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Health board orders Lucas County schools to close due to coronavirus

Brooks Sutherland – The Toledo Blade |

The Lucas County Regional Board of Health passed a resolution Wednesday ordering schools to close facilities to in-person learning for older students, and shut down athletics and extracurricular activities until Jan. 11 as coronavirus cases continue to climb locally. 

The order, which mandates virtual learning for grades 7 through 12, but allows grades K through 6 to remain in-person, is recommended to take effect immediately, but requires schools to comply by Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. The order applies to all public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the county. 

Most public school districts in metro Toledo have already reverted to online instruction as coronavirus cases have skyrocketed. Ottawa Hills is one of the few public school districts that as of this week was still largely conducting business as usual. Now the district — which has only 12 cases, all resulting from contacts outside of school, officials have said — will switch to online learning beginning Dec. 4, Superintendent Adam Fineske said. 

The order wasn’t surprising, he said, but the section that prohibits athletics during the same time period was a surprise, he added. 


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