DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – District officials say Dayton Public Schools is prepared to “immediately transition” affected buildings to online learning if a student or staff member were to be diagnosed with COVID-19 during the school year.
Parents will be notified immediately and starting the next school day, students would work online from home for 14 to 28 days.
“If that individual [who tests positive] lives with someone at another school, both buildings will be closed for 14 to 28 days, and students will learn online,” Elizabeth Lolli, superintendent, said in a video message to parents.
Students will be sent home with a Chromebook, a white board and dry erase markers, a notebook, pencils, and crayons or colored pencils. One WiFi hotspot per family will also be distributed.
Students will be expected to join their teacher in a virtual classroom and complete assignments as they did in the spring. When the 14 to 28 days are up, students will return with their loaned items and resume in-person classes. Those items will then be cleaned and stored in case students must work from home a second time.
While students are out, the affected buildings will be cleaned and sanitized.
With a growing number of COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, some Dayton parents like Gina Watson told 2 NEWS they’re concerned their kids won’t be back in the classroom for long.
“I’m hoping to see them back in school with their friends, with the teachers learning like they need to,” said Watson, a mother of three kids in the district.
In nearby Clark County, health officials announced Monday their first confirmed case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, a rare but serious illness believed to be linked to COVID-19 that develops four to six weeks after a child contracts the virus.
“Although it is rare, the more pediatric cases of COVID-19 that occur are the more we’re going to be seeing this, so prevention is really key,” said Dr. Dustin Fleck, chief of pediatric rheumatology at Dayton Children’s.
Doctors say it’s important for parents to also take the proper precautions to prevent the spread of the virus,
“If the parents are being really conscientious about their practices and the things that they’re doing, wearing a mask in public, not attending large, crowded closed areas for long periods of time, that will diminish the risk for our children,” said Dr. Marc Belcastro, chief medical officer for Premier Health.
Lolli has said the district would not shut down completely unless ordered by the state, and any closures due to COVID-19 would be done on a school-by-school basis.
Click here for more information about Dayton Public Schools’ Safe School Restart plan.
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