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Responsible Restart 2020

January 13, 2020 Update

In-Person Classes to Resume the Week of January 25th

As promised in our previous communications to you, we said we would decide by January 15 when we believed it was safe to resume in-person classes. Based on the available information and ongoing communications with Franklin County Public Health (FCPH), we have decided to resume in-person classes in our blended learning model the week of January 25.

Some of the reasons for selecting this date include: 1) Vaccine administration to school staff will begin in early February, 2) The daily infection rates in the county appear to be declining, and 3) next week is already shortened due to the holiday and professional development day.

On Monday, we will be closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday; Tuesday, schools are closed for our professional development day; and Wednesday is a remote learning day. We feel it would be better to resume classes at the beginning of the week rather than half-way through next week. This helps to minimize potential confusion in the schedules and it gives our staff time to move back into their classrooms and be fully prepared to resume in-person instruction.

RESUMPTION OF IN-PERSON CLASSES
As illustrated below, in-person classes for students on the "Group A" (green) schedule will begin in our blended learning model on Monday, January 25. In-person classes for students on the "Group B" (blue) schedule will begin in our blended learning model on Thursday, January 28.

As you may recall, in the blended learning model (also referred to as a “hybrid” learning model), about half of the students per classroom will attend school in-person two days per week and receive online instruction at home the other three days. Six-foot social distancing will be enforced, and all students and staff are required to wear a mask when on school property, including when on school buses.

MEAL SERVICE
The Federal School Lunch Program will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Meal Service During In-Person Classes
When students return to in-person classes, they will get their meals through the lunch line. Upon their return, students will be reminded of their lunch periods and instructions for safely picking up and eating their breakfast and lunch meals.

Remote Grab & Go Meal Service
For students enrolled in Cruiser Digital Academy and students who are taking the online portion of their classes for three days each week, breakfast and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in a Grab & Go format at the following locations:

Groveport Madison School Sites *
    Asbury ES - 5127 Harbor Blvd., Cols.
    Dunloe ES - 3200 Dunloe Rd., Cols.
    Glendening ES - 4200 Glendening Dr., Groveport (serving Glendening ES & MS South)
    Madison Elementary School - 4600 Madison School Dr., Cols.
    Middle School Central - 751 Main St., Groveport (serving Groveport ES & MS Central)
    Middle School North - 5474 Sedalia Dr., Cols. (serving Sedalia ES & MS North)
    Groveport Madison H.S. – 4475 S. Hamilton Rd.

Mobile Neighborhood Locations *
    Berwick Plaza - 2745 Winchester Pike, Cols.
    Cruiser Park - 4677 Bixby Rd, Groveport
    Elk Run Park – At the end of Hendron Rd., Groveport
    Giant Eagle Shopping Center – 3841 S. Hamilton Rd., Cols.
    Jerry Garver YMCA - 6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester
    Independence Park - 3065 Dewbourne Dr, Reynoldsburg
    Spangler Park - 2748 Spangler Rd, Cols.

Evening Meal Service *
Free meals also will continue to be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., at Groveport Madison H.S., 4475 S. Hamilton Rd., Groveport.

* All Grab & Go Meals are served outside of the school building or the neighborhood location. Look for one of our school buses or a yellow “Grab & Go Meal” banner indicating the actual distribution location for meals.

Each Monday, students will get two days of breakfast and lunch, and on Wednesdays, students will get three days of breakfast and lunch. On Friday evenings, students will get two days of breakfast and lunch.

BUS ROUTES/TRANSPORTATION
School bus routes and pick-up and drop-off times are available through the Versatrans eLink app on our GoCruisers.org website.

KEEPING OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE WHILE HOLDING IN-PERSON CLASSES
Our students and staff's safety is our greatest concern, never more so than when we're still dealing with COVID-19. We have numerous health and safety protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while students are in school or participating in activities.

We all have a role to play in keeping one another safe from COVID-19. If you have any questions about what we are doing to maintain healthy and safe teaching and learning environments, our Responsible Restart 2020 Parent Guide remains available on this page of the website.

ADMINISTRATION OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE
As you may be aware, school employees have been designated as a high priority to receive COVID-19 vaccines. We will be working closely with FCPH to register as many of our employees as possible to get the vaccine beginning in early February. While we cannot mandate staff members receive the vaccine, we will be providing as much information as possible and strongly encouraging them to do so.

We do not yet have any information regarding the vaccination of students or others in our community; however, we will share any information with you as it becomes available.

Thank you for your continued support of Groveport Madison Schools. Should you have questions, feel free to contact your child’s principal, or email us at [email protected]

Respectfully,

Garilee Ogden,
Superintendent

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