NEW LONDON — The Kearsarge Regional School District announced Tuesday that all sixth-grade students will participate in remote at-home learning until further notice after a middle school student tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Superintendent Winfried Feneberg said in a press release issued Tuesday evening that a sixth-grade student at Kearsarge Regional Middle School in a 6-1 cluster “is self-quarantining in accordance with New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol” after testing positive.
The student has not been in school since Monday afternoon and will be able to return to school when cleared by DHHS, according to the press release.
Due to state and federal privacy laws, no further information is available about the student.
Students in all other grade levels at Kearsarge Regional Middle School will be permitted to attend in-person learning, the press release said.
“Out of an abundance of caution, all sixth-grade students at Kearsarge Regional Middle School will participate in remote at home learning,” Feneberg said. “We understand that it is extremely unfortunate to learn about this case and the subsequent switch to remote at home learning for sixth grade, but our district is committed to taking all the appropriate measures to ensure our students’ and staffs’ health and safety. We will release further guidance once it is provided by the state.”
The district has been in communication with DHHS to best follow guidelines and identify all close contacts of the positive student. Those who are identified as a close contact — described as anyone who was within six feet of the infected individual up to two days prior to the positive test result — will be contacted by DHHS and required to quarantine for at least two weeks, according to the press release.
The district reminds parents and guardians that children experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 — such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell — should remain home and acquire a test. Further recommendations include: washing hands often with soap and water; avoiding close contact with others; wearing a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose; and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.