(WKBN) – Ohio is keeping students home longer. Governor Mike DeWine announced they won’t return until at least May 1. Here’s the latest on how at-home lessons are going from school districts across the Valley.
More at-home schoolwork for kids. The computers and paperwork were passed out. Students are digging in and even watching classes online.
“Teachers had made some preps for the original closure. I had also mentioned to my staff at that point we needed to start to prepare like it could be longer,” said Beaver Local Schools Superintendent Eric Lowe.
“Even though it’s been challenging, it’s been remarkable to see how well our teachers have risen to the challenges we’ve been faced with,” said Campbell Superintendent Matt Bowen.
“Our staff has done an amazing job,” said Boardman Superintendent Tim Saxton. “I am truly impressed with how they embraced it.”
Some schools are beginning this second week online and have started calling families of students who haven’t logged on yet.
Another issue with remote learning is students contacting their teachers at all hours. Saxton messaged all parents last week, saying the teachers would be available during school hours.
“After school hours, parents have to understand, our teachers have families. They have to take care of their nonprofessional responsibilities so they would still reply, but maybe not as quick or as rapid as during school hours. So I had to have a little buffer time. I don’t want our teachers to burn out,” Saxton said.
Campbell teachers are also being asked to work harder, sometimes meeting with students at 6 or 7 p.m.
“They’ve adjusted to meet the students’ needs,” Bowen said.
There looks to be little chance of the students returning to school soon.
“I don’t think you break course, you stay the course because if you come out of it too soon and people are getting infected, then you’re back in it for a longer period,” said Crestview Schools Superintendent Matthew Manley.
Every district is on a different schedule, but their overall job is to educate children, so they’re keeping that educational process going.
“Our goal right now is we don’t want it to get monotonous. There’s a honeymoon period and eventually, there’s going to become a frustration period,” Saxton said.
Some of that frustration is wondering what comes next.
“It’s our hope to, especially for our seniors, to do those events that matter,” Manley said.
“I think that we’re being flexible and adapting as needed as we’re in this together,” Lowe said.
Boardman Schools have extended their third nine weeks by one week. The week after Easter will be spring break, then they’ll continue with the final nine weeks.
Saxton said it’s too far away to make a decision on commencement. He said first, there will be a meeting Tuesday to determine how report cards will be distributed.
On Monday, Pennsylvania extended its school closings indefinitely.