ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — South Elementary School in Andover decided to keep kids in the classroom after 24 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed as of Sunday night. Principal Brenda Lee sent a letter to parents and staff, reassuring them that all classes and common areas have been deep cleaned and that all close contacts have been notified. Student testing was done through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's "Test and Stay" program.
The decision to keep the school open came after COVID-19 testing was conducted on multiple students, all of which were negative results. But a number of parents kept their children home as a precaution.
Lee reminded parents that if their student was not a confirmed case or close contact, they will be marked absent and will not receive any at-home work from their teacher. The school principal went on to thank everyone for their cooperation during these difficult times.
The town of Andover posted on Friday that the 0 to 10-year-old age group had the most positive COVID-19 tests between October 28 and November 3, with twelve confirmed cases. The number of cases doubled in Andover, from 27 on October 27 to 61 cases on November 3.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.