SPRINGFIELD – Pope Francis’ preparatory school switches to distance learning in just two weeks after a student there takes a positive COVID-19 test.
The school year began on August 27 with personal training at the parish high school. Last week, however, a student was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Two other young people who contacted this student in non-school teams were also found to be positive, according to school principal Paul Harrington. There is no evidence that the transmission took place through the school.
The distance learning period will last a minimum of two weeks with a preliminary return date of 29 September. At that time, the re-entry process could begin on a hybrid plan, he said.
“I am grateful for the time we have spent on personal training and I am very disappointed that we are currently redirected,”
Harrington said the school has been in contact with municipal health officials in the various cities it serves.
The school has 370 students.
Last week, the Ludlow and Granby public school systems announced that a member of their respective communities had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Ludlow identified the person as an employee of the East Street Elementary School, until Granby provided details. Both schools reportedly underwent extensive clean-up after the incidents.