MARSHFIELD (CBS) – Daniel Webster Elementary School in Marshfield will shift from hybrid learning to full remote learning for at least the next two weeks.
In an email, Marshfield Public School administrators announced on Saturday that there have been six new positive coronavirus cases within the Daniel Webster Elementary School’s community over the last five days.
“With six positive cases of COVID 19 at the DWS within the past five days, and the subsequent quarantine requirements of close contacts, we do not have the necessary staffing to safely keep the building open and adequately educate our students in the hybrid model,” said Marshfield Public Schools Superintendent Jeffrey W. Granatino and District Nurse Director Jane Landry in a joint statement.
The school will closed for in-person learning from Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 23.
According to the statement, a decision to switch back to hybrid learning will be revisited during the week of October 19.
Marshfield’s State Representative Patrick Kearney agrees with the move to keep kids at home for two weeks, explaining how a sports game led to the COVID-19 cases.
“This incident, due to contact tracing, was not actually linked to it being spread at school. It was being linked to a youth sports event that happened outside of the school district,” said Kearney. “There are some teachers that tested positive. There are a couple others that were exposed.”
Kearney says he’s hoping for guidance from the state so that these sudden closures don’t happen again.
“You have sports teams playing each other, you’re going to see a spread. So if we’re taking these drastic measures in schools, we should be taking the same measures in youth sports. We need consistency.”