Students will switch to online learning if Akron Public Schools teachers go on vacation next week, but the district hasn’t decided what to do with students and families without Internet access.
Students will be required to participate in online learning during the vacation, the district said.
“Public education is required by Ohio law, and a labor strike is not a valid excuse for the absence of a scholar,” the district said on its strike information page. “Fortunately, our scholars are accustomed to learning in a virtual/online environment away from the school building, which allows our district to track scholar participation and attendance. This potentially limits the days needed to make up at the end of the year.”
The district said there will be an instructional plan and recommended daily schedule for online learning, including opportunities for students to meet online with an APS administrator with teaching experience and opportunities to independently complete online lessons at their own pace.
“This approach is consistent with our approved district blended learning plan,” the district said. “While in-person learning is preferred, our education community has extensive experience helping students learn virtually.”
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If a vacation appears imminent, the district said it will contact families as soon as possible via email and an all-call message with specific online learning instructions, support and schedules, as well as information about online learning on the APS Connected Learning website.
The district also said administration and staff will be in contact with families daily and will be able to take phone calls or respond to emails.
The Akron Education Association, which represents about 2,800 teachers and licensed professionals, announced a 10-day walkout and picketing on Dec. 29 and told members to be ready to walk out on Jan. 9 at 12:01 p.m.
Classes are scheduled to resume from winter break this Friday. Akron’s 20,000 students will likely return to school that day, but the strike will begin the following Monday.
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Akron Public Schools technical support
According to the district’s information page about the strike, the district plans to offer technology support from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., along with Akron Children’s Hospital school-based health services:
- Buchtel Community Learning Center, 1040 Copley Road.
- Eastern Community Learning Centre, 80 Brittain Road.
- Firestone Community Learning Center, 470 Castle Blvd.
- Garfield Community Learning Center, 1326 Brown St.
- Ellett Community Learning Center, 309 Woolf Ave.
- Jennings Community Learning Center, 227 E. Tallmadge Ave.
- Innes Community Learning Center, 1999 East Ave.
- Portage Path Community Learning Center, 55 S. Portage Path.
- Robinson Community Learning Center, 1156 Fourth Ave.
Listed schools will have lunch bags for that day and breakfast the next morning from 11 a.m. to noon.
In addition, Ellet, Jennings, Innes, Portage Path and Robinson will provide emergency child care from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for pre-registered students in grades K through 5 only.
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Akron-Summit County Public Library hot spots
The Akron-Summit County Public Library offers free Internet service to visitors inside and immediately outside its premises.
All 19 library branches also have mobile hotspots and laptops for borrowing.
T-Mobile wireless hotspots with unlimited data have a two-week credit period, while Windows 10 laptop bundles preloaded with internet, Microsoft Office, Zoom, library apps and other productivity apps have a four-week credit period. loan term.
There are 57 total laptops and hotspot packs, three in each of the 19 branches. There are another 170 total hotspots for the system that can be reserved for pickup anywhere.
Borrowing requirements include being an Akron-Summit County Public Library cardholder who is at least 18 years old and does not have sufficient Internet or computer access outside the library.
Borrowers must visit one of the 19 Akron-Summit County Public Library locations and complete a Borrower Agreement Form.
Patrons are responsible for the cost of loss or damage, with a total replacement cost of $65 for the hotspot ($30 for the hotspot, $10 for the power adapter, and $25 for the case) and $435 for the laptop ($350 for the laptop, $350 for the Charger $50 and $35 per box).
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Hours at the 19 library locations listed below are Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until and unless otherwise noted, Sundays are closed:
- Main Library: 60 S. High St., Akron, 330-643-9000 (Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. to a, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
- Ellet: 2470 E. Market St., Akron, 330-784-2019
- Fairlawn-Bath: 3101 Smith Road, Bath Township, 330-666-4888
- Firestone Park: 1486 Aster Ave., Akron, 330-724-2126
- Goodyear: 60 Goodyear Blvd., Akron, 330-784-7522
- Green: 4046 Massillon Road, Green, 330-896-9074
- Mountain Square: 807 W. Market St., Akron, 330-376-2927
- Kenmore: 969 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, 330-745-6126
- Maple Valley: 1187 Copley Road, Akron, 330-864-5721
- Mogador: 144 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogador, 330-628-9228
- Nordonia Hills: 9458 Olde Eight Road, Northfield Center Township, 330-467-8595
- North Hill: 183 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron, 330-535-9423
- Northwest Akron: 1720 Shatto Ave., Akron, 330-836-1081
- Norton: 3930 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton, 330-825-7800
- Odom Boulevard: 600 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron, 330-434-8726
- Portage Lakes: 4261 Manchester Road, New Franklin, 330-644-7050
- Richfield: 3761 S. Grant St., Richfield, 330-659-4343
- Springfield-Lakemore: 1500 Canton Road, Suite 360, Lakemore, 330-643-4770 (Hours: Monday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 to 18:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Sundays)
- Tallmadge: 90 Community Road, Tallmadge, 330-633-4345