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Area briefing

SALINEVILLE– The Southern Local School District is planning an informational meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in the high school gymnasium to address protocols and practices as it prepares to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the public session officials will share plans for conducting classes in the elementary and junior-senior high school buildings as well as online. Topics will range from safety precautions inside the schools to virtual learning for students to work remotely from home.

“We will talk about health measures, cleaning the building and safety protocols and will also take questions and input,” schools Superintendent Tom Cunningham said. “We definitely want to listen to questions and input and make any changes we can prior to the start of school.”

School is set to start on Sept. 8 and Southern Local will provide face-to-face instruction five days a week in the buildings plus an online option for parents who are wary about having their child return to class. The virtual learning component will include online Virtual Learning Academy classes with uploaded presentations and the ability for pupils to interact with their teachers. Cunningham added that thermal scanners have been added to the buildings which will quickly take temperatures in the offices and at entrances to both schools, plus hand sanitizers will be readily accessible in classrooms and hallways and the buildings will be regularly cleaned.

“We will use our static-charged atomizer and may have an outside company regularly sanitize the buildings on weekends,” he continued.

Cunningham expects a quarter of the district’s students to opt for remote learning and said the district hopes to have all of the measures in place to support every single pupil.

Attendants are required to wear masks to abide by state rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For information, contact the district office at 330-679-2343.

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