CUYAHOGA FALLS – Students in the city’s school district who take a fully virtual option in the 2021-22 school year will receive instruction from another school, but will still be part of the district.
On Wednesday, June 30, the Cuyahoga Falls School Board approved the Western Reserve Education Service Center to provide distance education to students in the district who have opted for full online education this fall.
A state law that gave school districts the power to create virtual learning academies has expired. Superintendent Dr Todd Nichols said the Ohio Department of Education has given districts four options to choose from and noted that the council has decided that distance education will be provided by the ESC of the western reserve in the township of Concord.
Nichols said with 42 students across the district planning to do a fully virtual learning, working with the service center is “the most viable option we have right now.”
Education Council vice-chairman Anthony Gomez said he felt the district “needed to engage with these families” to make sure everyone was informed of all the details of the new virtual program.
Kathy Moffet, board member, said: “The sooner we can engage with them individually and maybe face to face, I think the more they will feel like a part. [the district]. “
Ellen McClure, district human resources manager, said she was “delighted with this [ESC of Western Reserve] can provide our families. “
Western Reserve ESC will offer a program for K-12 students with four major subjects and two electives. Students must sign up for a full semester.
“There is virtual teaching, but also live teaching every day,” McClure said.
She noted that the district would provide the technology equipment and pointed out that young people in the ESC of Western Reserve program would still be considered students of the Cuyahoga Falls City school district.
“They can still participate in our extracurricular activities,” McClure said.
Nichols added that the students will also be part of the district from a financial standpoint. The cost of the four core courses and the two electives is approximately $ 2,500 per student.
“We would pay for that amount, but by not losing the student, we are not transferring more than $ 6,000 to a community school,” Nichols said.
Students would only have to pay a fee if they took more than the four core courses and two electives, according to Nichols.
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