July 30, 2020
Reynoldsburg City Schools Staff and Families,
In our most recent conversations with Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health, we received updated COVID-19 information. Due to the positivity rates, case counts and trend lines show that it is not conducive to return to school in an “all in” or “hybrid” model, FCPH recommends that all schools in Franklin County begin school by operating remotely. Therefore, Reynoldsburg City Schools will start the 2020-21 academic school year in a 100 percent “all digital” remote learning model.
We will continue to work with Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health to reassess and monitor the pandemic and we will continue to seek guidance from Governor DeWine’s office. In the meantime, our 100 percent “all digital” remote learning model will follow our Responsible Restart Plan that we shared last week. The plan includes:
Online instruction with RCS teachers and staff
five days a week
Abiding by USDA standards, Breakfast and Lunch grab and go will be available at select buildings and distributed according to each student’s meal plan. To apply for free and reduced lunch, or update your meal plan, click here: https://www.reyn.org/breakfastlunch5187.aspx
No visitors or volunteers
There may be some opportunity for some or all athletic
competitions and activities. We are
awaiting additional guidance from FCPH and OHSAA.
For us, athletics will remain in Phase 1 of
Responsible Restart Ohio indefinitely which includes Football, Soccer, Tennis, and
Only Girls’ Volleyball will have indoor use of facilities
Extracurricular activities will take place
depending on guidance and/or Phases of Responsible Restart Ohio
Attendance taken during video conference
updated 2020-21 academic calendar with school starting Monday, August 24, 2020. You can find the updated calendar on reyn.org under “COVID19 Updates” and “Calendars and Announcements”.
The RCS Center for Deeper Learning will provide guidance to parents, staff, and students prior to the start of the school year that outlines specific information related to academics and instruction in this 100 percent “all digital” remote model.
All students and staff will work/learn
using our common learning management systems, Google Classroom and/or Echo. The
instructional content will be created by classroom teachers, and in this
platform, students can access a variety of programs, videos, lessons,
templates, assignments, virtual tutorials, and other tools to support their
We are hopeful that we will return to face-to-face instruction at some time during the school year. However, we also understand that you may not comfortable sending your child(ren) to school. If our model changes to the “all in” or the “hybrid” model during the year, you can reserve your space in the RCS Virtual Academy. Enrollment is open August 3-14, 2020. The RCS Virtual Academy will only operate if we are in an “all in” or “hybrid” model, but your space will be reserved. Information about the RCS Virtual Academy, as well as links to enroll, will be sent shortly.
The COVID19 pandemic requires
us to remain fluid and flexible in this ever-changing environment. We are incredibly
disappointed that we will not be able to welcome our students back in person to
school on Monday, August 24, 2020. Our
goal is to keep our staff and students as safe and healthy as possible. Thank
you for your patience and understanding. Please stay healthy and be well.
Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools
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