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Hopewell-Loudon postpones start of school year after fourth staff member tests positive for COVID-19 Staff




BASCOM, Ohio — Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools will postpone the start of its 2020-2021 school year after a fourth member of its staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Saturday, the district announced that three staff members and two students had tested positive for the virus.

On Monday, the district received notification that a fourth employee has tested positive.

“While I have shared the maximum allowable information as much as possible regarding the positive COVID-19 cases, I would like to share one other item. I want everyone to be aware that Hopewell-Loudon WILL NOT start school this Wednesday as planned, since data is still coming in that will help our decision making,” Superintendent Jeffrey Holbrook wrote in a letter to Hopewell-Loudon families and staff members.

Holbrook said he will be making a recommendation to the Board of Education to push the start of school back until Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

“This information, as well as other information will be discussed in the Special Board meeting set for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.,” Holbrook said.

Holbrook said Hopewell-Loudon will continue to follow all COVID-19 related safety procedures. The Seneca County General Health District has been notified of the test results and will conduct contact tracing.

“Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members. It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances. I encourage everyone to remain calm and to be empathetic and respectful to those affected,” Holbrook said.

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