Wilmington Area School District and Sharpsville Area School District closed their campus and canceled activities Thursday after a positive test in Sharpsville and after two staff members at Wilmington displayed COVID-19 symptoms.
In an announcement Thursday, Sharpsville school officials said a student tested positive for the virus and that athletic and extracurricular activities could resume as soon as Aug. 13.
Sharpsville could reveal a fall reopening plan as soon as next week, the district said in the announcement.
Wilmington’s closure comes only two days after the school board adopted its own plan for returning to in-class instruction when students begin class the week of Sept. 1.
The plan calls for a four-week, phased-in process in which students from kindergarten through 12th grade will be separated into two groups — blue and gold — based on bus routes, class structure and other factors.
During the first week of school, when students attend from Tuesday to Friday, Group Blue will be in school Tuesday and Wednesday. Group Gold will take online courses Tuesday and Wednesday, and switch Thursday and Friday.
During the second week of school, Group Blue will attend school in person all five days while Group Gold attends online. The third week, the groups will switch.
During those first few weeks, the district’s pandemic transition team — which is comprised of administration, teachers, nurses, parents and school psychologist — and school board will be meeting to determine whether to continue the rotation schedule use another plan.
Wilmington board member Vanessa Russo said she would not support any plan that did not have all students attending classes full-time.
A motion, by board member Julie Ochs, to table voting on the plan until August failed by a 5-to-4 vote.
The board adopted the plan in a 6-to-3 vote. Board members Mark Shenker, Robert Curry, David Dawson, Lynn Foltz, Nancy Phillips and Kathryn Riley voted yes. Russo, Ochs and Carol Harris were no votes.
The board will revisit the plan during its August and September board meetings.
THE NEW CASTLE News contributed to this story.