December 7, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer
There are currently 325 Hingham Public Schools students and one staff member who have been identified as close contacts of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and are either participating in the "Test and stay" program or who are quarantining at home, Interim Supt. of Schools Gary Maestas reported to the School Committee on Monday.
The "Test and stay" approach allows students who have been in "close contact" with another student or other individual within a school building who tested positive to remain in school and to be tested daily as opposed to having to quarantine right away.
"Our school nurses, who are very involved in monitoring this program, have noticed a significant increase in COVID-19 cases since the first few months of the school year and since the Thanksgiving break," Maestas said. "They have identified that the super-high majority of cases are coming from weekend and outside-of-school contacts."
Maestas also announced that the Hingham Health Department will run a vaccination clinic for children ages 5 to 11 under a state program on an upcoming Saturday, with more information to come.