Tallmadge City Schools Superintendent Jeff Ferguson has announced "effective immediately, all evening concerts, field trips, school dances and competitions will not be held. Student groups can continue to hold after school practices and meetings so that they are ready to compete when the threat of illness decreases."

Meanwhile, he said, the district has begun planning for the possibility of schools closing, although the governor is not currently recommending closures at this time.

"As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will be heeding the executive order of our governor to limit large gatherings of people in our buildings. As we attempt to be part of the solution to slow the spread of the virus, we want to limit the number of outside people interacting with our students and staff members," Ferguson stated.

"We apologize for any inconvenience and understand that the evening events are special and add to the overall educational experience we provide. Out of an abundance of caution we feel this is the best decision to do everything we can to keep everyone in our community healthy.

"We will continue to work with the Summit County Health Department and the Governor’s office. We will continue to provide ongoing communication as the situation changes."