Dear Blue Devil Families,
The excitement and anticipation is building as we get closer to students returning to our campus full-time, in-person, five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year. In just a few short days, our staff will kick off opening day activities and make final preparations to begin welcoming students back to class. It has been a very busy summer in the district with transitions to our new organizational model, staffing changes, and the continuation of plans for implementing our district strategic plan focusing on the vision areas of Student Learning, Culture, Communication, and Fiscal Responsibility.
As we look to the coming school year, we are not only challenged as educators to focus on how best to help students learn, school districts across Ohio have also been tasked with making decisions about how to interpret the recommendations of public health officials that were once required health mandates. Thank you to the many parents and community members that have shared their perspectives both personally and professionally, which represent all sides of how best to start our school year. Your thoughts have been heard and are respected.
Yesterday, the Board Update communicated information regarding the recently adopted mask-optional policy for Reading Community City Schools for the 2021-2022 school year. Included in the update were examples for quarantine and isolation based on the operational guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) that had been released. We could not have predicted that two hours later, that information would become outdated.
Last night, ODH issued revised quarantine and isolation recommendations that will be followed by HCPH, and therefore the district. Under these new requirements, unvaccinated students that are a close contact of a positive case would not be required to quarantine if properly wearing a mask. This significantly changes the meaning of a “strong recommendation” for wearing a mask. Students and families would not be as impacted by those choosing not to wear a mask when it comes to quarantine under these new guidelines. It is also important to note that vaccinated students would not be required to quarantine.
We are actively reviewing this new guidance and will adjust our plans to align with this guidance for the upcoming school year, in collaboration with HCPH. While it can be frustrating at times for all of us that the pandemic has created a moving target for operating a school district, adapting to the latest information by the medical professionals and public health officials is all in an effort to ensure the health and well-being of our school district community.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of RCCSD, we appreciate the opportunity to serve the students, families, and community of Reading, as well as those joining the district from other locations, and look forward to having our students back on campus soon. Thank you.
I welcome your thoughts, feedback, and questions, and I am looking forward to the future ahead for Reading Community City Schools. Feel free to contact me via email at [email protected] or call (513) 842-5109.
Reading Community City Schools
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