After months of research, planning, listening and dialogue, the Board of Education and administrative leadership team at New London Local Schools has finalized our Reset/Restart Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The specific details of our comprehensive plan can be found throughout the pages of the attached document. It is our hope that families and caregivers will invest time to thoroughly read and study the plan as its components detail all essential school operations and expectations beginning this fall.
Last spring, schools across Ohio closed their doors by order of the Governor and State Health Commissioner in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, school leaders have been tasked with dissecting the many components of a potential reopening. Here at New London, our guiding principle has never been in question.
The health, safety and welfare of our students has remained at the forefront of our planning from the beginning. While the future of PreK-12 education in Ohio remains unclear as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, our commitment to this principle will not waiver.
Continuing to keep children physically out of school could have long-term academic, social and emotional consequences. Simply put, the benefits associated with reopening school buildings outweigh the risks of a continued school closure. New London Local Schools is committed to returning to face-to-face instruction for the 2020-2021 school year with enhanced safety protocols in place. We will respond according to the status of Huron County’s colored level in Ohio’s Public Health Advisory Alert System as we move throughout the school year. Additionally, we will decrease the likelihood of infection with enhanced hygiene, cleaning and safety protocols. Certainly, interacting in a public place has a level of risk that cannot be
eliminated. Students who attend school will incur some level of risk. We will, however, work tirelessly to mitigate this as much as possible.
We will continue to remain flexible and adaptive during these unprecedented times and look forward to continuing to serve the students and families of this incredible district.