Dayton Public Schools first moved its start date back a week to Aug. 17, then this week pushed it back again to Sept. 8 when the district announced it would start the year fully online.
In a letter to staff, DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the district would offer paid training in August for teachers who need to improve their use of Zoom or Google Classroom software.
“Our staff who are a bit concerned about being virtual have an opportunity to do additional (training) with the curriculum team and others who are being brought in,” she said, referencing an Aug. 4-5 training with national speaker Anita Archer.
Beavercreek was on track to be the first large school district to start the 2020-21 academic year, but on Thursday, its school board pushed the first day of classes back 11 days, to Aug. 24.
“We’re not delaying because we think things are going to get better (by our start date), but delaying to give us more time in training,” Beavercreek Superintendent Paul Otten said Thursday.
The three NHA charter schools — Emerson, Pathway and North Dayton — appear to have the earliest “first day of classes” in the area, at Aug. 12, although their first day (and the whole first quarter) will be online.
Lebanon and Northmont schools are among the districts slated to start in-person classes the earliest, on Aug. 17-18. Kettering had planned to start then, too, but on Friday moved its start date back to Sept. 8.
Some Ohioans have advocated for years that school should start after Labor Day. But the one year it’s actually happening in many districts is year when many summer activities are limited by COVID-19 concerns.