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Affected Cohorts due to COVID - Update for the Community

While the individuals’ privacy is protected by law, those students and/or staff members who were in direct contact with the student or staff member have been contacted. The incident is isolated to a single cohort at Park Elementary, and all cohorts at Needham Elementary. All affected cohorts will move to our remote learning platform for the remainder of the 14-day quarantine period, which includes one cohort at Park Elementary and the entire school for Needham Elementary. 

Please note that this was not your students’ cohort, as they have been contacted separately; but we wanted all families in the district to be aware of the situation. 

Again, no other 9-R schools or cohorts are affected. 

We are in contact with the SJBPH team, and are implementing our response plan that was created in the event of this scenario. 

The 3 W’s of 9-R schools were created to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and it is critically important all students and staff follow the guidelines:

  • Wear a Mask
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Watch Your Distance

It is also important that all of our families monitor the health of all members and make sure that anyone who is feeling ill STAYS HOME.

The school is commended for handling this situation according to all the guidelines of the 9-R Process Map for Symptomatic Cases. Following the guidelines in our Return to Learn 9-R plan, immediate steps were taken according to our plan and our process map for positive COVID-19 cases. Upon finding a positive in this case, the cohort will immediately go into quarantine and begin remote learning through the quarantine period. In an abundance of caution, we will conduct additional cleaning in the affected area to ensure our disinfecting techniques will address any additional concerns.

Please remember to socially distance and abide by the state order to wear a face mask.  All of us need to be vigilant and highly disciplined so that we can continue to operate as close to normal as possible and keep our school safe and open.