Ohio County Schools Propose August 23 as Start Date for 2022-23 School Year | News, Sports, Jobs
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WHEELING — Schools in Ohio County can start Aug. 23 for the fall 2022 semester, according to a schedule offered Tuesday night.
No member of the public appeared to comment during the brief meeting held before the Board of Education meeting. Under the proposed schedule, Ohio County Schools staff would begin their year on August 18, with students following a week later on August 23.
Spring break would begin on April 3 and students would return on April 10. The district would wrap up the school year on May 31, with Wheeling Park High School seniors graduating May 22.
This calendar option was advised by 926 survey participants, according to calendar committee member Scot Kangisser, who also informed the decision to extend the students’ winter break by one day.
The decision to place a professional development day on December 22 was overwhelmingly favored by respondents, with 822 people voting in favour. Only 100 respondents voted for the alternative date of December 4.
“It’s a combination. We had three calendars that we were looking at with different dates, and through investigation, we kind of mixed them together to come up with this one,” Kangisser said.
Breaking with this year’s schedule, 66% of survey feedback favored the inclusion of remote learning options in the event that more than five snow days are used in the year 2022- 23. This year did not allow this option, requiring a catch-up day after using six days of snow.
Susan Nolte, director of human resources for Ohio County Schools, said county school administrations were split on whether or not to provide remote learning this year. Middle and high schools generally felt they would be able to meet these requirements, but elementary schools did not.
“In October, we really didn’t think we were in a position, at some of our grade levels, to be able to accomplish this and change in no time,” Nolte said. “But since October, we’ve been meeting with our elementary school principals – the middle and high school principals were confident they could make this change very quickly, but the elementary schools didn’t. But since October, we think we can now offer that, and the majority of people want that to be an option.
“Elementary principals feel they have worked with their staff and have a plan to address this issue. It may not be electronic, but it may be with an information packet.
Nolte added that the main difficulty with remote learning at the elementary level seems to be the back and forth of Chromebooks between school and home, when students may not yet be used to bringing them home. house and back.
The next public comment period for the school calendar will be at 5:45 p.m. on March 28.
In other areas, State Sen. Owens Brown, D-Ohio, spoke out against Senate Bill 268 until it hits the deadline at the council’s next meeting, regarding the effects of the bill which exempts students from compulsory education who are enrolled in a learning pod or micro school. Brown described the legislation, which ended Saturday, as “very destructive to public schools,” which he called fundamental to the nation.
Brown, who served as president of the West Virginia chapter of the NAACP, said he feared the “segregation” of students in the new system based on class rather than race.
“What I see happening with this particular bill is the severance of separate schools, not necessarily on racial grounds, but on community grounds,” he said. “This bill could be very destructive to our education.”
Brown added that the bill only requires a teacher in these micro-schools or learning modules to have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent, which he said was “a slap in the face” to teachers. professionals who have worked hard to earn a degree in education.
“I don’t believe that everyone can teach; teaching is an art and a profession, with techniques,” Brown said. “They undermine teachers, basically they tell teachers that the four years you spent getting your degree was worth nothing, because anyone can do it. This could lead, perhaps in the future, to the dismissal of teachers, or even the loss of children from the school system.