Coronavirus: Dayton schools will switch to online learning if necessary

Dayton Public Schools headquarters in downtown Dayton.

Preparations part of Safe School Restart Plan

Dayton Public Schools will be prepared to switch to online learning if a student or staff member is diagnosed with the coronavirus.

In the event of a COVID-19 diagnosis, parents and guardians would be notified immediately and beginning the next school day students in that school building would be working online from home for 14 to 28 days, according to a release from the district Monday afternoon about its Safe School Restart Plan.

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Each student would be sent home with a bag containing a Chromebook, a white board and dry erase markers, a notebook, pencils, and crayons or colored pencils. One WiFi hotspot per family also will be distributed. Students will be handed this bag as they leave school the day a diagnosis is confirmed.

Students will be expected to join their teacher in a virtual classroom and complete assignments using the materials provided to them, just as they did in the spring. When the online learning period is over, students will returned the loaned items to school and resume in-person classes. The items will be cleaned and stored in case students must learn from home a second time.

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If the individual who tests positive for the coronavirus lives with someone who attends or works at another school, both buildings will be closed while students work from home.

While students are out, the affecting building will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized so that it is safe for students and staff to return.

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