Reopening Plan Update-- August 31, first day of school

posted Aug 6, 2020, 1:23 PM by Greg Williams   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 1:25 PM ]

We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we adjust our school opening plans in consideration of the Montgomery County Department of Health recommendations of 7.31.20 and the mandatory student facial covering order from the State of Ohio on 8.4.20.  

We are in the process of completing a revised plan that we intend  to share next week.  We have finalized some of the items that we want to share this evening.

The new start date for all New Lebanon schools is Monday, August 31st, 2020.  The delayed start date will allow school staff to prepare for changes in the school opening plan.  Additionally, it will allow more time to prepare for the increased number of students who have chosen to begin  the year on the full remote plan.  The new, tentative in-person plan is likely to be a “hybrid” model that includes classroom learning and remote learning so that we can meet social distancing recommendations by having fewer students in school on a given day.

Welcome Back Night’s date and format will also be changed.  Given the current health situation in Montgomery County, it is not advisable to gather in large groups like we typically have for traditional Welcome Back Night.  We are now planning a remote Welcome Back Night in which Dixie staff will create welcoming, informational videos that will be posted on the website for families to view.  Families will also be able to call or email staff members with information or questions in the days leading up to school.  The Remote Welcome Night will be Thursday, August 27th.

We are still monitoring health conditions and recommendations to guide our decisions on activities that have been deemed high risk by the Montgomery County Health Department.  We have allowed teams to continue weight training, conditioning, and non-contact/distanced skills drills to enable teams to maintain conditioning in the event contact sports may resume.  

We share the uncertainty and frustration of many of our students and families with regard to the changing health landscape and continually changing plans.  We are striving to maintain as many opportunities as we can for students while following the guidance of health authorities.