Board Adopts 5-Day Plan

Perkins School Board Adopts Plan For 5-Day-A-Week Return To School
Posted on 08/03/2020
Perkins Board of Education meets

A plan for Perkins Local School District students to return to school five days a week was unanimously adopted by the Board of Education on Monday evening. The plan, as recommended by Superintendent Todd Boggs, includes an online-only option through North Point Educational Service Center for students in Grades Kindergarten through 12 to attend classes online and not be in the classrooms.

The Board also delayed the start of school to Monday, Aug. 31, from Wednesday, Aug. 26.

A key aspect of the plan is that it is flexible, explained Mr. Boggs during his 20-minute presentation to the Board. Despite calling for a return to the classroom, Mr. Boggs said health and medical experts at the Erie County Health Department and Ohio Department of Health may order the schools to go to a remote education model.

“Although I’m recommending five days, I would be remiss if I didn’t have flexibility built into our plan,” Mr. Boggs told the Board. “We have to be prepared for remote learning.”

In the event that remote learning is necessary, students would shift to a work-from-home model, similar to the way they did last spring when the pandemic first hit. Students already in the North Point Online-Only Option, however, would continue with the online-only curriculum.

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The Board meeting was outside in the Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium to accommodate the numerous parents and guardians, as well as staff and faculty members, who attended the meeting and hadquestions for the Board and Mr. Boggs.

Perkins Board of Education

Among the questions, many parents wanted to know more about the online-only curriculum and why the district is not planning a hybrid model, where half the students would attend classes in-person, and the other half of the students be remote; and then switch later in the week.

Mr. Boggs explained that the administration did consider a hybrid option, however, he worried that he would be forcing half the students to stay out of the schools and to stay with family – or daycare or grandparents or other family. The best and safest place for students, Mr. Boggs said, is in the classroom with teachers.

In regard to the online-only option, more information will be provided in coming days, Mr. Boggs said. Some preliminary information, including introductory videos, is already available on the Perkins Schools website.

A deadline for registration into the online-only curriculum has been set for Monday, Aug. 10, although Mr. Boggs said that there is flexibility in the deadline and students can choose the online-only option at any time.

If they choose the online-only option, however, they must stick with it for the semester.