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Twinsburg City School District pointing to a Halloween party as potential spreader event

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 18:48:47-05

TWINSBURG, Ohio — She does her best to keep her kids safe.

"I decided that everybody had to stay home because one of my sons has pulmonary disease and he is also immunodeficient,” said Twinsburg mom Ryan Barrett.

Barrett says she’s fed up with folks being reckless.

"You are putting so many other people in danger by being irresponsible,” she said.

Her comments come after the Twinsburg City School district sent a letter to parents not only highlighting the number of new COVID cases in the district but also pointing to a Halloween house party which likely added to the spread.

"I am very concerned that unless we work together and encourage everyone to consistently practice the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, opportunities for athletics, extra-curricular activities, and even on-campus instruction may be in peril,” wrote Twinsburg superintendent Kathi Powers.

The Twinsburg City School District hasn’t made any changes just yet, but Painesville City Schools had to make a tough choice this week.

"Last week we had eight cases identified, and then this week so far already we have another eight cases identified,” said Painesville superintendent Josh Engleheart.

The district is closing two of its schools and switching to remote learning because so many of its students and staff need to be quarantined.

"We have many staff right now who are quarantined, not necessarily because they’ve tested positive, but because they’ve had a close contact,” said Englehart.

Englehart says Halloween parties could have also been a factor for them too.

"I don’t know that we can point to that directly with evidence, but certainly we anticipate that that’s a factor in what we’re seeing at least across the region, if not specifically in the district,” he said.

Barret says she hopes we can all get through this together.

"As a community, we need to come together more, we need to be more conscious of each other,” she said.