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All students at Lorain City Schools will start the school year remote learning

The district sites new research and feedback as the reason behind their shift to remote learning for all students.

LORAIN, Ohio — The Lorain City School Districts has officially announced it's reopening plans for the 2020- 2021 academic school year. 

After pushing back the start of the school year to the first week of September, the school board has decided that all students will begin the year learning remotely. 

The district sites new research and feedback as the reason behind their shift to remote learning for all students -- a switch from their precious decision to allow in-person learning for elementary students. 

"This may not be the return to school many of us anticipated, but we’re pretty excited about what comes next," said Superintendent Dr. Jeff Graham in a press release. " Yes, we’ll have a lot of learning to do together, but turns out, that’s something we know a little something about," he said. 

Over the last six weeks, the district has undergone a 14-step process to develop the districts reopening plan, according to Superintendent Graham. It included input from several state and local health agencies in addition to feedback from staff and families. 

The first day of remote learning will begin Tuesday, September 8. As of Monday, August 3 all school activities remain on hold. No in-person athletics or band practice will begin tomorrow. 

Teachers will still report for their first day on Monday, August 17th. However, the typical three days of professional learning will be extended to three weeks -- providing them the time they need to prepare.

The logistics regarding the remote learning plan can be expected in the upcoming weeks. Following the conclusion of the first semester, October 16, the plan will be reevaluated and any changes will be communicated.