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Springfield pre-K-5 students to return in-person Tuesday, grades 6-12 will be remote

Springfield Local Schools delayed the return from winter break for all students Monday due to staff being infected with COVID.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Some Springfield Local Schools students will return to the classroom Tuesday after winter break was extended one day due to many staff members being infected with COVID.

Students in grades Pre-K to fifth grade will report to school Tuesday. Students in grades 6-12 will attend remotely.

This is the plan for Tuesday only.

"District leaders will continue to work very hard to ensure that our schools remain available each day for in-person learning," Superintendent Matt Geha said Monday in a statement. "The health and safety of our staff and students remains our top priority, and like schools and businesses throughout the nation, the coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge the smooth operations that most associate with our school district. Substitute staff may be utilized to provide instruction and services. When/if changes must be made to operations such as transportation, those affected will be notified as early as possible."

In a letter sent to families Sunday night, Geha cited the pandemic's impact on faculty and in the transportation department as the cause.

Geha added that district leaders will continue to seek additional support from other school districts and staffing agencies to acquire substitutes; an issue that many districts face nationwide.

The full letter read:

Springfield Families -

We hope that this message finds you safe, healthy, and rested as we enter the month of January, 2022.

Unfortunately, because of the continued impact that the coronavirus is having on our school district, especially with faculty and in our transportation department, we have made the difficult decision to delay the student’s return from Winter Break on Monday, January 3rd. To confirm, NO students are to report for school tomorrow, Monday, January 3rd.

This school closing is only for Springfield students - staff that are able are expected to report as scheduled. District leaders will continue to monitor the health of all staff, as well as seek additional support from neighboring school districts and staffing agencies to secure qualified substitutes for all departments.

Families are also asked to always contact the school’s nurse if their child is experiencing symptoms or has received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis:

Crissey Elementary - Nichole Ziegler, BSN, RN 419.867.3495

Dorr Elementary - Kelly Burkholder-Allen, MSN, RN 419.867.3367

Holland Elementary- Paulina Martinez, LPN 419.867.5672

Holloway Elementary - Emily Palmer, LPN 419.867.3457

Springfield Middle School - Maureen Kohlman, LPN 419.867.5767

Springfield High School - Victoria Bernsdorff, RN 419.867.5751

Thank you for your continued support of the district.

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