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Athens School Prepare To Go Online Should COVID Cause Another Disruption

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Should there be another COVID-related shutdown of Athens schools, the district will switch to temporary online instruction. Schools in the Athens City School District have been closed since Friday because COVID-19 has temporarily sidelined nearly half of its bus drivers. The district is planning to reopen schools on Tuesday. Superintendent Tom… Read More

Athens Schools Extend Shutdown; Alexander Imposes Mask Mandate

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens schools are extending their COVID-related shutdown until after Labor Day. And the Alexander Local School District announced that starting Tuesday masks must be worn throughout the school day. The Athens shutdown began Friday when the district found itself with so many bus drivers out due to COVID-19 that it could no… Read More

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Athens Schools Shut Down As COVID Sidelines Bus Drivers

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Just two days into the school year, the Athens City School District is shutting down at least until next Wednesday because it no longer has enough bus drivers as a result of COVID-19 quarantines. Superintendent Tom Gibbs informed families of the decision late Thursday night after yet another member of the… Read More

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Days Are Numbered For Athens’ West Elementary School

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Parents in Athens’ West neighborhood have known for quite some time that this day might come. As construction nears completion on new state-of-the-art facilities for Athens City Schools, the district will consolidate to fewer buildings, and elementary students will settle into new homes. Since the project’s inception, families have been left… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Ohio University And Athens City Schools Issue Mask Mandates

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Students will be returning to classes this fall fully masked, per announcements from Ohio University and the Athens City School District on Wednesday.   In an email to the OU community Wednesday afternoon, the university announced that effective Thursday, masks will be required in all OU indoor public and shared spaces, regardless… Read More

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New Law Adds Graduation Options For High School Seniors This Year

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio high school seniors stressed out about graduation can rest a little easier. High schools do not have to give the American history standardized test this year. And they will have other options to graduate seniors who do not pass the standardized tests required for other subjects. This was made possible… Read More

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Athens City School District Plans Gradual Return For Some In-Person Instruction

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens City School District will begin to bring students back into the classroom gradually after beginning the semester with complete remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an email to board members, administrators, faculty, and staff Wednesday morning, Superintendent Tom Gibbs outlined a draft of the plan. October 12-16 Preschool October… Read More

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Back-To-School Plans Taking Shape For Athens County Districts

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Athens County, K-12 school administrators and county school boards are deciding how to proceed with the upcoming fall semester. Athens City Schools superintendent Dr. Tom Gibbs is recommending the district conduct its fall semester online. The Athens City School Board will vote on this… Read More

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How Athens Schools Bridged The Internet Gap During the Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — It was Tuesday, March 10, the day before Ohio had its first 3 COVID-19 cases reported and the state of emergency declared. Students were supposed to return to school from spring break the following Monday, March 16. But Tom Gibbs, superintendent for the Athens City Schools District (ACSD), knew that schools… Read More

Athens City School District Gives Hotspots To Students

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – As students continue to transition into online learning, Athens City School District (ACSD) has spent $96,000 on mobile hotspots to make that transition happen. Superintendent Tom Gibbs said the major chunk of the total expense on mobile hotspots came from federal funding. “It’s about $96,000 in expense, and about $80000 of… Read More

Survey: Some Athens High School Students claim Verbal Harassment at the Middle School

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ATHENS, Ohio — A survey of 450 former Athens Middle School students found that some were verbally harassed by Ohio University students while on their way to school. The survey, conducted by a member of the Athens Schools Facilities Steering Committee, showed that 17 percent of the high school students responding faced some kind of… Read More

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Athens Superintendent Remains On Paid Leave, Investigation Continues

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Six weeks after the Athens City School Board placed Supt. Carl Martin on paid administrative leave after an alleged failure to make required reports by employees of the school district, no formal action has taken place in regards to the leave. The board met Thursday night and were updated on the progress of a review… Read More

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Sex Ed Possible For Athens Schools

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After a difficult start to 2015 centering around allegations of sexual misconduct and failure to report, Athens City Schools is focusing on prevention of these matters in the future. Following a training for teachers and staff last month on reporting inappropriate relationships, Athens City Schools is looking to add sexual education curriculum for middle school… Read More