ASHLAND – The Superintendent of Ashland Public Schools Jim Adams announced tonight, january 4, the high school will remain remote all week.
“It was my greatest hope that our nursing staff and the board of health would be able to complete all contact tracing and notifications regarding positive cases at Ashland High School today. Unfortunately, we have not been able to fully trace all individuals from numerous cases, this includes 5 more positive cases at Ashland High School today. Thus, Ashland High School will remain in the Remote Learning Environment for the remainder of the week.I recognize that this decision is unfair to the majority of students and families who are following the state, local, and district guidelines,” wrote Adams to families.
“Unfortunately, this step is necessary to protect all students and staff while we complete contact tracing, receive test results from close contacts, and hopefully, extinguish the cluster. If your child is exhibiting symptoms or is a close contact of someone who has tested positive, please cooperate with the contact tracing process and have your child tested. Your cooperation is critical to our ability to safely return to a hybrid model. If someone from the school district or board of health calls please answer and provide any relevant information,” said Adams in an email.
“Our staff was notified that an AHS student tested positive for COVID today. For the past 4 hours our medical and high school administrative teams have been trying to gather all relevant close contact information. Unfortunately, there has been resistance and a lack of cooperation with the board of health and our nursing staff. It is upsetting that some in our community will not openly cooperate, thus their selfishness is putting the entire school system at risk. We hope that folks will be more forthcoming tomorrow so we can properly identify all close contacts which will allow AHS to open in the hybrid model as soon as possible. Thus, AHS will be in a re mote only setting on Monday, January 4,” wrote Adams.
As of this time, I am hoping the High School will be able to return to hybrid instruction on Monday, January 11, 2021 but that depends on the outcome of our contact tracing efforts and the pending COVID-19 test results.
As Ashland High is still remote, tryoust for winter sports will not take place this week.