CRESTLINE -- The Crestline Exempted Village School District will go remote for the rest of the week due to staff shortages, COVID-related illness and quarantine.
Students will participate in virtual learning through Sept. 3 and return to in-person instruction on Sept. 7. Student devices can be picked up as needed during normal school hours.
Athletic and extracurricular practices and events will continue as scheduled on Sept. 1, but students who are quarantined will not be allowed to participate.
The district's food service department will provide meals beginning Sept. 2. There will be a pick-up option at the main building as well as bus distribution of meals.
Crestline used its first calamity day Tuesday because there were not enough substitutes to safety staff the building, Supt. Matt Henderson said.
COVID-19 transmission and quarantine was the primarily factor behind student and staff absences. Three elementary staff members have tested positive, as well as a preschool teacher.
While there are only four confirmed cases among staff, there are seven total staff members in quarantine for COVID-19 exposure. There are also others out for non-COVID-related illness.
There are 14 active student cases of COVID-19 (nine elementary, three middle school and two high school students) in the single-building district.
Quarantines have drastically reduced student attendance. According to the district's dashboard, there were seven staff members and 171 students in quarantine as of Aug. 31.
All seven staff members and 125 students were in the elementary wing.
There are a little over 620 students at Crestline Schools, including those who attend Pioneer Career and Technical School. Henderson said Pioneer students have not been affected by the quarantines, which disproportionately hit the elementary end of the building.
“Our entire fourth grade is close-contact quarantined,” he said. “We have an entire kindergarten classroom, two first-grade classroom quarantines.”
Henderson said the district’s quarantine policies are consistent with the recommendations of the Crawford County Health Department and Ohio Department of Health.
Students who test positive must isolate for 10 days after their positive test. Students in quarantine can return to classes in seven days if they have a negative viral COVID test at least five days after exposure.
Students who consistently and correctly wore a facial covering during exposure can continue attending classes if they have no symptoms and continue mask wearing.
Masks remain optional, but encouraged, in the classroom.
"When we return to in-person instruction, I would continue to ask your consideration in having your child wear a mask in the building if they are able to do so," Henderson wrote in a blog post to students and families.