The Reopening Task Force
continues to work to create a safe and realistic plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The task force met for the second time last week. We broke into smaller groups to review data from staff, student, and parent surveys that were sent out during the week of May 25th.
We are grateful for the large response we received from our community. We had over 2000 responses from the surveys (190 staff, 690 students, and 1,200 parents). The survey responses provided excellent feedback and ideas; however, there are significantly different, and often contradictory, opinions of how to return. Therefore, the task force will have a great deal to consider before releasing the finalized plan.
The health and safety of our students and staff and the student learning experience are the most important components to consider in creating a reopening plan.
We have been told that we would receive guidance from local and state health agencies and the Ohio Department of Education before Bexley City Schools reopening plans are complete. However, nothing has been provided thus far. Therefore, we have reviewed other states’ reopening plans to help guide our planning.
The task force meets again June 17, 2020. The entire administrative team met for two days this week also reviewing survey results and planning for a variety of return scenarios to share with the full task force at the next meeting. We will continue to discuss the survey responses and enter the next phases of planning. The plan for reopening is expected to be completed in July depending on changes in orders, guidance, or the overall status of the pandemic.
We recognize the importance of making local decisions, with our community and our facilities in mind, that are best for our students. The members are the Reopening Task Force are the following: