Talawanda Middle School enrolls more than 700 students in grades 6-8.
Officials told Talawanda school families in an announcement that 36 percent of 8th graders had registered positive tests or had been ordered to stay home to quarantine because they were in possible, non-safe proximity to infected students recently.
“The spread of COVID19 within our eighth grade is very concerning,” said Theroux. “We need to stop the spread of COVID19. We are hoping a short-term closing will help stop the spread.”
And all eighth-grade sports and other extracurriculars are canceled for the same time period though students in grades six and seven will continue regular, in-person classes and extracurriculars.
The eighth-grade students will continue their lessons through remote learning, said Talawanda officials.
This week, the school system’s coronavirus online dashboard reported there were five positive student cases for the virus at the middle school.
But 80 students were also being quarantined, far more than the next highest school building total of 32 student quarantines at Marshall Elementary, which also reported five positive cases this week.
Among the teachers at Talawanda Middle School, there was one quarantine reported this week.
In Warren County, Lebanon and Carlisle Schools had temporarily closed in response to rising positive tests and quarantines among students but earlier this month both reopened.
The Talawanda Schools, which draws students from the city of Oxford and surrounding communities, last month adopted a mandatory mask policy for students, teachers and school staffers.