Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health announced on Thursday, November 19, 2020, that Franklin County is the first and only county in Ohio to be elevated to the state’s highest-level “purple” rating warning of severe exposure and spread of COVID-19.
Both Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health have explicitly stated that they stand by their guidance for schools to continue to operate in our current delivery model if the county alert level should change to Level 4 (purple). Therefore, it is our plan to remain in Plan B (hybrid model) even with the alert level changing today. We will continue to diligently monitor the situation as we move forward in the days and weeks to come.
Our staff and students have done an outstanding job of following our safety protocols, primarily mask wearing and distancing, and our schools remain safe. We remain committed to the health and safety of everyone while also focusing on meeting the social, emotional, and educational needs of our students.
I ask that you continue to follow our website to stay updated and please familiarize yourselves with our revised Health & Safety Protocols the Board of Education approved earlier this week.
We have been safe and will continue to be. To that goal, I encourage you to continue to be diligent while at school and when away from our campuses as you have been so far. You have done an outstanding job, and I thank you!
-Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller, Incoming Superintendent/CEO (Jan. 1, 2021)