The Board of Education held a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at the NAPLS Annex. The focus was an update in the district's Responsible Restart Plan and the steps for moving forward.
This message was sent to families after the meeting.
Good evening everyone,
The New Albany-Plain Local School District Board of Education received an update on our responsible restart plan to review the experiences of the hybrid + in-person all-in attendance model which was recently implemented. Updated health information and our current COVID-19 projected data for the week were also shared. You may find the presentation here.
Based upon the information presented at tonight’s Board of Education discussion, the Board of Education adopted a resolution affirming that all in-person students (maroon and gold groups) will begin daily attendance at school beginning Monday, October 5, 2020. All Virtual Learning Plan (VLP) students will continue uninterrupted in the VLP through at least January 15, 2021. ALL parents will have the option to elect to enroll for “in-person” or “VLP” for the second semester beginning in late October or early November.
The Board and administration will continue to actively monitor available health data, health or governmental orders, guidance, and/or recommendations, legislation, absenteeism, sickness, community spread, and the daily practice of health and safety protocols on the learning campus to safeguard students, families, faculty, staff, and our community. The administration will continue to meet weekly with Franklin County Public Health and discuss data with the New Albany COVID-19 Task Force to provide updates to the Board of Education.
Based upon this progress monitoring, the Board of Education will determine when/if it is necessary to change the “all-in” attendance pattern at any time to return to hybrid, eLearning, or any other attendance pattern. Changes in attendance patterns may be required for a specific grade-level, the wing/hallway of a school, a school building, or even district-wide.
Thank you for everything you have done to support our safe return to school. To keep our schools open, we must continue to Mask Up, Back Up, and Wash Up as a CommUnity. Your cooperation and due diligence as a community are essential to protecting the safety and welfare of everyone.
The Board of Education sincerely thanks all of our students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and parents for an incredible start to the 2020-21 school year. Go Eagles!
NAPLS Board of Education Resolution - October 1, 2020
Whereas, on August 7, 2020 the New Albany-Plain Local Board of Education adopted a resolution affirming that the Responsible Restart Plan developed for the 2020-2021 school year is in the best interest of District faculty, staff, students and families to provide a flexible plan that includes both in-person instruction and virtual learning to accommodate the unique needs of each student and to maintain the ability to continue to engage students through eLearning in the event schools are mandated to close at any time during the 2020-2021 school year; and
Whereas, on September 17, 2020 the New Albany-Plain Board of Education updated the Responsible Restart Plan developed for the 2020-21 school year to include the hybrid + plan from September 25, 2020 through October 2, 2020; and
Whereas, the administration, faculty, staff, and students have demonstrated success to date in practicing and adhering to the required health and safety protocols to attend school; and
Whereas, the Board of Education has carefully considered and will continue to consider the orders and guidance from state and local health departments, the input of the New Albany COVID-19 community task force as well as faculty, staff, parents and community members; and
Whereas, it remains the intent of the New Albany-Plain Local School Board of Education to open our schools to in-person instruction to best meet the academic and developmental needs of each student electing to attend school in-person, and any/all extra-curricular activities in accordance with reasonable health and safety protocols;
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, the New Albany-Plain Local School District Board of Education affirms the continued implementation of the Board approved Responsible Restart Plan; and
Be It Further Resolved, beginning Monday, October 5, 2020, it is affirmed appropriate by the Board of Education that ALL “in-person” students (maroon and gold student groups) shall begin full-time daily attendance for the 2020-21 school year in accordance with the adopted 2020-21 school year calendar unless otherwise enacted by the New Albany-Plain Local Schools Board of Education or public health or governmental order; and,
Be It Further Resolved, the New Albany-Plain Local School District Board of Education directs the superintendent to immediately implement and broadly communicate such requirements to faculty, staff, parents and community members; and,
Be It Further Resolved, students whose families elected to participate in the Virtual Learning Program for at least the first semester of the 2020-21 school year shall continue their daily virtual participation uninterrupted through January 15, 2021 to maximize the staffing levels as signed to meet student needs.