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Highbridge Hill goes remote amidst quarantine, teacher shortage

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/6/2020 11:12:47 AM

After a fully-remote day on Friday due to a positive COVID-19 test in the district, Highbridge Hill Elementary School students returned to school on Monday – but will have another remote day Tuesday, thanks to a teacher shortage due to quarantine.

District Superintendent Chris Martin said in an interview Friday that Highbridge Hill’s “cohort B” – those students learning in person on Thursday and Friday – had an unscheduled remote learning day Friday, due to a COVID-19 situation. While students were able to return to class as usual Monday morning, the district announced mid-day that Tuesday would be another remote day.

“Due to the large number of faculty members who are quarantining or are out due to new COVID-related issues, the Highbridge Hill campus will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10th. Remote instruction will take place for all students,” Martin wrote in an email sent Monday morning.

Monday was the first day of the district opening four-day in-person learning for all students, switching from a hybrid model where half the students attended in-person on Thursday and Friday and half in-person on Monday and Tuesday, with remote learning for the remainder of the week. The decision to increase in-person learning was a split one by the board, who agreed to the plan in a 3-2 vote.

Martin said Friday that the district had been notified of a positive COVID-19 case, and that those who had been in primary contact had been informed, but declined to say how many people were currently quarantining.

This is the first time the district has shut down in-person learning for an entire cohort due to COVID-19. A previous positive case of a Mascenic student resulted in only that student and one other quarantining, and another instance, a person who had been exposed to the coronavirus quarantined individually, without any interruption to in-person classes at Boynton Middle School.

Martin said the decision to close the school was out of “an abundance of caution.” The district’s custodial team is doing a deep cleaning of the building prior to students returning to class.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.




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