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Jonathan Alder is moving back to a hybrid learning plan.
Thursday, the district notified parents and community members of the change. The return to hybrid is the result of a directive from the Madison County Health Department ordering all districts in the county to switch to their hybrid/blended plan for educational delivery, beginning Nov. 30.
“As a result of this directive, beginning Monday, Nov. 30 our K-4th grade students attending Monroe and Plain City Elementary Schools will shift back to 50% capacity in the Pathway 1B Hybrid Plan,” said Eloy Pacheco, district communications coordinator.
Madison County Health Commissioner Chris Cook said schools and parents should plan on a hybrid learning model until at least Feb. 5, 2021.
Cook said he believes cases in Madison County and the state of Ohio will continue to increase as the winter holiday season approaches. Cook said he is “worried about what lies ahead for January.”
“With no recovery time between holidays, I am deeply concerned about an amplification effect of COVID-19 spread that will sicken hundreds of residents, push our healthcare system to the limit and cause tragic and unnecessary loss of life,” Cook wrote in a statement. “If we don’t take action now, this is what will happen.” 
District officials said the same student groupings established at the beginning of the school year will be reinstituted once the K-4th grade students return in the hybrid plan. Pacheco said elementary schools will be sharing more specific information, reminders and updates regarding their respective student groupings and schedules as thanksgiving approaches.
The health department’s directive does not impact students in grades 5-12 attending Canaan Middle School, Jonathan Alder Junior High and Jonathan Alder High School as they have been in the 50% capacity hybrid plan since the start of the year. The high school and junior high school were supposed to return in October, but conditions never allowed it.
The district has had a total of 20 positive cases for the year. As of Friday, the district had nine current cases among students — six of them at the high school — and two staff cases — one each at the junior high and the high school. Additionally, the district had 64 students quarantined — 41 at the high school, 12 at Plain City Elementary School, nine at the junior high school and one each at Monroe Elementary and Canaan Middle schools — and two staff members quarantined — one each at Canaan Middle School and the junior high school.
According to Cook, hybrid plans put more distance between students, reduce the overall number of people in the building each day, and reduce overall exposures in the school setting to help slow the spread everywhere.
“At the end of the day, every person leaves school and goes home to loved ones. They take with them every microscopic interaction of the day,” Cook said.
According to the Madison County Health Department, studies estimate that more than 40% of students may be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 and can also spread COVID-19 to others two days before they show even the first symptom.
“There are silent spreaders all around us,” Cook wrote. “Everyone needs to wear a mask, put more distance between them and stop gathering together. Anything less isn’t acceptable right now.”
Alder officials say they “recognize the unique challenges and difficulties this pandemic has forced upon our students and families.”
“This is not the direction any of us want. This is not a decision we are making because we want to make it,” Pacheco said.
He said having learners both in the classroom and at home is difficult on students and is “a lot for the teachers as well.”
Officials from the district and the health department asked parents to be flexible and patient. Both said that if cases decline, students could be back in school full-time sooner, but if cases continue to rise, schools could be hybrid longer or could be moved to online only learning.
District officials said they appreciate the efforts so far, adding it is, “critical to remain diligent so that we can provide the greatest possible academic sustainability and consistency for our students as we continue to strive for full-time in-person learning.”
Cook recognized the efforts of schools and parents and said he knows there are social and emotional aspects to the pandemic as well.
“Parents and schools have been asked to do so much this year,” Cook wrote. “This is not easy on anyone. But we have more work to do here in Madison County.”

Alder COVID-19 cases
Jon Alder High School
Current student cases 6
Current student quarantines 41
Current staff cases 1
Current staff quarantines 0
Jon Alder Junior High School
Current student cases 1
Current student quarantines 9
Current staff cases 1
Current staff quarantines 1
Canaan Middle School
Current student cases 0
Current student quarantines 1
Current staff cases 0
Current staff quarantines 1
Monroe Elementary School
Current student cases 0
Current student quarantines 1
Current staff cases 0
Current staff quarantines 0
Plain City Elementary School
Current student cases 1
Current student quarantines 12
Current staff cases 0
Current staff quarantines 0
Jonathan Alder Digital Academy
Current student cases 1
Current student quarantines 0
Current staff cases 0
Current staff quarantines 0
Jonathan Alder District totals
Current student cases 9
Current student quarantines 64
Current staff cases 2
Current staff quarantines 2



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