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Click on the image below to view our Health and Safety plan as we prepare to welcome students back to school via our hybrid model on October 19, 2020.
 
Health and Safety Plan 
Hybrid Model Start Date Delayed
September 14, 2020

Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools Families, 
 
The hybrid learning model will not begin on Monday, September 21 as we had originally planned. Now, we will remain with our distance learning model through, at least, the end of the first quarter (which concludes Friday, October 16). 
 
The reasons for staying on distance learning are outside of our District’s control; it is not due to increased COVID-19 cases or health-related circumstances. Rather, some of the third-party resources and classroom infrastructure that we were led to believe would be available to us now are not. 
 
This means that our teachers need additional time to adjust and adapt their classrooms to fully meet the needs of students enrolled in both our in-person hybrid learning model and the virtual academy. It does not mean that the learning models parents chose for their students will change; it does mean that the work within those models for our teachers will change. Our teachers are certainly busy and constantly adjusting and they are just as dedicated to making this work. 
 
For all of us here at Reynoldsburg City Schools, we understand that this may not be ideal for families. We also believe that it is important that we do this right. Students are currently working within the distance learning model and this will allow for them to continue their current learning model in the short term. For the short- and long-term, it means that we will offer the quality of education that our community expects. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and for supporting your child’s education. As we near the start of the second quarter, which officially begins on Monday, October 19, we will reevaluate the conditions and decide on what model we will begin with at that time.
 
Sincerely,
MJB Signature

Melvin J. Brown
Superintendent
Reynoldsburg City Schools
Video Message: RCS Students Return to School via Hybrid Model on September 21

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RCS Students Return to School via Hybrid Model on September 21

August 28, 2020

Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools’ Families and Staff,

We all want to thank you immensely as we have begun this school year in very unorthodox fashion. Our remote learning plan appears to be working well and our teachers have done a wonderful job of engaging and connecting with our students. We have been so happy to see them in their remote classrooms. 

I am writing today with what I hope will be received as good news! After receiving guidance and recommendations from Governor Mike DeWine’s office, the Ohio Department of Health, Franklin County Public Health, and Columbus Public Health, we are excited to announce that beginning Monday, September 21, barring any additional spikes in numbers in Franklin County associated with COVID-19, we will launch our hybrid model for teaching and learning in Reynoldsburg City Schools. 

We were strategic in deciding to start the year in a remote learning model so that we could master our digital learning practices and also to keep a close eye on the COVID-19 metrics to ensure we are indeed prepared to return to buildings. This announcement will allow for a few weeks’ notice of our transition to the hybrid model. You have no idea how excited we are to be able to see our students in person!


All of the information regarding the hybrid model can be found in our Parent and Student Guide to Learning, which is attached to this letter and is located on reyn.org in three places: 

  • Latest News
  • For Parents
  • For Students

In addition, the Center for Deeper Learning will create a transition document that will help guide families, staff, and students through the move from our current digital learning model to the hybrid model. We will send that transition document in a separate communication.
 
 Health and Safety considerations for face to face days:

  • Individual class sizes will not be cut in half when we move to a hybrid model, but rather, class sizes will be reduced so that social distancing guidance can be met with ease.
  • All staff and students will follow enhanced hygiene protocols including: face covering protocols, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, six feet of social distancing when possible, covering mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, staying home when ill for any reason, having a temperature at or above 100? F, or experiencing any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
  • School practices such as meals, recess, related arts/electives, etc., will be altered to promote student health and safety. Parents should expect some changes to current food policies to protect students who have food allergies. Breakfast will be grab and go.
  • All schools will work to facilitate the fullness of District programming, on a reduced schedule and modified learning plan when appropriate, including elementary specials, academic interventions, gifted programming, and instrumental music.

If you have questions regarding your specific student(s), please contact your child’s school Principal.

If you opted for your child(ren) not to return to school face-to-face and enrolled in the RCS Virtual Academy, you will receive a separate communication and an invitation to a parent meeting about the Virtual Academy within the next week.

We thank you again for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time in our nation’s history and how it impacts education. We are committed to doing the absolute best job for our kids that is possible. 

Sincerely,
MJB Signature

Melvin J. Brown
 Superintendent
 Reynoldsburg City Schools

Click here to read a PDF of the letter

Click here to download the Parent and Student Guide to Learning 

Stop the spread of germs
Student Face Covering Exemption Request
Hybrid Model Guide Translated
Updated 2020-21 Academic Calendar
Links and Information
 
ODH Call Center: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
Reynoldsburg City Schools Support Center: 614-501-1020 (M-F 7:30A-3:30P)
 
 
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