January 7, 2021
Dear BPS Families,
As an update - four additional positive COVID-9 cases were recently confirmed (1 at BES, 2 at BIS, and 1 at BMS). This brings the total to 31 positive cases related to an individual affiliated with the school system (both in-person and remote) for the 2020-2021 school year.
- The individual who tested positive for the virus are now self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol. Contact tracing is complete regarding individuals associated with school activities and therefore, close contacts have been notified. Under state and federal health privacy laws, no further information is available about the individuals.
- As a reminder: If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or sell, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea - please stay home and get a COVID-10 test.
The Town of Bourne maintains a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated weekly. It can be accessed on their website. In addition to other information on the website, you can see that the current status of the town is Red.
We are closely monitoring our ability to staff the building in light of the recent uptick in positive cases and mandatory quarantining. With this said, next week (January 11-15) will be a remote learning week for all students EXCEPT for those designated as 'high needs.' This is a similar 'phasing in' pattern to our efforts at the beginning of the school year to have in person learning for our most vulnerable students.
The extra week of remote learning for most students allows for the appropriate amount of time post-holiday to realize the impacts of family gatherings. In doing this we hope to stabilize the spread and reopen the following week.
Thank you for your continued understanding of the many factors involved in making these difficult decisions.
Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou, Ed.D., Superintendent