Bryan 'School 'Restart' plan

Bryan City Schools on Friday released its “School Restart” plan, which gives detailed information that students and parents need to know — in light of the COVID-19 pandemic — for the start of the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Following the new directive from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration, all Bryan City Schools (BCS) students in grades three to 12 will be required to wear a protective face covering/mask while in school.

In addition, students in preschool to second grade are strongly recommended and encouraged to wear face coverings this year once school starts on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

And all students in preschool through 12th grade who ride the bus will be required to wear a mask, according to the BCS “School Restart” plan released Friday.

The plan includes the detailed processes, procedures and information intended to help students and parents better understand how BCS will operate when school reopens Aug. 19, according to Mark Rairigh, BCS superintendent.

Rairigh said the BCS plan is modeled on the countywide school reopening plan issued July 10, but updated to reflect the statewide mandate to wear masks issued by DeWine on Thursday, along with some information on virtual learning options, and some social distancing processes for navigating classrooms, hallways and cafeterias.

“... We are at the mercy of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our local, state and national communities. For this reason information can change quickly. If necessary, BCS will communicate any changes with you in a prompt manner,” Rairigh noted in a brief introduction to the plan.

Copies of the plan with detailed information on daily health assessments, COVID-19-related cases and situations, curriculum and attendance, Chromebooks, classroom safety and staff training, among other topics, are available on the district website, For additional information, email or call the district office at 419-636-6973.

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