COLUMBUS GROVE — Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Putnam County, Columbus Grove schools is preparing to switch to a hybrid model beginning Sept. 14 for students in grades 7-12. The school district started classes on August 26.
In a video posted to the school district’s website Superintendent, Nick Verhoff indicated they will be posting a schedule for the Red/Gray hybrid model this week.
Under the plan students with the last names A-L will attend school in person on Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday. (Red). Students with the last names M-Z will attend school in person on Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. (Gray).
When not at school for in-person instruction, all students will receive their instruction in a virtual manner.
The hybrid schedule will remain in place until the end of the first quarter (10/23/20). The district will re-evaluate this plan and make adjustments as needed.
The benefits of switching to a hybrid model include classrooms at 50% capacity, reducing any contact tracing they would have to do if there’s a positive COVID-19 case.
Buses will have fewer riders, further minimizing contact tracing.