With COVID-19 cases continuing to climb in Lucas County, Ohio and the country, Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, has made the decision that the district will return to Red Light status through the end of the first semester, effective Monday, November 16, 2020.
That means that any student who is currently on the A/B hybrid schedule will return to remote learning and the remainder of the district's students – including the sixth through eighth grade students who had been expected to start on the hybrid schedule on the 16th – will continue with their online learning.
Toledo Public Schools will follow this schedule through the end of the first semester, which ends on Thursday, December 17, 2020. There will be no students in school on Friday, December 18, which is a Teacher Workday, and Christmas Break will start on Monday December 21, 2020. A decision about the second semester will be made over the Christmas holiday break and will be announced before school resumes on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
UPDATE: The district announced on November 17 that, effective on Monday, November 23, ALL students would be learning remotely through the end of the first semester. It had previously been announced that two groups of students would continue their in-person instruction: Career Tech students working on industry certifications and some Special Education students who need intensive interventions better provided in classroom settings. Teachers are developing virtual learning plans for students with disabilities. The plans will include how their individual needs will be met.
Teachers, principals and other staff members will continue to report to their buildings. Students will log on to their Chromebooks each day and complete their classwork and daily attendance will be taken. On a side note: families will pick up five days’ worth of food from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Monday at the school nearest to them.
Please know that the decision to return to remote learning for the majority of TPS students was not made lightly. District administrators will continue to closely monitor data provided by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health before any further decisions are made.
Finally, it is imperative for all TPS students, family members and employees continue to follow the guidance from health officials and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine:
- Wear a mask when out in public and/or with friends
- Maintain at least six feet of distance
- Wash hands often
- Avoid large gatherings