ANDOVER — The Pymatuning Valley Local School District will be switching to remote learning after three high school students tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 

Those students had contact with 20 other students and two staff members; all are now in quarantine, Superintendent Christopher Edison said.

"As a district, we have been very fortunate that the impact of COVID-19 has not been detrimental to our daily operations for the last 12 weeks," he said in a prepared statement. "Our staff, students, and community pulled together and exceeded all the expectations of the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Education and the Ashtabula County Health Department."

With the large number of students in quarantine and the number of quarantined staff members, Edison said he has no choice but to place the entire school district into remote learning.

The high school's last day of in-person learning was Tuesday, with remote learning starting Thursday. 

PV Primary and Middle school students' last day of in-person learning is Friday, with remote learning starting Dec. 1.

Edison he hopes to have all students return to face-to-face learning on Jan. 5.

"During remote learning, our teachers will deliver recorded virtual lessons to their students," Edison said. "Teachers will be responsible for communicating with parents and students during school day hours."

Until further notice, all school-sponsored extracurricular activities are suspended through Jan.5. The advisors and athletic directors will work diligently to reschedule these events and/or contests, he said.

"This has been the toughest decision by far that I have had to make throughout my career here at Pymatuning Valley," he said. "But I do see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am excited for our future together. We will get through this together." 

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