During Tuesday evening's special meeting, the board of education adopted the Learning Mode Decision Tool (pictured above). You can view the entire decision tool by clicking here.
The evaluation team is comprised of the Superintendent, Director of Operations, epidemiologists, pediatricians, school nurses, BEA Leadership, staff, and members of the Board of Education. In general, the evaluation team will follow the following timeline.
Evaluation - When the decision tool metrics indicate “Evaluate for All-in” or “Evaluate for Remote” status, the evaluation team will meet on Thursday of that week to evaluate the conditions for recommending a change in learning mode. The evaluation team will consider the county, city, and school contexts, trends, changes in these metrics from previous weeks, and any other relevant data, including the following additional metrics: multiple COVID-19 cases in a single classroom, grade, or building; number of quarantining or absent staff members and students, including by cohort, such as sports teams and other extracurricular groups; rate of nurse visits for COVID-19/influenza-like symptoms. The evaluation team may also be called together in order to evaluate conditions if recommended by the Superintendent, the Director of Operations, or the Board of Education President.
Watch week - The evaluation team will share a recommendation about shifting learning mode with the Superintendent and Board of Education President on Thursday evening. If a change in learning mode is under consideration, the Superintendent and Board President will announce on Friday and the following week will be a “watch week.” During the watch week, the District would remain in the current learning mode, giving the community time to prepare for a possible change. The evaluation team will meet on Thursday of the watch week to evaluate the week’s data. If the evaluation team recommends that the data from the watch week supports a shift in learning mode, the Board of Education would hold a Board meeting the following day (Friday) to vote on changing the learning mode; any change would be implemented starting the following Monday.
If, given current data, the evaluation team does not recommend a change in learning mode, the following week is not considered a watch week. The evaluation team will continue to meet on Thursdays if the decision tool metrics indicate an “evaluate” status.
This decision tool may be revised in light of new information about COVID-19 transmission and safety, or in response to feedback from teachers, staff, administration, and parents. The Superintendent and Board of Education may change instructional modes outside of this decision tool, including to be consistent with orders and recommendations issued by Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Franklin County Public Health (FCPH), Columbus Public Health (CPH), or other regional, state or federal guidance. Changes in learning modes, including targeted closure of classrooms, grades, or buildings, may be pursued with consideration of this learning mode decision tool.
Resolution Regarding the Learning Mode Decision Tool
Learning Mode Decision Tool Resources