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Columbus City Schools Will Bring Some Students Back Into Classrooms In October

WOSU |

The majority of high school students will remain completely online, even after the end of the first quarter. Meanwhile, lower grades will start returning in phases:

  • October 19: Pre-K through 3rd grade, and Career and Technical Education students
  • October 26: 4th and 5th grade
  • November 2: 6th, 7th and 8th grade

The district’s remote-learning plan originally had all grades learning from home until at least October 27. But since that was announced in July, Franklin County has dropped from a “red” level three public health emergency to an “orange” level two under Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System.

Under the new hybrid model, most Columbus students will attend in-person classes two days a week and learn online from home the other three.

Bringing Back the Neediest Students First: Cleveland Considers Joining Emerging Trend

The 74 Million |

District CEO Eric Gordon said he and his staff are debating limiting in-person learning to elementary students and those with special needs if schools are able to shift Nov. 9 to a “hybrid” plan — a mix of in-person and online classes. Whether any in-person classes resume, or if lessons remain online for the second quarter of the school year, depends on the city and county’s COVID-19 case counts over the next few weeks.

High school students would keep taking classes online under that plan, which is similar to how districts in the Chicago, San Antonio and Seattle areas are phasing in a return to school.

Ohio Ranked One of the Safest States in America for Schools to Reopen

CityBeat |

Personal finance website WalletHub (aka the curator of many rankings and reports unrelated to finance) has named Ohio one of America’s top 10 safest states for schools to reopen

Metrics involved in the ranking system included two main categories: risk of COVID-19 infection and health and financial infrastructure. Each contained 15 subsections related to their category including child COVID-19 cases per 100,000 children; public mask usage; average public school class size; share of children living in crowded housing; comprehensive school reopening guidance and student-to-school-nurse ratio.

Ohio came in at No. 7, just after Rhode Island at No. 6 and ahead of New Jersey at No. 8. The safest state for schools to reopen is Vermont, according to the study, and the least safe state is Mississippi.

How schools are coping with constantly changing landscape of COVID-19

PBS News Hour |

Parents, students, teachers and school board members from across the country talk about what the first month or so has been like for them.

Video runs about 10 minutes. Transcript available as well.

Northern Kentucky students return to class, while half their peers learn from home

WLWT and WCPO |

It appears a majority of public schools in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are using a blended A/B model to bring students back to class, meaning students spend alternate days at their home school based on their last name.

But there are grade levels going back five days a week. It all depends on how much space a particular building has to accommodate students who want to be back in the classroom.

Dayton Public approves phased return-to-school plan

Dayton Daily News |

A small number of Dayton Public Schools high school students in certain career-tech and arts classes would begin limited in-person work starting this Thursday. If that goes well, a second group, including English as a second language students and special education students in self-contained classrooms, would return Oct. 15.

Then starting Nov. 9, the vast majority of students would be on a hybrid plan where they attend school in-person two days per week and continue working remotely the other days.

“I just really believe we need to starting seeing our kids face-to-face,” Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli told the school board on Saturday.

Deer Park: Return to Full-Time Classes: Monday, October 5

DPCS |

At a Special Board of Education meeting, the decision was made to move forward with a return to full-time, face-to-face instruction beginning Monday, October 5th. The Board of Education will hold another special board meeting next Tuesday, September 29th at 4:00 p.m. to officially approve the full-time restart date as well as an updated school calendar. 

Ed leaders share best practices for reopening schools

Education Dive |

In a Wednesday Education Department webinar, five leaders shared how their school systems are working to gain the public’s confidence and to expand in-person learning.

The panel was moderated by Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan.