BOSTON (CBS) — February school vacation week is just around the corner for many Massachusetts schools. And that could be a problem for districts that are trying to keep kids in classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education included a “vacation reminder” in his most recent weekly update.READ MORE: Tyngsboro Woman Seriously Injured After Hitting Pole In NH Rollover Crash
“The Department recognizes that the upcoming February vacation may pose a challenge to districts in their efforts to limit students’ and staff’s exposure to COVID-19,” he wrote.
Last week there were 908 new COVID cases reported among students and staff, down from a high of 1,009 in November.
Riley said school leaders are encouraged to remind students and staff about best coronavirus safety practices.READ MORE: Boch Center Becomes 1st Performing Arts Center In Boston To Offer On-Site Rapid COVID Tests
“These include limiting the size of any gathering, limiting get-togethers to only people who live together or to a small group of individuals with whom they are regularly in contact, and avoiding travel,” he said.
Those who do travel should “abide by Massachusetts travel orders,” which currently require a quarantine period or negative test when returning from anywhere outside of the state besides Hawaii.
There are an estimated 55,659 active COVID cases in Massachusetts. The seven-day weighted average of positive tests has dropped to under 3%.MORE NEWS: 20-Year-Old Lawrence Man In Critical Condition After NH Car Crash