Columbus Metropolis Colleges unveils revised reopening plan


The revised plan will make some parents feel comfortable when their children return.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus City School Board of Education on Tuesday unveiled its revised schedule for reopening this fall, following policy changes nationwide and citywide.

Some of the recommendations are that masks are allowed but not required, and no social distancing is required. That means no restrictions on lunch or in the bathrooms.

Sports and extracurricular activities will have full schedules and spectators, but there are still issues like traveling by bus to exercise.

The district hopes to use COTA buses to transport high school students, while Classes K-8 will use city buses.

The revised plan will make some mothers comfortable when their children return.

“It was obviously a lot. They increased their schedules from sleeping to eating to everything else,” said Tiffany Wright. Her two daughters Milan and Kenya will be in their sophomore year and freshmen year at Columbus Alternative High School this fall.

“My kids live on routine and when we changed them it got a little more difficult,” said Sarah Posten, a mother of three. Their children, Aeyden, Jackson and Evelynn, are in 5th grade, 1st grade and preschool.

Wright told 10TV that she will take every precaution if things return to normal.

“I’ll probably definitely get you vaccinated, but once you feel comfortable you will stop wearing your mask, which is one reason I think you want to get the vaccine,” Wright said.

Posten said she was happy that her children could be children again.

“You’ve had a year to talk this through, you just want to make sure you’re protected. the unknown can make you feel like you’re not, ”said Posten.

John Coneglio, President of the Columbus Education Association, CEA, looks forward to a productive but safe school year.

“We want to be with our students to do our best to focus them on learning in the 21st century world.

Nobody can predict what will happen next. But Wright and Posten are confident that their children are safe.

“Our safety really depends on their ability and willingness to stay a little longer to stay a little later to do extra cleanings,” Wright said.

The school district said it hopes to work with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide tests and vaccinations for students in schools.