Oct 14, 2020

PLSD To Move To Green Status Level Nov. 16 for K-6

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Dear Pickerington family,

We’ve condensed the information that you need to know about updates to PLSD’s Learning Plan as approved by the Board of Education during their meeting on Monday, October 12. Below are the key points from that meeting regarding the move to the Green Status Level:

  1. Change to four (4) days per week in-person instruction (Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) beginning November 16, 2020 for students in the Hybrid Cohorts. We will continue to utilize the protocols and procedures as developed in the Flexible Learning Plan 2.0 for day-to-day cleaning and sanitizing, wearing masks, washing hands, etc. We will continue to socially distance to the maximum extent possible.
  2. On Wednesdays, all students will learn virtually to allow teachers time for instructional planning, student “check-in” and professional development, and to continue our additional cleaning protocols.

NOTE: We are working on what options may exist for students in VLA to transition to face-to-face instruction at the K-6 level on November 16; and/or, we are looking at ways for students to transition from in-person instruction to VLA at grades K-6 only.

  1. We are aware of challenges with large group settings like buses, class changes/hallways, lunch rooms, co-curricular classes, etc., and will be working to meet these challenges.
  2. All staff would be given a medical grade surgical mask each day. Additionally, each staff member has been given re-usable face shields. With this PPE in place, staff members would not need to quarantine if noted as being a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual.
  3. We will continue to monitor cases, and know that we are able to adapt and adjust to Status Level Yellow (Hybrid), if needed.
  4. During Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, the leadership team will set aside time to assess the situation, digest data and determine how Status Level Green is going at PLSD.
  5. We are asking families to be extra diligent over Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, specifically considering their social and holiday gatherings (i.e., avoid large gatherings when possible; wear masks; keep 6′ social distancing, etc.). These gatherings are currently being identified by State Authorities as one of the main sources of community spread.
  6. Our hope is to then transition to five days per week at the beginning of the 2nd semester, and to have a plan for students in grades 7-12 to transition from VLA to in-person instruction, or from in-person instruction to VLA at that time for grades 7-12, if desired by the parent(s)/guardian(s), and if classroom space allows for the transfer. This will be decided at a later time by our leadership team.
  7. We have discussed the plan with Joe Mazzola, the Franklin County Health Commissioner, and Alex Jones, Assistant Health Commissioner/Director of Prevention and Wellness, who handles the infectious disease tracing for COVID-19 in Franklin County. They have noted that they are having these same conversations with many school districts in the Columbus area.