HAMILTON, Ohio — The Hamilton City Schools will move to a remote learning schedule for K-12 through Jan. 21.
The district has already been closed this week because of low staffing caused by COVID-19 quarantines and illnesses. It was to return from closure on Tuesday, the day after the Martin Luther King Day holiday.
Click here to see the district’s remote learning schedule.
An announcement from district officials on Friday said the move is out of an abundance of caution for students and faculty. Students in the Virtual Learning Institute will follow their regular schedule.
All extra-curricular activities throughout the district are suspended at least through Sunday, Jan. 23, officials said.
Students who may not have their remote learning devices at their homes are invited to pick those up at their school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. Masks must be worn.
The eight elementary schools will be providing lunches from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday next week. Any Hamilton student K-12 may go to any of those schools to get a meal, which is available for pickup in the cafeterias.
The elementary schools include Bridgeport, Brookwood, Crawford Woods, Fairwood, Highland, Linden, Ridgeway and Riverview.
At the Hamilton City Schools Board of Education meeting Thursday, Superintendent Mike Holbrook said the decisions to close or go remote are difficult and “unprecedented.”
“We are going through something that has never been dealt with before,” Hamilton Schools Superintendent Mike Holbrook told the board.
Holbrook praised the district’s employees for their sacrifices since the American onset of the pandemic in March 2020.
Hamilton Board of Education President Laurin Sprague described the virus’ impact on the city schools this school year as “a rollercoaster.”
“I wish we had a crystal ball to tell our parents what to expect next but we don’t know what to expect next,” Sprague said.
For now, in-person education is expected to resume on Jan. 24, the district said.
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