Reynoldsburg schools to move to hybrid learning Sept. 21

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Reynoldsburg City Schools will being a hybrid model for in-school instruction starting Sept. 21.

The announcement came in an email Aug. 28 from Superintendent Melvin Brown to district families.

“We were strategic in deciding to start the year in a remote learning model so that we could master our digital learning practices and also to keep a close eye on the COVID-19 metrics to ensure we are indeed prepared to return to buildings,” Brown wrote. “This announcement will allow for a few weeks’ notice of our transition to the hybrid model. You have no idea how excited we are to be able to see our students in person.”

In the hybrid model, students with last names beginning with letters A-K attend in-person classes Mondays and Tuesdays; those with last names beginning with L-Z attend Thursdays and Fridays; online and remote learning would supplement the other days.

Brown also listed health and safety considerations for “face to face” days.

• Individual class sizes will not be cut in half for a hybrid model but will be reduced so that social-distancing guidelines can be met.

• All staff and students will follow enhanced hygiene protocols, including face-covering protocols, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, 6 feet of social distancing when possible, covering mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, staying home when ill for any reason, having a temperature at or above 100 degrees or experiencing any symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

• School practices, such as meals, recess, related arts and electives, etc., will be altered to promote student health and safety. Parents should expect some changes to current food policies to protect students who have food allergies. Breakfast will be grab-and-go.

• All schools will work to facilitate the fullness of district programming on a reduced schedule and modified learning plan when appropriate, including elementary specials, academic interventions, gifted programming and instrumental music.

Parents or guardians who enrolled their children in the Virtual Academy will receive a separate communication, according to Brown.

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