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K-5 Columbus City Schools students to start blended learning model in February

Monday, Feb. 1 would be the earliest target date for students to return to their school buildings in a blended learning model.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Students with Columbus City Schools in kindergarten through fifth grade can start going back into the classroom part-time in a blended learning model next month.

Students in grades 6-12 will continue learning remotely as the district is still working on a transportation plan that meets COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Most of the students have not been to school since last March.

CCS Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon said the following students will be allowed to attend classes at school two days per week with the other three days at home, starting on Feb. 1.

  • All students in grades PreK through 3.
  • Students with identified complex needs in grades PreK through 12.
  • Students in Career and Technical Education programs at Columbus
  • Downtown High School and the Fort Hayes Career Center.

Students in grades 4 and 5 will also go to school twice a week starting on Feb. 8.

CCS is allowing families who are not comfortable allowing their students to attend in-person to register for the CCS Digital Academy for the second semester.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he has a goal of having all K-12 employees vaccinated by March 1.

For school employees to receive the vaccine, their district has to agree to a hybrid learning model or allow students to attend full-time.

Dixon said she signed the form from the state saying the district will meet all requirements for staff to get the vaccine starting Feb. 1.

"The COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to all CCS staff members, but we want to prioritize it for our teachers and school-based staff who will be working directly with students. More information about how to register for the vaccine will be provided to staff as it becomes available," Dr. Dixon said in a letter to families.

Winter sports and other activities are also beginning soon.

Click here for more information on what CCS looked at when creating a plan to bring students back safely.