Police investigating anti-remote learning vandalism at Oakwood High School

Vandals spray painted on the gym doors at Oakwood High School, according to police records. FILE
Vandals spray painted on the gym doors at Oakwood High School, according to police records. FILE

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OAKWOOD – Police are investigating anti-remote learning graffiti discovered Friday morning on an entrance door to Oakwood High School.

The Oakwood Safety Department is working with the school district regarding the vandalism, which included an expletive critical of the district’s decision to start this month with full remote learning.

The graffiti was reported on the gym doors of the building at 1200 Far Hills Ave. about 1:40 a.m. and has been removed, according to the school district and police records.

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“We will address this situation with students and staff to reinforce these actions are not appropriate,” according to a statement from Oakwood City Schools Superintendent Kyle Ramey.

“We recognize off-site instruction is not the preferred mode of education for everyone but we believe operating remotely temporarily is in the best interest of our students, staff and community,” he added.

No charges have been filed for the vandalism, a fifth-degree felony, according to Oakwood police.

Last month, Oakwood schools announced it would start 2021 with full remote learning due to an increase in coronavirus cases.

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“Our staff continues to work to provide quality learning opportunities during this two-week off-site instructional period. We are committed to keeping the learning going and keeping our students and staff safe and healthy,” Ramey said.

The remote instruction will last until Jan. 14, with plans to return to a face-to-face option Jan. 19, Ramey said in a letter to the community.

The district has been offering face-to-face instruction since August, but that halted it Dec. 18 when the first semester ended.

From Nov. 18-30, the district reported 17 positive COVID-19 cases, 12 of whom were students, records show.

From Dec. 1-13, Oakwood schools reported 25 positive coronavirus cases, including 18 students, according to its website.

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