As we continue to plan for the 2020-2021 school year, it has become apparent that we need additional time with our teachers and support staff in August to make sure we are ready to implement a safe and effective return to school plan under COVID restrictions. The Board of Education has approved a revised school calendar, which adds two additional teacher inservice days to the start of the school year. August 20-21 which were originally the first days for students will now be teacher inservice days. The first day for students will now be on Monday, August 24. The remainder of the 2020-2021 school calendar remains unchanged at this point.
Currently, we are still awaiting guidance from the Ohio Department of Education, Governor's Office, and the Ohio Department of Health, which will include recommendations and requirements that will have a large impact on what the start of the school year will look like. As we have communicated we are working hard to plan for several possible scenarios. We believe that it is important for all students to be in school and there is no replacement for the learning process that goes on at school, the teacher and student relationships that form, and the socialization skills that students learn from interacting with friends and classmates but our return will be governed upon the restrictions that are put on schools.
Student safety as always will be our number one priority and we will follow the guidance of the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health. We are also working collaboratively with all Clermont County Schools to agree on the structure for a safe return. Therefore, we are planning three possible scenarios for the start of school:
- Scenario One: A return to school for all students with safety measures in place. Students that are medically fragile or have other needs would have a remote option. There would be a backup plan for remote learning if schools needed to close again.
- Scenario Two: A blended learning environment—some students return to school with social distancing and other safety measures in place. There would be an approach of both online, remote learning and face to face in school learning. Students who are medically fragile or have other needs would have a remote option.
- Scenario Three: Remote Learning—all students participating in online learning from home.
We will continue to work diligently for our students to develop the very best plan that provides a great education in a safe manner. The need for the two additional staff preparation days will help us do just that. As state guidance and plans are finalized, we will be sure to communicate them to you.
We appreciate your support and you entrusting their education to us. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s principal or call the Board Office at (513)722-2222.