NORTH RIDGEVILLE

A North Ridgeville High School student tested positive for the coronavirus, the district informed parents and guardians of all school students in a notice sent Oct. 6. The Ohio director of health requires all K-12 schools report positive cases of coronavirus to the adults responsible for students at the school.

North Ridgeville Board of Education President Frank Vacha said he could release no information regarding the student. He added the district is working closely with Lorain County Public Health and will continue to do so.

“I don’t think it’s a surprise that these tests are going to show up in our schools,” Vacha said. North Ridgeville schools have roughly 4,400 students.

There are no plans to close buildings or make changes to the hybrid education model currently being used, Vacha continued, adding that the schools would follow the advice of Lorain County health officials.

District Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio was unavailable for comment.

“We are working closely with Lorain County Public Health, and anyone identified as a close contact will be notified by the health department as a part of the COVID-19 contact tracing investigation,” the Oct. 6 notice reads in part.

The statement goes on to say that officials still are confident in the district’s hybrid learning plan. It notes there are safety precautions in place such as requiring students and staff to wear masks and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance while at school.

“We need, however, to remain vigilant and ask that all students and staff continue … good hand washing hygiene and to stay home if they are sick. In addition, the district will continue to implement daily cleaning and sanitation protocols…Finally, we are committed to balancing communication with our school community while at the same time protecting the privacy of the student who tested positive. We wish the student well and hope for a speedy recovery.”

No information regarding the student’s grade, age, gender or condition was released.

The district’s hybrid model has high school students attending class in person on Wednesdays only. All other school days consist of remote learning. For students in kindergarten through eighth grade, in-person classes are held two days a week, with remote learning taking place the other three.

Contact this reporter at tcorrigan@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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