COVID-19 cases involving football players forces Fairborn High to online instruction

Cases also force school out of state playoff game on Friday.

The Fairborn School District is monitoring an outbreak of COVID-19 cases with varsity football players that will force all high school students to learn remotely Friday and the football team to drop out of its state playoff game.

Superintendent Gene Lolli said the coronavirus cases on the football team could have further impacts on in-person classes at the high school. The district will determine later Friday if the high school will continue to be remote next week.

“We are still doing contact tracing, still investigating what these players school schedules were,” Lolli said.

The district has had other cases that forced the closure of other schools.

Student at Fairborn’s Baker Middle School and the intermediate school, who were also forced to go remote because of positive coronavirus cases, will return to school on Monday.

The cases at Baker Middle School were mainly teachers. Last week, Lolli said the district could not get enough substitutes for the sixth-grade and that is why those students were sent to remote school for two weeks while teachers quarantined.

Students at Fairborn Primary are back in-person after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago.

Fairborn Primary was the first school in Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Warren or Preble County to close for coronavirus-related reasons after reopening this fall, according to county health departments.

Lolli said the primary school, which serves preschool through second grade, closed and sent all students to school remotely because students and about 10 teachers were exposed to the staff member who tested positive. The primary school went back on Monday.

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