When will the learning plan change?
As of July 22, the plan is that before the start of each 9 weeks Bexley City Schools will consider local conditions, the Ohio County Health Alert levels as well as consult with public health officials and local epidemiologists for guidance to determine if the conditions will allow more in-person instruction when a new 9 week quarter begins. More in-person learning will take place if there has been a downward trend in new cases in the county and will not be based on only one or two weeks of data.
Given the recent communications in Columbus regarding a four-week downward trend, we are investigating with Franklin County Public Health the viability of returning to school in any type of in person learning plan this August. We understand that our parents and staff want to know as soon as possible the way that we will return to learning in August. However, guidance continues to change almost daily; we want to take our time in order to make the best decision possible.
Please note that if there is an increase in level severity in Franklin County, BCSD will immediately move (the next school day) to a more conservative learning plan. For example, if operating on hybrid and the county or other local conditions moves to purple or more severe community spread on a Thursday, BCSD will move to all remote learning that Friday.
Why can’t Bexley City Schools move toward more in-person learning immediately when the alert level changes?
There’s no question that this year will require a lot of flexibility from teachers, students and families. Our purpose in only moving toward more in-person learning at the start of each 9 weeks is two-fold: 1. To ensure the safest learning environment for Bexley staff and students. 2. To prevent a potentially constant shift in expectations for staff and students, we will only shift at the 9 weeks to provide consistency unless it is required to do so for the health and safety of our staff and students.
Why is BSCD using the Franklin County COVID-19 numbers and not the Bexley numbers?
Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. We know that our staff, students and their families may leave the City of Bexley often for work, to visit family, shop, etc. In addition, many of the people who work in the stores, restaurants and other services within the Bexley city limits may also be residents of Franklin County but not the City of Bexley. For these reasons, we will continue to determine our health and safety protocols based on the community spread of COVID-19 in our county; however, we will continue to monitor local conditions in Bexley as well and make our decisions in conjunction with local health officials.
Why are we rushing to go back to full capacity when the virus is still raging?
District administrators and members of the task force continue to plan for those students who will not return to school for the semester or year regardless of local or county conditions. We have distributed a second survey to determine how many students will be part of the E-Learning Academy at the request of many parents who have indicated their plans have shifted since the first survey. The final plan for the E-Learning Academy cannot be finalized until we have updated numbers.
We have included several measures in the plan to safeguard against a rush back, even though our district agrees with the American Academy of Pediatrics that time physically in-school is essential to students’ academic, social, emotional and mental development. We will not change our learning plan to include more in-person instruction until the start of each 9 weeks. A shift to more in-person instruction will require a downward trend in community spread, the district will consult Franklin County Health Alert levels, public health officials and local epidemiologists for guidance. We will immediately (the next day) move to all remote learning if local conditions require such as a purple alert level for Franklin County or other indicators in our city or specific buildings require.