Woodridge Local Schools is postponing events and field trips in response to recommendations the district received from public health authorities about the coronavirus.
In an all-call to district parents on Wednesday, district superintendent Walter Davis announced the following actions are being taken immediately:
• All after school and evening activities are canceled for the foreseeable future;
• While athletic practices for spring sports will be permitted on campus, all scheduled athletic scrimmages, games and matches are canceled for the foreseeable future;
• All indoor performances and school events will be postponed. This includes the high school musical which was planned for this weekend as well as the first grade and kindergarten musicals planned for this week.The district is planning to reschedule these events once the current situation evolves;
• Volunteers should not to come to the schools for the time being; and
• All field trips are suspended until further notice.
"We will revisit all of these provisions as the situation evolves to determine when each of these aspects of our school operations can resume," said Davis.
These actions were implemented in response to guidance from state leaders and following teleconference that district superintendents had with Summit County Public Health officials.
Davis said while Ohio's K-12 schools have not been asked to close, district leaders have been "told to prepare for the possible extended closure of schools in the future." If the schools close, Davis said the district will be prepared to provide alternative instructional options to its students. He recommneded that students in grades 6-12 take their Chromebooks back and forth between home and school, and keep the devices fully charged in case they are needed in upcoming weeks.
"Plans are being formulated to provide instructional resources for all students grades K-12," stated Davis. "More information will be shared when and if it becomes necessary to close schools. Families should begin to consider the possibility of extended school closure, preparing for childcare contingencies should that occur."
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