UA Schools Responsible Restart Plan

Responsible Restart logoThroughout the summer, the Upper Arlington Schools team worked to consider several different scenarios for how we would be starting the school year and the different learning models we may need as long as COVID-19 remains a concern. Families, students and staff members shared their thoughts through multiple surveys and focus groups — totaling more than 12,000 touchpoints in all. Their feedback informed the planning for the 2020-2021 school year and any future distance learning needs.

The result of all of this feedback and work is the Upper Arlington Schools Responsible Restart Plan, which was approved by the Board of Education on July 31, 2020. This plan details two pathways for students for the 2020-2021 school year and numerous health and safety measures that will be implemented to deliver in-person learning. 

Two pathways for 2020-2021 school year
The school-based pathway offers two models that may be implemented at any time depending on the current situation with COVID-19: the hybrid model, which combines in-person and remote learning, and the Enhanced Distance Learning model.

The UA Online Academy pathway is a K-12 fully online learning alternative to the school-based learning pathway during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Online Academy gives parents an option for their students to learn at home with a curriculum specifically created for online education and fully guided, monitored and supported by Upper Arlington teachers. 

Families will have the choice of enrolling their student in the Online Academy OR keeping their student in whichever school-based instructional model in which Upper Arlington Schools is operating. As of September, Online Academy enrollment is closed for the fall and will reopen in November for students to transition after winter break.

Following the guidance from Franklin County Public Health, all students in the school-based pathway began the school year on Wednesday, August 19 in the Enhanced Distance Learning model. Since then, the Board of Education has been following the improving health data and anticipated the changes, approving a hybrid transition plan that brought all of our students in the school-based pathway back to school the week of September 21. Families may learn more about hybrid learning here.

COVID-19 Symptom Checks

Symptom checks for students and staff members are a crucial part of keeping our school communities - and our entire community - safe and healthy amid the pandemic. We ask that all students and families conduct self-checks for symptoms before you leave for school or the bus stop each day.

Before having your student enter a school building, please consider these three important self-screening questions. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please keep your student home and consult with your family physician. 

  1. Has your student had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with or without a mask in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider advised the student to quarantine?

  2. Does your student have any symptoms related to COVID-19? Symptoms include: fever of 100.4ºF or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore threat, new or worsened nasal congestion, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

  3. Has your student been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days?

This document (UPDATED September 28, 2020) from public health officials offers guidance on when students should stay home from school and when they may return to school. You may review these additional resources from Franklin County Public Health that answer some common questions:

Please contact your school nurse if your student is experiencing symptoms, receives a positive test or has been exposed to COVID-19.  When reporting any absence to your school attendance office, please identify whether the absence is COVID-19 related.

Flexibility as we move forward

Everything we’re sharing is based upon what we know today.  We will continue to re-evaluate based on evolving conditions, data about the status of the pandemic, and recommendations and guidance from public health authorities and the scientific community. Flexibility will be crucial as we move forward together in the coming weeks and months.
Please click the links below to learn more about the Enhanced Distance Learning model, in-person Hybrid learning model and the fully digital UA Online Academy. 
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