We have important information to share about the status of COVID-19 in our community and what it means for our schools. Beginning Monday, November 16th, 2020, Mt. Healthy City School District is moving to full remote learning. The current COVID-19 data in our community is quickly trending in the wrong direction.
We are witnessing a surge of COVID-19 cases in Ohio, across our country, and we are seeing a similar increase in cases here in Hamilton County and in our schools. We are continuously quarantining many students and staff, and in some cases have had to move entire grades to remote learning. These quarantines lead to shortages of substitute teachers and force our students and teachers to transition between in-person and remote learning. Our data reflects that the vast majority of these cases are due to exposure outside of school, yet each positive case greatly impacts our ability to remain focused on providing the best possible education to our students.
We sincerely thank our amazing teachers for their resiliency and willingness to transition between in-person and remote learning; our nurses, administrators, and staff who are spending many hours contact tracing; our communications team for quickly sending quarantine notifications to our community even on evenings and weekends; and our operations and maintenance teams for working every night, seven days a week, to disinfect classrooms and schools. While the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging, it has also brought out the best in our staff and demonstrates what we already knew - they are willing to do everything in their power to ensure that the students of Mt. Healthy City Schools continue to receive the high-quality education that they deserve.
We understand that some academic material may be a challenge for students in remote learning environments. In the coming days, you will see links on our district platforms for parents and students to sign up for tutoring via zoom. A pool of tutors is being created so parents and or students can get the help they need during remote learning outside of the normal school hours. In addition, in grades 7-12, teachers are holding office hours to help students individually with the material.
We also appreciate all of our parents and community members who continue to partner with us during this challenging time. Thank you for supporting your children in this year’s new ways of learning. We know the pandemic is frustrating and tiring, and we couldn’t do any of this without you.