Austintown schools going remote for a week; COVID-19 affecting teachers, drivers

Austintown Local Schools

Austintown Local School District is temporarily returning to remote learning this week, as rising COVID-19 cases are affecting instruction and transportation, Superintendent David Cappuzzello wrote in a Monday notice.

The district plans to have students learn from home Tuesday through Jan. 18.

“We feel that at this time remote learning will reach more students,” Cappuzzello wrote. “Teachers will be preparing our students for remote instruction today and will encourage them to bring home any books or supplies they may need to work effectively from home.

“As this is an instructional issue and not a student issue, sports and extracurricular activities will remain as normal.”

The district on Jan. 7 reported 112 active COVID-19 cases on its dashboard, including 21 cases among staff and 91 cases among students. The district has reported 401 total cases since the beginning of the school year, including 64 cases among staff and 337 cases among students, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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