How long will the District stay in the Option 1-Hybrid Model?
How long will we remain in the Hybrid Model?
The recommendation from Summit County Public Health states:
In order to recommend the safe return of all students, SCPH would need to see the majority of the following indicators change:
1) Sustained declining cases in Summit County for ideally 4-6 weeks;
2) A move to a yellow- risk status as defined by the Ohio Public Health Advisory System;
3) Increased testing capacity for youth;
4) A decrease in hospitalizations, which is a marker for community spread.
While we are still learning about these indicators and determining if we need to adjust the color levels in our plan, for planning purposes, parents should expect that we will remain in Hybrid through September. We will continue to monitor the data being provided by Summit County Public Health and will be prepared to transition to remote learning if the risk level moves to purple or upon the recommendations and guidance of public health authorities.
Following our Hybrid plan allows for 6’ physical distancing, and will enable students and staff to adjust to new protocols and enable in-person learning while following all the ODH and CDC guidelines and CDC regarding symptom checks, hand washing, disinfecting, and face coverings for all students and staff. Please know that some level of risk will always be present when students and school district employees occupy school district facilities.
We know that relationships are a bedrock to successful instruction and meaningful learning, and believe these early weeks in Hybrid will allow time for students to form relationships with teachers and classmates in-person. We need to prepare as families and schools that we may need to transition to all-remote learning, if necessary, but even a few weeks of in-person learning could have a profound impact on the educational experience of our students this year.
Additionally, we know that there are significant mental health stressors for students in an all-remote environment. Again, while it would not be every day, a hybrid model enables students a break from the computer and the opportunity to engage with their peers and teachers in ways that are healthy for them.