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Columbus City Schools: Teachers told vaccine rollout will be slow, accuse Gov. DeWine of bargaining with lives

Lisa Rantala, WSYX |

CCS is now prioritizing staff on who will receive the first shots as the district transitions to a hybrid learning model for its elementary school students, career tech kids and students with complex needs next month. CCS has been mostly full remote learning since schools closed last spring. The Columbus Education Association told ABC 6 On Your Side it wanted its members fully vaccinated before they walk back into a classroom.

“At this point in time, I do not have the vaccines to vaccinate Columbus City Schools teachers or staff,” said CPH Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts at the CCS Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. “You’ve got 9,000 employees. I do not anticipate getting 9,000 doses of the vaccine on February 1st.”

Columbus: Less than 20% of seniors ‘on track’ to graduate at 4 different CCS high schools

Lisa Rantala, WSYX |

On a request made last month, CCS released graduation data this week. It indicates 10% of seniors at Columbus Downtown High School now meet the requirements to graduate. 12% are currently on track at Marion-Franklin High School, 13% at South High School, and 15% at East High School.

Last month, CCS administrators said the district attendance rate last semester was 72%, chronic absenteeism was 66% and more than twice as many students were failing their high school courses compared to fall semester 2019.

Columbus to reopen schools to some students Feb. 1, but union wants COVID vaccines first

Alissa Widman Neese, Columbus Dispatch |

Before Columbus City Schools reopens buildings to some students Feb. 1, the union representing more than 4,000 teachers and other employees said Wednesday evening it wants the initial round of COVID-19 vaccinations available to all employees first. 

Superintendent Talisa Dixon announced hours earlier Wednesday that after 11 months of students learning online from home, Columbus City Schools officials will reopen buildings to some students starting next month.

The first group will include all students in preschool and grades K-3; select students in all grade levels with “complex needs,” such as disabilities; and high school students in career-technical education programs at Columbus Downtown High School and the Fort Hayes Career Center.

Students in grades 4-5, meanwhile, will transition into the “blended learning” mode on Feb. 8. 

Columbus City Schools to resume sports practices Friday

Alissa Widman Neese, Columbus Dispatch |

Columbus City Schools winter athletes can resume practicing Friday, following nearly two months without any activity.

The move by district administrators goes against the recommendations of local health departments, but follows what essentially all other schools in the central Ohio area are doing. 

Columbus City Schools has yet to make an announcement, however, on when any in-person classes will resume. Students have been learning online from home since March, an arrangement officials have said will remain through at least Feb. 1. More updates are coming Wednesday, Dixon said.

Columbus City Schools postpones winter athletics, extracurriculars until Jan. 23

Eric Halperin, Justin Holbrock, WCMH |

During a Columbus City School Board meeting Tuesday, Superintendent and CEO Dr. Talisa Dixon said that while she understands other nearby districts are continuing to hold a winter sports season, she said the decision has been tough and knows it will have consequences.

“I see what’s happening with our students in our suburbs and they’re playing and those school districts have decided to take that risk, and they can take that risk, but I’ve asked our organization not to take that risk,” Dixon said.

Pickerington Schools principal agrees to suspension following social-media posts

Nate Ellis, The Columbus Dispatch |

A Pickerington Schools principal will be suspended 10 days without pay for political comments she had posted and shared via social media, the district confirmed Dec. 18. In a settlement with the district signed Dec. 7, Ruth Stickel, principal at Fairfield Elementary School, agreed to a suspension of four days in January, four in February and two in March.

The agreement comes after Stickel was accused between March and October of making or sharing several comments deemed inappropriate and that Zack Howard, district administrative officer, said “caused a disruption to the school district.”

More students failing, fewer students attending CCS during remote learning

Lisa Rantala, WSYX/WTTE |

Nine months into full remote learning, Columbus City Schools is releasing alarming numbers when it comes to attendance, grades, and failing students. At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, CCS Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon cited an article calling this the “lost generation.”

“Not only are we dealing with unprecedented learning loss and course failure, we understand that it would take years to mitigate,” said Dr. Dixon.

Southwest Licking offered $150k in CARES Act cash to OK Etna development tax break

The Columbus Dispatch |

The district was offered $150,000 in coronavirus relief money if the district approved a tax abatement for a development, an Advocate investigation found.

An email from an attorney stated that Etna Township was “willing to provide” $150,000 in CARES Act funding to Southwest Licking Schools if its school board approved a 15-year, 100% commercial tax abatement.

District officials did not accept the offer.

“My reaction is always, it’s not the township’s money they are offering. They are offering federal money. It’s not costing the township anything,” District Treasurer Richard Jones said. “It was not something I was overly comfortable with, and everybody on the abatement/finance committee weren’t comfortable with saying, ‘Let’s exchange federal monies for an abatement.’ We just weren’t comfortable with it and that’s why we weren’t willing to move forward with it.”

Central Ohio school districts scramble to find substitutes amid teacher shortages

Justin Holbrock, WCMH |

Schools across Central Ohio are scrambling to find substitutes as more teachers are forced to quarantine. And while learning models vary from full in-person, hybrid and full remote learning, one thing is consistent — teacher shortages.

Free learning centers help Columbus students navigate online school

Alissa Widman Nesse, The Columbus Dispatch |

The sites, operated by local churches, nonprofit groups and city recreation centers, offer small groups of students reliable internet, meals and help with classwork and homework in a safe, socially-distant setting. The Columbus City Schools website has a list of all centers, with hours and grades served varying for each location.

Ohio students must take state tests in person — but many aren’t

The Columbus Dispatch |

Just 36% of Columbus third-graders came to school to take Ohio’s mandatory reading test in the fall — an assessment that must be completed in person.

Last year, 92% of Columbus students took the test. The district has held online classes since March.

“The issue of the third-grade reading guarantee was an issue of safety,” said Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon. “Was it a priority for us to have students take the test, or was it a priority for us to make sure students and families were safe?”

Dublin school board under fire for keeping in-person learning for elementary students

WCMH |

Nearly 200 Dublin parents and staff members protested outside the emerald campus Monday.

Demonstrators said they were upset with the board of education’s decision to switch middle and high school students to full virtual learning after the Thanksgiving break but keeping elementary students in the classroom.

“Community spread is affecting our classrooms,” said Donna O’Connor, president of the Dublin Educators’ Association. “Students are out on quarantine. Teachers are out on quarantine. Our students need our teachers in front of them, not substitutes. When is our school district going to take responsibility for community spread?”

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