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School district addresses challenges of COVID-19

November 12, 2020
REGION — Parents and staff of Middleton Elementary and New Durham Elementary Schools received letters from the Governor Wentworth Regional School District's administration last Sunday evening, Nov. 1, announcing a switch to remote learning beginning on Monday for several grades.

Two teachers tested positive for Covid-19 at the Middleton school, and with another teacher in quarantine, and a lack of substitutes, Grades 4, 5 and 6 are now operating by remote until November 16. All the other grades are able to maintain their hybrid schedule.

A 5th grade student in New Durham Elementary has tested positive. Two teachers have been exposed and approximately six students. So with teachers needing to quarantine and limited substitutes, fifth grade is remote until Nov. 13. As in Middleton, all the other grades will continue with their hybrid program.

Superintendent Kathy Cuddy-Egbert reports that in addition, a teacher at the Lakes Region Technology Center has tested positive, but the teacher has had no contact with students and teachers. (The definition of contact is six feet or less of social distancing for an accumulation of 10 minutes within a 24 hour period.) Investigation continues, but as of Monday, the school schedule was able to remain the same.

According to Cuddy-Egbert, the district, as in the case that showed up at the high school, is conducting the contact tracing for an overwhelmed Department of Health and Human Services.

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