Enduring Excellence in Learning, Leadership, Innovation, and Service

A Brave Return to School: 2020-2021 Reopening

Our 2020-2021 Brave Return to School Welcome!

  • Dr. Erin Owens

    IHPS Brave Return to School Welcome

    VIDEO INCLUDED: Principal Dr. Erin Owens gives you a tour of what to expect the first day! Read More
  • Whitney Buell

    IHES Brave Return to School Welcome

    VIDEO INCLUDED: Principal Whitney Buell gives you a tour of what to expect the first day! Read More
  • Jennifer Ulland

    IHMS Brave Return to School Welcome

    VIDEO INCLUDED: Principal Jennifer Ulland takes you on a tour of what to expect the first day! Read More
  • Jeff Damadeo

    IHHS Brave Return to School Welcome

    VIDEO INCLUDED: Principal Jeff Damadeo takes you on a tour of what to expect the first day! Read More

A Message from Superintendent Kirk Koennecke

A Brave Return to School Overview

Please see this overview of our Brave Return to School Plan

Kirk Koennecke
A Brave Return to School

We are ready to welcome you back on Thursday, August 27, for a Brave Return to the 2020-2021 school year.

Our administrators joined our teachers to present our final plans and recommendations that included input from parents, faculty, staff, and public health experts to our Board of Education on Thursday, July 30. This was a community effort, and I sincerely thank every member of our Brave family who helped develop these models. 

School will look different; here is what you need to know.

The Plans

Each family will begin the 2020-2021 school year with two options:
1. In-person Learning at the Indian Hill School District
2. Brave Virtual Academy

In-Person Learning 

Plan A: Five days a week of in-person instruction
Plan B: Hybrid, two days a week of in-person instruction and three days of online learning
Plan C: Online learning facilitated by assigned teachers if conditions warrant that a face-to-face setting is not safe 

Please note: If you select In-Person Learning for your student, local health conditions will help to determine whether our District will participate in Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C. Please see accompanying documents for more information about the Indian Hill Schools Attendance Model Overview.

What does the start of the school year currently look like for In-Person Learning?
For the start of the 2020-2021 school year, students who select to participate in In-Person Learning will return to school in a Plan B, hybrid model on Thursday, August 27. 

Do I have a choice of days for the hybrid learning model?
Students will be assigned to Team 1 on Mondays and Tuesdays or Team 2 on Thursdays and Fridays. Though we would like to make this a choice per family, we will be sorting students into these groups based on several factors: coordinating the same schedule for siblings in the same family; transportation routing and needs; and enrollment balance. Families will be notified of placement through a placement letter by August 13. We also recognize that there will be some families who have extraordinary circumstances that may warrant a request of a specific group. In that placement communication that will be sent to you directly from your student’s building, there will be a form to complete to indicate a request to change team assignment due to extraordinary circumstances. 

Not comfortable with In-Person Learning? Welcome to the new Brave Virtual Academy!
The Brave Virtual Academy is a brand new offering of the Indian Hill School District. This option is available to all students K-12 who choose to remain home. We are only requiring students commit a quarter at a time to give families as much flexibility as possible. Students in the Brave Virtual Academy will work directly with Indian Hill faculty in a virtual setting using our unique Indian Hill curriculum. 

Our staff did an incredible job of navigating emergency distance learning in the midst of so many unknowns this past spring. This upcoming school year will be different. Our educators have spent the summer entrenched in professional development with national experts to sharpen skills for our Brave Virtual Academy.

Specific teachers will be assigned to the Brave Virtual Academy. Their sole responsibility will be the education of students who have selected this learning plan. At Indian Hill High School, students will have access to the full course of study. An individual learning plan will be developed for each Indian Hill High School student that may include participation in a state-of-art eLearning platform, independent study, and virtual participation in in-person classes. 

What Brave Virtual Academy is not: Plan C.
This has been a point of mild confusion, so we want to help explain what will happen with your student.

If you selected In-Person Learning and the District is forced to transition to Plan C due to safety concerns, your student will continue learning with the same teachers and same peers online. Students who selected Brave Virtual Academy will see no change if the District transitions to Plan C.  The students in the Brave Virtual Academy will remain in their previously established courses with Indian Hill faculty and peers.

We want you to have complete details for all that our Brave Return to School program entails including: health and safety measures; attendance model overview; plan details; and our COVID-19 screening flowchart. Click here to view the information packet we have built; we hope these documents will answer your questions. 

What will stay the same? Our #IHPromise to you and your family ...
Each day brings change and challenge, but also new opportunities. We have a vision of Enduring Excellence in Learning, Leadership, Innovation, and Service. This is part of our #IHPromise to you, and that will never change.

We are in this together.
In service to our children,
Kirk Koennecke

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Brave Return to School FAQ


If you have questions, let us know!

If you have a question that is not included in the FAQ, email [email protected] and our team will work to update the FAQ document with those answers.

Planning Background

We want our students to return to class, safely. We have invested time and research to make that happen.

Central to the work our leadership team has been involved in the past several weeks as we prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year is safety. As a District:
  • 100 percent of our faculty participated in professional learning with distance learning experts from around the country to strengthen the delivery of online learning
  • We established three reopening committees equipped with more than 40 staff members to engage on what a COVID-19 school model could look like
  • Building principals, teacher leadership teams, and school nurses have drafted a variety of safety protocols, such as handwashing opportunities and directional hallway exchanges.

Parents/guardians spoke; we listened ... and that will continue while we plan.

Parent/guardian feedback from the 2020-2021 reopening survey that was distributed May 21 weighed heavily on our plan development. Thank you to the 985 families who shared their thoughts with us. We will continue to listen to you.