- Depp Elementary
Important Learning Mode Update
During its regular meeting on Feb. 8, the Dublin City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution adjusting the learning mode to full remote for K-12 in person students on Feb. 24, 25 and 26.
All K-12 in-person students will return to the hybrid learning mode on March 1.
As you may have heard, Dublin City Schools staff members had the opportunity to receive the first of two COVID-19 vaccine administrations last week. The second required vaccine administration is scheduled to take place Tuesday Feb. 23 and through Saturday Feb. 27.
Medical data indicates the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine often produces more intense side effects than the first dose. These can include, but are limited to: pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, nausea, joint pain, and fever. Therefore, the District expects a much larger than normal staff absentee rate during Feb. 24-26, and determined remote learning is the best course of action for those three days later this month.
Details regarding the upcoming three days of remote learning will be shared with you as we move forward.
Also at last night’s meeting, the Board discussed a future move to “full-in” status for all grade levels. The District continues to utilize medical professionals who have comprehensively reviewed national, state, local and Dublin City Schools data in recent weeks. Using the District’s COVID-19 decision-making tool, we believe it is appropriate to begin the planning process with a goal date of March 15 for a possible K-12 full-in return.
Remote Learning Academy students will continue their learning online for the remainder of the school year.
We believe it is important for all to understand that there are several important publications, data sources, and expert opinions that support the safety of in-person learning when proper mask use, optimal distancing, and other mitigation strategies occur. These include:
- A paper published by the CDC demonstrating the safety of in-person learning in the state of Mississippi
- A paper published by researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina demonstrating the safety of in-person learning in the state of North Carolina
- Preliminary safety data from a study in Ohio among districts with in-person learning
- Dublin City School’s data on positive cases, quarantines, and objective and subjective measures of mitigation strategies
- Recommendations from the director of the CDC
We also recognize there are limitations to these studies and that factors such as student mental health, illicit substance use/abuse, and academic performance are all variables which must be considered. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we take this important step toward returning to normalcy when it comes to in-person learning.