Miamisburg, Northmont, Springboro and Milton-Union are fully online this week and hope to bring some or all students back in-person Jan. 11. Centerville, Huber Heights and Oakwood are fully online the next two weeks and hope to return in-person on Jan. 19, after the Martin Luther King holiday.
Xenia schools plan to stay online until Feb. 1, and Dayton Public Schools will keep the majority of their students online through Feb. 19.
Vandalia-Butler schools made a big adjustment, cancelling classes for this entire week, to give teachers five preparation and planning days. The district was in-person all fall, and Superintendent Rob O’Leary said school staff “had to reach and stretch in so many different ways.”
About 45% of the district’s first-semester online students are returning to in-person classes in January, and O’Leary said this week will give teachers time to connect with them, to make the transition easier. Some high school students will use these days to take makeup exams that they missed due to quarantine in December.
Vandalia-Butler will go back to in-person school five days a week Jan. 11 for those students who want it.
“We have done our very best to offer options and choices that best fit our families’ needs,” O’Leary said.
Other districts have complex, multi-step processes for returning to school. In Beavercreek, grades K-5 are hybrid this week (2 days in-person, 3 days remote), then they go back to fully in-person Jan. 11. Grades 6-12 are fully online this week, then would go hybrid the week of Jan. 11 and then fully in-person Jan. 19.
Not all local Catholic schools are following the same playbook. Alter High School went back fully in-person Monday, while Carroll is on a hybrid plan this week, and Chaminade Julienne is fully remote this week, but will return to regular in-person mode Jan. 11.
The largest local charter schools are online this week, with DECA returning to a hybrid model Jan. 11, and Imagine Klepinger and Dayton Leadership Academies doing the same Jan. 19. The three NHA charter schools (Emerson, Pathway and North Dayton) are online this week, with grades K-5 going back five days a week Jan. 11, and grades 6-8 going to a hybrid model that day.
And in all cases, if schools learned one thing from the fall, it’s that plans are subject to change if the situation with the COVID-19 virus gets notably better or worse.
After spending all fall in a remote-learning mode, Yellow Springs schools is planning to start in-person classes two days a week Jan. 19. But Superintendent Terri Holden kept caution in mind.
“Everything is dependent upon our meeting our identified (COVID) metrics in our plan,” she said.