Marlborough High School to return to hybrid learning model on Monday, Oct. 5


By Vicki Greene, Contributing Writer

Marlborough—The School Committee has voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Mike Bergeron’s recommendation that the High School return to hybrid learning on Monday, Oct. 5.  All sports and extracurricular activities that were in session on the first day of school will resume on Oct. 5.

“My recommendation to return to the hybrid model on Oct. 5 was based on the fact that many of the positive cases at the high school recovered and we also saw a reduction in the number of close contacts removed from quarantine without additional spread of COVID,” Bergeron said.

School started, as scheduled, on Sept. 21 but following reports from the City’s Board of Health, of seven positive high school student cases, the High School moved to full remote learning on Sept. 24. Bergeron was clear that none of the students who had tested positive had ever been in school.

All other schools in the District remained in a hybrid model with Grades 1 and 2, continuing to attend full-time. There had been one reported case at 1Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb school and one reported case at Sgt. Charles J. Jaworek School however, neither of those students had been to school. There had been no reported cases at the Goodnow Brothers School, the Raymond C. Richer School, or the Preschool programs.

The state moved Marlborough to the “red” category based on number of positive cases approximately one week ago.  Mayor Arthur Vigeant (who also serves as the School Committee Chair) told the School Committee that two part-time, temporary,  bilingual “COVID- 19 Ambassadors” are being hired to reach out to ESL families, minority business owners and others, to help ensure everyone is aware of the state health regulations and how to get help, if needed.

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