Herald Staff Writer
Norton City Schools Superintendent Dana Addis has announced remote learning for all students for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
In a statement emailed to parents Aug. 11, Addis stated, “It is anyone’s hope that when difficult decisions are made, that the process of arriving there and eventual consequences of those decisions will ultimately benefit those involved. As is the case across our region and state, the largest decision right now involves scenarios related to the pandemic. The decision to return has become a hotly-debated topic that will not really permit a ‘right’ answer. Despite that, every decision needs an anchor and a foundation on why it is made, and ours remains the same as it has been since we began down this road: How do we safely educate our students?”
He went on to add, “During our quest to arrive at an answer, various scenarios surfaced; however, I have decided that our school district will begin our school year utilizing our Full Remote Learning Plan, as we will educate our students virtually to begin our year.”
According to the all-virtual plan, the district will not establish an end date to Remote Learning at this time and will rely upon the recommendations of the Summit County Health Department.
Students are expected to join their classes at designated times on the remote learning schedule, which differs per grade. They are also required to check in to Google Classroom daily for information and assignments and attendance will be taken as required by the Ohio Department of Education.
Teachers and building administrators will be working with parents who require flexibility in the schedule. Students on an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) will receive services remotely, however, determined on an individual basis, instruction and related therapies may be provided on a one on one or small group setting within the building.
Teachers will physically work in the buildings Monday through Friday and Chromebooks will be made available to students who need to borrow them.
Addis emphasized, “Educators choose their profession based on the passionate approach we have to educate our students in our buildings, and, like you, we want them here. After careful analysis, multiple resources and lengthy discussions, we hope that this start is the best way to get them back.”