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Over 150 quarantined after positive virus tests in Perrysburg Schools

Toledo Blade |

Some 152 students and five staff members have been quarantined after three students tested positive for coronavirus in the Perrysburg School District on Friday.

The incident marks the third positive case to appear in a Perrysburg elementary school in the six weeks since the district returned to the classroom. The district has over 5,700 students.

Judge agrees to change of venue in school mask lawsuit

Toledo Blade

A lawsuit challenging the state of Ohio’s insistence upon mask-wearing in K-12 schools this academic year has been moved to Franklin County Common Pleas Court against the objections of those who filed it. The case was originally filed Sept. 9 in Putnam County Common Pleas Court because of extenuating circumstances involving one of the parents named in it.

The lawsuit was filed against interim Ohio Department of Health Director Lance Himes. It claims his statewide directive infringed upon the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs, which consist of numerous northwest Ohio parents from Lucas, Putnam, Fulton, and Wood counties, as well as Warren, and Franklin counties.

Their complaint calls for an immediate halt to the mask order for all K-12 students.

McClain HS gets metal detectors to take temperatures

Highland County Press |

Jesse Mitchell, Greenfield’s technology director, had the great idea to put in the walk-through metal detectors, branded by Secvera, to take students’ temperatures quickly.

The machines register the students’ and staff members’ temperatures from the wrist, and a computerized voice reads off whether someone’s temperature is normal.

McClain Principal Matt Shelton said that the machines make the entrance to the building easy and eliminate big clusters of students. The budget for the machines was estimated to be around $3,000 each, and Shelton feels the investment helps things run smoothly each morning. 

Read more at the Highland County Press.

Former Reading teacher diagnosed with COVID-19 dies, family says


Sharon Hunt, 66, taught at Reading Community School at the elementary level for 25 years before retiring Aug. 1. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 just a few weeks into her retirement and later developed pneumonia according to family.

From Reading Schools: “Sharon had an impact on hundreds of students throughout her teaching career at Reading Hilltop. I had the privilege and honor of working with Sharon. Not only did she challenge her students academically, but she also instilled a love of reading and encouraged each of them to be a good person. If a child was hungry, she shared her lunch. If a student was having a bad day, she gave up her lunchtime to hang out with them,” said Reading Board President Beth Wernery. 

OHSAA comments on COVID-19 mask policy at sporting events


This year getting to play on the field can’t be taken for granted. “There are states around us who don’t have this opportunity,” said Doug Ute, the Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. But in order for the plays to continue, he says rules must be followed.

“If they don’t follow the rules we could become a place to spread the virus through our events, and we don’t want to do that because that would shut down our contests… shutdown our children’s opportunity to compete in sports,” he said.

“If we have fans that do not choose to follow that order then they need to be asked to put your mask on or please, it’s time you can’t stay and watch your loved one participate,” said Ute.

Tri-State football games canceled after positive COVID-19 tests, schools say

FOX19 |

Friday’s and Saturday’s games cancelled include Oak Hills and Lakota West and West Clermont vs Kings. Several student-athletes from Oak Hills and West Clermont are in quarantine due to close contact, the schools said.

Ohio reports weekly increase of 394 coronavirus cases in K-12 schools |

Based on analysis, statewide last week there were 157 new cases in students and 91 new staff cases for Sept. 7 through Sept. 13.

To-date, there are 466 student and 273 staff cases reported at schools through the state’s dashboard. Some school districts include cumulative data from before Sept. 7, when a mandate went into place guiding school reporting.

There are 325 districts or schools with at least one report to date, out of Ohio’s 610 districts.

Feds to ship ‘millions of tests per week’ to help schools stay open, official says

Education Dive |

During a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing Wednesday, Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the federal government will ship “millions of tests per week” to help schools reopen and stay open in the coming weeks.

MCS Football parent arrested during middle school game – mask non-compliance leads to arrest after refusing to leave

Marietta Times and WCMH Columbus |

A Marietta City Schools parent was detained and arrested following noncompliance with state mask mandates during an eighth-grade football game at Logan Wednesday evening according to MCS Athletic Director Cody Venderlic.

In a statement, the Logan-Hocking Local School District identified the woman as a fan of the opposing team. The opponent in the game was Marietta.

In a news release Monday morning, Logan police identified the woman as Alicia Kitts and the officer as School Resource Officer Chris Smith. The statement asserts that Kitts was not tased for failing to wear a mask but for failing for comply with Smith’s request that she leave.

This morning, Logan schools were placed on lockout after receiving threats district-wide, according to superintendent Monte Bainter. Law enforcement is investigating, and it is believed the threats are related to the incident at the game.