OSD Adopts Metric for Instructional Model Transitions
On December 3, our Board of Directors adopted a new metric that is intended to give clarity and consistency to how decisions about in-person vs. distance learning are made. All OSD K-12 students will remain in the distance learning online model through December.
The new metrics set COVID activity levels that will determine which educational model we can provide. The metric is based on the two-week rate of new COVID cases in Adams County.
Preschool through 6th grade
- Distance learning online when the rate is above 400 per 100,000 residents.
- Blended in-person/online instruction when the rate is between 100 and 400 per 100,000 residents.(150-400 for grades K-3)
- Traditional in-person instruction when the rate is 0-150 per 100,000 residents for grades K-3 and 0-100 for grades 4-6.
Middle and High School
- Distance learning online when the rate is above 300 per 100,000 residents.
- Blended in-person/online instruction when the rate is between 100 and 300 per 100,000 residents.
- Traditional in-person instruction when the rate is between 0 and 100 per 100,000.
On December 2nd the two-week rate of new COVID cases was 1052 per 100,000 residents. Therefore, all students will remain in distance learning until the rate falls to an appropriate level that allows us to transition to a less restrictive model.
We know that the distance learning model is not ideal for many families. As a district, we must protect the safety of our students and staff. Our goal is to provide the least restrictive and most effective educational model that is safely possible. Your child’s teacher(s) and school staff are ready and available to assist you however they can. If you need assistance with internet access, access to educational resources, or other help, please contact your child’s school right away. K-3 students will not return to their classrooms on December 7th.
Othello School District encourages all residents of Adams County to wear masks in public places and at all gatherings, to practice social distancing and to limit the size of gatherings to slow the spread of COVID.