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Twelve Columbus Schools Going Remote Thursday

Champion Middle School in Columbus.
Mary Rathke
Champion Middle School in Columbus.

The staffing issues in Columbus City Schools continue Thursday, with 12 buildings operating remotely.

The affected schools include:

  • Arts Impact Middle School
  • Cassady Elementary School
  • Champion Middle School
  • Huy Elementary School
  • Hilltonia Middle School
  • Moler Elementary School
  • Shady Lane Elementary School
  • Wedgewood Middle School
  • West Broad Elementary School
  • West High School
  • Woodward Park Middle School and 6th grade at Walden
  • Yorktown Middle School

Teachers and staff at those schools are expected to report on-site for their normal work schedule. All middle school athletic practices and games for the remote learning schools are canceled for Thursday. All high school athletic practices and games will continue as planned.
The district has had several schools transition into and out of remote learning over the past two weeks because of staffing issues. Last Friday the district planned to have 24 buildings operating remotely before administrators canceled all classes because of transportation issues.

The Columbus Teachers Association, the union that represents more than 4,000 teachers and other staff members, wants the district to go all-remote for two weeks to help replenish supplies like masks, clean and repair buildings, and hopefully let the peak of the omicron variant-fueled surge pass. Administrators have repeatedly defended their school-by-school approach.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.