We have officially reached the 6-week point of this school year, and I continue to be so proud of how well our teachers, staff, students, and families have adapted. Safety guidelines are being followed and lots of learning is happening, both in person and remotely. We have had two positive COVID-19 cases in our schools so far, and our safety measures have helped ensure that there was no further school spread beyond those cases.
The CDC has recently expanded its definition of close contact to include anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. In practice, that matches what our conservative protocols have been when deciding who should be quarantined following a positive case. We have updated our student daily health checklist to reflect this new guideline, click here to access the checklist.
As always, we are carefully watching the COVID data for our community, region, state, and nation. Cases are trending upward, which is concerning. In order to keep our schools open for in-person learning, we will all need to do our part to reduce any community spread. This includes continuing to wear masks, maintaining distance from people not in your immediate family, and minimizing social gatherings. I understand that we are all tired of the restrictions, but managing our behavior is currently the best tool we have as individuals.
Dr. Scott Carpenter, Superintendent Monomoy Regional School District
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