After receiving feedback from concerned parents and consulting with the Ohio Department of Education, the Athens City School District has revised its plans for early release/late arrival this Thursday and Friday. If you took the time to contact district officials with your concerns, thank you. We believe you’ve made a difference. The new schedule calls for a 1 hour early release on Thursday 12/4 and a 1 hour delay on Friday 12/5.
More importantly, the district’s letter to parents, which you can read here, is very well articulated, and honors parents and the community by explaining the district’s rationale. District administrators will always have difficult decisions to make and competing interests to address. We think thoughtful discourse between the district and parents, and transparency into the decision making process, are vital to a healthy school community. These goals are the primary reason we founded this group.
We’d like to thank the administration for taking this step, and hope it’s the kind of communication we’ll see as difficult choices arise in the future.