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Inter-Lakes schools go remote in response to COVID case

October 22, 2020
MEREDITH — A student's COVID-19 diagnosis resulted in the Inter-Lakes School District switching to remote learning for two days though schools reopened soon after for in-person learning.

The school district announced on Friday it would be closed that day through Monday after a student at Inter-Lakes Middle-High School was diagnosed with COVID-19. On Friday Superintendent Mary Moriarty wrote that the district learned of the diagnosis at the end of the day on Thursday and decided to close all three schools on Friday and Monday.

After contact tracing and extensive review, Moriarty announced that the district was going back to full in person learning on Tuesday. Moriarty explained the review and reasoning process behind this decision on the school district's Web site Monday afternoon.

After the case was reported, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reviewed the case and did contact tracing. The district's COVID-19 advisory team decided to hold off on any significant decisions until the DHHS completed their work.

On Monday, Moriarty said he DHHS concluded that no evidence was found that the virus originated in the school, those involved were already in quarantine and no further steps were needed, and there is no evidence to suggest this was anything other than a community spread.

"As a result of this information, and after reviewing current data, the decision has been made to return to our Full Physically In-Person Tier for tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20, 2020," Moriarty wrote.

All schools and areas were cleaned for students to return that Tuesday. Additionally, athletics and any scheduled outdoor field trips would resume.

Moriarty also wrote that the COVID-19 Team also examined if the schools should continue with athletics as scheduled. The team determined that fall sports will continue through the end of the week unless there is any new data indicating any more cases at IL or in the other schools they have been scheduled to play against. The team would meet on Wednesday and this coming Monday to determine if anything should be changed.

Families are asked to continue using the SchoolPass site to update student's wellness status and students and staff should stay home if they're not feeling well.

Moriarty also wrote that the district is working with anxiety specialist Lynn Lyons, who has a number of tips for mental health and wellness on the school website and will be available in virtual sessions on Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.

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