Hull High School went to a fully remote model on Wednesday after seven positive student coronavirus cases were reported.
School Superintendent Judith Kuehn sent out an email about the decision on Jan. 6, and the remote model took effect immediately.
While in the remote model, students will be expected to log into all their classes following a new schedule, with the current remote Wednesday schedule remaining the same as it is now.
Kuehn made the decision in collaboration with the Board of Health and the school nurses. “Every day we’re looking at what cases are happening across the district,” she said. “In our consultation, we thought that it was best to have the high school go remote for two weeks.”
Kuehn confirmed that on Wednesday “we had two more positive tests at the high school level, and those students were in school Monday and Tuesday.”
In her email, Kuehn acknowledged that “there is no doubt that our students and staff will be disappointed.” Hull High School had not gone fully remote this school year until now, and the change may be abrupt for students.
Kuehn hopes to be back to school with the hybrid model at the high school by Jan. 21, the target date. “We will be checking the data; if it shows improvement we will be back,” she said. “The health and safety of students is our priority and always has been. I hope that people feel relieved and safe.”
Nolan Tiani, the student body president, commenting on the remote-only decision, said: “I would obviously rather be in school, but some things are beyond our control. I would encourage anyone experiencing symptoms to quarantine.”
Victoria Dolan is school correspondent for The Hull Times.