At the Loveland Board of Education meeting held on August 11, 2020, the Board adopted a revised district calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school for all Loveland students has been moved from Wednesday, August 26 to Monday, August 31. This change allows for the staff and teachers to have three additional in-service/planning days prior to the first day of school. Staff will now have from August 17-28 to be trained in the new health and safety protocols with additional time for designing curriculum for the in-person and remote learning models.
There will be no change in the number of instructional days for students. The teacher planning days added on August 26, 27, and 28 replace one of the planning days scheduled at the end of each quarter. The planning days on October 22, January 14, and March 18 are now scheduled instructional days with students in attendance.
The Board also adopted a face covering policy requiring masks for staff and students in grades PreK-12. All students riding the bus must be wearing a face covering/mask when boarding the bus, riding the bus, and departing the bus. Face coverings/masks must be worn into the building at all times and only removed when directed by the teacher or staff member.
The Board policy states that face coverings/masks are required and should:
- Fully cover mouth, nose, and chin;
- Not create difficulty breathing while worn; and
- Be held secure through a tie, elastic, etc. to prevent slipping; and
- Be of effective quality (i.e., double-layered, non-permeable, tightly woven fabric without valves).
The approved mask policy will be posted on the district website. The district is also waiting on the Governor’s written orders for the full implementation guidelines of the face covering/mask policy.
The Board also discussed the blended in-person learning model and the full in-person return to school. Loveland’s Board is in full support of starting the school year with the blended model with two goals: to open safely following health protocols to remain in school, and to move to 5-day in-person learning when possible based on several factors including the current infection rate in Hamilton County; the evidence of spread; and appropriate levels of staffing. For example, if a number of teachers would be quarantined because of contact-tracing or illness, the lack of availability of substitute teachers would impact the ability to return to five full days in person.
Loveland Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse said the district would be evaluating this health data for grades K-6 the week of September 7-12; grades 7-12 the week of September 28-October 3; and again every two weeks thereafter. If the data supports a safe return, the district will begin to transition to full-time capacity.