Bascom, Ohio — Five students at Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday, Oct. 10, the district announced Wednesday.
The district was notified Wednesday that two additional students had tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the two positive cases that were announced on Sunday and another positive case announced on Tuesday.
“Because of the number of quarantined students in grades 7-12, Hopewell-Loudon Jr. High/High School students ONLY will return to the hybrid format beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Friday, Oct. 23,” Superintendent Jeffrey Holbrook wrote in a letter to parents, staff, and community members. “On Friday, Oct. 23, we will reevaluate the situation and provide an additional communication to the district.”
Holbrook says the district is working directly with county health officials to address the situation.
“Hopewell-Loudon will continue to follow all COVID-related safety procedures including: Sanitizing and cleaning protocols have been implemented in the building and throughout the district facilities. We immediately contacted the Seneca County Health Department for contact tracing. The Seneca County Health Department determines who and when individuals or groups quarantine. If you have COVID-19 related questions, please contact the Seneca County Health Department at: 419-447-3691,” Holbrook wrote in the letter.
“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 empathic and respectful to those affected.”
You can read the full letter below or at this link.