WBES shifting to remote learning after staffer diagnosed with COVID-19

Kustigian: Principal has contacted those who need to quarantine

WEST BROOKFIELD — Local elementary students will be shifting to remote learning for at least two weeks after a staff member has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

Quaboag Regional Schools Superintendent Brett Kustigian announced the measure on Saturday, stating the remote model would be used due to “a significant number of staff” being identified as close contacts of the COVID-19 patient.

West Brookfield Elementary School (WBES) will shift to a remote model through December 18, as school officials “concluded that we do not have the necessary staff to effectively continue with in-person hybrid learning at WBES.” Students in other school buildings across the district will remain in the in-person hybrid model.

“The decision to transition to remote learning at WBES does not affect our other schools. WBES families who have siblings at QRMHS are expected to send their students to school for the in-person hybrid learning at QRMHS,” said Kustigian. “The decision to transition to remote learning was made mainly because of the large amount of WBES staff who need to quarantine due to close contact determinations.”

Kustigian said he learned of a WBES staff member’s diagnosis late Friday night. WBES Principal Kellie O’Brien has contacted individuals from the school community who should quarantine, according to the superintendent. Kustigian said: “The contact tracing and subsequent steps to quarantine staff were processes followed in close consultation with the West Brookfield Board of Health as this is our first case.”

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