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Letter to Families (11-20-2020)

Last Updated: 11/20/2020 8:31 PM

Dear WCSD Families:

As we head into our two days of remote instruction next Monday and Tuesday, followed by the start of Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 25, I want you to know that our Leadership Team will continue to work with medical professionals to evaluate new information and health data for our region. We have established a great working relationship with these experts and join them in their concern for how the next few weeks will impact not just our schools, but society in general.

Earlier this week, Governor DeWine announced a statewide 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Franklin County officials later issued a Stay At Home Advisory for residents, and just yesterday, Franklin County was elevated to Level 4 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. Attending school remains one of the appropriate reasons cited for leaving one’s home. Following the announcement of the Stay At Home Advisory, Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts stated that school districts could maintain their current education models, but she also encouraged all extracurricular activities to cease immediately.

In our district, school-age children make up only 8% of all confirmed cases of COVID-19. Despite data that points to schools remaining one of the safer environments for children, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to remain in 100% remote instruction through at least December 4. There will be no in-person special education classes held through December 4. 

We’re going to extend our decision to postpone extracurricular and athletic events/activities through at least December 4 as well. The greatest increase in our positive cases and quarantines is happening among students involved in group activities, such as athletics.

This decision to stay in 100% remote instruction through at least December 4 will provide us with one additional week of health data to evaluate and guide our decisions moving forward, particularly as it pertains to staff health data. We will be operating as we have in previous full remote situations, which means teachers will be working with all of their students at the same time. We will not follow the A/B Cohort schedule until conditions allow us to again return to a Blended Learning Model. WVA students will continue to receive their instruction through this online model. School leadership teams and teachers will regularly communicate important information with students and families during this time.

On behalf of the Board and Leadership Team, thank you for all that you have done to support our schools and student learning under these less than ideal circumstances. Please enjoy the Thanksgiving break and be sure to remain diligent in your efforts to remain safe by following recommended health protocols.

Sincerely,

John R. Kellogg
Superintendent