going to make the decision based on what we believe is right for our individual district,” Ginny Stewart, Bowling Green school board president, said.

BG schools have been all remote since school began after Labor Day.

Danielle Gaines-Smith, a parent of three school-age children said, “My older children are struggling. They are having issues preparing for their future, preparing for their ACTs later this year. They’re extremely frustrated. My younger child is not learning like he was in school either.”

In the most recent data, BGSU reported 116 cases of COVID. Those numbers will be updated Wednesday. On Tuesday, the school board will have a public meeting with the Wood County Health Department Director to get an update on the area’s status.

BG has five area schools and about 2,600 students who are now at home using provided Chromebooks and internet hot spots for learning.

“Hopefully between tomorrow and October 9 when we meet we will be able to present something to the community so they can get ready for what the next step is if it’s going to change from what we’re doing now,” Stewart said.

She added the schools would need two weeks to get all COVID protocols in place, meaning if the board changes the district’s learning model on October 9 then the likeliest date students would return to in-person learning would be Monday, October 26.

On Sunday Sept. 27, school superintendent Francis Scruci sent the following email to parents:

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