Mt. Healthy schools to go fully remote for 2 weeks in October

COVID cases are currently rising in the district, so students are going fully remote... in three weeks.
Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 9:20 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 4:32 AM EDT

NOTE: The above video references the most recent case/quarantine numbers available at air time. Updated numbers for the week of Sept. 17 are provided below.

MT. HEALTHY, Ohio (WXIX) - Schools in Mt. Healthy are experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases and quarantines, so the district is going remote.

But not immediately, according to a district spokesperson.

The district is planning what it calls a “remote learning event” that will take place almost a month from now.

The event will run Oct. 11-22.

It’s designed to fall during two days when students will be out of school anyway. Those days, Oct. 18 and 19, were previously designated for staff professional development.

It isn’t unprecedented for a school district in the Tri-State to go fully remote in response to increasing cases and runaway quarantines.

Lebanon City Schools did just that, and to great effect, at the beginning of September.

Newport Schools is going remote next week.

But those remote periods, unlike Mt. Healthy’s, were instant responses to pressing case spikes.

In Lebanon’s case, more than 900 students were quarantined when the district announced remote instruction.

As of Mt. Healthy’s most recent case report (Sept. 17), 243 students and staff are quarantined on 19 total cases.

Mt. Healthy’s spokesperson calls the district’s event “proactive,” leaving in question whether the district anticipates an exponential increase in cases—indeed one that will reach untenable levels for in-person instruction just by Oct. 11.

Such accurate forecasts have been rare over the last 18 months.

If this one should bear out, it might be logical to ask whether the benefit of breaking up transmission chains prior to that increase wouldn’t have warranted remote instruction at an earlier date.

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