Columbus City Schools reopening classrooms: Here's a guide

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In her 23 years of teaching, Deborah Staples has never felt so excited because she walked into the classroom for the first time in class.

However, this is the first time in February. And, as expected, the kindergarten room at East Linden Elementary School looks a little different this year.

But if you move your eyes to the spacious desk with plastic barriers and the hand sanitizer pot that is ready to welcome students at the door, the situation will remain the same.

There is still a bookshelf full of stories, and brightly colored letters hang on the wall. Each table has a name tag that looks like sneakers. The bulletin board is decorated with bright blue and decorated with the huge book Pete the Cat.

Staples said Tuesday: "You will never forget your kindergarten classroom. It was your first school experience. I hope it looks attractive when it comes in." "They are only 5 years old."

She said that to help simplify the transition, she has given them a video view.

Staples said: "They ask me every day on Zoom,'When are we going to school?'. It's easy to tell that she is grinning behind her face mask.

Finally here on Monday that day.

Staples said she thinks her family is ready and excited about it. Since Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency in Ohio due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 9, 2020, all Columbus school students have begun online learning.

However, if you need to study before a busy day, this is what families at Columbus City Schools should know about restarting face-to-face courses for certain students.

The first group of students returning on Monday are all preschool and K-3 students; select all students with "complex needs" (such as disabilities); and high school students to participate in the occupations of the Columbus City High School and the Fort Hays Career Center Technical education courses.

Students in grades 4-5 will transition to the "blended learning" mode on February 8. At that time, about half of the school district students (that is, 26,600) will return.

Students in grades 6-12 will continue to study online indefinitely, although Sheriff Talisa Dixon told The Dispatch that her goal is to bring these students back later in the school year.

Divide the students into two groups, take the course in person twice a week, and study at home for the remaining three days. 

Families can view the child’s assigned queue and bus stop, pick-up time and drop-off time on the screen


Cohort A will take classes in person on Monday and Tuesday, and distance learning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Cohort B will have classes on Thursday and Friday and distance learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Hope students will bring their Chromebooks to school and charge them fully.

A virtual classroom meeting will be held on Wednesday, while the activities on the other two online days will be self-paced, except for the unified art class.


Yes, families can still pick up meal packs at 18 high school locations every Wednesday, so children can eat school lunch on the day they study at home. Shelf-stable and refrigerated foods are available from 11 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm

Based on the experience of other school districts in central Ohio, students and school employees infected with COVID-19 are usually exposed to the virus outside the classroom.

. She believes that various regions have formulated safety agreements to ease the spread of the virus.

All students and employees in Columbus must wear masks. (On the advice of a doctor, students can be exempted. Employees' exemptions can be handled through the district's human resources department.) The signs throughout the school will encourage 6 feet of social distancing. Each seat on the bus can only accommodate one child. The building is equipped with disinfection supplies and personal protective equipment.

If the child tests positive for COVID-19, the family must notify the school district immediately so that officials can notify Columbus Public Health and begin contact tracing. Anyone in close contact with the infected student will be notified via email, text message, phone call and Parent Portal message.

From the first day of infection symptoms, the infected student needs to stay at home for at least 10 days; if there are no symptoms, it will take 10 days from receiving a positive test result. They can return to school with the permission of the school nurse.

Spokeswoman Jacqueline Bryant said that the Columbus City School will follow the Columbus Department of Public Health’s written recommendation on quarantine on December 9 based on the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a student who tested positive for COVID-19 stays with a 6-foot classmate for a total of 15 minutes or more a day, it is considered a “close contact” of the infected student. They will need to be isolated at home for 10 days.


. According to the state’s guidance, if the infected student and classmate wear masks in the classroom, the classmates do not need to be isolated. This exception does not apply to sports or other extracurricular activities.

Columbus Department of Public Health spokesperson Kelli Newman (Kelli Newman) said the health department is following the state's new guidelines. Bryant said Thursday that the school district’s procedures may change, but it will follow stricter procedures until officials receive written documents about the changes.

If you don't want to send your children back to the families who attend classes in person, you need to register them to the region's fully online digital college, which is scheduled and managed by a third-party provider. The registration deadline for the Parent Portal is until February 12.

There is a reopening center on the website of the Columbus City School,

. Family members can also call 614-365-8888 or call the office of the district governor 


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