During the February 11 Olentangy Schools Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Mark Raiff announced that the district intends to return to daily, in-person attendance for students learning in Olentangy’s physical schools beginning Monday, March 15.
This date allows staff to receive their second COVID-19 vaccine, provides two weeks before spring break to address any challenges, begin the fourth quarter and administer Ohio State Tests. Please note that this attendance model change does not affect students in the Committed Distance Learning program, as that program is a semester-long commitment. Additionally, Olentangy kindergarten is a part-time program and will remain on the existing hybrid kindergarten schedule.
March 15 is over four weeks away, and it is possible that conditions may change. The district will continue to monitor key indicators, the impact of absences and substitute fill rates, as well as plan for the transition to a daily in-person attendance model for the hybrid attendance students. Mr. Raiff acknowledged that we are still experiencing a global pandemic, and Olentangy will continue to follow all precautions and health and safety standards.
In evaluating the district’s readiness for transitioning from hybrid to daily attendance, Mr. Raiff walked through data on the district’s infection and quarantine rates, how the virus has not been found to be transmitted inside schools, and local vs. county data. Staff receiving the COVID vaccine will help ensure continued high staff attendance, with the second Delaware Public Health District clinic for Delaware County school employees set for March 6. Lastly, he addressed the need to follow all recommended health and safety protocols, while also providing increased student interaction for mental well-being.
To view the Board of Education meeting and the Attendance Model Update presentation, visit the district website Board of Education meeting livestream.