CCS juggles virtual and in-person learning across the district

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Schools in the city of Columbus are four days away from the break and are still juggling staffing issues from the coronavirus and pushing some school buildings to go virtual.

Daizhon Cox, a high school student from the south, wants to be in the classroom.

“For South, we haven’t been in you know all week and today Thursday is so virtual day four,” Cox said.

He is frustrated at not knowing what will follow.

Staff issues are causing some Columbus City schools to go virtual. Some for a day and some for longer.

“To me, I’d rather you tell us’ hey, you know what you’re going to be at home for the next couple of weeks until we have enough replacements or we have enough teachers to come back.” , Cox said.

The district addressed distance learning at Tuesday’s school board meeting

“It’s no secret that we have had staffing issues since returning,” said Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon.

One mom, Manda Thaxton, said she was lucky her 2nd grade student had been in person all week.

“Last week we got a message from her teacher saying, ‘Hey, get ready, make sure your Google Classroom is up and running, because it can happen at any time. “”

Thaxton is a full time caretaker for an elderly family member. She recalled the difficulties of virtual learning.

“Because I have a hyperactive child, the schedule changes are really hard on her mental health, she doesn’t handle unexpected changes well,” Thaxton said.

Cox said he hoped his school would no longer be on Friday’s virtual roster.

“You know the kids are starting to say it’s unfair right now,” Cox said. “I have friends who are in school right now learning, but I also have friends at home who are not doing anything, so it’s just not fair.”

The district monitors the number of staff who call patients each day. Columbus City Schools publishes its list of virtual schools as soon as possible and some buildings can be added the same day.

The following schools will be in distance learning and will NOT be running in-person classes on Friday January 7:
Beatty Park Elementary School

  • Buckeye College
  • Burroughs Primary School
  • Devonshire Alternative Primary School
  • Dominion College
  • Duxberry Park Alternative Primary School
  • East Columbus Elementary School
  • Fairmoor Elementary School
  • Hilltonia College
  • Huy primary school
  • Independence High School
  • Johnson Park College
  • Corn primary school
  • Moler Primary School
  • Oakland Park Alternative Elementary School
  • Oakmont Elementary School
  • Parsons Elementary School
  • Sherwood College
  • South High School 7-12
  • West Broad Elementary School
  • West High School
  • Windsor STEM Academy PreK-6
  • Woodward Park Middle School and 6th grade at Walden
  • Yorktown College

Families who need a Chromebook PC can pick up a device from school between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Teachers and staff from these schools must report on site for their normal working hours. The other CCS schools will be in person and operate according to their normal bell schedules on Friday January 7th.

In total, three (3) will return to in-person learning Friday January 7:

  • Linden-McKinley STEM Academy 7-12
  • Walnut Ridge High School
  • Whetstone high school

Athletics on Friday January 7

  • All college sports and games for remote schools are canceled.
  • All high school sports training and games continue to as expected.

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