COVID-19 surge: CPS, Lockland, New Richmond, Winton Woods latest to shift to virtual learning – Yahoo News

McKenna Flores, a fourth-grade teacher, helps her student, Granville, with class work on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Mount Healthy South Elementary School.

While it seemed just a couple of months ago that schools were on track to more normal, prepandemic conditions, a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the highly contagious Omicron variant have prompted some local districts to go remote.

Citing rising cases and staff shortages, these schools are using the next week or more of virtual learning days to hopefully slow the spread of the virus and prepare for more challenges ahead.

“After several days of monitoring our district’s attendance of staff and students, the decision to close school is evident,” Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony Smith wrote in a Friday letter to district families. “The omicron variant is affecting the staff/student ratio to the degree that it is placing an overabundance of students with a limited amount of staff to provide effective instructional strategies.

“We were hoping that the numbers would change after winter break, but unfortunately we could not avoid this untimely shutdown.”

One of the most pressing challenges for districts across the region is a lack of substitute teachers. Matt Wendeln, comprehensive substitute solutions program manager at Hamilton County Educational Service Center, said he has seen a 49% increase in the number of staff absences requiring a substitute in the six school days since returning from winter break, compared to the same period two years ago.

Enquirer survey: Urgent need for substitute teachers in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky

Here is a list of schools currently using virtual learning in the Greater Cincinnati region.

NOTE: This list will be updated.

Southwest Ohio

  • Cincinnati Public Schools will remain remote until Jan. 24, the board decided during a Monday board meeting.

  • Lockland Local School District will remain remote until Jan. 12, according to the district’s website.

  • Mount Healthy City Schools will remain remote until Jan. 24, according to the district’s website.

  • New Richmond Exempted Village School District will remain remote until Jan. 18, according to the district’s website.

  • Winton Woods City Schools will remain remote until Jan. 24, according to the district’s website.

Northern Kentucky

  • Covington Independent Schools will remain remote until Jan. 18, according to the district’s website.

  • Dayton Independent Schools will remain remote until Jan. 19, according to the district’s website.

  • Gallatin County Schools will be closed until Jan. 18, according to a district announcement.

  • Newport Independent Schools will remain remote until Jan. 18, according to the district’s website.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: COVID-19: See which local school districts are going remote

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/covid-19-surge-lockland-richmond-203349438.html

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