Dr. David W. James, Superintendent

February 22, 2021

Dear Akron Public Schools Families:

Our district has started preparing for the resumption of in-person learning. Our families have had an opportunity to fill out the Family Selection Form to let us know whether they wanted to choose to remain in 100% remote learning or to come back to the classroom for in-person learning

Approximately 30% of students have chosen to continue with remote learning while 70% have decided to come back to their school building. All of the details of how this will work are here on our website for you to read. There are frequently asked questions and answers and other resources to assist you with learning more about our plans to return on March 8 for kindergarten, first and second grades. March 15 would see the return of all other grade levels.

We also have important information here concerning health and safety protocols that we must follow. There is evidence that schools with in-person learning models who practice these protocols have experienced minimal virus spread. This, combined with the vaccination program for our teachers and staff, makes us ready to proceed after one year of all remote learning. It will be important for everyone to wear masks, maintain at least three to six feet of social distancing and follow the guidance on the many signs posted around our school buildings.

A reminder, our schools have suspended our usual uniform policy for the remainder of this school year. Please continue to visit this site for the most up-to-date information.

All of us at Akron Public Schools appreciate your patience throughout the past year. We are excited to see your children safely return to school and learn in our classrooms again.

Best Wishes,

David W. James, Ed.D.


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Last Updated February 22, 2021

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Dates to Remember

March 12, 2021 Instructional Improvement Day; no school for students

March 8 First Day New Learning Model for K-2 & K-12 MD/AU Students

March 15 First Day New Learning Model for Preschool and 3-12 Students

April 2, 2021 Good Friday; schools and offices closed

April 5-9, 2021 Spring Break; no school for students

May 28, 2021 Last Day for Students in Grade 12

May 31, 2021 Memorial Day; schools and offices closed

June 3, 2021 Last Day for Students

June 4, 2021 Last Day for Teachers

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