YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Students in the Youngstown School District will start returning to the classroom the week of March 15.
Ahead of the students’ return, a town hall was held Tuesday for parents to ask school officials questions.
As of Tuesday, 53 percent of students are staying remote, while 47 percent will be back in the classroom.
A walk-thru of McGuffey Elementary School Tuesday showed a temperature check station where a screener will take temperatures and also make sure students are masked, all electronically.
“Although safety is our number one concern in terms of keeping them safe during the pandemic, we know this is where they need to be,” said McGuffey Elementary Principal Eboni Williams.
Desks are set up with plastic partitions where student can see each other but are protected.
Two miles away at Kirkmere Elementary, pre-school teacher Gia Marra showed the setup of her classroom. She’s interested to see how her students did learning remotely.
“I think that is the most important thing. See how much they learned remotely compared with what they would have learned if we were in the classroom,” Marra said.
Youngstown is allowing students to remain remote, which means teachers will be teaching remotely and in person at the same time. It’s an issue that was brought up during the virtual town hall meeting with CEO Justin Jennings.
“This is not ideal for us. But the teachers are going to grind through and try and get it done for the next 8 to 10 weeks, but it’s not ideal for us. It’s not the best way to teach,” said Youngstown Schools CEO Justin Jennings.
Despite the issues of the past year, one parent called in to say thank you.
“I do want to give thanks to the teachers and the staff and the guidance counselors, everybody because they have done a great job, an awesome job,” the caller said.
Marra has good things to say as well to the parents and grandparents of her students.
“Without you this year wouldn’t have been as amazing as it was, so just thank you parents from the bottom of my heart!” Marra said.
Other issues brought up at the meeting:
- The bus schedule will be released on the “remind” app
- No one, other than students and staff, will be allowed in any school buildings, not even parents
- High schools will be back on the bell system
- Elementary schools will start a regular day as well