Reaction to Lucas County Health Department order to switch to remote learning

Parents and staff at St. Francis say they are ready for the transition
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:17 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Students at many private and parochial schools have been doing in-person learning this semester. So what is their reaction to the order that students in grades 7-12 will be shifting to remote learning?

There are more than 700 student in grades 7-12 at St. Francis de Sales School. There was one day in August when all the students were on line for class, but that was just a practice session to make sure they were prepared.

This will be the first time they will all be learning remotely for an extended period of time.

K.C. Vitaniemi has two sons who attend St. Francis.

“Being in school is really important for kids, but I also see what is happening in our community, outside the four walls of this building. I respect the decision they made,” said K.C..

Father Geoff Rose is the President at St. Francis.

“Any action like this, while it may be a bit disruptive, is being done of course to try to bring it under control. This has been a small transition for us. The end of our semester is before Christmas break, so this only represents 5 or 6 class days because the order does not take effect until December 4th. We’ve been ready and prepared for this. We’ve talked to our faculty. We certainly had a sense this was coming because we’ve seen the number of cases going up all over the county Part of our charge now has to be checking in on everyone. We have a care team, but we have to step up and make sure the mental health of all students and staff is taken care of,” says Father Rose.

The St. Francis students will continue in-person through the end of next week, and then go all virtual after December 4th.

Father Rose says he hopes that by taking this action now, there will be a possibility of students returning to in-;person learning in January.

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