BASCOM, Ohio — After Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools announced Monday that it would postpone the start of its 2020-2021 school year after a fourth member of its staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it was decided by the board of education on Tuesday that the district will utilize a hybrid learning model for the first two weeks of school.
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 had tested positive.
Superintendent Jeffrey Holbrook said the board of education is moving the start of the school year to Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.
The district’s teacher workday will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, and a hybrid model will be enacted for the first ten days of school, with face-to-face instruction taking place some days and remote learning on other days.
The district anticipates a return to face-to-face instruction for five days a week after the hybrid period.
“The building principals will be communicating building-level student expectations, including the days your child will be expected to be in the building, and the days they will attend remotely for the hybrid plan,” Holbrook wrote.
The district will also begin to ease staff, coaches, and all non-quarantined student-athletes back into the building for limited time and limited exposure beginning Wednesday, but with a slight change in some basic operational procedures.
“The coaches will communicate said changes with all of the student-athletes, but in essence we will limit numbers and total exposure time,” 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.