Kettering schools push back school start date, offering in-person or online classes

Kettering schools push back school start date, offering in-person or online classes
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KETTERING — UPDATE @ 4:19 p.m.:

Kettering City Schools announced it will have a phased in restart plan with the continued option of online or in-person classes.

Students in grades 1-10 will start classes on Sept. 8. Students in grades 11-12 will start Sept. 9. Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten will start on Sept. 14.

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INITIAL REPORT:

Kettering City Schools will consider pushing back the start date for students to go back to school to Sept. 8, according to a letter from Superintendent Scott Inskeep.

“As superintendent of the Kettering Schools, it is my responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the safety, health and well-being of the students, families and staff of our school district,” Inskeep said.

Inskeep said he will recommend the calendar adjustment to board members during its Aug. 4 meeting.

“This decision will allow us to review our current educational plans for the 2020-2021 school year including both in-person and online options in light of the most recent communication from Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County,” the letter read.

Earlier Friday, new recommendations issued by Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County Friday urged districts in the county to begin the school year with remote learning and discontinue high-risk extra curricular activities.

Inskeep stopped short of saying the district would move to complete remote start, but said given the latest data from Public Health, the district may have to adjust its initial plan to offer the in-person learning option.

The superintendent said he plans to release an update on the district’s final plan by Aug. 7.