All five indicators on Upper Arlington Schools draft matrix would need to be met for two consecutive weeks in order to trigger a transition to all-in learning. After two weeks of data meeting the thresholds for these indicators, Upper Arlington Schools would implement a two-week transition period for a return to all-in learning. Data will continue to be evaluated during the two-week transition period in order to ensure that the initial two weeks of data remain within the thresholds and the subsequent two weeks of data continue to trend in the “right” direction.
The all-in learning model would have basically all of the same health and safety protocols currently observed within our schools in the hybrid learning model. The biggest change would be having less than 6 feet of physical distancing in all-in learning. The goal would be 3 feet, but that cannot be guaranteed in all learning spaces. The exception would be meal time, when 6 feet of physical distancing must be maintained.
The physical distancing change is significant because 6 feet is the distance considered ideal by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and it’s also the threshold for “exposure” and quarantine requirements from health officials. Anyone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 infected person with or without a face mask for at least 15 minutes cumulative over the course of a day is considered a close contact and must be quarantined for 14 days after the last/most recent contact with the individual when they were infectious.
As a result, in all-in learning, with less than 6 feet of physical distancing, we expect to see an increase in the number of students and staff members who must quarantine for 14 days.