Barnstable Schools Switch To Remote Learning After Covid Surge

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Barnstable Public Schools has switched to all-remote learning after a large surge of Covid-19 cases was detected among students and staff in the district.

Barnstable Superintendent Dr. Meg Mayo-Brown sent out an email on Wednesday to parents across the nine schools in the district informing them that students will go back to all-remote learning starting Thursday.

In addition, all instructional and after school programming is canceled. Since last week, 73 students and 60 school staff members in the district have tested positive for Covid-19.

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Also, 260 students and staff are in quarantine as close contacts. Dr. Mayo-Brown said she was notified of 45 new cases last week and a combined 28 new cases on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

This comes as the towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth are experiencing a spike in Covid-19 cases as well.

The Department of Public Health also announced last week that the "P1" Brazilian Covid-19 variant was detected in a woman from Barnstable county.

Dr. Mayo-Brown said the district will be consulting with public health officials to determine if in-person learning can resume on Monday.

WBZ NewsRadio's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) Reports

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