Wellesley High School to transition to fully remote learning after school reports 6 COVID-19 cases

Wellesley High School to transition to fully remote learning after school reports 6 COVID-19 cases

WELLESLEY, Mass. — Wellesley High School officials have announced students will be transitioning back to fully remote learning after six cases of the novel coronavirus were detected at the school.

On Wednesday, officials confirmed there “is strong evidence linking these cases to the separate cases at the high school identified yesterday and late last week.”

Because the cases have popped up within a short span of time, school officials decided the best course of action was to transition students to a remote learning model starting on Thursday, Nov. 12 through the Thanksgiving holiday. In person classes will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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The school is ensuring students have access to breakfast and lunch during the transition to remote learning. The school’s food service department will create an online system for all high school student. A form will be sent out on Thursday - order placed earlier this week will be available for pickup on Thursday as well.

All athletic programs will also be cancelled for the remainder of the fall season.

While student are learning from home, the high school will be deep cleaned and disinfected. All other Wellesley Public Schools will continue to follow their regular schedules. Weekly viral testing will also continue for WPS staff at all other schools, as well as students at Wellesley Middle School.

“While we recognize that this news is disappointing, we are also reassured that we were able to identify these cases rapidly to stop any further transmission,” said Superintendent of Schools David Lussier. “It remains critical that we each do our part to stop the spread of the virus including wearing masks at all times, social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding gatherings. WPS will continue working in collaboration with the Wellesley Health Department to further assess this situation and determine any additional action steps.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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