North Adams Public Schools will keep all 7th and 8th graders at Drury High School fully remote through next Tuesday, after a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school. The announcement came Wednesday, following the district’s disclosure on Tuesday that an individual at Drury had contracted COVID-19.

This is what was released on the North Adams Public School site. 11/11/2020

As indicated on Tuesday, we have had one confirmed case of COVID-19 in an individual at Drury High School.

Our cohort model and safety procedures at Drury have limited the exposure of students and staff members, and every individual with a potential exposure has been given instructions on the course of action they need to take, including self-isolating and testing, if directed. Please note that all information, including the name(s) of ill persons, shared regarding any Public Health investigation is confidential in order to protect patient privacy.

In an effort to maintain an abundance of caution, provide deep cleaning of affected classrooms, and ensure appropriate staffing levels to maintain instructional integrity, we are moving ALL grade 7 and 8 classes to fully remote instruction from home for Thursday and Friday of this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week (November 12-17, 2020). Wednesday, November 18, is already scheduled as a fully remote day for all Drury students, and grade 7 and 8 hybrid classes will resume with in-person instruction for Track B on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Hybrid students in grades 9-12 will continue with their usual schedule, with Track B for grades 9-12 reporting for in-person classes on Thursday and Friday of this week and Track A for grades 9-12 reporting for in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

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Pending clearance from the North Adams Health Department, individuals that were potentially exposed will be returning to in-person teaching/learning on November 19, 2020.

These individuals have already been notified and given specific instructions for self-isolation, testing and monitoring for symptoms as directed by the Public Health nurse.

The district has coordinated with the Department of Public Health for each step of this process and will continue to follow all recommendations. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Nurse Leader for the district, Lauren Gage, at 413-662-3240 ext. 2303 or lgage@napsk12.org.

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