Hingham Middle School will go remote tomorrow and Friday; three COVID-19 cases reported in HMS community

January 27, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer

Middle School Principal Derek Smith informed HMS families today by email that there will be a transition to remote instruction tomorrow, Jan. 28, and Friday, Jan. 29.

"This change is due to a number of non-instructional personnel having been identified as close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and therefore must quarantine," Smith explained in an email to parents. "As a result, we are unable to conduct the daily physical operation of our school and maintain a safe and healthy environment for teachers and students."

While the remote learning model is expected to remain in effect for those two days only, parents will be notified if that information changes.

RISE (Reaching Independence Through Structured Education) students and those who are in CLC (Comprehensive Learning Center) programs will not be impacted.

Meanwhile, in a later email, Smith informed parents, guardians, and staff that three members of the HMS community tested positive for COVID-19.

"We recognize that people may want more details but, as you know from previous messages, specific information (e.g., grade, cohort, etc.) about the person/people who tested positive cannot be shared due to privacy rights," Smith said. "We will, however, assure you that all safety protocols and guidelines have been followed, and all close contacts will be notified."

This news "offers another strong reminder that members of our school community must remain vigilant -- both in and out of school -- and continue to make efforts to be physically distant, follow safety protocols, and wear face masks," Smith said.

To review the district's latest COVID-19 data and the Hingham Public Schools health metrics, visit https://hinghamschools.org/district-reopening-communications-covid-19-resources/. This information is updated on a weekly basis. Families with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the school nurse.

Smith thanked HMS families for their "patience, understanding, and support."

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