It’s our obligation to err on the side of caution for the safety of other children and the community at large. You can reach columnist Leila Atassi at latassi@cleveland.com. “This is an important reason behind our plan to offer flexibility and access to equitable learning experiences.”. But on Monday afternoon, parents received a troubling email from Superintendent Jodie Hausmann, seeking to clarify the district’s attendance policy during the pandemic. “Students who chose eLearning for the entire first nine weeks of the semester will continue to log in to Google Classroom and Zoom for daily instruction with their in-building classmates," she said in the news release. The school’s job is to educate. In a written statement to cleveland.com Tuesday, Hausmann sought to clarify the intention of her earlier email to parents. “Bay Village Schools has, since July, when we released our Safe Reopening plan, stated that families who chose In-building mode for their students could slide into eLearning if a student is quarantining or recovering from COVID-19 or any other medical condition that requires an extended absence,” she wrote. All rights reserved (About Us). “Although we are excited to see many of our students in-building next week,” said Hausmann, “we must be realistic and transparent.”. All in-school students will then come together at the schools on Fridays. In a letter … And in a district like Bay Village, which boasts that it is so prepared and well-equipped that it could pivot to e-learning instantly if the pandemic worsens, letting students tune in to classes via Zoom whenever necessary should be the clearest bullet point on the reopening plan. School board finder Learn more about this district's school board and how you can get involved. We all have great appreciation and sympathy for the impossibly strained circumstances under which schools are operating in this moment. BAY VILLAGE, Ohio -- This month, with a mix of anxiety and relief, we took a collective deep breath, and sent our children back to school. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Our eLearning mode is not for students who don’t feel like going to school that day or for family vacations.”. It’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which parents, under those circumstances, send their kids to school with minor symptoms that might or might not be COVID. To that end, Bay Village Schools released a flowchart this summer explaining how it would handle students with symptoms. “Our eLearning mode is only available for those students who chose eLearning for the entire nine weeks. Hausmann also said that feedback from parents after her email this week has prompted the district to consider making e-learning available beyond extended absences. A question on which data points were being referenced was sent to the superintendent, but a response was not received by press time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, list these as potential symptoms of COVID infection. Under great pressure and obviously strained circumstances, teachers have done a remarkable job managing their hybrid classes – teaching simultaneously to students in-person and online, while also watchdogging mask and social distancing protocols. In Bay Village, the first two weeks of school were conducted via Zoom, followed by a hybrid week, during which some students were learning virtually, while others were in classrooms. “Since we are unique in being one of the only districts In-building, we are having to pivot and be nimble, and we appreciate our families' patience as we tackle new questions as they come up,” she wrote. But a few, including my own district, Bay Village Schools, took the plunge and reopened for in-person learning. PARENTS/GUARDIANS of Bay Village Schools students, including new students that have registered over the summer, please complete your online return-to-school paperwork in the Forms link in your P owerSchool Parent Portal. Student. But more importantly, they were disturbed by what appeared to be a sudden policy change that prioritizes clamping down on vacationing families over ensuring access to education and safeguarding public health. Reviews from schools in Bay Village City School District. I love Bay High School. A key factor for many parents was the district’s promise that learning modes would be flexible, and that students who are sick can protect their classmates by toggling to e-learning until it’s safe to return to the classroom. But every school district’s top priority right now should be educating students under the safest possible conditions. With that in mind, many parents committed their children to start the year off in-building, confident that any student who exhibits symptoms will be at home, learning from a safe distance. The Bay Village School District is changing gears from fully remote learning to hybrid classes. Per Hausmann’s email this week, however, that would mean 10 days without any learning at all. BAY VILLAGE, Ohio -- A media alert went out from the Bay Village Schools at 5:20 p.m. today (Sept. 8) stating that the schools will now open Sept. 14 for hybrid instruction. Much of what our district has done to protect our kids – from smaller class sizes that ensure social distancing, to plexiglass barriers around each desk – reflect a thoughtful approach that other districts should aim to replicate if or when they reopen classrooms later this year.