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COVID leads some central Ohio school districts to change plans for in-person classes

The Columbus Dispatch |

Ohio’s record-breaking COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks are causing school leaders across the central Ohio to reconsider bringing students back into classrooms more often.

  • Olentangy school district announced at a school board meeting Thursday night that they’ll also remain in a hybrid learning format for the remainder of this semester, which ends on Jan. 14th.
  • Dublin has high school students attending in-person classes two full days a week and students in grades K-8 attending every weekday for a half-day of classes. Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the district decided to wait until at least January to discuss switching learning modes again.
  • Columbus City Schools announced last Tuesday that its students won’t be returning to buildings at all this semester, which ends Jan. 15, 2021.
  • Gahanna-Jefferson students will resume some classes in-person starting Monday.
  • New Albany school district has had students learning in person daily since Oct. 5. On Friday, it announced that New Albany High School students would move to a hybrid attendance model this week.
  • Pickerington school district plans to move forward with returning students to buildings four days a week starting Nov. 16.

The Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union, issued a statement Wednesday urging any school district located in a “red” county like Franklin County to switch to remote learning. As of Friday, that was a record 38 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Currently 74% of all Ohioans are living in a county under that designation.