SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a related story, published on Sept. 14, 2021.
Shaker Heights Schools on Thursday announced that one of the district's third-grade classrooms would be moving to online learning after COVID-19 exposure.
According to an email sent out to parents and families within the school district, a third-grade classroom at Onaway Elementary School will go to remote learning beginning Friday, September 17. This remote online learning will continue through Friday, September 24, and students will return to the classroom on Monday, September 27.
No other information was immediately provided by Shaker Heights Schools.
The message comes as cases continue to sky-rocket in Ohio, and just one day after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio health officials pleaded with school districts to put mask mandates in place to protect students and staff.
"COVID-19 cases are increasing at nearly twice the rate among school-aged kids as compared to the rest of the population," DeWine said. "This past week, we saw a 44% increase among school-aged children and only a 17% increase among the rest of us."
"The best way to keep schools open & kids out of quarantine is for those 12+ to get vaccinated. But because those under 12 are too young to be vaccinated, we need all students who come to school to wear a mask until we get through this," DeWine added.
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