Woodridge schools will go to fully remote learning after Thanksgiving break

Phil Keren
Kent Weeklies
Woodridge Local School District Superintendent Walter Davis speaks during a special board of education meeting in the summer. Davis announced on Thursday, Nov. 19, that the district will shift to fully remote learning after the Thanksgiving break and continue on that platform until at least Jan. 4.

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Students in the Woodridge Local School District will be taking classes through the online platform after the Thanksgiving break and until at least Jan. 4.

"Due to rising cases [of COVID-19] and quarantines, the Woodridge Local Schools will transition to remote instruction after Thanksgiving Recess for the period [from] December 1 - December 18," wrote District Superintendent Walter Davis in a Tweet late Thursday afternoon. "Hope to return to school on January 4."

Davis provided more information in an all-call message to district homes on Thursday night.

"As more and more staff are impacted, it is becoming impossible to cover absences with qualified, licensed substitutes," stated Davis. "We are having difficulty running all of our bus routes due to illness in the transportation department in addition to the growing number of teaching staff being absent."  

Davis said students will attend classes in the buildings on Friday, Nov. 20, Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24, with the Thanksgiving break starting a day earlier on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Monday, Nov. 30, was already a scheduled day off for students. Students will return to classes via the online platform on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and do their school work virtually through Dec. 18. Students will be expected to log on to Google Classroom to work with their teachers during this period of time. At the end of the school day on Dec. 18, students will go on their traditional two-week winter break and then resume classes Jan. 4. On that day, Davis said district officials intend to host classes in the buildings "should conditions allow."

Davis told families to check the district website at https://www.woodridge.k12.oh.us/  for information on the new schedule.

As of Thursday, Nov. 19, the district had four active student cases of COVID-19 and 11 active staff cases, according to the dashboard on its website. Since Sept. 11, the district has had a total of 17 student cases (16 high school students, one middle school student) and 14 staff cases (seven elementary school staff, three high school staff and four non-school building staff).

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.