We had hoped to continue the year offering a hybrid option starting Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, but recent recommendations from the Columbus Department of Health (CDH) including trends in COVID-19 cases have prompted the decision to continue classes 100% online for the 2nd quarter. Franklin County is currently listed as Level 3 on the Public Health Advisory System due to its very high incident rate. The CDH has indicated a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the 0-19 years age group in recent weeks. Currently, over 10% of all cases are from this age group. The CDH has recommended no in-person classes until our community sees 4 consecutive weeks of a decline in new cases.
With this new information we feel the responsible decision is to continue the 2020-2021 school year fully online for at least the second quarter, which is through December 18th, 2020. The situation and data will be reviewed in order to determine whether the school will remain 100% online or move to a hybrid or in-person model after that time.
It is important to understand that online learning expectations are still in place, and even we will improve them based on the experience gained from the first quarter and communicate it with you all soon. Students are required to participate in two days of synchronous learning and complete the three-day asynchronous days’ work weekly to receive credit toward grades and school attendance reported to the State. This means students are required to participate in classes according to their schedule, which is consistent with the hybrid model we had hoped to implement and will increase direct contact with teachers during this time. You can get more info at ms.horizoncolumbus.org.
Attendance, Student participation during synchronous days and Completion of asynchronous days’ work are the most important topics we realized from the first quarter. We observed a decline in the students’ grades due to poor attendance, synchronous day participation (live sessions), and asynchronous day work completion. Students must improve all these three topics in order to improve their grades.
Attendance, Student participation during synchronous days and Completion of asynchronous days’ work are the most important topics we realized from the first quarter. We observed a decline in the students’ grades due to poor attendance, synchronous day participation (live sessions), and asynchronous day work completion. Students must improve all these three topics in order to improve their grades. We can recommend all parents to be in close contact with their children’s teachers and check students’ grades online regularly. Please visit our website (ms.horizoncolumbus.org) or download the Concept Schools app from your app store. You can also call the school to have your user and password for online grades. In the meantime, our teachers will call you weekly and update you as needed. You can email or call the school to talk to teachers. Your help will make a big difference in your child’s success at school. Thank you for your patience, and We appreciate your partnership and flexibility during this time! We are always here to work with you and to find and create the best learning option for your child(ren).