July 29, 2020
Dear Whitehall City Schools Families,
Whitehall City Schools’ number one priority continues to be ensuring a safe learning and working environment. On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the local public health authorities of Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health shared current information about COVID-19 daily case rates and positivity rates with central Ohio superintendents. It was the opinion of both authorities that the current level of spread in our area is not conducive to a hybrid model of education in which half of our student population would be in the buildings. The two public health authorities made a recommendation that school districts within Franklin County begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In alignment with this guidance, Whitehall City Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year in a 100% remote model. Our rescheduled date of Monday, August 31st, as the first day of school will remain in effect. We will remain in a remote model through the first quarter, October 23rd, and reassess at that point.
It is our hope and belief that conditions will improve allowing us to move to a hybrid model at some point this school year. We will continue meeting weekly with local health officials to monitor trends in hopes that we see a continued decline in confirmed COVID cases and positivity rates. That trend is going to be dependent on the community's response to the precautions that have shown to change the direction of the spread.
I am pleading with our school community to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands often. We are truly all in this together and our community’s response will determine how quickly we are able to return to the classroom.
We recognize the frustration and anxiety this situation brings and hope to have additional information available to parents regarding Whitehall City Schools’ online/remote learning model in the coming weeks. Please visit our website (www.wcsrams.org) frequently to find the latest.
I want to, once again, thank you for your patience as we try to navigate our way through this pandemic and do what’s safe and responsible for our children and for our staff.