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Columbus City Schools pushes back start of in-person classes

The Columbus Dispatch |

Columbus City Schools has pushed back the start of in-person classes, originally scheduled to resume Oct. 19.

Now students in grades K-8 and preschool will begin the transition with two weeks of optional orientation sessions starting that day, meaning students won’t actually be required to step into buildings until Nov. 2 at the earliest, according to a Monday announcement.

In a Zoom call with reporters Monday afternoon, Superintendent Talisa Dixon said the reason for the delay was twofold: to ensure that students and families are prepared for the new learning format, which will have them returning to buildings twice weekly, and ongoing negotiations with the district’s labor unions.