Grades PK-8 students wil return to classrooms
Monday, October 12
By Chuck Gibson
LOVELAND, OH (October 8, 2020) – The Loveland City School District released an updated school schedule this afternoon (Thursday, October 8, 2020). The update reveals plans for students in grades PK-8 to return to “full in-person learning” Monday, October 12.
The Loveland Schools schedule update follows news that Hamilton County remains in the Red Zone while Clermont County has been upgraded on the State’s COVID caution scale to the Orange Zone. Both area counties had been downgraded just one week ago into the Red Zone due to increasing COVID-19 postitive cases and hospitilzations.
In response to the two counties (both served by Loveland Schools) going into Red last week, LCSD officials “paused” plans for the return to full in-person learning originally slated to start for PK-4 this past Monday, October 5. The schedule update announced today by the school district means the original plan for students grades 5-8 to return 10/12 does not change. It also means there was just a one week delay in the original plan to bring the students in PK-4 back into a full in-person schedule with their return now set to coincide with the grade 5-8 students Monday, 10/12.
There will be NO CHANGE for students enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy.
According to information received by Loveland Beacon from a source inside LCSD, district officials considered a number of factors before determining the updated school schedule plan. Among the factors was data which reveals the COVID-19 incidence report to schools – Loveland and regionally – remains very low. They also considered data which shows the number of cases for school-age students is consistenly reamins at only 10-percent of total cases. Data factored into the decision indicated the number of positive cases requiring hospitilization reported for COVID patients aged 0-59 (which would include students of all grade levels) makes up only 23-percent of all cases.
It is worthwhile to note Loveland High School reported three (3) positive COVID-19 cases in LHS students earlier this week. The school emphasized the fact none of the cases were contracted at the school and no close contact occurred with members of the school. The updated schedule released today call for NO CHANGE in plans for the return of students grades 9-12 at the high school Those students are scheduled to return to full in-person learning on Monday, October 26, -two weeks after the retun of students PK-8.
Here is the full statement from Loveland Schools on the
School Schedule Update:
School Schedule Update
Students in PK-8 will return to full in-person learning beginning Monday, October 12.
After pausing one week to allow for more information to come in from state and local health officials, looking at a variety of indicators, and continuing our direct conversations with local health officials, we will now move forward with our transition from the blended learning model to the full capacity, 5-day in-person for PK-8.
This means students in PK-4, and students in grades 5-8 will return to full in-person learning October 12. We are still planning for students in grades 9-12 to return to full in-person learning October 26. We will continue to monitor the positive cases that have been reported to LHS recently.
There will be no changes for students enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy.
This school year has already presented special challenges for students, families and teachers and it is possible that more challenges may be ahead as we continue with precautions around COVID-19.
We continue to focus on the safety of our students and staff, and we appreciate your patience and understanding.