ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — Pymatuning Valley High School has returned to remote learning until Sept. 25 after a first-grade student tested positive for the coronavirus late last week, said Pymatuning Valley Local Schools Superintendent Chris Edison.
Edison said the student felt ill last Thursday and stayed home from school. The student was taken to a doctor, who encouraged the family to have the child tested for the coronavirus.The test came back positive and the Ashtabula County Health Department began contact tracing.
The student’s contact with high school students became a concern.
“Based on contact tracing we put our high school into remote learning for two school weeks,” Edison said.
He said more than 10 percent of PV High School students are in quarantine.
Edison said PV Middle School and PV Primary School remain open. High school athletic programs are operating as normal, Edison said.
He said the school system talked with the ACHD and because no student-athletes have tested positive for the virus, sports can continue.
Edison said the school board approved the school’s $20 million budget during a regular meeting on Monday evening. He said the budget is very similar to last year.
Edison said the school district has been watching finances closely since the pandemic started. He said there have been no layoffs and the district is waiting to hear whether there will be any reductions coming from the Ohio Department of Education because of the virus.