Middletown will return to in-person classes later this month

Kavon Chruch Davis, 6, smiles under his face mask after picking up his laptop at Mayfield Elementary School Monday, August 17, 2020 in Middletown. Middletown School district is handing out laptops, mobile hotspots and other supplies this week to students in grades 1 through 12 in preparation for remote learning for the start of the school year. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

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Middletown Schools this morning joined the growing list of Butler County districts headed toward returning to live classrooms after shutting down due to the coronavirus.

The school board voted 5-0 after a virtual meeting this morning that included presentation of a detailed plan for reopening from Middletown Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr.

Students will return on a staggered schedule alphabetically from Oct. 19 to Nov. 6 with some students attending classes Monday and Tuesday, then others in class on Thursday and Friday. Students will learn remotely on Wednesdays.

All students will return to a normal, five-day class schedule starting Nov. 9.

The district will continue to offer a Virtual Learning Option to school parents who do not want their children to return to school classrooms.

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Styles told the school board recent city health data has shown the number of students reporting to have tested positive for the coronavirus has declined in recent weeks and there were zero such cases in the last week.

“We believe this is a very good and safe return to school plan,” he told the board, adding the three-week phase in starting Oct. 19 will help “our students to feel safe during this period.”

Masks will be required for students and school staff. Social distancing will also be encouraged and monitored, said Styles, and students and staff will be required to do school day health assessments before sending their children to school.

At each of the city schools' 10 buildings there will be a quarantine room where students will be kept – until their parents can pick them up - if they report coronavirus symptoms.

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Water fountains will be closed and students will bring water bottles or have them provided.

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