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Looking back at an unprecedented year: Athens City Schools

Sydney Dawes, The Athens News |

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique obstacles for students and their families, a prominent issue Athens City School District Superintendent Tom Gibbs said is the issue of equity.

The district’s superintendent nodded to the daily needs of students and their families. To begin, students throughout the district have parents who both work, and many of these working parents have been unable to work from home during the pandemic. Thus, with children who are learning remotely, daytime childcare arrangements must be made.

And of course, these daytime arrangements need to be in a location where remote learning is feasible. And Internet access is oftentimes geographically unobtainable for families throughout the county and region.

“It’s the reality of southeast Ohio,” Gibbs said.

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