The Franklin County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees met in a special meeting on Wednesday, July 29 to amend the reopening plan and school calendar for 2020-21.

The recommended amendments included changing the start date to Aug. 12. The staggered start dates will still be in effect, which means on Aug. 12 grades PreK, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 will attend school. On Aug. 13 grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 will attend school. All grades will then convene on Aug. 14.

Per Executive Order 20-37, FCCSC will now require students in grades 3-12 and staff to wear effective face coverings during the school day. In grade PreK through 2, it will only be highly recommended that students wear masks while in school. They will be required when on school buses, when moving throughout the building and when working with teachers, whether one on one or in small groups.

Executive Order 20-37 does allow for exemptions: when eating or drinking, in classroom settings when students can be arranged six feet apart, during recess, when students are engaged in strenuous, physical activity and when a documented medical reason is provided.

Students who are taking the online schooling route will have a delayed start date of Aug. 17. Originally, an outside vendor was going to provide the schooling. Due to more students registering for the online option, FCCSC teachers will now be providing the online lessons. This was a positive because local teachers know the curriculum, state standards and have a personal connection with the families and students.

The last day of school was moved to May 28 and graduation will now be June 6. Keep an eye out for an extended article in next week’s edition of the Brookville Democrat/American.