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Some Jaffrey-Rindge families asked to quarantine students after COVID-19 exposure

  • An aerial view of Jaffrey from Conant High School. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Conant High School Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/2/2020 1:05:50 PM

Several Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District students have been asked to stay home after a potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. 

In a Facebook post on the district’s website on Friday morning, district Superintendent Reuben Duncan wrote that some students may have been exposed to a person who potentially tested positive with COVID-19 through a local youth sports program.

“The district has not officially been notified by the [New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services] that there is a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, but we have decided that we need to be proactive in our approach,” Duncan wrote.

All the families of potentially impacted students have been notified, according to Duncan.

The person who potentially tested positive does not attend any of the Jaffrey-Rindge schools, according to Jaffrey-Rindge Communications Director Nicholas Handy, but some of the elementary-level students in the district participated in an out-of-district sports program.

The district has consulted with the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, and based on their recommendations, all students who are enrolled in the sports program where the potential exposure occurred have been asked to quarantine for the time being.

The district did not present a firm timeline for when these students could potentially return to in-person learning, but said it would be after the Division of Public Health Services completes its research on the case. Contact tracing was expected to be completed by the end of this past weekend.

Handy said the district’s guidelines around COVID-19 require that if a student tests positive for COVID-19, or show symptoms, they must remain home for at least 10 days, and those who are asymptomatic need to remain home for at least 14 days. After that, they may return to school if they have been fever-free for 24 hours. If the student tests negative, they can return to school when they are symptom free.

Currently, the district has been holding in-person classes four days a week, with all students remote learning on Wednesdays. This past Wednesday, the Conant High School campus was used as a community COVID-19 testing station by the New Hampshire National Guard.


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




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