Students return to classroom on Jan. 19
SPENCER — Many local students will be back in the physical classroom next week as a hybrid learning model returns next week.
Spencer-East Brookfield Regional Schools Superintendent Paul Haughey announced on Wednesday morning the school district would be “pivoting to hybrid learning” on Tuesday, January 19.
Haughey cited “guidance from local and state officials, including State Epidemiologist, that it is now safe to reopen our schools.” In-person classes for all SEBRSD schools are slated to begin immediately following the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.
“We continue to follow sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our staff, students, and families,” Haughey wrote in an open letter to parents. “During the temporary closure, our custodial staff thoroughly cleaned and disinfected all classrooms and common areas across each of our school buildings.”
As students return to the physical classroom, Haughey said COVID-19 precautions will be required, including face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand-washing, “and other important preventive measures.”
The superintendent stressed the need for individuals to be aware of potential symptoms of the virus, including shortness of breath, coughing, fever or chills, congestion, sore throat, diarrhea, abdominal pain, body aches, and loss of taste or smell.
“If you begin to experience symptoms, please stay home, consult a healthcare provider, and notify your school office,” Haughey said. “We look forward to reopening the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District and resuming in-person teaching and learning. I encourage everyone to continue doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses in our community.”