BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Lakota School District has a plan to get students back to class in the fall.
Superintendent Matthew Miller unveiled four different plans prior to the district’s meeting Tuesday, including a virtual option for families who don’t want their children to attend school in person.
The plan selected, Plan A, will see all students to return with safety precautions. Physical distancing guidelines of six feet will be followed wherever possible, with three feet between desks in classrooms.
To limit the number of students in each classroom, grades 7-12 will follow a block schedule every day to limit transitions per classroom.
All cafeterias will operate at 50 percent capacity.
Both students and teachers will be required to wear masks unless they’re six feet apart.
Preschool students will attend four days a week with reduced classroom sizes, per state guidelines.
There is a virtual option for families who don’t want their children to attend school in person. The Lakota Virtual Learning Option includes:
- New, 100 percent online curriculum for grades K-12
- Students who have health concerns and are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 will be given priority placement
- Students will have a dedicated Lakota teacher to check in with and ask questions
- Families will be asked to commit to a full semester of virtual learning
- Three information sessions will be held in July for families who are interested in exploring this option
Nathan Natale is a Lakota parent with two children in elementary school. He says he doesn’t have many health concerns about his kids learning in-person again.
“We’re generally all healthy in my household, so I feel confident that if we were exposed, that it would be something that we would handle,” Natale said.
The other options included:
- Plan B - Students return with restrictions
- Students in grades K-6 will attend school every day with six feet of physical distancing between desks
- All learning spaces will be used as classrooms
- Grades 7-12 will follow a block schedule every day
- All cafeterias will operate at 50% capacity
Miller said under Plan B, junior and high school students would have attended every other day and followed daily block schedules. Secondary students would have completed online assignments when they weren’t in school. Students would have been split alphabetically to determine which day they would have attended school. Students wold have eaten lunch in their classrooms.
- Plan C - ‘Remote learning 2.0′
- Would be carried out if schools were closed as they were in the spring
- All students learn at home via an updated 100% remote learning experience
The district says they will be in continual contact with county health officials about potential case spikes to determine if the district needs to shift to one of the other plans.
Read more about the other plans below: