BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) — Beavercreek City Schools is transitioning students in grades 9 – 12 to remote learning Monday, Nov. 16, returning Nov. 30 after their scheduled Fall Break.
District officials took action after an increased number of staff and student absences due to COVID-19.
Ohio’s school coronavirus portal reports 40 total cases between students and staff in the district.
Superintendent Paul Otten said those cases caused more than 200 students to have to quarantine.
“We have seen almost a double increase over the last few weeks, each week, and that’s very concerning to us,” Otten said.
Beavercreek moved from an in-person learning plan to a blended learning plan Oct. 19 after Greene County moved into the red on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System.
Since then, the district said it has seen an increase in positive cases which is requiring even more students and staff to quarantine as a result.
“Our ability to deliver this highly desired instructional delivery model has largely been dependent on our ability to provide adequate staffing. Filling vacancies in our buildings has been an increasing struggle as our sub pool has been exhausted as more staff are impacted by either a positive diagnosis or by a quarantine,” the district said in an press release.
It is unclear at this time whether students in grades 9 – 12 will continue extra curricular activities.
There are almost 9,876 COVID-19 cases reported in schools across Ohio, that’s up roughly 2,000 since last week and double the number of cases just two weeks ago.
“Our goal is to be in school, but if we keep trending in the direction that we are now, we obviously, in-school probably won’t be an option for us,” Otten said.
Otten said that parents have been notified that the district is keeping an eye on two other buildings that may have to switch to virtual or a blended model if cases continue to rise.
WDTN.com will update this story when more information is made available.