Marshfield elementary school to go remote after more COVID-19 cases

Marshfield elementary school to go remote after more COVID-19 cases
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MARSHFIELD, Mass. — Students and staff at the Daniel Webster School in Marshfield will have to pause hybrid learning and go fully remote for at least two weeks, according to Marshfield Public School superintendent Jeffrey Granatino.

On Saturday, Granatino wrote to the Marshfield Public Schools community that there have been six positive coronavirus cases in the DWS community in the past five days. With the quarantine requirements of close contacts, he said they do not have the necessary staffing to “safely keep the building open and adequately educate our students in the hybrid model.”

The school will be closed for in-person learning from Oct. 13 to Oct. 23 and will follow the pre-kindergarten and K-5 fully remote learning models, Granatino wrote.

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He said school officials will revisit their decision during the week of Oct. 19. If all goes well, the school will resume hybrid learning on Oct. 26.

“As communicated in previous emails, it appears the positive cases have not originated within the DWS. However, through close contact tracing, we have identified a number of individuals in the DWS community that have been in close contact with those individuals and have had to be quarantined for at least 14 days,” he wrote.

He said that the school has been communicating with the Department of Public Health and DESE, and they are all in agreement with the decision to move to remote learning at DWS for two weeks.

“We are hopeful that no other schools will need to move to full remote, but we will not hesitate to do so if the data points us in that direction. We will continue to work diligently to ensure our schools adhere to all COVID-related protocols and practices as outlined by the DPH and DESE.”

Granatino said he urges parents and guardians to continue efforts in the fight against COVID-19, saying the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands.

“Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and continued support of our efforts to keep our MPSD community safe and healthy,” he said.