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Norwood, Lakota: CDC’s new distancing guidelines relieve pressure on schools as in-person learning returns

Whitney Miller, WCPO |

On Monday, Norwood Middle and High Schools celebrated returning to classrooms full time for five days a week for the first time since the pandemic began. The district has been on a hybrid model since August. “Today was great,” said Mary Ronan, superintendent of Norwood City Schools. “We had the band playing, the cheerleaders out, and balloons and everything to welcome our students back.” Norwood’s move back to full-time in-person learning coincided with the CDC’s change in operational strategy.

Lakota Local Schools are also implementing the new distancing criteria. Staff and students in the district have already been back in the classroom full time since August. “We try to do six when possible, but in a class where we have the majority of our students back,” said Betsy Fuller, with Lakota Local Schools. She said the 3-feet distancing is working because numbers of cases are down drastically over the semester.

Both districts said it’s refreshing and exciting to have students back in the classroom full time and, hopefully, for good.

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