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Dublin, Worthington Parents Want Schools To Open For In-Person Instruction

Aug 5, 2020

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State health officials Tuesday reported  more than eleven-hundred new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total 95,106.  

The death toll rose by 31 to 3,570. 

Dublin City Schools plan to start the academic year August 24th with at least two weeks of remote learning. Orientation for hybrid learning starts September 8, and the district will start full hybrid learning September 21. Despite the science showing in-person learing is risky during COVID-19, some parents are protesting the move.  Dublin is one of seven schools where parents protested Tuesday in favor of in-person instruction. 

Some parents in Worthington want kids in class when school resumes this fall.  Worthington City School's plan currently calls for students to learn remotely for the first quarter, and for all fall sports to be suspended.  Several parents protested the decision, saying kids need a return to normalcy.  School officials say they made their plan under the guidance of Franklin County Public Health. 

The Franklin County Health commissioner is releasing a clarification on his stance about local school districts returning to in-person learning.  Joe Mazzola is strongly recommending but not requiring schools to start the year online.  The county  has the highest sustained rate of COVID-19 transmission in Ohio since the pandemic started.     

Marysville Schools will start the new year with students attending class in-person two days a week. Students will have online learning on Wednesdays and on the days they are not scheduled to be in the classroom. Special education students will have in-person classes five days per week. Plans are subject to the changing COVID-19 situation.