Return to classes plan will be presented at Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Board of Education meeting Monday

FROM A STAFF REPORT
Stow-Munroe Falls Superintendent Tom Bratten waves to the seniors of the 2020 class in a parade at the high school in April. The Board of Education will review the return to school plans at its meeting on Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

Families in the Stow-Munroe Falls district are being offered two final plans for families to choose from for when schools reopen and begin the 2020-21 school year.

The plans are being presented at Monday's board of education meeting. The virtual meeting is at 7 p.m. and will be on the district's YouTube page.

The plans, released last week by the district on its website, www.smfschools.org, indicates the Maroon Learning Plan has students attending in-person classes, based on the county's risk levels designated by the Ohio Department of Health.

The Gold Learning Plan would be remote learning for those who choose not to participate in the in-person classes. The course work would be taught by district staff and be aligned to the district's curriculum. Students would be able to participate in extracurricular activities.

In the Maroon plan, when the county is at Level 2, or Orange, students will be in school every day with all precautions and sanitation recommended by Summit County Public Health.

If the county goes to Level 3, or Red, which is where Summit County is currently, the plan becomes a hybrid, with students whose last names begin with A – L attending classes Monday and Tuesday and doing remote Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Those with last names M – Z would have remote learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and be in class Thursday and Friday.

At Level 4, or Purple, all students would have remote learning.

Masks will be worn by staff when moving around, when physical distancing cannot be maintained and when working with students on a one-to-one basis. Students in grades K-12 will be required to wear a mask when riding the bus; entering, exiting and moving around the classroom, hallways, lockers and common areas; when working with staff on a one-to-one basis or with other students in small groups; and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Additional requirements will be in place based on the level status and specific situations and classroom activities. Those details, as well as parent and staff expectations and information on meals and transportation, can be found in the plan on the website.

Families are being asked make a decision on which learning plan their family will follow by July 31. The form to fill out can be found on the district's website. The choice will be for the semester term.

In addition, the board of education will be considering approving a change in the school calendar. Under the new proposed calendar for 2020-21, teacher days would be Aug. 17 – 28. Students in grades 1-5, 7 and 9 would return to classes on Aug. 31; all students in grades 1-12 would attend beginning Sept. 1. Kindergarten students would return on Sept. 8, with screening taking place Sept. 1-4. Preschool would start Sept. 2.

The last day for students would remain as May 27, with all breaks also remaining the same.

“The district has consulted extensively with our health care community partners, Summit County Public Health, and experts at the local and state levels in order to plan for the safest return to school for our students and staff. We have sought input from our parents and SMFCSD certified and classified staff regarding their experiences in remote learning at the end of last school year, and we have considered that feedback in the development of the restart plan,” Superintendent Tom Bratten said in releasing the plans. “The district recognizes that no plan will satisfy all stakeholders and families in our communities, but our committees worked diligently to address the concerns of everyone.”