We continue to monitor the Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report posted on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website. Based on the state education commissioner’s recommendation to school district leaders, our decisions about changing instructional models should be based on at least three weeks of the data presented in the weekly report along with other key metrics unique to our school.
On Wednesday evening, the latest public health data was released, including the community color-coded map, which illustrates which cities and towns that are considered low, moderate and high risk.
As of October 14, 2020:
- The percentage of students residing in communities at moderate to high risk is at 94%.
- 15 of our districts have been in the high and/or moderate risk categories at least 2 of the last 3 weeks.
- 10 of our sending districts have seen an increase in average daily case rates in at least 2 of the last 3 weeks; and
- 8 of our districts have seen an increase in the % of positive cases in at least 2 of the last 3 weeks.
- The state entered the red zone of high risk for the first time since school has started.
- Positivity rates for municipalities in our sending districts continue to be higher than the state averages.
The data makes for two weeks in a row of unfavorable health metrics. We will continue to monitor and assess, and keep you posted weekly.