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IMPORTANT INFORMATION 


 

CALENDAR & TIMES

  • At this time, the district plans to open in a 100% virtual instruction model and, when health conditions permit, transition to a Blended Learning model following an “A Week/B Week” schedule. 
  • The start of school for students will be Thursday, August 20. On that day, as well as on Friday, August 21, students will learn about various procedures and technology information regarding virtual learning.
  • Instructional times are being adjusted to the following. This will allow buses to be cleaned and sanitized between routes when we return to any type of in-person instruction during the year:
    • High Schools: 7:25 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.
    • Middle Schools: 8:15 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
    • Elementary Schools / All-Day Kindergarten: 9:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
    • AM Kindergarten: 9:35 a.m. to Noon
    • PM Kindergarten: 12:55 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. 
    • Pre-Kindergarten: A.M. Preschool 8:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    • Pre-Kindergarten: P.M. Preschool 12:55 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

DELIVERY OF INSTRUCTION

  • At this time, the district plans to open in a 100% virtual instruction model and, when health conditions permit, transition to a Blended Learning model following an “A Week/B Week” schedule. 
    • Under a Blended Learning model, schools would operate on an  “A Week” and “B Week” schedule to reduce the number of students on site at any given time.
    • Schedules would be based upon a full week of in-person instruction, followed by a full week of distance learning instruction.
    • When “A Week” students are attending classes in person, “B Week” students will participate in distance learning instruction, and vice-versa.
    • Based upon Ohio’s COVID-19 Alert System and local health conditions, officials will consider transitioning from a Blended Model to either a traditional or fully remote learning model at the classroom, building, or district level.
  • The district will offer the K-12 Westerville Virtual Academy as a year-long commitment for families who prefer 100% virtual instruction for their students.
  • The district will provide support for specific populations such as special needs students and medically fragile students. 
  • Specialized instructional classes such as physical education, performing arts, etc. will continue to be part of the school experience, but may be modified or suspended at any time.

FACIAL COVERINGS

  • When in-person instruction resumes, policy/guidelines require staff to wear face coverings/shields (permitted exceptions identified).
  • Policy/guidelines also require students in grades PK-12 to wear face coverings when in halls/common areas and classrooms. “Mask breaks” will be built into the school day per a district protocol under the direction of a staff member. 
  • Recommendation is for staff and students provide own facial mask; district will have supply on hand.
  • Facial masks are required for anyone coming onto school property during the day and/or for school functions.
  • Clinic staff will be provided appropriate PPE.

HEALTH/CLEANLINESS MEASURES

  • Classrooms/buildings will be cleaned regularly according to recommended standards. 
    • Buildings are also outfitted with products safe for “as needed” use by staff, students.
    • Additional cleaning provided if confirmed COVID-19 case/exposure.
  • Buildings marked with visual reminders (social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, etc.).
  • Wellness check reminders to remain at home if showing COVID-related symptoms.
  • Isolation areas if students/staff develop COVID symptoms at school; notification process in place.
  • Restrictions for facility use and in-person meetings when either Franklin or Delaware county at Level 3 under Ohio’s COVID-19 Alert System.
  • District/schools will restrict access to guests.

MEAL SERVICES

  • Continue to explore modifications to tables/seating areas to meet social distancing guidelines when in-person instruction resumes.
  • Cleaning/sanitizing to occur after each group of students eats. 
  • Breakfast will be “grab & go” to be taken back to classrooms.
  • “Take-home” meals available to all students when at home for remote learning.
  • Families will have to sign up for meal service and pick up meals according to procedures soon to be announced.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

  • Policy/guidelines will require all students in grades PK-12 to wear face coverings while riding in a district vehicle.
  • Students will be assigned seats and hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Drop-off locations/schedules will be staggered to allow social distancing from other groups.
  • Change in school start/end times will allow vehicles to be cleaned/sanitized between routes.
  • Families who prefer to personally transport their children are encouraged to do so.

EXTRACURRICULARS/FIELD TRIPS

  • The district has returned to “Phase 1 Standards” for high school and middle school athletics, marching band, and other student activities.
    • This decision may be reversed in its entirety or on an activity-by-activity basis, based upon regular monitoring of conditions and guidance from the county Board of Health.
  • Participation in any fall athletic competitions will be delayed until conditions improve. 
  • Coaches, directors and advisors will be responsible for communicating program details, as well as health- and safety-related expectations, to participants and their families.
  • General education field trips will not be permitted during the school year when in-person instruction resumes.