Azar Says Omicron a Challenge For Dighton-Rehoboth
A growing number of Covid infections statewide has prompted some school districts to delay their openings so teachers and staff can obtain Covid tests.
Dighton-Rehoboth schools resumed classes on Monday.
“As anticipated the Omicron and Delta variants continue to present challenges to the educational system,” Superintendent Anthony Azar said Monday. “Currently, we are seeing a mild increase in staff absences. The ongoing dedication of our staff has allowed us to continue to maintain appropriate staffing to ensure our buildings are safe and open for in person, face to face, instruction for students.”
“The custodial crew continues to work diligently to maintain the cleanliness of our building to help mitigate environmental exposure,” Azar continued. “Cases are reported to the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education on a weekly basis and data is shared with families on a weekly basis regarding the total of cases per building.”
Azar noted the elementary and middle school average about 5 cases per week and the high school averages about 8 -10 per week.
Dighton Rehoboth Regional School district is participating in the Test and Stay program. Azar said the DESE initiative “has allowed a vendor to collaborate with us so that testing of students is available as it relates to educational access.”
“We continue to follow the guidance, and following the protocols students are allowed to participate in extracurricular activities,” Azar added. “In the event a student or staff member feels ill, we are encouraging them to remain home and follow up with the medical experts for further guidance.”
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 31,184 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, a report which included three days' worth of data.
The state's seven-day positivity rate is now 19.9 percent, a 3 percent increase since Friday and 8 percent higher than what the rate was one week ago. On Dec. 3, the state's seven-day positivity rate was 4.8 percent.
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