Tecumseh schools to begin second quarter with in-person learning for some students

Tecumseh Local Schools will begin the second quarter with in-person learning for some students after shifting to remote learning for the first quarter, the district’s superintendent said.

“Beginning with the second quarter, Tecumseh Local Schools will begin in-person learning after a one week phase-in period,” said Superintendent Paula Crew.

The phase-in period for those who select to return to the school setting for the second quarter is as follows:

All students in grades 1-12 with an even home address will attend school on Monday, Oct. 19 and Wednesday, Oct. 21; All students in grades 1-12 with an odd home address will attend school on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Thursday, Oct. 22; and all students in grades 1-12 will attend school on Friday, Oct. 23.

“Beginning the following week, Monday, Oct. 26, all students selecting the in-person option will attend full-time (Monday - Friday), which is Plan A of the Preparation for Learning Plan,” Crew said.

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Crew added that kindergarten students will also begin school on a delayed phase-in schedule as they normally would:

Students with an even home address will attend school on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 23; Students with an odd home address will attend school on Thursday, Oct. 22 and Monday, Oct. 26; and all students selecting to return to the school setting will attend school on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and will continue attending every day after that Monday through Friday.

Students and staff will be required to wear face masks while on the school bus and in the school setting, and mask breaks will be given.

Crew said the New Carlisle Church of the Brethren made 300 homemade masks in multiple sizes to donate to the district for students who may forget to being their mask to school.

Other guidelines for those attending in-school include: Students and staff must complete a health assessment each day before reporting to school; social distancing and sanitizing will take place on school buses and in the buildings; and hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the buildings.

Crew said students will get a transportation survey in their Google Classroom this week, which must be completed for students returning to school.

“Parents who are able to transport their child(ren) to school, should consider doing so as the ability to social distance on the school bus is limited,” Crew added.

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All three elementary schools will also offer latchkey services before and after school.

The district also needs to know which students will remain on remote learning during the second quarter as this option is still available, Crew said. Students in grades K-5 who continue remote learning will receive instruction from Tecumseh teachers through Google Classroom. Students in grades 6-12 who continue remote learning will transition to a purchased remote learning platform called Edmentum.

When the plan was initially shared, the district intended to begin the school year with Plan A - a choice of in-school or remote learning, Crew said, but several factors led to the change in plans for students to start of the year with remote learning, which is Plan C.

These factors included Clark County being placed on a Level 3 status on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System in late July, Gov. Dewine issuing a state-wide mandatory mask order and an influx of COVID-19 cases around the same time, and requests from a “significant number” of parents to switch to remote learning, according to Crew.

The districts three plans include: Plan A: In school or remote learning - Students attend ‘in-school’ full-time or through remote learning; Plan B: Blended learning - Only half of the students will attend in-school each day; and Plan C: Remote learning for all grades K-12.

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