TANNER MONDOK | Herald file Toby Gibson, Brookfield Local School District superintendent, walks through a classroom with desks spaced apart to allow for social distancing at Brookfield Local Schools.

BROOKFIELD – Students in Brookfield Local School District will be sitting in their classrooms a little more starting in November.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the district has been running a hybrid model, where students spend two days in school and two days being taught remotely at home. Teachers spend Mondays preparing lesson plans.

Plans are that half the students will return to classrooms on Monday on an alternating basis, said district Superintendent Toby Gibson.

“So every Monday half of the students will be back in the classroom followed by the other half the next Monday,’’ Gibson said.

Details and timetables will be soon be ready, he said.

If all goes well, the district will take a look at increasing students’ classroom time down the road, Gibson said.

"We're trying to get students back in the classroom,'' he said.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a video news conference Thursday that he also wants students back in the classroom.

"I'm bothered by it, quite frankly, by school kids being out of school that long,'' he said. "While some students will thrive no matter how they are taught, there are many students who don't. There are many students who don't thrive in a remote situation.''

He said Ohio plans to review the effectiveness of remote learning.

DeWine's remarks came a day after the Ohio Department of Health reported a record 2,366 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday in the state, the largest single-day increase in since the pandemic began.


Pennsylvania also marked a single-day high in new cases last week, with 2,109 on Thursday, breaking the mark of 2,060 on April 8, according to the state Health Department's COVID-19 dashboard (

The state has had 8,666 fatalities through Friday, including two deaths Friday.

Mercer County is nearing the 1,000-case plateau, with 993 total infections, including 858 confirmed cases and 135 probables. The county's death toll remains at 25, the most recent fatality on Sept. 28.

The county's rate of infections has increased week-to-week. During the seven-day stretch from Oct. 11 to 17, Mercer County reported 60 new cases. From Oct. 18 to 24, that figure rose to 100.

That includes single-day case increases of 18, 15 and 10, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively. Wednesday's reported increase of 20 new cases was the second-highest of the pandemic, behind only Sept. 17 and Aug. 12, with 22 each day. Mercer County has not had a zero-increase day since Sept. 13.

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