Springboro schools, Mad River to close Thursday, Friday because of illnesses

Springboro Schools will host a vaccination clinic for anyone 12 years old and up on June 21 at the Springboro Junior High School building. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SPRINGBORO SCHOOLS

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Springboro Schools will host a vaccination clinic for anyone 12 years old and up on June 21 at the Springboro Junior High School building. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SPRINGBORO SCHOOLS

Mad River elementary schools are still in session.

Springboro Schools will close on Thursday and Friday due to increased staff shortages and student absences, said Larry Hook, superintendent of Springboro schools, on Wednesday.

No remote or virtual learning will take place, and classes will resume in-person on Tuesday, Jan. 18, the day after the Martin Luther King holiday.

Mad River schools will move the high school, two middle schools and preschool to remote learning for the rest of the week due to staffing issues, caused by illness.

Stebbins High School, Mad River Middle School, Spinning Hills Middle School and the Preschool are the buildings named in an email to the district. In-person learning will resume on Tuesday, January 18, the day after Martin Luther King Day.

Mad River says the elementary buildings can be staffed and will be in-person, in-session, for the rest of the week.

Mad River and Springboro said COVID-19 and other illnesses led to rising staff and student absences and led to the decision. Hook noted in-school spread is not the primary cause of the upward COVID cases trend, though it may be a contributing factor.

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“We apologize for the challenges this presents for many families, given the short timeframe,” Hook said. “We simply do not have the teacher/staff coverage, due to absences, for all our students. Please understand this option is a last resort.”

Hook noted the lack of staff is not a problem unique to Springboro and is happening across Ohio. He called on parents and community members who were available to come work for the district as bus drivers, substitute teachers and education assistants.

Multiple school districts have announced similar issues, with Dayton Public Schools, Lebanon, Tipp City, Fairborn and Northridge all announcing they will take at least one day off this week to recover from illness plaguing the districts.

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