A Hudson boarding school is telling students to stay home and take classes online instead of returning to campus after spring break because of coronavirus concerns.
Western Reserve Academy announced the temporary shift to online learning Monday evening after Gov. Mike DeWine declared a State of Emergency. The state has three confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, all in neighboring Cuyahoga County.
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The private high school in Hudson has about 400 students from 25 countries and 26 states.
The school’s spring break is scheduled to begin Saturday, according to WRA’s website.
“At Western Reserve Academy, we have had a proactive plan in place for mitigating risk related to the coronavirus and for ensuring safety, calm and clarity,” Head of School Suzanne Walker Buck said in a prepared statement. “We move forward with our plan in order to mitigate risk and the consequences of inaction. During a time of disruption and uncertainty, our goal is to take as much preemptive action as possible to ease minds, provide clarity and allow for life without consternation. As a boarding school, our sense of togetherness defines us. We look forward to returning to the normalcy of togetherness in the coming weeks.”