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Marshfield elementary school closing for at least two weeks after COVID leaves not enough staff to continue hybrid model

An elementary school in Marshfield is returning to remote learning for at least two weeks after multiple positive COVID cases.

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Daniel Webster Elementary School has six positive COVID-19 cases, the Patriot Ledger reported, leaving a number of staff having to quarantine due to close contact with the people with positive case.

“With six positive cases of COVID-19 at the DWS within the past five days, and the subsequent quarantine requirements of close contacts, we do not have the necessary staffing to safely keep the building open and adequately educate our students in the hybrid model,” Superintendent Jeff Granatino said, according to the newspaper.

The district administration will revisit the decision before the two week period is up to decide if it is safe to re-open the school, the newspaper said.

This is not the first time a Massachusetts school has moved to remote learning due to a lack of staff during this time.

Pierce Middle School in Milton also closed to students for at least the next two weeks after three positive COVID-19 cases.

In a letter to parents and staff, the school said it had to close for the two weeks because of the number of teachers and staff who are now required to quarantine, the Patriot Ledger reported. The district didn’t have enough employees to keep in-person learning going during the quarantine, according to the newspaper.

Some schools, such as Lawrence and Boston, are staying remote due to the city’s increasing COVID-19 rates.

In a report last week, education officials said 106 students and 57 staffers tested positive for COVID in Massachusetts schools.

The state has started releasing coronavirus cases among Massachusetts college students, which it does on Wednesdays, along with data on town-by-town cases of the virus and high-risk communities.

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