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COVID-19 Update - Saturday, March 20, 2021

March 20, 2021

Dear Shawsheen Parents/Guardians and Colleagues:

I am writing to inform you that we received notification today, Saturday, March 20, 2021, that a member of the Shawsheen community who has been in direct contact with at least one other member of the Shawsheen community, has tested positive for COVID-19.  As we do in any case involving a positive test result from either a student or staff member, we follow all Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) protocols, and consult and collaborate with the applicable local board(s) of health.  We have conducted thorough contact tracing in compliance with all of these protocols and have identified the student(s) and/or staff member(s) who are considered to be a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes in one 24-hour period) of this individual during the period when he/she could transmit the virus to another person.  All identified close contacts were informed today, within hours of our being notified and were ordered to self-isolate for 7-10 days in accordance with recently revised DPH and DESE guidelines.

Due to the specific fact-pattern of this case and the identified close contact(s) stemming from this case, the Carpentry Shop will shift to 100% remote from Monday, March 22nd through and including Friday, March 26th. We are hopeful that the Carpentry shop will return to in-person learning on Monday, March 29th, but a final decision regarding the return date won’t be made until later this week.  Earlier today, we informed families whose students were scheduled to be in Carpentry Shop this coming week, but as part of our efforts to keep everyone informed, we wanted to share this information with the whole Shawsheen community. 

As a reminder, we will never reveal the name or other individually-identifying information about any student or staff member who tests positive, but will directly notify anyone identified as a close contact.  

Based on the information provided to the school, there is no evidence that this case was a result of an in-school transmission. To that end, I want to reiterate the need to follow precautions (frequent handwashing, social-distancing and mask-wearing) in order to help ensure that Shawsheen remains safe and in operation so that we can support in-person learning. Unfortunately, this positive test serves as an important reminder to all of us that out-of-school precautions are essential to the overall health and well-being of our entire school community.  Your continued vigilance, cooperation and support are essential in order to keep Shawsheen open to our students.

Respectfully,

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.
Superintendent-Director