DEER PARK, Ohio — After "several positive COVID-19 cases throughout the district," Deer Park Junior/Senior High School will switch to remote learning effective immediately through Nov. 6, Superintendent Jay Phillips announced Thursday evening.
"At the Jr./Sr. High School, I am, for the first time, seeing what would be considered active spread inside of the building," Phillips wrote in an alert to families.
Students will not report to the school Friday, but they will be able to briefly stop by to collect any materials they need.
The district plans to allow students to return to school on Monday, Nov. 9, with students returning to the hybrid model following A/B day schedules from the beginning of the school year.
"We will continue with this model through the Thanksgiving holiday break. We will reassess in mid-November, based on current conditions, how we will continue school after Thanksgiving and through the Winter Holiday Break," wrote Phillips.
Amity Elementary School, which Phillips said has not seen "the same active spread," will move to a hybrid model starting Monday. Students will still report to school for in-person learning on Friday. Monday, Oct. 26 will serve as an A Day and Tuesday, Oct. 27 will serve as a B Day. Students will all be virtual on Wednesday, Oct. 28 with conference days on Thursday and Friday.
Starting Nov. 2, all students will follow the A/B day schedules from the beginning of the school year. "A day" students will be in class on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. Nov. 4 will be a remote day and "B day" students will be in session on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6.
"As always, the safety of our students and staff are at the forefront of all of these decisions that we make," Phillips wrote. "We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate through these ever-changing circumstances."
For more information, including a video in which Phillips further explains the district's decision, click here.