Hilliard school board sets two-week protocol for deciding pandemic instruction mode

KEVIN CORVO
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Hilliard City Schools families will have more time to prepare for changes in modes of instruction – in person, hybrid or remote – that are based on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System for the COVID-19 coronavirus after a Tuesday, Sept. 1, decision by the Hilliard school board.

Previously, the district had planned to use Franklin County’s public-health status on the statewide system every Thursday to determine the mode of instruction the following Monday.

For example, when Gov. Mike DeWine announced Aug. 27 that Franklin County had been upgraded to an orange Level 2 from a red Level 3, the district switched Aug. 31 from the remote eLearning 2.0 to hybrid instruction.

“Our original plan was when the color is announced on Thursday, we would notify parents and change the following Monday,” school board President Mark Abate said.

Now the district would change its mode of instruction only if the county’s status remains at a given level for two consecutive weeks, he said.

For example, if Franklin County were downgraded to a Level 3 on a Thursday, the district would wait to see if it remained at a Level 3 the following Thursday before changing back to remote learning the following Monday, Abate said.

Likewise, if Franklin County were upgraded to Level 1, the district would wait until it was Level 1 for a second consecutive week before switching to the "all in" in-person plan with social-distancing protocols, he said.

Board members approved the measure 5-0, according to Stacie Raterman, director of communications for the district.

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