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Public Schools Report Two Positive Cases of COVID-19 in the District

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Superintendent Kyle Repucci reports that Rochester Public Schools were informed today of a positive case of COVID-19 at both the School Street School and the William Allen School.

The two individuals at the schools tested positive for the coronavirus and are self-isolating in accordance with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol. The individuals will be able to return to school in approximately two weeks as long as they have been cleared by DHHS to do so. Under state and federal privacy laws, no further information is available about the individual.

At this time, all remaining students and staff members at the School Street School will be able to follow their normal schedules, unless they have been identified as a close contact.

One third grade classroom at the William Allen School will be participating in fully remote learning until Monday, Feb. 1.

As a reminder, there will be no school for all Rochester students on Friday, Jan. 29, which is scheduled to be a Teacher’s Workshop day.

The district is actively working with and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). All close contacts (anyone who was within six feet of the infected individual for 10 minutes cumulatively, up to two days before the positive test result) have been notified of their possible exposure to the virus and will be required to quarantine for at least two weeks. Specific quarantine plans have been provided to those affected. Those families and staff have been directed to get tested and keep themselves or their children quarantined until 14 days following their last possible exposure. If you did not receive a call, this means you have not been identified as a close contact and you are not required to quarantine.

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