Students in the Dickinson Public Schools district finished the last few months of the 2019-2020 school year online. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise throughout the country, the district is asking the parents of its students to complete a brief survey to gauge their interest in an online learning option for the upcoming school year.

The survey asked parents if they would be interested in a full-time or part-time online learning option for their child/children this fall if the option were available. Those who chose "yes" were asked how many children they had enrolled for school that they would like the option for, the student(s) grade level and school and their parent(s) contact information.

The district commented on its survey posted on social media, "To clarify, this would be an optional program for families and would NOT be required. The survey will assist in collecting information from those interested."

While many parents commented that they want their children to go back to school, some were glad for the potential of an option not to return.

"I think this is a fantastic OPTION to give parents," Lynelle Pfremmer wrote. "The fact is, some students thrive in an online learning environment... we were so surprised to witness that first hand in our household. For some students who suffer with severe anxiety, medical issues, ADHD, etc. the benefits of an online learning environment could be incredible. Additionally if there were enough interest, I feel like a lot of the overcrowding issues could potentially be addressed as well."

Some parents commented on the post to inquire as to what guidelines the district will implement in its schools, including whether or not students would be required to wear a face mask.

Jessica Wojahn commented, "That is a deal breaker for us. I will home school otherwise."

No plans for online learning have been made at this time.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Stark County has stagnated in the low 60s since early May. The county's last confirmed case was June 9. Prior to June 9, Stark County hadn't seen a confirmed case since May 31.