Hudson schools confirm case of in-school COVID-19 transmission

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Farley Elementary transitions to remote learning

By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

Hudson – Students at Farley Elementary School in Hudson will learn remotely through Dec. 16 after district officials confirmed at least one case of COVID-19 transmission inside the classroom, Dec. 1.

The announcement comes amid a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases and momentarily contradicts a push from state officials for individual districts to return to full-time in-person learning.

“We are not going to jeopardize anyone’s safety,” School Superintendent Marco Rodrigues said during a School Committee meeting Dec. 2. “If we can safely continue to be open, we will. If we have to transition schools or classrooms into remote learning, we will do that as well.”

This is the first case of confirmed in-school viral spread in Hudson.

Thus, while individuals including Gov. Charlie Baker have said in-person learning poses little actual transmission risk, local leaders like Rodrigues have made no indications that they plan to change learning modes.

Likewise, though, Rodrigues has also reassured his community that school buildings do remain some of the safest places to be during the pandemic.

“All of our schools have a high quality of cleaning and sanitization,” he said. “We will continue to be very detailed about that.”

Read recent updates from the Hudson Public Schools on COVID-19…https://www.hudson.k12.ma.us/important_information/c_o_v_i_d-19_information/c_o_v_i_d-19_documents