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Wooster City School District closing Parkview Elementary School until Nov. 30 due to coronavirus

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 16:12:32-05

WOOSTER, Ohio — The Wooster City School District announced Friday that Parkview Elementary School will be closed until the end of the month due to coronavirus concerns.

The district said it plans to reopen the school on Nov. 30.

“Why, you wonder? This is the first time we have experienced what looks like COVID spread within a school environment,” said Superintendent Michael Tefs.

According to Tefs, the district has been averaging 1.8 positive cases per week.

“Our protocols of hand hygiene, wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and constant cleaning of high touch surfaces has controlled COVID spread well. To date, our cases have been defined as isolated,” Tefs said.

The district is working on contact tracing but doesn't have the results yet.

“Unfortunately, this (Parkview ES) particular situation has presented itself quite differently. We have not yet completed contract tracing for Parkview, so our effect size is not final. The capacity for contract tracing is significantly challenged right now and, I am sure, that’s not just in this county,” Tefs said. “Please watch for our continued COVID-19 communications that we distribute as we are striving to be so very transparent with any and all prevalence of this virus in our school setting.”

Yesterday, the district announced that a staff member at Parkview Elementary School tested positive for the virus, which resulted in seven students and one other staff member having to quarantine.

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