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COVID-19: What are reopening plans for schools around Cincinnati? Here's a list

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As we approach the start of the 2020-21 school year, there’s a lot that is still up in the air in terms of how…
As we approach the start of the 2020-21 school year, there’s a lot that is still up in the air in terms of how the year will look. Here’s a running list of current reopening plans from school districts in and around the Cincinnati area.
As information about COVID-19 continues to emerge, school reopening plans may be subject to change. The Enquirer will continue to update this list, which is organized by county and then by district alphabetically, as new or revised plans are released.
Fairfield schools will be offering both in-person and online learning during the fall school year.
For those who wish to return to school in-person, the district will implement a modified version of its standard learning schedule. Students will be required to wear masks or face shields any time they are less than six feet away from another individual. Social distancing and frequent hand washing will be encouraged.
The district’s online model will require students to work independently through online modules. Students will be required to:
If in-person schooling becomes unsustainable during the school year, all students will move to online learning.
Hamilton schools will be returning to in-person learning in the fall, with an option for students to remain remote if they choose.
The in-person model will see students returning to school five days a week. Face coverings will be required for all students and staff unless unable to do so for documented health reasons. Social distancing will be enforced and surfaces will be frequently sanitized.
Students will also be required to wear face coverings on buses and remain in assigned seats.
The online learning approach will have students enroll in Edgenuity, an online learning course provider. Courses will match in-person learning standards and virtual teachers and content coaches will be available to help and communicate with students.
Lakota plans to return to a fully in-person model for the fall school year. Students will be required to wear masks when less than six feet apart and desks will be spaced out so that students are three feet from one another. Students in grades K-6 will follow a regular schedule and those in grades 7-12 will follow block scheduling to reduce transitions between classrooms.
District officials say they’re prepared to move to both a hybrid model and a fully remote one if the need arises.
For families who wish to remain remote throughout the school year, the district is offering a virtual learning option. Students in grades K-6 will be assigned a dedicated teacher, but won’t be in front of that teacher all day. Students in grades 7-12 will not necessarily have a dedicated teacher and learning will be more independent. Students will be able to work at their own pace but there will be some real time, face-to-face interaction as well.
Middletown schools will be returning to in-person learning in the fall as well as offering a virtual option for those who wish to remain remote. The in-person model will have students attend school five days a week and require them to wear masks at all times, outside of regular “mask breaks.” Alongside masks, safety measures will include social distancing and sanitizing all high-traffic touch points like desks and doorknobs.
The district will also offer an online learning model that will consist of online courses conducted on a third-party platform for grades 6-12 and lessons led through Google Classroom for kindergarten-5. Families will be required to commit to this model for an entire semester, with the option to return to in-person learning at the start of the second semester.
Middletown schools will also be providing laptops for all students, who will be able to take these laptops home.
Boone County Schools are considering a variety of options for a return to school, including a full return to in-person learning, a hybrid model and a fully-digital option.
A more concrete plan will be discussed at the Boone County School Board meeting on July 16. This list will be updated with the latest information as it is made available.
Campbell County Schools plans to release its reopening plan on Monday, July 20 after a board of education meeting to finalize details.
At a special meeting on July 13, board members voted to push the school start date back to Monday, Aug. 24 to give families and administrators more time to prepare for the start of the school year.
Fort Thomas schools will be returning to in-person learning in the fall as of this time. Students will attend school five days a week and will be required to wear masks when less than six feet apart from another individual. Classroom materials will be sanitized when possible and students will clean their desks upon leaving the classroom.
For those who wish to keep their children learning remotely, the district will offer a virtual option. Students will participate in a variety of school activities including direct instruction from teachers, monitored assignments and independent, student-led study.
Further details on what both in-person and virtual learning will look like are forthcoming. This list will be updated to reflect new developments as they are made available.
Loveland is still working out the finer details of their school reopening plan and there are several potential scenarios.
The first would be a return to in-person learning at full capacity. Students would participate in school regularly and the schools would have “cleaning and safety protocols” in place.
The second would be a blended model, where half of a school’s student population would attend school on Mondays and Wednesdays and the other half would attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Friday would serve as time for a digital check-in with teachers.
The final proposed method would be fully remote. Students would learn from home in specially-designed courses with their assigned teachers. With this method, students would not be able to return to in-person learning until the start of the second semester.
Amy Crouse, Loveland Schools superintendent, has said she would like to return to the traditional, five-days-a-week model if at all possible. The district is currently surveying families to see which model they prefer.
Loveland has also pushed the reopening date back by a week, meaning the first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 26 instead of Aug.19.
Milford schools are still determining what their back-to-school plan will look like. The Milford School Board held a meeting at 7 p.m. on July 16, with a plan to come the following day.
Currently, the district is considering three models: a hybrid model that includes both in-person and remote learning, a fully remote model, and a fully in-person model. This list will be updated with new developments as the district’s plan is released.
Currently pending school board approval, the existing plan for West Clermont schools offers families two options; an in-person and a virtual model.

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