Dates to Remember

October 3 Election Day (no school for students)

November 25 Parent- Teacher Conference Day (no school for students)

November 26 - 27 Thanksgiving Break (no schools and offices closed)

December 21 - January 1 Winter Break (schools closed)


Dr. David W. James, Superintendent

Dear Akron Public Schools Families:

As school begins in a most unconventional way, we are referring to this returning to learning as Akron Public Schools Learning 2020-2021.

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. Some students will start their online learning September 9, while others begin the 10th, 11th or 14th of September as we stagger our starting days.

School will start remotely as planned with our intention to continue remote learning for all students through the first interim grading period. 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.

By now, you likely know about a return to contact and non-contact sports for fall. Marching band is included as is cheerleading. Our website will continue to be updated with scheduling information, and our athletic department will be close communication with all of our athletes and their families to keep pace with any changes that may be coming.

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 when it is advisable. We are 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.

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.

APS Returns to Remote 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