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Inter-Lakes returns to in-person learning

January 13, 2021
MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes students return to in-person learning this week after schools went remote before the holidays due to some COVID-19 cases in the schools.

Schools had gone to remote learning before Christmas vacation due to concerns about COVID-19 cases and scheduled to resume on Jan. 11, giving time to resolve any post-holiday cases. Superintendent Mary Moriarty posted on the district website that schools were expected to return to in-person learning on Jan. 11

Moriarty wrote that as of Dec. 18, eight members of the school community were diagnosed with COVID-19. They also learned the number of reported people needing to quarantine skyrocketed from the initially reported five to 30.

"Cases of COVID-19 are nuanced and require a nuanced response; this means it does not always require an entire school community to shift to full remote," Moriaty wrote. "Our goal when presented with active cases is to complete contact tracing, and quarantine close contacts. A response falls within a range from notification of an active case only through to a shift to Full Remote; a response that may be in between includes a targeted shift for a particular class or classes being shifted to full remote for a short or longer duration of time."

Moriarty wrote that COVID-19 cases locally were high with a number of cases in Meredith due to outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

"Our hearts go out to all individuals and families impacted by the recent local outbreak," Moriarty wrote.

Issues had arisen with some false information on social media and Moriarty clarified how information is actually shared. She wrote that the district will communicate about COVID-19 cases through direct correspondence with families and information posted on the school website. Moriaty wrote that the district does not release the names or roles of people in the district with coronavirus.

She said the district is aware that false information was going around social media naming a person in the school community and saying they had the virus, information that spread around.

"This created a great deal of stress for people that saw the false information and quite frankly it left members of our school community feeling disrespected and disheartened," Moriarty wrote. "During this trying time, we have an opportunity to model for the children of Inter-Lakes respectful communication and interactions even in difficult times; additionally, it is an opportunity to model finding accurate sources for information. Thank you in advance for your help to prevent such an instance in the future."

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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