Miami Trace goes to ‘hybrid model’

District will reduce student population by 50% for two-week period

By Ryan Carter -

The Miami Trace Local School District will implement its “Plan B-Hybrid Model,” which reduces student population by 50%, for the next two weeks due to a rise of COVID-19 cases and the number of individuals in quarantine.

The decision, based upon a recommendation from Fayette County Public Health (FCPH), was announced by Miami Trace Superintendent Kim Pittser on Thursday. The new model will be implemented Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 30.

The Plan B-Hybrid Model reduces the student population by having half of the students attend the school buildings Monday and Tuesday and the other half attend Thursday and Friday. When students are not in the school buildings, they will be educated virtually.

“This plan improves social distancing and helps limit the number of students and staff quarantined if additional positive cases are identified,” said Pittser. “Plan B also allows us to provide some in-person instruction and avoid complete virtual learning at this time. We will continue to monitor the community situation and evaluate as needed.”

On Wednesdays, the district buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

Letters have been sent to parents verifying their child’s days of in-person instruction. Students were provided a reminder of this information on Thursday.

“Please continue to follow all safety protocols,” said Pittser. “These are difficult times for everyone. We appreciate your support as we work to keep safety as top priority while ensuring a quality education for our students.”

Prior to instituting the hybrid model, Miami Trace had been operating at “Plan A,” which is a traditional, in-classroom learning setting, up to this point. Plan C is remote learning for the entire district.

Also on Thursday, Washington Court House City Schools announced that Washington Middle School (WMS), which has been closed this week due to positive COVID-19 tests, will be implementing beginning Monday, Oct. 19 a “re-entry plan that will allow us to bring kids back in the building while still utilizing our remote option.”

Sixth grade students will be in-person on Monday and Tuesday and will learn virtually on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Seventh grade students will learn virtually the entire week. Eighth grade students will learn virtually Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and will learn in-person on Thursday and Friday.

Remote learners during the first quarter of the school year who have elected to return to in-person learning for the second quarter will be reporting all five days regardless of grade level.

WMS students will be emailed information and an “all-call” will be sent out as well.

Cherry Hill, Belle Aire and Washington High School will continue to operate in-person, according to district officials.

Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352.
District will reduce student population by 50% for two-week period

By Ryan Carter