COPLEY, Ohio — The Copley-Fairlawn City School District has joined other school districts in Northeast Ohio with the decision to provide remote learning by teachers for at least the first nine weeks of the school year, the district said in a letter to parents.
“This is a very difficult decision and I know there will be many who may agree and many who may disagree. No part of this is ideal. Please understand this path has been chosen with the health and safety of our students and staff as the top priority,” said Brian Poe, superintendent of the Copley-Fairlawn City School District.
Poe said the decision comes after local health officials said that they expect a spike in COVID-19 cases during September, with the anticipation that there will be an increase for serious illness come October and the onset of the flu season.
“I am very aware of the importance of in-person learning, student-teacher contact, the importance of social interaction with peers in school and during extra-curricular activities. It concerns me deeply that our students are missing out on these interactions and growth experiences,” Poe said in the letter to parents.
The district said students can meet their teachers and pick up curricular materials during the week of Aug. 24. In the coming weeks, students can expect a schedule from school principals. These schedules will provide an opportunity for students to meet their teachers and learn about the process for remote learning for the first quarter, including daily and weekly schedules.