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Medina goes remote following staff shortage

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Medina Independent School District (MISD) moved to remote learning for all students beginning February 11 due to a shortage in bus drivers, auxiliary staff and teachers caused by a high amount of district employees being in quarantine, though Superintendent Kevin W. Newsom said in a press release exposure to COVID-19 occurred outside of a school setting.

“MISD is not closing to quarantine,” Newsom said. “We are moving to remote learning due to a lack of personnel to conduct school safely and efficiently.”

The announcement was made February 10 and put into effect the next day.

In-person schooling is scheduled to resume Monday, February 22, and students still had Presidents Day off as a holiday.

“It is our hope that this timeline will allow us to get most of our staff back and return to a normal schedule,” said Newsom.

While learning is remote, several extra-curricular games, practices and events were still allowed, provided students and staff are not in quarantine, masks are worn at all times, social distancing was practiced and the students is engaged in remote learning, although some events, including the free throw contest and a basketball game, were cancelled due to weather.

“We have been extremely fortunate this year to have spent most of our time in the classroom learning, however when safety becomes an issue in areas such as transportation and staffing, we feel it is in the best interest to switch to our remote learning plan,” Newsom said.