With rising COVID-19 cases across the state during the school holiday break, administrators have a real challenge in figuring out what shape students and staff will be in upon the planned reopening on Jan. 3.
“Assume school is on as usual unless I call to close it—just like a snow closure. This call would come to you Sunday evening by 8pm,” writes Natick Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ann Nolin in her latest dispatch.
The state’s governing education body will allow school closures if too many staff or students are out. It’s possible some schools could be closed in Natick while others carry on based on the data.
“Any cancellation of school, however, will mean a make-up day for instruction in June, just like a snow day. I will seek to minimize closures but ask you to understand that we will all have to be flexible in the coming weeks,” Nolin says.
The state is supplying take-home test kits and KB-95 masks to all school employees in advance of their return to schools. Staff will take tests early Sunday to allow the schools to get a read on the health situation.
Nearby, Wellesley Public Schools has suspended its winter sports season due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, particularly among student’athletes.
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