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Safe School Restart Plan

UPDATE: In our initial communication about remote learning, we indicated that those who chose that option could not play sports due to the 5 credit requirement from OHSAA. However, in working with a remote learning provider students should be able to meet these requirements online.  If this changes we will alert you as soon as possible.  We apologize for the confusion.  Information about school for the fall continues to change as new information is shared by different organizations.


Dayton Public Schools Families,

A decision has been made to resume regular, in-person classes for the 2020-2021 school year. School for all grade levels will begin one week later than originally planned. The first day of school will be Monday, August 17, 2020. 


This decision has been made after consultations with the Department of Health, other Montgomery County school districts, and in consideration of parent survey results, which were overwhelmingly in favor of resuming normal, in-person classes this fall. 


COVID-19 is still a pandemic, and as a result, any student who attends school in the fall will incur a small, uncontrollable risk. However, the Dayton Public School District will follow all preventative measures set forth by the health department to the highest degree possible to ensure the safety of all students and staff. 


Complete information about preventative measures, building sanitation plans, and the plan of action if a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 will be shared as the district’s Safe School Restart Plan is rolled out. The district has evaluated all possibilities and is prepared for a multitude of scenarios. 


One important safety measure is appropriate social distancing in classrooms. In accordance with the safety requirements set forth by the County Health Department, all desks will be spaced apart as required by the county health department and all students and staff will wear face coverings, such as a mask or face shield as appropriate. These items will be provided by the district. In addition, students and staff will have daily temperature and symptom checks, and movement outside of the classroom will be minimized.

An online schooling option will also be available for those parents who are concerned about sending their student(s) back to school. This online option will be totally digital and will not have a live teacher. However, an evening hotline will be set up to support students who may have questions about their lessons. Students in grades K-12 are eligible for this option.


If you are interested in the online schooling option, please complete an online application, or call 937-542-5427 to have an application mailed to your home. This online schooling option is a yearlong commitment. Those students who opt for online schooling must finish out the school year online. 


Those students who may need special accommodations next school year will be contacted by the Office for Exceptional Children.


Please look for additional communication regarding the Safe School Restart Plan in the coming weeks, and revisit this website for all current information. I look forward to safely reopening schools on Monday, August 17th. 



Elizabeth J. Lolli, Ph.D. 


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