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Norwood Schools not shutting down, but could if county flips 'purple' on Thursday

Posted at 12:56 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 20:44:28-04

NORWOOD, Ohio — A post in the Norwood Strong group on Facebook indicating students are cleaning out their lockers in preparation of a school shutdown is not entirely correct, according to Norwood City School District superintendent Mary Ronan.

Ronan said students at Norwood High School were cleaning out their lockers earlier in the week, but it was only as part of a routine the school observes at the end of every quarter.

Norwood City Schools are tied to the Ohio Department of Health's Public Advisory System, and if Hamilton County turns to "purple" – the state's highest level of COVID exposure and spread – the school district would switch to fully remote learning.

Under the advisory system as of Wednesday, Hamilton County is "red" and on the watch list for "purple." In following with that, Norwood City Schools are operating on a hybrid system.