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Akron Public Schools vote to move in-person start date up by one week

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Posted at 8:06 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 20:27:20-05

AKRON, Ohio  — Akron Public Schools voted to move their in-person start date up by one week on Monday.

Students in kindergarten through second grade will return on March 8.

All other students, including those in pre-kindergarten, will return on March 15.

According to the district, 69% of students have elected to return to in-person learning, while 31% have chosen to remain remote.

Gov. Mike DeWine has been pressuring for the district to return to in-person or hybrid instruction by March 1, saying that students would be safe even without vaccinations being widely distributed.

For most of the pandemic, DeWine left the decision regarding remote instruction to each district in Ohio's 88 counties. But recently, DeWine has started a push to have every school in the state back in session, or at least in a hybrid learning environment, by next month.

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