North Olmsted City Schools
September 25, 2020
Dear North Olmsted Families,
I want to begin by thanking our parents and families. I know it is a challenge to support online learning at home. I appreciate the support and effort our families have put forth to make this successful. Navigating through these unprecedented times is a new experience for everyone and we can not do it without the support of our parents and families.
Over the last few days the district has been re-evaluating our learning plan, while also taking into consideration the current risk level of Cuyahoga County, positive cases within our school community, and our restart plan that was approved in August.
After much discussion, it has been decided to move forward with the Plan 2 - Hybrid learning in October. This decision is based on the fact that Cuyahoga County has remained at an orange/risk level two since August 27th, our COVID-19 positive and probable cases within our school community have remained low, and the district’s Restart Plan calls for hybrid learning when Cuyahoga County is at an orange/risk level 2.
In the hybrid learning plan, students in grades 1 - 12 will attend school in-person two days a week. Kindergarten students will attend school five days a week. PreK students will attend school four days a week. Students will be split into two groups according to their last name. Families with multiple students in the district will be on the same schedule even if those students are in different grades or buildings. Siblings with different last names will also be on the same schedule.
Group A - students with last name A-K (Attend Mondays & Wednesdays)
Group B - students with last name L-Z (Attend Tuesdays & Thursdays)
The district has made a few adjustments to the starting and ending times of the school day that were originally proposed back in August. These adjustments were based on feedback from our families and staff.
Primary (Birch, Forest, Spruce): 8:25 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
AM- Kindergarten 8:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. (A-K)
PM- Kindergarten 11:55 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. (L-Z)
Intermediate (Chestnut, Maple, Pine): 9:05 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Middle School: 7:35 a.m. -1:40 p.m.
High School: 8:00 a.m. - 2:02 p.m.
The transition to hybrid will be done in a phased in approach beginning October 5. Below are the following dates in which students will begin attending in person school.
Week of October 5 - 8, 2020
Special Education Students/Special Programming - Students in special education Special Programming classrooms (K-12 Extended Learning Centers and Behaviorally Focused Centers) will begin attending in person instruction beginning Monday, October 5th. Depending on their programming grade band, these students will attend either five days a week or four days a week in the hybrid plan. Families of these students will be contacted individually by the Pupil Services Department with specific details beginning Monday, September 28th.
Note: All other special education students will begin the week of October 12th during their assigned time in the hybrid plan.
Week of October 12 - 16, 2020
Beginning on October 12th the district will begin to phase in different grade levels of students:
October 12 and 13: students in grades PreK, K, 3, 6, 9 will attend in person while the other grade levels remain in Online/eLearning. Kindergarten will be in person both days while grades 3, 6, and 9 will attend according to their last name group.
October 14 and 15: In addition to grades PreK, K, 3, 6, and 9, all other grade levels will begin to phase in according to their last name group.
October 16: This will be an Online/eLearning day for all students except for Kindergarten students and some students in special education programs.
Week of October 19 - 23, 2020
The hybrid schedule will be fully implemented.
Note: A more detailed schedule will be provided to families next week.
Online Academy - As a reminder, the Online Academy was a semester long commitment. Students who are enrolled in the Online Academy are expected to remain in the Online Academy with the same teacher for the remainder of the semester.
As we prepare to transition to a hybrid learning plan additional information will be communicated about specific health and safety protocols, transportation, and food service by next Wednesday September, 30th. While we don’t predict any changes to this plan, we know that change has been constant over the last several months. Our plan is always subject to change as the status or condition of the pandemic changes. Any changes will be communicated quickly in order to provide as much notice to our families as possible. The transition to a hybrid learning plan will bring a new set of challenges. Just like online learning, we will work together to make this successful for our students.
Michael E. Zalar Ph.D.