ORWELL — Grand Valley Local School District students are back in the classroom after “in-person school” was shut down late in 2020 due to the climbing rate of coronavirus cases in the county.

Superintendent William Nye briefed the school board on Monday evening regarding the return to classroom earlier that day. He said a lot more students returned to the classroom for “in-person” instruction after completing the first semester virtually. 

He said close to 100 students made the transition at the start of this semester. The middle and high school students are attending classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesday instruction online.

Nye said the elementary school students are receiving five-day-a-week instruction at the school.

He said discussions have started on the vaccination of school employees which is likely about a month from happening. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has made the vaccination of school employees a priority so schools can function fully as quickly as possible.

Ideally, Nye said he would like to have the vaccinations occur at the school on a Friday so people would have the weekend to adjust. There is a chance a day of school would be canceled so the vaccinations could occur.

In other business

• The board approved the hiring of Kimberly Watson as a bus aide, cook and custodian

• Approved the 2022 alternative tax budget.

• Agreed to a new software company at .325 per student with SameGoal IEP Anywhere

• Accepted the donation of three coats to the Coats for Kids Program from Judy Klosinski and a $1,000 donation from Kim Wolfe to the Grand Valley girls basketball fund, Nye said.



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