Changes to learning mode for HS/MS students starting Nov. 30
As you are aware, yesterday Franklin County was designated “purple” in Ohio’s COVID-19 rating system. Over the past few weeks, the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in central Ohio and specifically within the Dublin school district have sharply increased.
As such, Dublin City Schools’ middle and high schools will be moving to remote learning mode for the remainder of the first semester beginning Nov. 30. Elementary students, including our preschool program, will remain in hybrid learning mode.
These steps are in line with the District’s Learning Mode Decision Making Guide, the current state of our local COVID-19 data, and reflect our continued collaboration with officials from Franklin County Public Health. Moreover, these steps are specifically being taken to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our Dublin community.
Elementary and preschool students will be remaining in hybrid learning mode in part because only 4% of the District’s cases involve students below the age of 10. Some elementary school start times may slightly shift and additional information will be shared on Monday with elementary parents.
Some specialized programs that require in-person services may remain in operation at the middle and high school levels.
Middle school sports are completely paused until Nov. 30, effective immediately. At the high school level, all scrimmages and games are canceled until Nov. 30. High school teams will be permitted to practice between now and Nov. 30 provided athletes can wear face masks. We will reconvene our leadership team on Nov. 30 to make future decisions regarding athletics.
In January, our goal is to return to hybrid learning mode K-12 provided local data supports this direction. A decision will be made on the second semester’s learning mode in mid December.
We will continue to provide free breakfast and lunches during this time of remote learning at the middle and high school levels. More information on our food distribution plan will be shared soon.
We would like to take a moment to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for our District and districts across our country. Our students, staff, and parents continue to persevere and focus on teaching and learning during a period of time unlike anything we have ever seen in our lifetimes.
Over the past three weeks, we have witnessed a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our community, and our local data indicates that frankly speaking, we need to do better. Everyone must do his/her part to help stop community spread, prevent our hospitals from being overrun and help protect our local health care workers.
Please wear your masks, stay socially distanced, wash your hands frequently, and clean and disinfect surfaces. These small actions make a big difference. We all must work together.
Please keep these mitigation steps in mind over the Thanksgiving holiday. In the spirit of cooperation, I wanted to share with you some Thanksgiving/Holiday-specific COVID-19 guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which you can view at the links below.
- CDC – Celebrating Thanksgiving: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html
- CDC – Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
Again, we greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation, partnership and understanding.
Yours in the service of children,
Todd F. Hoadley, Ph.D.
Move to Full In-Person Instruction PAUSED
Last evening (Oct. 22), members of our volunteer medical committees met with school board leadership and members of the Dublin City Schools administration to review local COVID-19 data. This group also worked to further refine our Dublin City Schools Learning Mode Decision Making Guide.
Based upon this examination of local COVID-19 data, this morning (Oct. 23), a decision was made to PAUSE the district’s move to full in-person instruction for grades K-8 and remain in the hybrid learning mode for all levels (K-12) for the remainder of the first semester.
The Dublin City Schools Learning Mode Decision Making Guide, created by members of the District’s Data Metrics committee, will continue to be refined and used by our Board of Education to make data-based decisions and determine the pertinent learning mode (full in-person, hybrid, or full remote) for the second semester.
We will continue to update our community regarding local COVID-19 data through our COVID-19 online dashboard. This dashboard, developed in partnership with leadership at The Ohio State University, updates each Friday afternoon.
As the Board of Education stated in August, our goal is and will continue to be, returning all of our students back to “full in-person instruction.” Both academically and emotionally, this is imperative for our students. There are multiple examples of school districts in Ohio which have successfully implemented the “full in-person” learning model with 3 feet social distancing. We will continue to collaborate and learn from them.
The District and the Board of Education will continue to welcome your feedback and your patience during this global pandemic. All of us at Dublin City Schools appreciate your understanding as we work through these unprecedented and challenging times.