TPS to offer online classrooms this fall

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Toledo Public School students will have a virtual option when the 2020-21 school year begins.

Dr. Romules Durant, superintendent for Toledo Public Schools, announced the option during a news conference Thursday morning.

Through this virtual classroom, students will receive an electronic device and receive daily instruction from a certified teacher, and attendance will be required and monitored daily. TPS will also work with families to provide reliable internet connections.

In addition, there will be other offerings available to students, including daily meals and access to extracurricular activities and athletics.

This will not replace the traditional classroom experience, it will be an additional learning option. The sign up for virtual learning is currently available at TPS.org.

Durant also asked families to complete an online survey, asking what approach families want for their children. The survey is also accessible via the TPS social media channels.

According to Durant, around 3,500 responses have been submitted to the survey, with 48 percent saying they prefer full-time in-school attendance; 33 percent wanting part-time in-school attendance; and 20 percent preferring a remote learning experience.