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Grand Valley Local Schools 2020-2021 School Update
Grand Valley Local Schools 2020-2021 School Update
Dr. William R. Nye Jr.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Grand Valley Local Schools administrative staff is working hard on planning the opening of the 2020-2021 school year.  Schools across Ohio are waiting to get directives on what parameters schools are allowed to operate in the fall.  We anticipate we will get health directives by the end of the month, so school administration can create transportation, classroom operations, school operations, extracurricular operations, and all other general operational guidelines.

 Here is what we do know at this time:

  1.  We are fairly confident we will return to school in the fall in one format of some sort.
  2.  We intend on offering regular sessions
    that would practice all proper health precautions to keep our children safe.
  3.  We anticipate having a three tiered model, where we can have regular school, a blended learning model if needed and a completely remote model if needed.
  4.  We anticipate our educational day to be similar in times/periods whether it is here on campus or virtual.  In other words, if you are working from home, you will need to be logged on and be working with your third period class the same time you would here at school. 
  5.  Our intention is to provide each child K-12 their own chromebook or another device, so they can use in school, in a blended situation and completely virtual if needed.  
  6.  We will have a totally virtual option for students/parents that feel it is still unsafe to attend school.  This program will be aligned with what is taught here on campus, and if that student/parent feels they can return, they will be put back in the classroom.
  7.   We will have busing system that will be different.  To what extent, we do not know yet as we are waiting for state restrictions.  We could have multiple start times for different grade levels.

We are still working on many items.  One thing I can say is that we want to get as close as a traditional public education as we can this fall.  We want our kids to have safe regular classrooms to learn in and have all the normal extracurricular activities to participate in to get a quality holistic educational experience. 

We still have problematic issues:  Many of our students do not have good access to internet.  Those students most likely need to be here on campus or somewhere during the day where they can access the internet if they are working remotely.  We hope to minimize working remotely.  Depending on the state guidelines, transportation will be a challenge.  We may have multiple bus routes. 

We are in hopes that we will get state guidelines within the next 10 days.  We also hope to know our budget restraints in early July.  There has been talk of cutting funding to the schools due to lost revenue, because of the “stay at home order.”

As soon as we know more, we will be updating everyone with the latest information.  Have a good summer!

Dr. William R. Nye Jr.

Superintendent, Grand Valley Local Schools

"Every Student Matters. Every Moment Counts. The Future Begins Now."