Three schools report COVID-19 cases

  • The Christa McAuliffe School is seen in Concord on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Monitor staff
Published: 10/16/2020 1:55:53 PM

Three local schools — Bow High School, St. John’s Regional School and Christa McAuliffe Elementary School – announced student cases of COVID-19 Friday.

Bow High School closed down and canceled all sports activities for the day after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

Bow sent all students home and canceled sports at the high school and middle school, including a football game with Merrimack Valley High School. Bow school officials are in the process of doing contract tracing and will reach out to anyone identified as a close contact.

Based on the details of this case, school administrators determined the spread was likely limited to the high school, said Dean Cascadden, the superintendent of Bow School District. Students were sent home so the school could be deep cleaned, Cascadden said.

Cascadden said parents will be notified Friday night if cancelations spill over into next week. He said the fact that this case fell on a Friday works in the district’s favor, as it gives them more time to perform contact tracing.

St. John’s Regional School also announced a positive case of COVID-19 in a seventh-grade student Friday. The school will transition to remote learning for 6th through 8th graders until Oct. 30, while pre-k through 5th graders will continue in-person instruction unless advised otherwise by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Friday afternoon, the Concord School district sent an email to the community, confirming a case of COVID-19 at Christa McAuliffe School. In the letter, Kathleen Murphy, the interim superintendent for Concord School District, said the student had not been in school since Tuesday.

“I remind everyone that the district is held to strict confidentiality rules regarding specific student and personnel information,” Murphy said.

There have been no announcements about how this case will affect in-person classes for the elementary school.

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