Coronavirus: What’s Next for Ohio? Vandalia-Butler district releases back-to-school plan

VANDALIA-BUTLER TWP. — As Vandalia-Butler City Schools prepares to start in-person classes for all students in late August, options are being offered regarding the wearing of masks and all-online sessions.

Masks are optional for students in preschool through fifth grade, while students in grades 6 through 12 will be required to wear face coverings, Superintendent Robert O’Leary said in a social media post Wednesday evening.

Parents who don’t want their children to physically attend school have until Aug. 2 to sign up for the choice of an all-online program. Signing up for that option commits the student for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, O’Leary said.

The first day for grades 1 through 12 is Aug. 24.

The first day for preschool and kindergarten is Aug. 27.

Many factors influence the school district’s plans and plans could change, O’Leary said. More details about the in-person, hybrid and all-remote models will be released next week.