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Madison Schools stops campus activities amid coronavirus jump in Butler County

Madison Schools announced Thursday a shut down of its K-12 campus for all students in Madison Township Thursday afternoon for the forseeable future as the district prepares to resume classes next month. “Madison Local School District has suspended all activities on campus including but not limited to extracurricular activities, MYAA (Madison Youth Athletic Association) and Knothole (baseball) until further notice,” officials posted on the district’s website. “The recent surge in Butler County cases has caused us to re-evaluate our activities and the possibility of spread during these events.”(File Photo/Journal-News)
Madison Schools announced Thursday a shut down of its K-12 campus for all students in Madison Township Thursday afternoon for the forseeable future as the district prepares to resume classes next month. “Madison Local School District has suspended all activities on campus including but not limited to extracurricular activities, MYAA (Madison Youth Athletic Association) and Knothole (baseball) until further notice,” officials posted on the district’s website. “The recent surge in Butler County cases has caused us to re-evaluate our activities and the possibility of spread during these events.”(File Photo/Journal-News)

A Butler County school district has become the first in the area to ban its athletes from practicing and playing youth sports on campus in the wake of a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

Madison Schools announced its shutdown of its K-12 campus for all students Thursday afternoon for the forseeable future as the district prepares to resume classes next month.

“Madison Local School District has suspended all activities on campus including but not limited to extracurricular activities, MYAA (Madison Youth Athletic Association) and Knothole (baseball) until further notice,” officials posted on the district’s website.

“The recent surge in Butler County cases has caused us to re-evaluate our activities and the possibility of spread during these events. We know that this is a decision that will affect many but also understand our civic responsibility to do everything possible to make sure that school can open as scheduled including not providing a chance for exposure in these activities,” said officials.

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Madison Superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff told the Journal-News district officials took the unprecedented action in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s comments earlier in the day about Butler County’s continued jump in coronavirus cases moving it closer to Level 4 state category, which is the highest warning level.

DeWine cited Butler and Hamilton counties as now being on a watch list as the number of cases may move those areas from Level 3 to Level 4.

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The rural school system, west of Middletown, enrolls about 1,500 students.