Coronavirus: Clark County schools keep reopening plans as county moves to level 3

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

All Clark County school districts will keep their reopening plans the same despite Clark County being upgraded to a level 3 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

Greenon, Northeastern and Clark-Shawnee Local Schools will not be changing their fall plans due to the county level change, according to the districts’ communications coordinator Megan Anthony.

“Greenon will open with students in-person and online on Monday and Northeastern and Clark-Shawnee will both open on hybrid schedule and online,” Anthony said.

Springfield City School District, Southeastern and Northwestern Local Schools will also not be changing their plans.

“We have not tied our reopening plan to the county COVID color designations,” Northwestern Superintendent Jesse Steiner said. “Clark County turning red does not change our reopening plans at all. We felt that the county could change back and forth from red to orange on a weekly basis and we did not want to change our plans every week because of the color of our county.”

Instead, Steiner said Clark County superintendents meet with the county health director on a regular basis, who informs districts where the hot spots are and what is happening in specific communities.

Clark County was upgraded to a level 3, otherwise referred to as the red level, on Thursday afternoon. It was the second time the county has reached level 3 since Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled the advisory system on July 2. The first time was on July 23. Every other week the county has remained in level 2.

Unlike Clark County, Champaign County school districts are basing their reopening plans off of the Ohio Public Advisory System. Districts include Graham, Triad Local Schools , Urbana City and Mechaniscburg Exempted Village Schools.

The county still remains at a level 2, therefore these districts will also keep their reopening plans the same, giving families the option of in-person or online learning for the new school year.

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