APS Off to Creative Start

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Posted on 09/10/2020
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It didn’t seem to matter that Akron Public Schools middle school teacher Shauna McClain had just spent several minutes going over proper video conferencing etiquette.

Kush was hardly paying attention, wiggling in his seat and engaging more with the people around him than the schoolwork.

As a dog, he probably gets a free pass.

His owner, eighth-grade Innes middle school student Siniya Lopane, somehow managed to keep an eye on her computer screen as Kush, a Pit Bull who is about as big as Siniya, lounged in her lap Wednesday morning for their first day of school. A few times, she had to angle her face away from his giant brown head.

“I didn’t want to get licked during school,” Siniya said.

Wednesday marked the first day back for Akron schools, albeit remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students in grades eight, nine and 12 had their first structured school day since March when the pandemic shut down schools across the country. The district will phase in other grades over the next several days.

In the spring, learning moved online, but in Akron schools, students were not required to be logged in at any certain time. They only needed to complete their work by a deadline each week. Read more here >>.

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