Carmel Clay schools to close March 16 through at least April 10


Carmel Clay Schools will close its schools beginning March 16 in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

CCS Supt. Michael Beresford sent a letter to parents March 12. It states:

“After consulting epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists and the Hamilton County Health Department, we have decided to close Carmel Clay Schools starting Monday, March 16th through April 10, 2020. We will assess the spread of the virus and will communicate if additional time off is needed prior to April 10th.

We will be in school tomorrow so teachers can communicate with students and make sure that they have all of the materials needed for virtual learning, and their personal possessions. The closure includes cancellation of all after school practices, extra-curricular activities, as well as, all school and PTO sponsored events. The plan is for all students and staff to return to school and resume normal activities following spring break on April 13th.

While the experts confirm that COVID-19 is a very low risk for students, there is a risk that the spread of the virus is a threat to other more vulnerable members of our community. While we do not have a confirmed or suspected case, with the limited number of test kits available to diagnose the illness, we believe waiting for a confirmed case is no longer a valid reason to stay open. Social distancing and the elimination of public gatherings has been recommended by the Hamilton County Health Department and other health experts to help control the spread of the virus. All Hamilton County School systems will close on Monday as well.”

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