COVID Task Force Update

Posted: 2/19/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

February 19, 2021

To our GJPS school community,

Making decisions that all Gahanna families agree with is always challenging, especially during the COVID -19 Pandemic. We recognize there are families who want their children in full-time school right away. We know others are perhaps more hesitant. Through it all, we have tried to listen to our students and families, to meet the individual needs of our teachers and staff, and to make the best decisions based on data.

Our COVID Task Force has been meeting regularly on these issues. We appreciate those who volunteer on this important committee, including a trusted local pediatrician, a member of the state board of pharmacology, two recognized Ohio State nurse practitioners, a representative of Franklin County Public Health, and one of our district nurses.

We have listened to recommendations from the CDC and Franklin County Public Health. We have also engaged with districts around our state under different public health jurisdictions who have been in school full-time for several months. They have been able to operate with 3 ft of social distancing or less with minimal spread of the virus.

We are gathering data and our COVID Task Force will meet again next Tuesday to continue the conversation around a return to full, in-person learning and to develop recommendations for what’s next. We know this is an important decision for our students, teachers, staff and community.

Our largest challenges to address are transportation and navigating social distancing in spaces across the district. We have a shortage of bus drivers right now and reducing the number of students we need to transport will help a great deal. As we consider an all-in return, we would like our hybrid families to consider transporting their children if possible.

In next week’s Task Force meeting we will explore further data for our decision-making, including:

  • The impact of current learning models on student mental health
  • Understanding the impacts on students in specialized programming
  • COVID spread in districts that are all-in with limited social distancing
  • Health and safety strategies and operational guidance being used by districts that are all-in
  • Specific approaches for safely operating foodservice and cafeterias during lunch

We expect the considerations of our Task Force to be shared with a specific recommendation on February 24 during the virtual COVID Community Committee meeting at 6:30 PM. The YouTube Live Stream Link will be posted on our district website by 6:00 PM the day of the meeting. We invite you to join us.

To stay up-to-date on all COVID-19 information, please visit our GJPS COVID-19 Resource Center.

Thank you,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent


COVID Task Force Update

Posted: 2/19/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

February 19, 2021

To our GJPS school community,

Making decisions that all Gahanna families agree with is always challenging, especially during the COVID -19 Pandemic. We recognize there are families who want their children in full-time school right away. We know others are perhaps more hesitant. Through it all, we have tried to listen to our students and families, to meet the individual needs of our teachers and staff, and to make the best decisions based on data.

Our COVID Task Force has been meeting regularly on these issues. We appreciate those who volunteer on this important committee, including a trusted local pediatrician, a member of the state board of pharmacology, two recognized Ohio State nurse practitioners, a representative of Franklin County Public Health, and one of our district nurses.

We have listened to recommendations from the CDC and Franklin County Public Health. We have also engaged with districts around our state under different public health jurisdictions who have been in school full-time for several months. They have been able to operate with 3 ft of social distancing or less with minimal spread of the virus.

We are gathering data and our COVID Task Force will meet again next Tuesday to continue the conversation around a return to full, in-person learning and to develop recommendations for what’s next. We know this is an important decision for our students, teachers, staff and community.

Our largest challenges to address are transportation and navigating social distancing in spaces across the district. We have a shortage of bus drivers right now and reducing the number of students we need to transport will help a great deal. As we consider an all-in return, we would like our hybrid families to consider transporting their children if possible.

In next week’s Task Force meeting we will explore further data for our decision-making, including:

  • The impact of current learning models on student mental health
  • Understanding the impacts on students in specialized programming
  • COVID spread in districts that are all-in with limited social distancing
  • Health and safety strategies and operational guidance being used by districts that are all-in
  • Specific approaches for safely operating foodservice and cafeterias during lunch

We expect the considerations of our Task Force to be shared with a specific recommendation on February 24 during the virtual COVID Community Committee meeting at 6:30 PM. The YouTube Live Stream Link will be posted on our district website by 6:00 PM the day of the meeting. We invite you to join us.

To stay up-to-date on all COVID-19 information, please visit our GJPS COVID-19 Resource Center.

Thank you,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent