Columbus City Schools discuss busing, classroom setup for fall return

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio’s largest school district is sharing more information about what to expect for the next school year.

This as this year winds down and deadlines are fast approaching for fall.

Masking is still going to be a top priority for Columbus City Schools.

Leaders shared Tuesday night that they’ll expect students to have those on during the school day as well as during transportation.

From bussing to classrooms. CCS says it has a plan for fall 2021 ready to go.

“As it looks routing is going to be prepared probably in the first time in a long time well in advance of the start of the new school year,” explained Gary Bright the operations manager for transportation services.

The district is already working on bus routes. All eligible students will have that option. Generally it’s students who live 2 miles or more from their school and students with special needs.

This spring — parents were asked to opt out — transportation was a huge obstacle getting all kids in to school.

“We really encourage the parents to use the online porta, to get on there. You’ll be able to see your routing and things like that well in advance. “You can check it as often as you want for any changes that might take place,” Bright added.

CCS says it’s also planning another vaccination clinic this summer. This time for students 12 and up along with parents in mid-June.

“If they had not already received it that will be the first round with the Pfizer vaccine and the second round or dose will be provided on July 8th and July 9th,” said Dr. John Stanford, the deputy superintendent.

They’re also taking a close look at all of their buildings.

“Water fountains have been disabled this year and will continue to be disabled and that’s just a spot where things can be passed on from one student to another,” said Joe Brown on the operations team.

Hand sanitizer, sneeze guards, and masking will also continue.

“In order to keep everybody safe as we go back to school in the fall.

There is also a May 28 deadline – this Friday – when enrollment will close on Blend-Ed, the district’s new virtual education option. Also coming up is the deadline for the district’s summer experience, which is June 1.

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