Dear Highland Parents,
I hope that you continue to enjoy your summer break.
As communicated last week, I promised to keep you updated on any news as it relates to school reopening plans for next year. We expected guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Office by the end of this week. Unfortunately, we have just been advised that the health-related guidance is yet again, delayed. We are hearing that information may now be released next week.
I want to assure you that the Highland administrative team has been working on a number of possible options for the 2020-21 school year. There are so many considerations involving health and safety practices, academic needs, transportation, food service, athletics, extracurricular programming and legal requirements. We have been researching and studying all of these topics since early March. We are in direct, and sometimes daily, contact with local and state health officials on how to reopen schools safely. In addition, we have been analyzing the data and feedback received from our online parent and teacher surveys. All have provided good and actionable information that we can use moving forward.
In an effort to keep parents informed, we offer the following current considerations:
- Our goal is to offer in-person school, five days per week, if we can do that safely and responsibly.