The district warns students, families, ant TPS staff should be
prepared to remain under that status for the entire first
semester, but that status could change as the COVID-19
“I think every one of you will appreciate we’re not just going
into remote to stay in remote,” said Dr. Durant. “We’re going to
evaluate other schools, in essence of coming back full or in
half, will impact school culture. By having that information, it
will help us determine what is best for our students and staff
to come back and do things in a hybrid way.”
Students can pick up free breakfast and lunch meals from their
assigned school for the week. They’ll also be eligible for all
active school sports and extracurricular activities at their
home school. However, no TPS sports season will begin before
Oct. 1, leaving other schools scrambling to fill nonleague
contests on their fall schedules.
For example, Delta and Swanton in the Northwest
Ohio Athletic League were scheduled to face TPS opponents in the
second week of the football season. Instead, they’ll play each
other and count the game as a nonleague contest, in addition to
a league rivalry game later in the season.
That also leaves TPS high schools, at best, to engage in a City
League football season, which likely would leave them ineligible
for postseason play due to a lack of games. However, Ohio’s
governor has yet to weigh in on whether any sports will advance
to a full season. Scrimmages in all fall sports were eliminated,
even though practices were allowed to begin on schedule Aug. 1.
A yellow light status
students could continue to opt to continue a virtual learning
opportunity, as opposed to going to classes. However, physical
attendance in a school would be on an “A/B” schedule. Students
would either attend in-person classes on Monday and Thursday
(Group A), or Tuesday and Friday (Group B). Wednesday would be
at-home online learning.
Students would have assignments and online learning to complete
on their off days during a yellow light status. Meal service
would continue, with students taking home lunch and breakfast
for their non-attendance days. All students in grades 3-12 will
receive a Google Chromebook for their schoolwork.
Elementary students would still receive art, music, and physical
education, but on a trimester basis.
A green light status indicates school is in full session, as
normal. A virtual learning option would remain in place for
those who prefer to continue to utilize it.
Families have the option to request virtual learning for the
entire first semester, regardless of the status TPS is
operating. The deadline for online learning opt-in is Saturday,
TPS administrators plan to meet individually with every family
before the start of the academic year. Those meetings are
expected to occur between Aug. 14 and Labor Day weekend.
Many of the eight largest urban Ohio school districts are
employing similar tactics to start the new academic year.
Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, for example, was the
first to announce a virtual learning option, at least for the
first nine weeks. Many of the Ohio 8, as they are known, are
re-evaluating their original return plans. TPS had initially
announced a hybrid learning model, which currently mirrors the
Many of Ohio’s school districts have yet to announce formal
return to school plans, as their administrators continue to
evaluate health advisories. The Toledo-Lucas County Health
Dept. is set to announce precautionary guidance, which many
local school districts plan to use to finalize their academic
year plans. Most suburban school districts are set to return the
week of Aug. 17.
During a recent statewide coronavirus briefing, Lt. Governor
Jon Husted announced that help was on the way for districts
needing technology and broadband access. The financial aid is
coming in the form of $50 million in matching grants, which
would help schools get what they need in additional wi-fi access
and digital devices to loan to students.
Parents can submit questions via email at
email@example.com. District administrators plan to provide
updates via social media and online at the “Responsible
Readiness page on the district website,