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Mason School announces students must quarantine from classes after travel

  • Mason Elementary School Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/21/2020 4:53:26 PM
Modified: 8/21/2020 4:53:12 PM

Mason students who go out of New England for vacation before the start of school will only be able to join their peers for in-person instruction after self-quarantining for two weeks, the school district announced last week.

The restriction is in-line with guidance provided by Governor Chris Sununu for out-of-state visitors, which allows travel to Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island without a quarantine, but still requires it for visitors outside those states.

As Mason Elementary School begins Aug. 31 for grades K-5, vacations taken between now and the start of school will impact student’s ability to attend in-person the first week of classes. Pre-school is scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

Mason Superintendent and Mason Elementary School Principal Kristen Kivela said in an interview Friday that the most important thing is for families to be honest about their travel plans, and work with the school to ensure safety for everyone. The Mason Elementary School has a hybrid model proposed, where half the students attend school in person Monday and Tuesday, half on Thursday and Friday, and learn remotely the remaining three days. Students who travel out of the area will be required to attend school fully remotely for two weeks upon their return.

Kivela said at least one family has already contacted the school to inform them of travel outside the area between now and the start of school, and the district has prepared for that student to learn remotely full-time until the quarantine period is over.

Currently, the plan for remote learning is that teachers will livestream from their classrooms, teaching the lesson in a similar way to how it is taught to the students physically present at school.

“Every kid is getting the same lessons. They’re essentially live teaching,” Kivela said. “Children remote learning will still get the same lessons as everyone else.”

Kivela said if it is discovered a child has traveled out of the New England area and the school was not informed, the child will be secluded in the same manner as a child showing COVID-19 symptoms, and will be sent home.

 

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


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