District officials from Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and Benjamin Logan Schools announced this week plans to change schedules for students for the week of Thanksgiving — and also Friday, Nov. 20, at Ohio Hi-Point — because of an increase in students and staff who are in quarantine.
Benjamin Logan Superintendent John Scheu announced Wednesday that the district has canceled classes for Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24, and those days will be counted as calamity days. The school’s Thanksgiving break continues Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27.
“Hopefully this will give everyone a chance to recover, regenerate, and the custodial crew an opportunity to do a thorough deep cleaning and sanitizing throughout our buildings,” the superintendent said in his all-call message that was also available via Facebook.
“For the next week, it is vitally important that students wear masks if going outside the home, social distance, and frequently wash their hands. Large social gatherings are not advised.
“When returning to school, we encourage bus riders to dress warmly because we must keep some windows cracked to promote air flow.”
Scheu said the school cancellation was precipitated by 53 district students in quarantine, eight students in isolation (confirmed cases), two staff members quarantined and three staff members in isolation.
“This is not a notice of quarantine, however an awareness of you to continue to check your child’s temperature and monitor for symptoms on a daily basis,” he said. “Please know that if your child was exposed and in need of quarantine, the school nurse or the Logan County Health Department would contact you personally.”
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center is moving to a remote learning plan beginning Friday, Nov. 20, through Tuesday, Nov. 24. There are no classes during OHP’s Thanksgiving break, Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27.
“This change is due to a large percent of staff and students in quarantine and a shortage of substitute teachers,” officials said.
The district plans to return to its hybrid Flexible Learning Plan on Monday, Nov. 30.
Students will follow their regularly scheduled classes while OHP is in remote learning. Classes that meet in-person will continue to do so through the Zoom platform. Students are expected to log in for attendance every day by 8:45 a.m. and complete the assigned school work.
Friday, Nov. 20, is a Yellow Friday for juniors and a remote day for seniors.
Monday, Nov. 23, is a Purple Monday for juniors and a remote day for seniors.Tuesday, Nov. 24, is a Blue Tuesday for seniors and a remote day for juniors.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate our educational plans during the Thanksgiving break. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this situation,” OHPCC officials said.