WOOSTER, Ohio — Wooster City School District released its back-to-school plan, giving parents several options for their students as they return this fall.
The first option is a hybrid return with students returning to in-person instruction at the school two days a week and reporting to a designated alternative education center for the other three days. The second option is a hybrid return with students returning to school two days a week and learning from home three days a week.
The third option is a fully remote return with students learning from home all five days.
Wooster City Schools sent parents a survey to determine the most popular option.
The first option featuring the alternative education center received 28% of the vote. The second option with a blend of a return to school and remote learning received 51% of the vote and the third option featuring a fully remote return received 21% of the vote.
The alternative education centers have been designated, with Grace Church on Burbank Road housing Kean and Parkview elementary students and Wooster United Methodist Church downtown serving Melrose students.
Students will begin the school year, with whatever plan their family has chosen, on Aug. 24.
“We feel we have designed the best possible plan under these unprecedented circumstances and are all hoping for the best as our schools begin to slowly, cautiously, and carefully reopen,” Superintendent Michael Tefs said. “Though we are very family-focused in our planning efforts, we will be extremely vigilant on the correct and consistent use of face coverings, rigorous cleaning and sanitizing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing strategies as we reopen. These are our greatest tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19."
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