Dublin City Schools officials exploring options for 2020-21 instruction formats

SARAH SOLE
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The Dublin City Schools return-to-school plan won’t be finalized until the end of July, but the district is planning to give parents the chance to have students learn on a remote basis instead of heading back to buildings.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the district July 8 sent emails to parents introducing the online option.

Children attending elementary schools would be taught remotely by Dublin teachers. Middle school students likely would as well, depending upon class level. High school students might have to be taught remotely by a third-party provider, he said.

“It’s hard for parents, quite honestly, and we understand this,” Hoadley said.

He said the district is intentionally not rushing its plan for in-classroom instruction because guidance regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is evolving daily.

Hoadley said the state’s color-coded guidelines for counties that represent the number of coronavirus cases and the danger of its spreading will also help determine how the district operates into the new school year.

“We’ll have to react accordingly,” he said.

Gov. Mike DeWine on July 2 announced the public health advisory alert system, which determines a county’s alert system based on several data indicators. The colors -- yellow, orange, red and purple -- progress from the lowest baseline yellow level to the highest emergency purple level.

Hoadley said students could likely still remain in school buildings on a five-day weekly schedule at yellow and orange alert levels, albeit with health safety parameters.

At the red alert level only about 50 percent of students would likely be able to learn in buildings at a time, Hoadley said. That would mean two groups of students would alternate learning remotely and in the classroom either by alternating days or alternating mornings and afternoons.

Hoadley said he’s unsure whether the purple alert level would require remote learning for all students or whether a way would exist for some students to remain in buildings.

The district’s students live in Union and Delaware counties in addition to Franklin County. Hoadley said the district would have to follow alert levels for Franklin County because it is the biggest county of the three as well as the county that comprises the largest portion of the district.

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