OCS Special Board Meeting - October 24, 2018
OCS Reopening Information
OCS Superintendent Rick Stout announced a timeline for the reopening of our schools. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, schools will reopen for students in three phases from October 24th through November 5th. A complete restart of all 38 sites at one time will not be possible and the timeline could fluctuate given unforeseen circumstances.
Schools will open which have been identified by the district’s industrial hygienist as having “acceptable indoor environmental health and safety conditions.” Those which sustained the least amount of damage will open in Phase 1. 24 sites and approximately 16,800 students will be impacted. Moderately damaged schools are scheduled to reopen in Phase 2, which includes an additional 6 schools and brings back approximately 4,800 students. Phase 3 will include the most severely damaged sites, as well as the Thompson Early Childhood Center, and all the district’s Pre-K programs. With the remaining six schools enrollment of the district will return to pre-Florence numbers of just over 27,000.
Staff at each school are scheduled to return at least two days prior to students, with staff at Phase 1 schools returning October 22nd, and students returning October 24th. Staff at Phase 2 sites will return October 30th, with students returning November 1st, and Phase 3 staff returning November 1st, with students starting back November 5th.
Superintendent Stout - October 15, 2018
Address to district principals and directors on Monday, October 15, 2018.