Virus case sends South Hadley’s Mosier school back to all-remote learning

Staff Writer
Published: 11/15/2020 8:05:35 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — Mosier Elementary School is moving to remote learning on Monday and Tuesday after a member of the school community tested positive for COVID-19.

In an email to school families, Superintendent Diana Bonneville did not specify who had tested positive, She said that all faculty and staff will take part in remote instruction so that the building can be deep cleaned.

“I am writing to inform you, unfortunately, that someone in our Mosier community has tested positive for COVID-19 during our first week of in-person learning for our High Needs Special Population,” the email read.

Bonneville did not respond to emailed questions Sunday afternoon. In her email, she said the district is working closely with the town’s Board of Health to trace the infected person’s contacts, and has reached out to students and adults in the affected class. They will be expected to quarantine for 14 days.

“Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe, as we continue to follow the plan that we developed during our summer planning,” Bonneville said. “That plan includes working with our local Board ofHealth to inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, a cleaning and disinfecting process for the school buildings, and providing any support possible for the affected family as they navigate this stressful experience.”

The district brought back high-needs special populations students in preschool and kindergarten for full-time, in-person learning on Nov. 5. All kindergarten and preschool students are scheduled to begin in-person learning on Nov. 30, and all other grades are set to start in-person learning on a hybrid basis on Nov. 30.

The last time the state released municipal COVID-19 data on Nov. 11, South Hadley had an average daily incidence rate of 9.1 per 100,000, and a two-week positivity of 1%. Those figures are lower than some neighboring communities like Easthampton, Holyoke and Granby, though both are trending upward.


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