Youngstown City Schools planning for online-only learning this fall

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CEO Justin Jennings is working on getting devices and internet for every student

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown City Schools is planning to move forward with online-only learning this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO Justin Jennings confirmed the plan Thursday. He said his plan is to get every student a device and every household internet through the CARES Act funding.

Jennings said the goal is to keep everyone safe throughout the school year.

“First and foremost, at this point in time, having healthy people and then second, is absolutely educating our scholars and making sure we do that. But we want to make sure that we are keeping people healthy first and that’s our first obligation right now.”

He said he’ll adjust through the year if needed, based on the state’s coronavirus numbers

Jennings considered other ways to start school in the fall, including a regular in-person start and various combinations of online and in-person learning, but he settled on starting completely online for now.

Larry Ellis, president of the Youngstown Education Association teachers union, released this statement:

“With so much uncertainty right now, I appreciate that the primary focus of Mr. Jennings is on the safety of students and staff. I’m glad that all students will be equipped with the necessary tools to help them achieve academic success. Our teachers remain focused on their students and will continue to adapt as necessary to make sure the students of Youngstown get what they need to succeed.”

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