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Columbus City Schools students in grades 6-12 transition to blended learning Monday

The district is welcoming the remaining group of students back for blended learning.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus City Schools brought back more students into the classroom on Monday.

Some sixth, 11th and 12th-grade students will transition to in-person learning on March 15 while others will start on March 18. These students will attend classes at school two days a week and learn from home three days a week.

Some seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th-grade students will start blended learning on March 22. The rest will start on March 25.

To read more about the district's plans, click here.

Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon said they are finding themselves at a critical point in the year.

"Every day counts for our students, and getting them back in our classrooms is important for their academic and social-emotional development -- this is especially important for our seniors who are working towards graduation in the coming months," Dr. Dixon said.

These new moves come after CCS allowed kindergarten through fifth grade moved back into the classroom part-time in a blended learning model in February.

As for transportation, the district said they are using CARES Act funding to partner with COTA to provide high school students with passes to transit services.

"At no cost to the students, these passes are supplemental and do not replace the yellow-bus transportation services we offer,” said Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon.

Students will be able to use the passes to get to and from school, extracurricular activities and internships.

The district will provide more details on its partnership with COTA in the coming week as the school board considers approving the partnership at its March 2 meeting.

Meanwhile, the district said all CCS Digital Academy students will remain completely remote. The district reopened registration for families who wish to enroll students in grades sixth through 12 in the academy.

Sixth through 12th-grade students currently in the Digital Academy can withdraw and return to their home school for blended learning. Enrollment or withdrawal is open until March 11.