Dates for the Start of 2020 - 2021 School Year

August 24 – First day for teachers

September 9 – First day for grades 8-9, 12

September 10 – First day for grades 2-4, 10

September 11 – First day for grades 5-7, 11

September 14 – First day for grades pre-K, K, 1


Dr. David W. James, Superintendent

Dear Akron Public Schools Families:

Akron Public Schools Board of Education has determined our students will begin their 2020-2021 school year two weeks later than had previously been scheduled.

Please look carefully at our website for the details we have and some sample schedules to give you an idea of how students’ days will be constructed. Our teachers return August 24 to prepare for the beginning of the semester September 9. Some students start their online learning that day, while others begin the 10th, 11th or 14th of September as we again stagger our starting days. (See specific calendar below.)

School will start remotely as planned with our intention to continue remote learning for all students through the first nine weeks. At that time, we will evaluate our approach and keep pace with the impact of COVID-19 to see what, if any, changes may be in order.

While we know this announcement may disappoint some of you and may relieve others, we want to remind you, as previously stated, “first and foremost, our goal is the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff and to seek a safe return to our campus."

We are also sensitive to the health and well-being of our families and their desire for a safe return to schools as soon as possible. Please be aware that this decision is designed to meet the specific needs of APS students. We strive to build our student community and educate our students without reservation and to the best of our ability.

Rest assured that our remote learning will do both, and while remote, the implementation will make this version much stronger than what we had to quickly produce for students last spring when COVID-19 hit.

The seven elected board members also voted on and passed a resolution (5-2) to delay athletics and extracurricular activities . This means a delay in athletic competition/sporting events and extra-curricular activities until further notice. This includes practices.

We hope our actions serve to reduce the spread of the virus and eventually draw us closer to reuniting in person in the not-too-distant future.

I am very grateful for our patient families. You may expect me to remain in close contact with you over the weeks ahead.

APS Returns to Online Learning



As APS prepares to reopen, we are determined to ensure each student is able to recover and re-establish his or her unique academic pathway.

Our commitments:

  • Continuation of the PK-12 College and Career Academies of Akron transformation

  • Training and support of our highly qualified staff who will deliver instruction remotely

  • To the seamless learning environments that are prepared to react to a changing health climate

  • Meeting each individual learner's needs with equity

  • Assessing of student learning needs to design appropriate remediation and enrichment

  • To teacher development of robust programming to provide support and close the gaps that occurred during the spring online learning and the summer slide

  • To ongoing staff training and professional development to support teaching and learning throughout the 2020-2021 school year

You Should Know

Read below to find out where we are in our planning for several key areas of educational life at APS.

Q & A and More Information