SPRINGFIELD – Pope Francis Preparatory School switches to distance learning only for at least two weeks after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
The school year began on August 27 with personal instruction at the parochial high school. However, one student was diagnosed with coronavirus last week.
It was found that two other young people who were affiliated with the student on the non-school team also tested positive, according to school principal Paul Harrington. There is no evidence that transmission has taken place through the school.
The distance learning period will last at least two weeks with a preliminary return date of 29 September. At that point, the reintroduction process could possibly begin under a hybrid plan, he said.
“I am grateful for the time we have had with personal learning and I am very disappointed that we are in the process of shifting gears at this time,”
Harrington said the school has been in contact with municipal health officials in the various cities it serves.
The school has a registration of 370 students.
Last week, the public school systems in Ludlow and Granby reported that a member of their respective communities had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Ludlow identified the individual as working at East Street Elementary School, while Granby did not provide details. Both schools have reportedly undergone extensive cleaning after the incidents.