Northmont City Schools employee tests positive for coronavirus

Aerial shot of the new Northmont High School. CONTRIBUTED
Aerial shot of the new Northmont High School. CONTRIBUTED

Northmont City Schools confirmed Thursday that a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

The employee has not had contact with students, but was working with other staff. The district has contacted the other employees who were in contact with that staff member. Staff will stay home for 14 days without symptoms or will provide a negative coronavirus test before returning.

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The district notified Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County and sanitized the area where the employee was working.

Like many other school districts in across the state, Northmont is finalizing plans for the 2020-21 school year. Currently, the first day of school is set for Aug. 18.

Parents had until July 20 to decide between online and in-person schooling as the district works on class lists and staffing assignments.

The district’s plan says many online courses will be developed and taught by Northmont teachers, and some other courses will be from online content providers.

“The list of those courses is still being determined and will be based on enrollment and staffing availability,” the plan says.

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Superintendent Tony Thomas said recently that the district is logging every question posed by parents in a spreadsheet and keeping up with answering all of them.

“We have tried to assist parents who unfortunately are being asked to make a difficult choice, but in the long run, will allow our district to start school with as little ambiguity as possible,” he said.

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