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Ritenour’s Youngest Learners Return to Classrooms

Young Kratz Elementary students returned to in-person hybrid learning. In early October, Ritenour’s PreK-3 students who selected the hybrid in-person learning option were able to return to classrooms with significant health and safety measures in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The Ritenour Board of Education voted on Sept. 22 to give PreK-3 students the option of in- person hybrid learning, based on a recommendation from a district committee of parents, staff and administrators that has been studying the local COVID-19 data and feedback from the community.

The Ritenour School for Early Childhood Education welcomed back 96 preschoolers on Oct. 7.

A total of 1,162 Ritenour K-3 students returned to classrooms on an A-B schedule, which offers in-person learning for A-K families on Mondays and Wednesdays and in-person classes for L-Z families on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students complete assignments at home on days they are not scheduled to be in school. All students have full virtual learning on Fridays. Kindergarten started in-person learning on Oct. 7-8; students in grades 1-3 returned on Oct. 12-13. Most classrooms have 10 or fewer students.

Another 699 students in grades K-3 have selected full virtual learning through the Ritenour Virtual Academy.

Some of the significant health and safety measures in place during in-person learning includes increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in schools, increased handwashing, required face coverings/masks, health screening upon arrival at school, and social distancing in classrooms, cafeteria and on school playgrounds.

The district continues to evaluate local COVID-19 data and parent feedback to determine when to offer older students the option of in-person hybrid learning.