Reading HS prom leads to cluster of COVID-19 cases, return to virtual learning

Due to the number of students who would have to quarantine due to close contact, the district decided to go fully remote.

Reading High School prom causes cluster of COVID-19 cases

READING, Ohio (FOX19) - Several Reading students are back to remote learning this week after the district learned of new cases of COVID 19.

Reading High School’s prom, which was held at the Sharonville Convention Center last week on April 23, is now believed to be where the recent cluster of COVID-19 cases started.

Jason Enix, the superintendent for Reading Community City Schools, says they followed all of the protocols from the state.

“We rented out that space so that we could meet the capacity restriction requirement of the state of Ohio, which is 25 percent of indoor capacity. We were well under that,” said Enix.

The superintendent says they sold about 187 tickets to the prom.

Samantha Nichols’ son was one of the students in attendance.

“He was very excited to go, and I am glad they decided to let him do it,” she said. “We knew there were risks.”

Enix says this week a few students started showing symptoms of COVID 19. Then on Wednesday they learned of three positive cases, plus nine other potential cases.

Due to the number of students who would have to quarantine due to close contact, the district decided to switch to remote learning until May 4.

While some parents are upset, others say they support the school’s decision to give students a sense of normalcy.

“I know a lot of parents were angry and that people need to use common sense,” Nichols said. “We had COVID, and you’re okay until you’re not, and I don’t believe any kid went there thinking that they were sick or knowing that they had symptoms. It hits you hard and it hits you fast. It was a risk, and I knew it was out there, but they missed so much... It was worse last year. I’m glad they got go.”

The superintendent says that events like prom and graduation are a big deal for students and that they will continue to hold these type of events while following all state guidelines to keep students safe.

This week students at the middle and high schools were scheduled to take their state tests. However, due to the switch in remote learning the testing has been rescheduled.

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