4 area schools will hold classes online for the first nine weeks of the school year

MIAMI VALLEY — Four local districts are going online for the first nine weeks of the school year this fall.

Yellow Springs Exempted School District, Middletown Schools, Tecumseh Local and Trotwood-Madison will all be holding class online at the beginning of the school year.

Yellow Springs Exempted School District Superintendent Terri Holden said the district will hold classes entirely online for students for the first quarter of the 2020/2021 school year.

This comes after Holden held a virtual board of education meeting Saturday after hearing concerns from parents, teachers, and staff due to the raising case in the state of Ohio this month.

“My first priority is safety. Safety for students and family, safety for my staff, so that was a big part of the decision,” she said.

The plan will include providing computers and supplies to students, delivery food service for students in need, and allow teachers to teach from the classroom with access to materials.

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Middletown Schools also announced that the first part of the school year will be held online.

According to a release by Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. the decision was made with the Board of Education after seeing that the risk to the health and safety is too great for students and staff to return to the classroom.

“When it is safe to do so, we will make a decision on returning to an in-person classroom environment with a virtual option with guidance and support from our area health departments,” he said.

The plan includes school-issued laptops for grades 3-12, meal pick-ups for students, and using Schoology or Google platform for access to all school materials at the student’s pace.

Both school districts have their 2020/2021 back-to-school plans available on their websites.