The Grandview school board is in session right now (7-22-20, 7:30 PM.) The plan for the new school year has not gone up for a vote yet, but given the board always follows superintendent Culp in his recommendation, it looks like it may be returning full time, but will start with a hybrid half day plan.
(July 29 – Culp is now following the lead of other FC schools and starting in the full time online learning mode).
(More than 200 parents are watching this board meeting as of 8PM)
Major changes will be required to make the school safe from Covid 19. All students, all staff and teachers, will be wearing masks full time (except while eating lunch). Sanitizer will be used often, work areas will be cleaned throughout the day. Plexiglass dividers will be placed between desks when possible.
The buildings will be off limits for all visitors – even parents will not be allowed inside. The lockers will be unused. The students will take packaged lunches from the cafeteria and return to the classroom to eat.
Culp said they will try to play sports as normal. Not sure how that can work. They are waiting for word from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
Pandemic levels may affect the school
The plan showed a graphic that indicated the school will return to full time in the school if the level of pandemic is at a low and medium level (the exact factors for these levels was not discussed). At higher levels the school would go to the Plan 2 – students will attend for half days, and do online learning the other half of the day. The highest levels of pandemic could force full time online for all.
The plan is for the pandemic levels to be taken from Grandview Hts. infection levels, and Franklin Co. The incidents of infection inside the school will be part of the data.
Parents may opt out of in person school
An option will be offered to parents who want to keep their kids at home, something called the Florida Virtual Learning online school plan will follow an online curriculum, supplemented by local teachers (not sure how that can work when the teachers will be full time with the regular classes).
There is some confusion over the online school the board is recommending, there is a Florida Virtual Academy and Florida Virtual School. This article explains the difference. I couldn’t tell which one the board was suggesting from the video. (Later – Florida Virtual School, as linked above, is the correct online school.)
The school will be sending an email out to all parents in the morning that includes all of the info presented during the board meeting. The recording of the board meeting will be saved on the school YT channel.
Other schools announce their plans
(July 28) “At a Tuesday news conference, Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon announced all students will learn online to start the 2020-21 school year. Columbus City Schools officials have abandoned their plans to partially reopen buildings to students to start the upcoming school year.”
The South-Western City School District, the second largest in the county, will be starting the 2020-2021 school year in a 100% remote learning model.
The Dublin schools (third largest) will start with the hybrid model.
July 29 change in plan – all online until pandemic levels change
The school was going into a hybrid plan with half of the students in the school at a time, which decreased the size of the classes and lowered the chances to spread Covid in the school. But the possibility remained that a kid would be infected, go to classes before he showed any symptoms, and spread the Corona virus to others. Testing would have shown the spread happened inside the school, and the school would have been shut down. This could have happened multiple times, wrecking havoc to schedules.
From Culp’s July 29 email:
Based on these new Franklin County Public Health recommendations and in deference to the sobering COVID-19 spread in Franklin County, unless something significantly changes, I plan to recommend to the board that Grandview Heights Schools begin the school year in full-time distance learning. … It is my intention to bring students physically back as soon as we are able based on improvement in the above outlined criteria and guidance from FCPH; therefore, I am not recommending a specific date to return to school. – Superintendent Culp
Furlough for teachers?
There are a number of private Facebook groups where discussion of the schools and board decisions are taking place. Apparently someone suggested that the Grandview teachers should be furloughed while the school is 100% online learning, so that the money saved could be returned to the taxpayers.
This plan was not supported by many, and caused outrage in some. I don’t know why anyone would take a suggestion like this seriously, there would be so many logistical and legal issues (including a lawsuit by the teacher’s union) that I wonder if this was some sort of prank.
Board votes at Aug. 1 meeting