Littleton asking students, families if they’ll comply with state COVID-19 guidelines for holidays

Littleton asking students, families if they’ll comply with state COVID-19 guidelines for holidays

LITTLETON, Mass. — With a little more than a week to go before Thanksgiving, schools in Littleton want to know what students and their families plan to do for the holiday.

Michael Fontanella is the Chairman of the Littleton School Committee. He tells Boston 25 News that they are asking families, “Basically, (to) attest that they’re going to conform to the guidelines the state has put out regarding traveling to red states or how they social gather in Littleton or Massachusetts if they go see family.”

Families are being asked to go online to input their response on an Attestation Form on whether their travel plans and dinner plans for Thanksgiving comply with the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.

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Parents like Reeta Mehta think the idea is fine saying, "I think it’s fair. I think it’s fair. But is this an invasion of privacy? Mehta does not believe so saying, “No, I don’t think it’s a policing thing.”

The school district sent a letter to parents on Monday explaining the request. And so far 300 families have responded.

Right now, 30 percent of Littleton’s students are fully remote. The rest are in a hybrid learning model. And so far only four students have caught COVID. Mehta says the plan to keep COVID counts low is a good one adding, “If you’re not social distancing or traveling then I think it’s fair to quarantine for 14 days.”

Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines limit gatherings at private residences to10 people indoors or 25 outdoors. Those gatherings must end and disperse by 9:30 p.m.

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