January 17, 2021

Covid-19 Cases in Dighton-Rehoboth Schools

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Dighton-Rehoboth Superintendent Anthony Azar reported there have been cases of Covid-19 in the district’s schools. “We have at least one positive Covid-19 case in each school,” Azar said at Tuesday’s school committee meeting. “There are several more in other schools that we’ve reported out. What we’re monitoring now is how many parents are choosing full remote over hybrid.”

The district began the school year with distance learning before transitioning to the hybrid model last month. Assistant Superintendant Joe Pirraglia reported 30 students at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School had switched from hybrid to full remote learning. Beckwith Middle School reported 11 students making the change. The elementary schools saw very little change with Dighton Elementary having one student move from hybrid to remote and no students making the transition at Palmer River Elementary School.

“I think a part of that is our models are different from the elementary to secondary level,” Pirraglia explained. “It kind of lends itself to an easier transition from hybrid to remote and vice versa. But the numbers since October 13 have risen at the secondary level from students choosing remote over hybrid.”

 “As of this communication the Covid-19 cases were transmitted outside of school not in school,” Azar told the Reporter.  “Our safety protocols are still in place and follow DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) and CDC guidelines which will continue until our guidance changes. Both Boards of Health in Dighton and Rehoboth are actively involved in the Covid-19 cases.  We have adequate PPE and hand sanitizer.  Until we have a proven vaccine I will be concerned with Covid-19 as we all should be.”

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