By CBSBoston.com Staff

ANDOVER (CBS) – School officials in Andover implemented the state’s Test & Stay Program at South Elementary School after an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last week.

In a letter to families, principal Brenda Lee said there have been 24 positive COVID cases at the school since November 1.

Custodians performed a deep clean in classrooms and common areas before school opened on Monday.

All students who were checked under the Test & Stay program tested negative for COVID.

A number of families kept their children home on Monday as a precaution, Lee said.

The principal added that while students with a confirmed case or who is a close contact will have classwork provided by their teacher, anyone who does not fit that criteria will be marked absent and not receive work.

CBSBoston.com Staff