Family Update

New Albany - Plain Local Schools 9.13.20

Thanks to all for a great first week

Dear New Albany Families,

Happy Sunday! I hope this finds everyone well and having a great weekend. Overall, the beginning of the 2020-21 school year this past week was successful. We are very proud of all of our students and staff for their commitment to build our skills to attend in-person school in accordance with the health and safety protocols implemented.

Now that the first four days of school are complete, I need to ask for your continued partnership to build our skills by asking you to press pause and reinforce the following with your child(ren) before returning to school this week in their assigned maroon (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday) or gold (Wednesday/Friday) cohort groups.

Mask Up!

We need all students to join all staff members in wearing their required facial covering. This includes when standing at bus stops awaiting the school bus, riding the school bus, exiting the school bus, walking anywhere on the school campus, upon exit from a motor vehicle if being dropped off or driving to school, or when waiting for parent pick up in the afternoon. Masks are required in hallways, restrooms, and on the playground too. Mask breaks are teacher directed while students are seated in a classroom. Students are permitted to remove their mask when in their assigned seat for snack or lunch.

Back up!

We need students to continue to practice social distancing. For our youngest students, we are “wings up” with arms outstretched to visualize maintaining an arms length of distance from other students. Our goal is to maintain 6 feet of social distancing to the greatest extent possible while attending school in our hybrid pattern.

Wash up!

We need all students to regularly wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday song two times). Hand sanitizing stations are readily available throughout every school and are also encouraged. Students are also permitted to bring their own hand sanitizer from home as desired.

Additional Considerations...

  • Students are required to sit in assigned seats on buses, in classrooms, and at lunch.

  • Students are asked not to congregate in groups (hallways, restrooms, parking lots, athletic events, Market Square, etc).

  • Any parent walking their child(ren) to/from school or while anywhere on our campus is required to wear a mask. We encourage parents to remain in vehicles and drop-off or pick-up curbside.

  • Please complete your daily symptom check before leaving home every day. Any student exhibiting symptoms should stay home. Please report your child absent from school and share any information possible.

Board of Education Meeting Thursday - Sept. 17, 2020 at 6 p.m.

The Board of Education and administration will discuss the path forward for daily school attendance beyond this week at our meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be live streamed on the NAPLS YouTube Channel. I will provide you with an update on daily student attendance thereafter.

Until then, thank you for a great start to in-person student attendance at school. Thank you for your partnership and willingness to press pause with us to help continue to build skills for our students and staff to attend school safely. Our collective efforts, at school, at home, and in our community will permit us to continue to attend school in-person. Let’s own our “R’s” and demonstrate to our students that we are stronger together!


Michael Sawyers


Our Purpose

The New Albany-Plain Local School District is committed to creating a culture of accountability that achieves the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student.