Dear Olentangy Families,
First and foremost, thank you for your partnership as we navigate this school year together. Now more than ever before the relationship between parents and teachers is critical in support of our students. I know this is hard for all of us, and I greatly appreciate your dedicated support of your children this year. We are presently in the middle of our 12th week of this school year and continue to monitor the effectiveness of the Hybrid Attendance model and the Committed Distance Learning program. We also continue to track positive COVID-19 cases, quarantine rates and our ability to fill staff absences with substitutes on a daily basis.
Next week is a two-day school week with a holiday. Traditionally, we experience a relatively high-volume of absences during this week among students and staff. Therefore, I have decided that Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 will be remote learning days for students attending school in Hybrid Attendance. We anticipate low student attendance and a higher than normal staff absence rate, leaving the potential for many unfilled substitute positions. This decision is made with an abundance of caution, as there is a high likelihood of the need to cancel school with short notice due to the anticipated substitute shortages. This change does not affect students in our Committed Distance Learning program.
Making this decision now will allow teachers time to properly prepare meaningful virtual learning opportunities. We will resume our Hybrid Attendance model as planned on December 1 after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thank you for your continued efforts in ensuring we work toward facilitating maximum learning for every student through this unusual school year.
Proud to serve as your Superintendent,
Mark T. Raiff