Back to School: Dayton Public preparing for a phased return to classroom

Back to School: Dayton Public preparing for a phased return to classroom
Dayton Public Schools going with phased plan

DAYTON — The Dayton Public Schools district is preparing and planning for a phased return to the classroom, culminating in a hybrid plan beginning Nov. 9.

At a board of education retreat Saturday, members voted to move forward with planning for a second quarter return plan that would have some students attending in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday, with others reporting to school on Thursday and Friday. All students would learn remotely on Wednesdays.

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The district is actively planning what students would do at home on the days they are not in class, but anticipates some sort of “self-directed” or virtual work.

A remote learning-only option will remain available, with families required to declare their intent to stay virtual by Oct. 23.

The DPS phased plan would actually involve bringing a small number of career tech and arts students back beginning Thursday, Oct. 1. If that goes well, two weeks later, the district would bring back some more students in certain, specific programs Oct. 15.

DPS would then aim for a soft start the week of Oct. 26 to bring small groups of kindergarteners, seventh-graders and ninth-graders into the classroom to allow them a first experience in new school buildings.

There are approximately 12,441 students in the district, according to the 2019 Ohio Department of Education head count.

Online-only since the delayed Sept. 8 start of the school year, Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said this change would also allow the district to bring back hundreds of furloughed DPS employees.

District leaders plan to release much more detailed information on reopening plans in the days to come.