Bellbrook, Kettering, Miamisburg unveil plans for back-to-school; masks required in some situations

Bellbrook, Kettering, Miamisburg unveil plans for back-to-school; masks required in some situations
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As summer continues, districts are still facing challenges connected to coronavirus and those challenges are impacting plans for the upcoming school year.

Option 1: On-Site Return to Classroom

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Option 2: Kettering Virtual Learning Academy (Remote Learning)

  • Students and teachers in classes will be different from those in option 1.
  • Online curriculum will meet Kettering schools curriculum, but may not match the same pacing or activities delivered at the building
  • Limited special area courses and elective courses.
  • Students and teachers will participate in virtual check-in meetings.
  • Students still permitted to participate in after school activities.

Kettering parents are being asked to complete a survey sent to them by email to select which option their student will attend by July 24.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools also are planning to release its final plan in the coming days. During a special meeting Thursday afternoon the district discussed what that plan would include.

The plan would include a staggered start to the school year and mandatory facial coverings for all students and staff, including during recess.

The other plans that would be in place would include:

  • For in-person learning, students where the oldest student in the family has a last name beginning in letters A-K would begin classes Aug. 17 and attend in person classes on Monday and Thursday.
  • For in-person learning, students where the oldest student in the family has a last name beginning in letters A-K would begin classes Aug. 18 and attend in person classes on Tuesday and Friday.
  • For in-person learning, Wednesdays would be collaboration days, where teachers would work with students individually and in small groups.
  • On days students are not in the classroom, they would do remote learning.
  • There will be a completely-remote learning option for parents who are interested.
  • For in-person learning, the district is aiming for five-day in-person instruction to beginning on Sept. 8.

“As we are putting this plan together, the caviat is, it’s subject to change. It’s a living document and I want to stress that,” Bellbrook Superintendent Doug Cozad said. “Even from week-to-week, day-to-day, information changes.”

Miamisburg City Schools unveiled its return-to-classroom plan to parents as well this week.

Miamisburg will have in-person and remote learning options for the next school year and face coverings are required for both students and staff in school buildings, on buses and outside when physical distancing isn’t possible.

If a parent is wanting to have their student do remote learning, they are asked to alert the district by filling out a form on the school’s website in its FAQs section.

Miamisburg schools will begin classes on Aug. 17.

Here are the expectations for Miamisburg parents:

  • 1. Conduct a student wellness check at home daily prior to sending a student to school. Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher and/or displaying symptoms need to stay home.
  • 2. Provide a face covering for students to wear when in the school building.
  • 3. Provide a water bottle for students to bring to school daily. Water bottle filling stations will be available for use.
  • 4. Limit visits to school as much as possible, including visits to drop-off forgotten items. Conduct a self wellness check and do not enter the school if you have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher and/or displaying symptoms.
  • 5. Wear a face covering when inside school buildings or outside when physical distancing is not possible.

Here are the expectations for Miamisburg students:

  • 1. Maintain appropriate physical distance, minimize contact with large groups and avoid common areas when possible.
  • 2. Wear a face covering when inside school buildings, on school buses and outside when physical distancing is not possible.
  • 3. Wash hands/use hand sanitizer regularly.
  • 4. Follow coughing/sneezing etiquette.
  • 5. Assist in assuring areas within their direct control remain clean. 6. Follow specific health & safety protocols provided by the district.