LISBON – Despite students coming from across the county, including some school districts battling COVID-19 numbers, the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center has had higher numbers, but not what they consider as alarming so far.
“We are just happy to be able to be at school” Superintendent Chuck Adkins said Tuesday, “And we just monitor what our partner schools are doing. “
The CCCTC continues to use last year’s mitigation plan, but this time around, masks are optional. Students and staff undergo daily temperature checks, practice social distancing, surfaces are disinfected, and the school continues to contact anyone exposed, working in conjunction with partner schools for those still involved in activities in their home schools and ride school buses.
Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello said he couldn’t say enough good things about the students and staff at the CCCTC. The students are grade 11 and 12 students, which has been noted makes a difference in that they are young adults taking mitigation efforts seriously and knowing how important these things are to staying on track. school.
Last year, the CCCTC had four students and staff affected by COVID-19 in August. This year, with higher numbers everywhere, there were 37 between August 21 and August 31. Last year, 29 people were affected in September with 56 staff and students so far in September this year. These numbers include everyone from people who test positive to those who have to stay home because of the exposure.
As for the positive cases, there were 34 in total at the CCCTC throughout the school year last year. So far this year there have been nine.
The CCCTC had 5 percent of students absent due to COVID-19 on September 3 and Corbisello said the number was steadily declining with 3.3 percent absent due to the virus on Tuesday.
Even if a student’s homeschool requires masks, masks are currently not mandatory at the CCCTC. Students in quarantine are encouraged to stay involved in their lessons, by following what is happening in Google Classroom.
In other matters:
– The board accepted the resignation of Elizabeth Zimmerman, professor of mathematics, and hired John Klein for the post. The board also approved Shawn Bates as an adult education instructor for the machining lab.
– The Board of Directors accepted $ 44,592 in grants from the Governors’ Education Emergency Fund, $ 38,843 in funds for the Rural Education Success Program and $ 6,091 from the fifth quarter of the ‘Agriculture.
– Dr Kelly Darney, Director of Adult Education, said the CCCTC had just trained 67 new LPN nurses, the largest class the school has ever had and that 63 of those students said they had already jobs in the field. There are 74 new students who have just started the program and 34 students in the third quarter of the RN program. A medical assistant program is starting in a few weeks and a machine trades program has just started.