November 19, 2020GROVETON — On Nov. 2, 3, and 4, the SAU 58 school district flexed out for three days, meaning all school instruction district wide was remote. This was in response to an outbreak in Colebrook.
Superintendent Ronna Cadarette explained.
"In response to our algorithm, the numbers were at 1.9 percent and went to 2.5 percent. We gave people time to get to the doctor and to be contacted by anyone of our neighbors up north who may have been exposed. To date, no one that we know of, has been exposed," she said.
Students returned to school on Nov. 5 without incident.
"We're holding steady, and so far have no school related cases," said Cadarette.
As of Nov. 15, there have been 224 confirmed cases in Coös County, with three deaths.
"We are paying very close attention to community spread. I give constant reminders to my staff and students about what social distancing means and we're being a bit more stringent. No one comes into our buildings except staff and students," said the Superintendent.
Administrative and faculty meetings will be remote where we can't socially distance.
Cadarette said, "The bottom line is safety first. We want to educate our students in person as long as possible. If we can mitigate opportunities for spread, we will."
Right now, all disinfecting energy is going into areas where the students are. Safety precautions are in place and temperature checks are given every day.
"If we have a case, we have our seating charts in place to contact trace," said Cadarette.
As far as the winter basketball season, the decision is still pending. There are some officials who won't officiate if fans will be in the stands. Cadarette said there are several factors that will affect the decision to move forward or not. Players might be able to play with masks, but no fans.
"We may not even have any teams to play, we will know more next week," she stated.
"Athletics and extracurricular concerts and clubs are what makes a well rounded student. It's part of their success. Of course, research has never factored in a pandemic," said Cadarette.
Overall, the Superintendent says students are doing 'great'. She says they value being in school and want to be in person.
During the three day flex, more than 1,200 meals were delivered to students who were eagerly waiting for them.