New Albany High School reverts to hybrid mode because of COVID-19

Sarah Sole
ThisWeek group
New Albany High School

New Albany High School students on Oct. 27 will revert to a hybrid model of learning at the building because of recent COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine procedures, according to district spokesman Patrick Gallaway.

New Albany-Plain Local School District students in pre-K through 8th grade were expected to continue to attend at their buildings in a full-time in-person learning mode, he said.

Gallaway said school board members made the decision during an Oct. 23 emergency meeting.

According to the district website, napls.us, as of Oct. 24, the high school had four COVID-19 cases and 115 quarantines.

“Our students are safest when they are at school," board President John McClelland said. "Data illustrate students are not contracting COVID while at school and are not spreading it while at school in New Albany or throughout the nation.

"The contact-tracing regulations required by Franklin County Public Health have forced us to quarantine hundreds of students. While the vast majority of students in quarantine are not getting sick, we must follow the required protocols until changed by health officials.”

The board and administration will continue to analyze available data to determine when it might be possible to permit high school students to return to school “all-in” or make any other attendance-model adjustments to other schools in the district, Gallaway said.

"We remain committed to meet in the academic and developmental needs of students in our schools," he said.

On Oct. 26, students and staff members had the day off school so teachers could prepare for the change, Gallaway said.

High school students once again were divided into maroon and gold groups, alternating days of in-person learning, he said.

Meanwhile, students enrolled in the district's virtual-learning program will remain in that mode, he said.

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