Needham High School Shifts To Fully Online Learning Due To COVID-19 Surge

NEEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Needham High School is shifting to fully remote learning due to student-to-student transmission of COVID-19.

The school reported 23 positive cases from January 19-25.

Principal Aaron Sicotte announced by email that "all Needham High School classes will be all remote next week.”

All winter sports and school activities have been put on pause until the school goes back to the hybrid model of learning. Six students from three different varsity teams tested positive.

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According to the school district’s contact tracing protocol, “if there is suspected in-school transmission beyond one cohort or a small number of cohorts, next steps will be determined which could include: closing part of the school or the entire school for a short period of time for an extensive cleaning, or closing the school partially or fully for the duration of a 14- day quarantine.”

Needham High School has the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases out of the nine public schools in the district—making up 37.4% of the cases.

As of now, none of the positive students or faculty are displaying any significant symptoms.

Written by Edyn Jensen

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