LHS will stay in current hybrid learning mode
thru November 6,
By Chuck Gibson
LOVELAND, OH (October 22, 2o2o) – Loveland Schools reported two new positve COVID-19 cases in high school students and one new positive COVID-19 case in a Loveland Middle School student within the last 24 hours. The rise in positive cases among LHS students is the reason administrators announced the change in schedule plans and will remain in the current hybrid learning model until November 6.
HERE IS THE FULL STATEMENT TEXT as released by Loveland Schools late this afternoon:
Urgent LHS Schedule Update
October 22, 2020
Dear Tiger Family,
We have an important update regarding the LHS schedule for the upcoming week.
Loveland High School will remain on the current hybrid learning model for LHS students in Grades 9-12 through November 6. There is no schedule change for PreK-8 students or any students who attend Remote Learning Academy.
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Due to a recent rise in LHS student cases and subsequent quarantines because of events outside of school, next week will operate like this week. As the district has continued to receive more information, we are concerned that more student cases may arise.
Maintaining the schedule that our families, students and teachers have been operating under will allow us to maintain student and staff safety while we await more data. We will continue to monitor the data and make a decision about whether to continue with hybrid learning for LHS or transition to full capacity (5-day) in-person for Grades 9-12. The District is also aware that community cases continue to increase in Ohio, and we will continue to monitor this daily.
We are confident that our safety protocols are being successfully implemented in our schools. While we have reported positive cases, there has been no evidence of spread of the virus at school. Greg Kesterman, Hamilton County Health Commissioner, shares, “from what I have seen, our schools continue to be one of the safest, most well-controlled environments for our children.”
We would like to remind everyone of the importance of following all safety protocols to help minimize risks for our students, staff, families, and community members. While we recognize that these measures are inconvenient, they are also quite necessary if we are to continue offering in-person learning. Overall, our students have done an outstanding job with physical distancing, hygiene, and acting in a responsible manner during the school day. Our health team has put together detailed health protocols which are posted on our website at the following link: https://www.lovelandschools.org/NewHealthProtocols.aspx.
Our vigilance and adherence to health protocols only during the school day is not enough to keep our staff and students healthy and our schools open. We must do our part to be extra vigilant outside of the school day while the COVID-19 virus remains a factor. We know our students want to socialize with their friends outside of school hours, but these social gatherings are enabling the spread of the virus in our community and in our schools.
As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times.