Pope Francis Preparatory School is switching to distance learning only after COVID-19 cases


SPRINGFIELD – Pope Francis Preparatory School has been switching to remote-only instruction for at least two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

The school year began on August 27 with personal instruction at Parochial High School. However, a student was diagnosed with coronovirus last week.

It was found that according to the head of school Paul Harrington, two other youths associated with that student on non-school teams also tested positive. There is no evidence that transmission took place through school.

He said that the period of distance education would last for at least two weeks with a temporary withdrawal date on 29 September. At that time, the retry process could begin under a hybrid scheme, he said.

“I am grateful for the time we have spent with in-person learning and I am deeply disappointed that we are casting ourselves into the gears at the moment,” Harrington said in an email on Monday. ” “For the benefit of our entire school community, I ask that you continue both on your part and especially off campus, to stay healthy by following the same protocol that we do at school from wearing masks to hand washing to social Even in distancing. “

Harrington said the school is in contact with municipal health officials in various cities and towns that serve it.

The school enrolls 370 students.

Last week, each of the Ludlow and Granby public school systems reported that a member of their respective communities had detected COVID-19.

Ludlow personally identified the man working at the East Street Elementary School, while Granby did not provide details. Both schools reportedly underwent extensive cleaning following the incidents.

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