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K-8 Hybrid Learning Students Return to Four Days of In-Person Learning April 5

March 8, 2021

Dear Ritenour Families,

We have appreciated the tremendous feedback from families and staff regarding our in-person hybrid learning this year as part of our Return to Learning plan during the pandemic. We applaud our students, staff and families for helping keep our quarantine numbers low and even fewer numbers of positive cases of students and staff in our buildings. 

Transmission rates and cases of COVID-19 within the Ritenour community as well as in our region continue to decline, and we are even more excited that the vaccine rollout continues to improve each week. 

Based on the continued improvements with the pandemic conditions, as well as survey feedback from our in-person families, we will begin having all hybrid in-person learning students in K-8 learning in our school buildings four days a week, beginning Monday, April 5. This means that both A and B groups will attend school together Monday through Thursday for the remainder of the school year. Fridays will continue to be virtual learning with live instruction for all students K-12. 

Students in K-8 who are part of the Ritenour Virtual Academy will continue learning in that virtual format.

A recent survey of families of in-person hybrid learning students showed a majority favored having their students return to school four days a week with minimal social distancing. Additionally, families and staff also shared that many students have not been successful with asynchronous learning on days when they were not assigned to be in school. 

The district is committed to reducing the risk of transmission by:

  • Continuing to require that all students and staff wear face masks at all times while on campus and on buses. According to the CDC and local health officials, masking is a significant way to reduce the risks of transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Encouraging students to wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas and equipment in our schools and on our buses. 
  • Improving air quality with air purifiers in each room in every building.

In addition, as the weather begins to improve, teachers may opt to hold some class time outdoors or open classroom windows.

It is important to know that school nurses and administrators will continue the protocol of contacting families if children are directly exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. 

We are thrilled to finally be at a point in the school year where we can have all students who want the option of in-person learning to be in our classrooms four days per week.  As we have learned throughout the year, pandemic conditions have allowed us to make quick pivots on how we serve our students and families. We will continue to monitor conditions and adjust accordingly.

More information about bus schedules and building safety protocols will be shared as needed in the coming weeks.

We thank you for your time and patience during this challenging and unprecedented school year.  

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Chris Kilbride

Superintendent