TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — Trotwood-Madison City School District announced that it plans to go 100 percent online for the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year.
The district said in a press release that though three plans were proposed — virtual, blended and in-person — its final decision was made with feedback from the community and in collaboration with the Trotwood-Madison Education Association.
Parent Susan Cook said she was hoping the school would have an online option because her daughter has health concerns.
“I think the school district did a good job, the asked the parent their input, we provided that and they listened, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” Cook said.
Dr. Reva Cosby, superintendent, believes that this plan allows the district to monitor the ongoing pandemic and make adjustments as necessary.
She said that they are hopeful that COVID-19 case numbers in Montgomery County will decrease to the point that blended or in-person options can be considered in the future.
In a statement to 2 NEWS, Cosby said:
“I am proud of our decision. We are excited about the improvements on remote learning since we were thrown into it in March and I stand by the belief that we will be offering a true education for our students. The teachers will be leading instruction not the parents, so it will be significantly better.”
Mother Tenika Smith said she’s glad for the decision. She currently works from home and will be able to help her son with school.
“I’m very hands-on with his education, I’ll be really excited to have him home and safe for at least the first nine weeks,” Smith said.
Matthew Perry said prior to the announcement he was worried about having kids and teachers all in one place.
“It only takes one kid that one kid, maybe another parent might not see have a cough because they’re busy or might have something going on, and then get everyone else associated with the school sick,” Perry said.
Several parents online voiced concern for parents who do not work from home or families without internet access.
Details about the safe school fall opening plan will be available on the district’s website on Monday, July 20.
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