The Avon Lake City Schools welcomed back 3,816 students this week to begin the 2020-2021 school year. For the first time, the district began the new school year with an in-person and online option. We have 17 percent of our students engaging from home digitally.
Students returned to classes via a ‘soft opening’ with students with last names beginning A-L attending Monday, and students with last names M-Z attending Tuesday. The entire student population attended classes Wednesday and Thursday. Students were given the day off Friday to allow for staff to attend building meetings to review and modify procedures, as needed.
As part of the new safety procedures for in-person learning, students and staff returning to our schools are wearing face coverings and adhering to social distancing guidelines. Physical distancing reminders are posted on walls and floors; directional signs are strategically placed; and hand sanitizer stations are available at entrances to the buildings. We have purchased equipment and supplies that allow for the appropriate amount of cleaning for buses, classrooms, cafeterias, restrooms, and playgrounds.
To accommodate for social distancing guidelines, the school district is utilizing space at the Church of the Open Door, 321 Lear Road, across the street from Learwood Middle School. Several areas within the Open Door campus have been modified to house classes so students can be properly socially distanced. Additionally, the school district also converted cafeteria and gymnasium space into classrooms in several buildings.
“It’s great to see how everyone is responding to all of the changes we have made to allow kids to come back every day and still be safe,” said Dr. Jack Dibee, Avon Lake City Schools director of curriculum. “Our staff is doing a great job adapting to these changes and the kids seem excited and happy to be back at school.”