Madison High School reopening next week after 2 positive COVID cases, 250 in quarantine

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MADISON, OHIO – Madison High School will reopen Tuesday after two positive COVID led to the quarantine of more than 200 people.

“In a high school, kids move around a lot and they’re in different classes so there’s different levels of contact,” said Superintendent Angela Smith. “When you have two students, that can impact quite a few people and it ended up impacting 250 students.”

Smith said the varsity football game versus Perry Local Schools in Lake County is still planned for tonight because most of the players were not in contact with the students who tested positive.

No quarantined person from either side will attend or participate in tonight’s game, according to Perry’s athletic director, TJ Rockwell.

“Those 250 have the option to get a COVID test today if it comes back negative, they can come back Tuesday,” said Smith. “If not because of the time of where the quarantine was and the exposure actually their quarantine will be up next Thursday.”

Masks are optional at Madison Local Schools although encouraged by Smith.

Madison Board of Education president Shawn Douglas said the board unanimously approved the district reopening plan in June which included making masks optional.

Douglas said the district does not plan to vote on a mask mandate at its upcoming meeting later this month however that could change.

“I don’t think anybody loves wearing a mask but right now that’s what it’s going to take to keep our students safe,” said Smith. “I encourage all families to send their students to school with masks so that we can keep these doors open.”

The school will be cleaned in preparation for the return of students next week.

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