September 2, 2021
Good afternoon, NELSD families and staff.
Our priority at Northeastern Local School District (NELSD) is to keep our students, families and staff safely learning in-person together. To ensure face-to-face learning can continue for our students, the District needs everyone’s help.
We are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases again in our State and our District. Our positive cases have doubled since we posted our COVID Dashboard on Friday, August 27, 2021, and those numbers continue to rise, with 24 students currently positive with COVID-19 and 210 students in quarantine.
While we have strongly encouraged masking, we do not see much masking in our schools. Therefore, we are now imploring everyone to please wear masks inside NELSD buildings so that we do not have to move to a mask mandate or completely virtual learning environment. We know that if we continue to see cases of COVID-19 within our buildings, even if those cases originate in our community and not in our schools, a mask mandate or some school closures are likely to occur. We intend to continue to provide face-to-face, in-person instruction for our students and continue to utilize the protocols we have in place, but again, we need the help of our students, parents and staff to achieve this.
We continue to follow preventative safety measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and the procedures outlined in the Guidelines for K-12 Student Quarantine and After Exposure in K-12 Classroom Settings. These guidelines mean that individuals not wearing a mask will have to quarantine when considered a close contact with a probable or positive case. Under the Ohio Department of Health’s quarantine guidance, students and staff do not have to quarantine from school if they are exposed to COVID-19 at school when a universal masking requirement is in place. Not masking means more quarantines which means more time out of school for students and staff.
We are working to ensure that, no matter what occurs, we are ready to continue to educate all of our students. This is not to cause panic. Rather, it simply is an acknowledgment that the potential for a mask mandate or transition to a remote learning environment exists and we want to be ready to continue our educational programs with as little disruption as possible.
We appreciate your continued support of our teachers, staff, and, ultimately, our students.
John P. Kronour, Ph.D.
Superintendent Northeastern Local Schools