Barnstable Public Schools Remain Remote Following Covid Surge


BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Barnstable Public Schools will remain in remote learning this week after a recent spike in coronavirus cases district wide, sent students and staff home last week.

Superintendent Dr. Meg Mayo-Brown has decided to keep all public schools in Barnstable in remote learning, after a large surge in cases across the district.

In a statement issued to parents Sunday night, Mayo-Brown cited her decsion was made based on advice from local health officials. In addition, Mayo-Brown said administrators suspect limited in-school transmission at Barnstable High School.

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However, school officials said their plan to expand in-person learning for kindergarten through third grade schools for the week of April 5 remains unchanged.

Last week, 73 students and 60 school staff members in the town's nine public schools tested positive for coronavirus. In addition, 260 students and staff had to quarantine as close contacts.

This surge is in line with health data across the rest of the town, with Barnstable at its highest average daily positivity rate since the onset of the pandemic.

WBZ NewsRadio's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) Reports

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