Shifting To Blended Learning

October 16, 2020


Dear Beavercreek Families,


I wanted to take this opportunity to share some information regarding the district’s recent shift to the blended/hybrid learning model due to Greene County being elevated to Level 3/Red.


Please know that all of us are disappointed in this shift from traditional 5-days per week to the blended/hybrid model.  Our students, staff, and families have worked diligently to keep us in school full time during these first 8 weeks of school - something that other districts around the state and country have not accomplished.  This switch was initiated solely because Greene County was elevated to the Level 3/Red Covid-19 status.  The Blended Learning model, which has always been a part of our plan, is intended to slow the spread in our community, continue to provide face-to-face instruction for our students, and take every measure possible to prevent Greene County from being designated Level 4/Purple, which would result in full-remote learning.  The plan that was presented to the Board of Education, our community, and our families on July 16, 2020, stated the following:


  • Our goal throughout this year is to maintain instruction in our schools throughout the 2020-2021 school year while monitoring and responding to this pandemic to provide the safest environment possible for our students and staff. 

  • As the pandemic fluctuates in our district, community, and county, so must our district to continue instruction and increase necessary protocols for all.

In order to be responsive to this pandemic, we implemented the following model, which correlates directly to the Ohio’s Covid-19 Risk Levels:


  • Level 1 - Yellow: In school delivery of instruction, all students, five-days per week

 

  • Level 2 - Orange: In school delivery of instruction, all students, five-days per week

  • Level 3 - Red: Blended Delivery Model (2-days in-school and 3 days remote)

  • Level 4 - Purple: School closure, remote learning implemented. 

All of us were extremely disappointed to learn that Greene County had been elevated to Level 3/Red because we knew that our plan required a shift to the blended learning model. We anticipate that this shift to the blended learning model will remain in place over the next 2 weeks as we monitor the spread of Covid-19 in our schools and community. The purpose for making our plan responsive is simple, we want to protect our students, their families, and our staff when we start seeing spikes in cases in our county.  It would not have been appropriate to disregard the plan that we have implemented since mid-July, simply because of the success that we have experienced in our district. 


As with anything that we do, we will continue to monitor this recent risk level escalation and evaluate whether a change or shift in our plan is appropriate.  In addition, we will continue to work closely with Greene County Public Health to determine the best and safest approach as we make an informative decision on how we will proceed as a district. My hope is that our schools and our community continue to do well so that a shift back to our traditional (5-days per week) instructional delivery can occur as quickly as possible. 


As we continue to work closely with Greene County Public Health to examine and evaluate current conditions, we will keep our families informed as we work through this transition.  Our desires and interests have not wavered. We want to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of our students, their families, and our staff. 


Thanks for your patience and understanding as we continue to implement our Restart 2020 Plan.


Sincerely,



Paul Otten

Superintendent