Configuring Schools, Following Pandemic Protocols

Clearing Hurdles For Fall
Posted on 06/22/2020
Image of Charlene Tabata(Jennifer Pignolet for ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

Having the school year cut two months short due to the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating for Charlene Tabata, a fifth-grade teacher in Akron Public Schools.

She met with her King CLC students virtually every day, but still missed them.

“Everybody misses that face-to-face,” she said.

That’s why she’s craving for a return to normalcy this fall.

But as a parent of three, including a child with a severe medical condition, she is hesitant to make a plan for herself or her children to walk into a building on the first day of classes.

“I’m committed to getting them back in some form, I just don’t know what that form’s going to be like yet, for all of them,” she said.

Her wait-and-see approach is essentially the same as that of just about every school district superintendent in Summit County, if not all of Ohio.

With state guidance still pending and an unknown trajectory for the novel coronavirus over the next two months, very little is certain about what school will look like in the fall — but it will almost certainly be different.

District leaders are now putting together plans based on hypotheticals and the likely mandate of some degree of social distancing. Read more here >>.

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