October 16, 2020
Our first nine weeks will end on October 31 and we will have one nine weeks in the books for the 2020/2021 school year. Face to face instruction five days a week has had some challenges, but we continue to push ahead as we know that in school learning is the best option.
Across Auglaize County, the State of Ohio and the country we have seen cases continue to increase. This has been true in the school system, but we still do not see large amounts of absences due to positive tests. The problem still becomes the students that are required to quarantine due to close contact.
We have 3100 students in our school district and it is inevitable that there will be some positive cases among our students and staff. However, we are working to keep this at a minimum with all of the precautions that we are taking. Up to this point we have had 23 students test positive with most of these being at the high school at 16. There have been 5 cases of COVID at the MS, 2 cases at Wapakoneta Elementary School and 0 at Cridersville. High school students are normally out in the community more, have more social interaction, take part in extra-curricular activities, have part-time jobs, and this may be the reason for the increased numbers. With all of the students we have quarantined we have not heard of any of those young people getting sick. This is great news, and we believe this is due to the masks and the protocols in place. The district has also been working on our classroom procedures, social distancing, and any tools that we can use to keep kids in school and most importantly from spreading the virus.
As you know we recently consulted with the health department, Mercy Health, and the OHSAA in making a decision to cancel our second round playoff football game. This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever been involved in, but the health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance. We are disappointed for our football players, their families, and our community. I can tell you that I was very proud of our young people when they received the news. These young men and women were very mature, and although upset, handled the disappointment with character and class. In fact, at least one young man thanked the administration for allowing them to have a season and play this long....This says so much about the type of student-athletes we have in Wapakoneta.
Finally, if you have a child taking part in the virtual program and would like for them to return at the start of the second nine weeks (November 1) please contact Jodie Andrews at 419-739-5102 or [email protected]. You are also always welcome to get in touch with me personally.
We will continue to do our best to educate the students in our community and we thank you for all of your support!