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Ag Center temporarily closed due to COVID case

by Brendan Berube
Editor - Record-Enterprise
October 29, 2020
TILTON — A report that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 prompted Winnisquam Regional School District officials to temporarily shut down the high school's Agricultural Center earlier this week.

In a letter mailed to the families of Winnisquam students Monday, Superintendent Robert Seaward announced that a confirmed case of COVID-19 had been reported to the district on Sunday by a staff member at the Ag Center. At this point in time, district officials are not aware of the staff member having had any recent contact with students, and steps have been taken to alert other staff who may have had close contact with the individual. They have been instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, seek medical attention as needed, and arrange to be tested for the virus.

In response to the situation, Seaward explained that students currently attending classes at the Ag Center will be transitioning to remote instruction through Nov. 6 via Zoom or Google Meet. The Ag Center was closed Monday in order to give teachers a chance to prepare for the transition, which took effect Tuesday.

"The safety of our children, employees and visitors remains our top priority," Seaward wrote, noting that all district employees have been following guidelines from both the Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Health and Human Services regarding the use of personal protective equipment, hand washing, distancing, daily screening, use of cohorts, flex days, and cleaning and disinfecting of high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces.

"We continue to encourage everyone to avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, to remain home if you or your child have a fever or are not feeling well, to maintain social distancing of six feet or more, and to consistently wear face coverings while on school property and at school sponsored events," he added.

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