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Start of Schools - Family Update

September 2, 2020

Dear New Albany Families,

The excitement of the 2020-21 school year is building as faculty, staff, and administrators actively participate in professional development sessions and finalize plans necessary to officially welcome our students in-person or virtually next week.  I want to sincerely thank our families for your patience, questions, understanding, and partnership as we officially begin the adventure of the 2020-21 school year.  Regardless of your physical location for school, together we will achieve the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student.  We are stronger together!

September Calendar 2_2020 Students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Program (VLP) begin school daily on Tuesday, September 8th (ELC-VLP students will begin September 10).  Students in Grades 1-12 attending school “in-person” are assigned to Maroon or Gold groups and begin school on Tuesday, September 8th (Maroon) or Wednesday, September 9th (Gold) and will rotate school attendance days through Friday, September 18th.  Student schedules for required assessments and the start of “in-person” preschool and kindergarten schedules will continue to be coordinated with families directly by the Early Learning Center.

The Board of Education and administration remain committed to the safe return of ALL “in-person” students on Monday, September 21st, provided the data and our daily experiences demonstrate such is possible. For now, families should minimally prepare for “in-person” students to attend school in the assigned maroon and gold hybrid groupings through September 18th as previously announced.  

The administration will continue to meet weekly with Franklin County Public Health officials to analyze and review available data to present to the Board and our families at our next Board of Education meeting on Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 pm (available via the District’s YouTube Channel).  At this meeting, the Board of Education will affirm our ability to transition “in-person” students to an “all-in” attendance pattern for school beginning Monday, September 21st or determine if it is necessary to remain in some form of hybrid school attendance based upon available data and our daily school experiences with students and staff back on the learning campus. Though we are committed to all-in school on September 21st, the possibility of continuing in a hybrid capacity remains and we advise families to have a back-up plan should that occur.

The safe return of staff and students to our school campus is dependent upon our collective efforts.  Please continue to “Mask Up, Back Up, and Wash Up” at home, at school, and in our community every day.  While the 2020-21 school year may be a great adventure, it also provides opportunities for us to demonstrate as a CommUnity that we put “Students First”!



Michael L. Sawyers