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District Statement Regarding Columbus Public Health COVID-19 Data

Columbus City Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year on September 8 in a completely virtual learning environment for all students in grades pre-K through 12. Our focus right now is the intensive professional development and training sessions for all CCS staff members this week and next. We are building the capacity of our staff to better serve our students and their families.
Our Operations team has also been preparing all of our school buildings and administrative sites so that they are ready with all of the proper health, safety, and social distancing measures in place when the time comes to welcome back our 50,000 students and 9,000 staff members in-person.
The first step in returning to in-person classes would be a blended learning model where students would learn at school two days a week and at home the remaining three days. Beginning this week, we have asked families to log on and select which two days of in-person learning they prefer in the blended model.
As we continue to assess our learning model for the school year and consider when we might return to in-person classes, we will be looking closely at the recommendations of Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts and her team regarding social distancing and health and safety protocols in our classrooms and on our school buses. We will also be talking with Dr. Roberts and her team to understand the numbers and the case count within our attendance boundaries and zip codes which are often different than Franklin County as a whole or the case counts in each of our suburban neighbors.
It is certainly good news for our community that we are seeing a steady decline in the number of COVID-19 cases. Columbus City Schools will continue to do its part to help maintain that trend, which includes returning to in-person learning in the safest way possible.