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No COVID-19 cases at Dublin School as semester starts

  • The Town of Dublin. July 7, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/17/2020 9:39:42 AM

Dublin School is back in session, and no COVID-19 tests returned positive after a campus-wide test last Wednesday, Head of School Brad Bates said at a Dublin Select Board meeting Monday afternoon. “One thing that kept me up at night this summer was thinking about the town of Dublin,” and keeping residents safe as students returned to campus, some from other countries, states, or just a couple towns over, Bates said. “So far, so good,” he said. 

Day students are “probably our riskiest population,” for potentially bringing COVID-19 to campus, Bates said, and they complete daily screenings at home on their smartphones and again when they arrive at school. They’re being asked to stay either at school or at home while school’s in session, he said. 

On campus and in town, students are supposed to wear masks and stay at least six feet away from one another, Bates said. Classes are being conducted outside under tents and even some donated sailboat sails, he said. 

Students regularly walk to Dublin Lake, and they don’t wear masks while boating because it’s too dangerous, he said.  Although the town’s general store typically gets a lot of business from students during the school year, boarding students currently are not permitted to go there, he said. The school is attempting to find ways to continue to support  the store, he said. “I know they get a lot of business from our campus,” he said. 

Bates said he would notify town officials if they detected a positive case of COVID-19 on campus. 


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