Ashland Supt.: 24 High School (32 Students District-Wide) Positive For COVID-19

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ASHLAND – The Ashland Superintendent of Schools Jim Adams announced in an email to families that 24 Ashland High students, and 32 students in the district have tested positive for COVID-19

But the Superintendent wrote “while the numbers I am presenting will be alarming, I want to emphasize NOT ONE of the positive cases in Warren, Mindess, AMS, or AHS occurred in school nor have any of the individuals attended school since our return.”

But today, January 7, the district was “notified of a positive case at the Pittaway School. All families and educators impacted by this case and identified as being a close contact have been notified by our nursing staff or administration,” wrote Adams.

The Superintendent told families that while the district does not typically share if positive cases are students or adults, “as we need to protect the identity of these individuals.  In this instance, however, I will share the breakdown by student and adult as all cases took place outside of the school setting and there was no risk of transmission in our schools.”

Positive Cases Since January 3, 2021 

Warren School – 2 Student Positives (None in School)

Mindess School – 4 Student Positives (None in School)

Ashland Middle – 2 Student Positives (None in School)

Ashland High – 24 Student Positives and 2 Faculty/Staff Positives (None in School)

“As you can see we have had a tremendously high amount of positive cases this week, which can be attributed to large gatherings over the break, some travel, and other cases where a household member was positive and students, faculty, and staff could not appropriately isolate,” wrote Adams to families tonight, January 7.

“I want to emphasize that while our numbers are high, these positive cases did not impact or create more positive cases for those students who attended our hybrid learning this week. Tomorrow at the regularly scheduled Friday School Committee meeting we will discuss the model of learning for next week,” concluded Supt. Adams.

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