Loveland School Board approved plan for stufents PK-12 to return to classrooms and decided no levy on the November ballot during meeting Wednesday, July 15.

NEWS RELEASE: Julie Dunn, Administrative Asst. to the Superintendent

LOVELAND, OH (July 16, 2020) – The Loveland City School District officially announced the Board of Education approval of a school reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year in a news release from the office of LCSD Superintendent, Dr. Amy Crouse this afternoon. Here is the News Release: 

Dr. Amy Crouse, Superintendent, Loveland City School District (Provided) 

The Loveland Board of Education held a Special Meeting on Wednesday, July 15. At the meeting, the Board approved the 2020-2021 Reopening Plan for the Loveland City School District. The Board approved a plan to bring back students in grades PK-12 in person, five days a week. Parents will also have a full remote learning option for their children. The first day of instruction for all students is Wednesday, August 26.

Loveland Schools students return to classrooms Aug 26, (FILE)

The approved in-person model will include:

  • Proper health and safety precautions in place
  • Face coverings/masks for staff and students required
  • Proper cleaning protocols in place
  • No full-day kindergarten
  • Moving the high school student arrival time 30 minutes later
  • A family choice for each semester
  • Transition to remote learning when required for health and safety reasons

Additional details of Loveland’s 2020-2021 Reopening Plan will be released the week of July 20. Parent Q & A sessions are being planned for 7/27, 7/29, and 7/30. Parents will be required to select either the in-person or remote learning model for the first semester.  The deadline for selection is August 2, 2020.

At the meeting, the Board also held its first reading of the face coverings/masks policy. They will adopt the policy at the Board meeting on August 11.

“The Board is appreciative of the work of staff and administrators in considering plans to reopen schools and for the response from Tiger families and staff for the surveys about how to best serve Loveland students,” shared Board President Dr. Kathryn Lorenz. “We recognize it is not possible to identify a perfect plan and that changing situations and guidelines may alter the full capacity plan adopted.”

In other business, the Board discussed the potential of an operating levy in November and decided not to go on the ballot this November. The Board’s Finance Committee recommended areas for further research to implement future strategies and controls.

The Board has been considering the district financial situation since a March levy failure and the Finance Committee was charged with evaluating finances as well as seeking additional community input concerning levies.

After the Finance Committee report, Dr. Lorenz said, “The Board agreed to move forward with strategies to help manage District revenues and expenditures as well as to communicate that work to the public.”

The Board also discussed its commitment to improving communications and interactions with the community. This will be ongoing work of the Board at future meetings