August 28th, 2020
Dear Whitehall City Schools Families,
Since we originally closed our buildings on March 13th, Whitehall City Schools has put trust in the professionals at Franklin County Public Health. Our local health authority’s recommendations have provided us with the expert advice we need in these times of uncertainty. As we navigate through the various stages of this current pandemic, we are constantly monitoring data and communicating with Franklin County Public Health. Over the last four weeks our county has experienced a significant decline in the number of daily new cases, the positivity rate is now near 5% (down from more than 10%) and yesterday the county was downgraded to a level 2 (Orange) on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. This is great news as the Franklin County Public Health Commissioner recently changed his guidance for schools to be consistent with this new designation.
It was communicated in an earlier message that we would remain in a remote model for the first nine weeks, however, it is our responsibility to our school community to prepare everyone for a possible return to our school buildings, in a hybrid model, on Monday September 21st. We will remain in a 100% online model from August 31st through September 18th. Track B students will begin in-person instruction on September 21st and Track A students will begin on September 23rd. Those students who have chosen Track C will not be impacted by this change. In addition, more information about our PreK program starting back up will be forthcoming.
We look forward to welcoming students back on September 21st in this low-density model that will allow us to practice the social distancing necessary to keep everyone safe. In an effort to continue this positive trend in our battle against the virus, we’re asking you to please, mask up, back up, and wash up.