OLIEN, NY (WIVB) – The Olin City School District says it sends students away right after Thanksgiving, starting November 30.
In a statement on the district’s website, they said the move is a preemptive decision as surrounding areas rise with COVID-19 cases.
“As we have noted a rise in COVID-19 cases both regionally and locally and in our schools, the Olean City School District will put all students into fully distance learning starting the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday.”
Olin City School District
The move was taken on the advice of the Catarujos County Health Department.
The district also says the holiday season is a “major concern” as students gather with family members. The district says they understand the importance of family gatherings, but ask staff and students to “be careful.”
Olean City Schools currently use a “blended” education model, in which students divide their time into personalized and distance learning.
Officials say students will learn remotely until January 19. The region continues to monitor the situation and says they will make reopening decisions accordingly.