It’s nearing the end of July, COVID-19 cases are climbing in 39 states and the plan to reopen schools varies wildly from one state – one district – to another. At Therapy & Wellness Connection, we want to make sure families in the greater Northeast Ohio community to know that we offer a number of Ohio virtual school, home school and tutoring options for children of all ages and abilities.
We recognize that for many of our kids, in-person education, therapy and other services are vital to their success. We understand too that while most parents are eager for their kids to return to school, they also want assurance that it will be safe. The prospect of managing your child’s education online is something that is understandably overwhelming to so many families.
Our team at Therapy & Wellness Connection has offered a host of home school, alternative school and tutoring programs at our Brecksville clinic for years. But now, we have adapted this model to welcome more students through online platforms. We understand not all children learn the same way, and many are going to face significant challenges by transitioning to an online platform.
We are prepared to help students, their parents and their families navigate the challenges of remote learning while promoting academic success and keeping them healthy.
Ohio’s Plan for Re-Opening Schools
The plan to reopen schools in Ohio is a mixed bag. Gov. Mike DeWine indicated that students and staff will need to maintain a six-foot distance when possible, staffers will need to wear face masks or shields and every school needs to develop a plan for face covering, though not every child will be required to wear one (though it will be “strongly encouraged” for third-graders and up).
Anyone – student, staff or volunteer – who displays COVID-19 symptoms or has a temperature that’s 100 degrees or higher will immediately be separated, don a face masks and be monitored by a PPE-wearing staffer. It will be reported to the local health department. Hand sanitizer will have to be placed at entrances to buildings and in classrooms and in high-traffic areas. Schools are also encouraged to increase hand washing and sanitizing opportunities.
- Akron. Everyone in a school building will be required to wear a mask, though an online-only option is being offered. All will be required to maintain 6 feet of distance. Buses will only hold two students to a seat (instead of three). Some students will stay home every day while others will be on a staggered schedule. Preschool students would only attend half-days. Students in grades K-2 would come every day, all day. Students in grades 3-8 will attend school two days a week and stay home the other three. They will perform assignments or projects on their own for the days they are at home. On the third day, they would all sign online for a virtual learning session with their teacher. Schools are pushing back school a week, with classes starting Sept. 3rd, though the plan could be delayed until the middle of the first semester if the district decides to begin with all virtual schooling. Students with significant disabilities (mostly those typically in separate classrooms) will be allowed to attend five days weekly.
- Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The first day for year-round students is slated to begin Aug. 24th and for traditional students on Sept. 8th. Reopening plans will be linked with county data on COVID-19 levels and color-coded risks (the lowest yellow and the highest purple). There can be no more than 25 students in a class, with 6 feet of social distancing maintained for everyone and there will be modifications to how the schools serve lunches. Some classes will be held outside and in libraries. All teachers and staff must wear face masks. There is also reportedly a hybrid learning school option the district is exploring.
Benefits of Ohio Virtual School, Home School and Tutoring
If you are interested in learning more about these additional services from Therapy and Wellness Connection in the Greater Cleveland-Akron area, connect with us today! Call our offices at (330) 748-4807 for more information.
Reset and Restart, Ohio Department of Education
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