Boston school closed for 10 days due to outbreak – NBC Boston
Curley School in Jamaica Plain goes remote for 10 days due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced the cancellation of in-person classes at K-8 School on Tuesday, citing a “rapid rise in positive COVID-19 cases in a short period of time.”
At least 46 positive cases of COVID have been reported among staff and students, affecting 21 classrooms on multiple levels.
âDue to a recent increase in positive Covid-19 cases at Curley, across several grades and classes over the past week, the Boston Public Health Commission has advised that the school be closed for learning in nobody, âsaid director Katie Grassa. in a statement posted on the school’s website Tuesday. “This is an active effort to immediately stop the spread and allow time to add staff to fully implement the test-and-stay and contact tracing programs.”
The school, which welcomes Kindergarten to Grade 8 students and is located in Jamaica Plain, will be closed for in-person learning starting Wednesday and reopening on November 22.
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Boston Public Schools are still finalizing a plan for students to access distance learning during this time. Plans are also underway to allow students access to food while they are at home. Details are expected to be released on Wednesday.
The Boston Public Health Commission also advises anyone who has stayed on campus to self-isolate and avoid large groups or gatherings, including sporting or social events for at least five days and until they are ‘they receive a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of their vaccination status.
“Please stay home and seek advice from your doctor if you develop any symptoms,” the school said in its statement.
The school has around 1,000 students and around 100 teachers. Its director said the move would allow time to add staff to fully implement contact tracing programs.
“I am happy that the school is showing its responsibility before the problem gets even worse,” said parent Matthew Langhirt.
A college in Jamaica Plain is the first in Boston to be moved away this school year due to a cluster of COVID-19 cases.
The school hosted an online community meeting on Tuesday evening.
âI just feel overwhelmed, really sad and dejected that we can’t move forward,â said Spanish teacher Meagan Reider.
âWe knew it was going to happen,â art teacher Katherine Freiburger said in an interview. âWe’ve been getting a lot of emails about students and staff entering the building with COVID. We’ve been doing it all last year. Like, all year we’ve been doing it, so we know how do it!”
Boston Public Schools have reported 401 cases of COVID-19 so far this year, averaging around 40-50 cases per week until the most recent report. The report from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3 cited 109 cases, far more than the 32 cases reported a week earlier.
Until November 3, the Curley School had reported 14 cases of the coronavirus in total, but seven of them were reported in the most recent 7-day period.