Springboro schools going fully remote for 2 days after Thanksgiving

The Springboro school district will go fully remote for two days after the Thanksgiving break to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection from students and staff returning to school.

“We have recently made the decision to make Mon., Nov. 30 and Tue., Dec. 1, 2020 (the two days after Thanksgiving/Fall Break) full remote days for all students in the district (Grades PreK - 12). For Grades 6-12, all Model A and Model B students will be on the same schedule, remotely, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1,” Superintendent Larry Hook said in a message to district families.

“Our hope is that the additional 48 hours, coupled with the three days following Thanksgiving day, will allow symptoms to develop for any individual who may have been exposed to COVID-19 during the break.”

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Remote schedules for all grade levels are posted on the district web site.

“We encourage you during this time to be safe. As reported, the number of community cases are rising due to small gatherings. Please take measures to protect you and your immediate family by practicing social distancing, wearing your masks and making every effort to perform good hand hygiene,” Hook added.

“While we understand that we cannot control what takes place outside of school, we ask that you are mindful and take precautions to keep you and your family safe, in order for Springboro Schools to continue to provide in-person learning during this school year.”

Hook encouraged parents to get children who begin to show symptoms over the break to the doctor.

“We encourage you to get tested. Once you and your child(ren) have been tested, please notify your school by calling the attendance line or building nurse.”

Those awaiting results are also expected to stay home.

“We fully understand and accept that we cannot eliminate all risks associated with COVID-19, but together, we can greatly reduce it,” Hook concluded the message.

Currently, students can go to school or attend using the district’s online option. About 82% of students are currently in class, Hook said.

A virtual period was added at secondary level for teachers to communicate with students and post lessons.

When some of the 82% students are quarantined, they go into the district’s virtual school.

After discussion with Warren County Health District officials, Hook said the district decided to move forward, based on data indicating symptoms tend to show up with five days.

In addition, data indicates there were “spikes” after Labor Day and Halloween, Hook said.

The two-day all virtual approach, plus three days following Thanksgiving over the holiday weekend, take the district to next Wednesday, when things are to return to the way they were were for the rest of the semester.

“It won’t cause this mass amount of quarantine,” Hook added. “Our kids need to be in school.”

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