School Re-Opens: Schools begin to release plans for students

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – As Ohio continues to battle COVID-19, Miami Valley school districts are still putting together re-open plans as the final days of summer tick down.

Kettering City Schools released its plan for the beginning of the 2020-2021 year on Friday, giving students two options of study, like other districts have done in Montgomery County.

Students can take classes on-site with safety protocols in place, or opt to take classes remotely online.

“The American Association of Pediatricians, the Center for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Education and our governor all strongly advocate for the coming school year to start with a goal of having students physically present in school with safety protocols in place,” the release stated.

The district has also staggered the days it will bring back students. Pre-K and kindergartners will begin classes on Aug. 24, grades 1-10 on Aug. 17 and grades 11 and 12 on Aug. 18.

According to Northmont Superintendent Tony Thomas, teachers will report on Aug. 12 while students begin classes on Aug. 18. Families will have the option of sending their children to class 5-days a week or take classes via Northmont’s Remote Learning Academy.

Parents with children attending Northmont should inform the district of their choice of schooling by Monday by 8 a.m.

On Thursday, Centerville City Schools sent an email to parents today notifying them of the schools re-opening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

Centerville will re-open Aug. 24 and use a blended learning plan with two options. Students can split schooling between classrooms and online learning. Other students can choose a complete online-learning program. Parents who want their children to do only online-learning must register by Friday, July 24.

The school year was scheduled to start Aug. 17, but the district extended the summer break in order to train teachers on distance-learning and safety precautions. The school has a second option to keep students at home if the COVID-19 outbreak continues to surge.

Miami Valley Re-Open Map

“Of course, we all know plans are fluid and could change rapidly based on the spread of the virus in our community,” Centerville Schools Community Relations Specialist Sarah Swan said.

Miamisburg is anticipating classes to start Aug. 17, according to Superintendent David Vail. The district plans on a mix of distance-learning and classroom learning between students, with most students coming to school five days a week if there is no COVID-19 surge. The school is still planning its guidelines.

“(The guidelines) of the plan are what we are hoping to finalize tonight and roll out (Friday) to all of our people,” Vail told WDTN.com. “If that happens, it will be on our website for everyone to see.”

For other districts in the Miami Valley

Dayton City Schools will re-open Aug. 10 with five-day in-person classes with online accommodations.

Centerville City Schools will re-open on Aug. 24, splitting students between a combined online and classroom option, or an online-only option.

Huber Heights City Schools are offering two options for students this school year, which begins Aug. 27: in-person learning or distance learning. Students will be able to switch options at least once at the end of the semester.

Russia Local Schools in Shelby County will have five-day per week in-person schooling, with a preliminary open date of Aug. 17. Masks won’t be required.

Lebanon City Schools offer parents the choice of in-person or distance learning when it begins on Aug. 17. The district said 400-600 students in the district have opted for the distance learning option.

Oakwood City Schools will have half-day instruction through at least Labor Day along with online classes. Kindergartners will begin school Aug. 10 while grades 1 through 12 begin Aug. 11.

Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent Robert O’Leary said the school is continuing to review feedback and relevant data through the week before announcing its decision on re-open plans. The district said it is also reviewing health guidelines. Grades 1-12 will return to school on Aug. 24, while kindergartners and Pre-K will return Aug. 27.

“We continue our planning with staff and other stakeholders this week with the intention to announce our plan early next week.”

Xenia Community Schools will re-open Aug. 19 with a two-tier plan, with parents opting for in-person schooling of distance-learning.

Troy City Schools will re-open Sept. 8 in one of three ways: in-person, blended or remote with the option for parents to sign kids up for online-only learning until July 31.

Trotwood-Madison City Schools will be going 100 percent online for its first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year. This gives the district the chance to monitor and make adjustments as needed.

Springfield City Schools, like Troy City Schools, will offer in-person, blended or remote learning options for its Aug. 26 start date. Parents can enroll students in the districts remote learning option, OnCourse, until July 31.

Sidney City Schools will offer in-person instruction or remote instruction, requiring parents to submit a “Final Form” by Aug. 7 with their choice. The district reopens on Sept. 8.

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