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Health department order dealt another legal setback

Toledo Blade |

A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed another setback to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s attempt to shut down private school instruction and athletics to fight the coronavirus spread.

The U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected the department’s request for a rehearing of the court’s injunction blocking the department’s order.

The decision filed Wednesday said the department “failed to demonstrate that the court overlooked or misapprehended a point of law or fact in issuing our decision.”

Toledo Public Schools Virtual Academy enrollment numbers increase for second semester

Caylee Kirby, WTOL |

January, enrollment numbers are 1,000 more than the previous semester for a total around 4,000 students.

TPS Executive Transformational Leader of Curriculum Jim Gault said the surge in enrollment was quite an adjustment for the district. “You have to reposition staff, train new staff, and in this latest case bring in 20 new teachers to service the extra thousand kids,” he said.

For families not in Virtual Academy, the district will be announced in mid-January on the possibility of returning to in-person learning.

Parochial schools return to in-person instruction after winning injunction

Kaitlen Durbin, Toledo Blade |

Area parochial schools are returning to in-person instruction now that a federal appeals court has deemed the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Health’s order to close them as unenforceable, but the fight may not yet be over.

The health department has filed a petition for rehearing, asking the court to reconsider its ruling, a spokesman confirmed Monday. The department did not answer additional questions about the action, saying it is following the guidance of its legal counsel.

It didn’t stop Monclova Christian Academy from returning students to the classroom Monday, and games and sports team practices are set to resume Tuesday.

Toledo Public Schools to continue remote learning through January


Toledo Public Schools Thursday announced plans to continue its remote learning plan through the end of January.

According to TPS officials, district leaders will continue to monitor the cases in the county and make an announcement in mid-January regarding the possibility of students returning to in-person instruction in February.

Private schools lose challenge of in-person instruction suspension

Toledo Blade |

Three religious schools will have to abide by a Toledo-Lucas County health order and remain closed through Jan. 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge ruled Monday.


Virtual learning mandate is an emergency order, health board says

Bri’on Whiteside, The Toledo Blade |

The Lucas County Regional Board of Health held a special meeting Thursday to amend its virtual learning mandate to ensure it complies with state law.


Ottawa Hills, Maumee schools to return to remote learning

Bri’on Whiteside – The Toledo Blade |

Ottawa Hills Local Schools and Maumee City Schools Tuesday announced plans to return to remote learning for grades K-12. Officials from both districts said remote learning for all students is slated to begin Dec. 7 and last until at least Jan. 11.


Health board orders Lucas County schools to close due to coronavirus

Brooks Sutherland – The Toledo Blade |

The Lucas County Regional Board of Health passed a resolution Wednesday ordering schools to close facilities to in-person learning for older students, and shut down athletics and extracurricular activities until Jan. 11 as coronavirus cases continue to climb locally. 

The order, which mandates virtual learning for grades 7 through 12, but allows grades K through 6 to remain in-person, is recommended to take effect immediately, but requires schools to comply by Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. The order applies to all public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the county. 


State orders TPS to provide make-up time for special-education students

Toledo Blade |

The Ohio Department of Education has ordered Toledo Public Schools to provide compensatory educational time to special-education students whose specialized programs were not fulfilled when the district switched to online instruction at the coronavirus pandemic’s spring onset.


Schools in the Toledo-metro region continue to move to remote-learning

Two Perrysburg schools switch to remote learning early

Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler explained in a letter sent to families that in-person learning for this week had to be canceled due to staffing shortages and a high number of students needing to quarantine. 

Washington Local to go remote over staffing shortage

District officials announced Tuesday that students will return to remote learning beginning Wednesday. According to a written statement posted on the district’s Facebook page, each school district will send its remote learning schedule to parents via email.

TPS to return to full virtual learning as pandemic worsens

Toledo Public Schools officials on Monday announced that all grade levels will return to remote learning amid an uptick in coronavirus cases in Lucas County.

While not the only local district to announce a rollback of in-person learning Monday — Oregon City Schools plans to return students in grades seven to 12 to hybrid learning, while the district’s younger students would reduce their in-person learning from five to four days  — TPS is by far the region’s largest district, and its decision could serve as a sign of things to come for families as the pandemic intensifies.

Teachers say workload up, well-being down in pandemic year

Toledo Blade |

A Toledo Blade survey, asked public school teachers across northwest Ohio to describe how things are going in their schools. The survey received 98 responses from teachers in Lucas, Wood, Allen, Williams, Van Wert, Putnam, Hancock, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties.

Ninety-four percent of the teachers said their workload has increased this year, and 79 percent said their personal well-being has decreased, results showed. Responses were anonymous but teachers reported working up to 25 additional hours outside of the school day each week to prepare lessons or get caught up.

Sixty-six percent of respondents said their district did not properly prepare them for remote learning, whether full time or part. Predominantly, they criticized unclear or ever-changing expectations and lack of training on the technology that would become their lifeline.

Tim Myers, executive director of the Northwestern Ohio Education Association, said the results mirror what he’s been hearing from his members all along. Many of them have been asking tough questions about whether they could afford early retirement.

Additional results in the full article.

Perry teacher dies of COVID-19

Sam Shriver, |

Accolades have come in for Perry elementary music teacher Bob Freisthler, who died this week of COVID-19.

The news was released on the school district’s Facebook page on Tuesday.

“We have received some very sad news today and we need to share it with you. Mr. Freisthler, our beloved elementary Music Teacher, passed last evening due to COVID-19 complications. Mr. Freisthler was an outstanding teacher with a passion for music education. Our hearts are broken. Our thoughts are with Mr. Freisthler’s family during this difficult time,” stated Kelly Schooler, superintendent of Perry schools.

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