Terry Lilley, left, an educational assistant and Kelly Haslam, an intermediate Achieve teacher greet student Journee Blackmon as she arrives for her class Tuesday at Rimer Community Learning Center as part of the Akron Public Schools Remote Plus program.

Clutching an iPad, Journee Blackmon climbed out of the van, not really averting the puddle of melting snow between the edge of the van and the control. 

With a tiny coaxing from educational assistant Terry Lilley, she gradually walked up the sidewalk and as a result of the doorways at Rimer CLC. 

But the 3rd-grader, who is on the autism spectrum and does not speak, wasn’t so absolutely sure about going up the stairs. The previous years she was there, her classroom was on the initial flooring. As she stood solidly at the foundation of the stairs, still wearing her purple wintertime coat and white hat, Lilley gently encouraged her, reminding Journee that her classmates, her desk and her guides ended up all waiting around for her on the second flooring.

“You’re developed up,” Lilley told her. “You happen to be aspect of the upstairs team now.”