FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Superintendent Steve Wood
Phone: 330-633-3291 ext. 8101
TALLMADGE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE FOR 4th QUARTER PLANS
TALLMADGE, OH (February 22, 2021) – Tallmadge City School District is currently weighing instructional model options with the goal of closing the 2020-2021 school year in the most successful manner possible. Plans are currently under consideration regarding which learning model to utilize for grades 6 through 12 for the fourth academic quarter. As part of the research to assist in forming a conclusion, Tallmadge City Schools recently surveyed parents, students and faculty from grades 6 through 12 to gauge comfort levels on returning to an all-in learning model versus staying on the current hybrid model for these grades. This data will be evaluated, in addition to recommendations from local and state health agencies, CDC recommendations and Summit County Board of Health data points. A final decision will be announced in early March.
Click on the following links to view the respective survey results:
Final instructional model decisions were recently announced regarding primary grades. Students in grades K-5 will remain in-person, as they have been since the beginning of the school year. The 5th grade class will remain in Tallmadge Middle School and the 8th grade class will remain in Tallmadge High School, both in an effort to ensure the recommended 6-ft social distancing. Half-day kindergarten will remain in place under the AM/PM schedule for the remainder of the school year.
It is important to note that full day kindergarten will return to the district for the 2021-2022 school year. Also for next school year, 5th grade will return to Tallmadge Elementary and 8th grade will return to Tallmadge Middle School.
The district is encouraged by successes in closing achievement gaps that resulted from the remote closure last spring. At the elementary levels, teachers gave assessments to students and reported these results and worked with the faculty in the grade level below to decide which topics should be introduced and strengthened in upcoming curriculum. The middle and high school level counselors and principals monitored student grades in comparison to the previous year to locate and assist any students that might be struggling.
Summer offerings are currently being developed at each grade level to ensure all district students have resources available to stay on track.
Faculty and staff at Tallmadge City Schools are currently in the vaccination process for COVID-19, having received the first dose on February 3, 2021 and plan for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on February 24, 2021. 80% of total staff and more than 90% of the teaching staff opted to receive this vaccine.
The hard work of our teachers to assist students during their intervention, enrichment and Academy time has been instrumental in student success during this year. We are proud of our resilient students, who have accepted the challenges in front of them. The strength of our students, staff members and administrators have Tallmadge City Schools poised to fulfill the mission of quality education and programming through the last quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.