UPDATED: Most Reynoldsburg students will return to full-time in-person classes March 15
"I cannot wait to see everybody back," Reynoldsburg City Schools Superintendent Melvin J. Brown said in a live Facebook stream Feb. 23 as he announced in-school classes would resume five days a week beginning March 15.
Brown said the move would affect students on the hybrid schedule, who alternate between classes in person at the schools and remotely at home.
"If you are a hybrid student right now, you'll return to your building with your principals, your teachers, your friends five days a week starting March 15," he said.
Students in the all-remote online learning schedule will continue in that format after March 15, according to Valerie Wunder, district communications director.
"Parents who elected for their child to participate in virtual learning when we asked for a second semester commitment will continue learning remotely," she said.
Brown said the district will ensure the students in all-remote learning "are involved in our classroom activities and collaborating with their classmates."
In a letter to families in the district sent Feb. 23, Brown said the district would adhere to social-distancing guidelines, and the Parent and Student Guide to Learning would be updated.
Among the topics in the updated guide will be information on all-in learning, virtual learning, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch, hot meals, cleaning, mask policies and transportation.
"We understand that many families have questions about when field trips can begin again, if visitors and volunteers can return to schools and what dances such as prom and events such as graduation may look like," Brown said.
"Please know we are working diligently to create events for our students that are as meaningful and memorable as possible, while staying within the guidelines of what health officials recommend. As we receive more information, we will share it with you."
Brown said the district is working with Franklin County Public Health "to make sure we can make this the most successful and safe process possible."