In COVID-19 precaution, Mohawk Trail, Hawlemont district schools announce two-week closure

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Staff Report
Published: 3/15/2020 5:24:49 PM

The Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts will be closed through March 27 as a preventative measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19, also called the coronavirus.

The school districts relayed the announcement to families on Friday.

“While we do not currently have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our district, I felt we needed to take a proactive approach to help contain the spread of the virus and better ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and families,” Interim Superintendent Patricia Bell wrote in the notice sent to families. “As a result, with the support of our local (Board of Health), we made the decision to close all Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts’ schools for two weeks.”

The notice states that during the closure, the schools will undergo a deep cleaning.

“Using our electrostatic sprayer (sanitizing machine), we began last week increasing the frequency of its use to sanitize MTRSD-owned buses, school nurse stations and other higher-risk areas,” Bell wrote. “Additionally, last week our custodial staff intensified their cleaning regimens: cleaning hard surfaces between lunches, cleaning high-traffic areas and touch-points (door handles, counters, etc.) frequently with disinfectant; cleaning bathrooms at least twice per day and monitoring bathroom supplies (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.)”

According to the notice, students will have access to suggested work and activities, which will not be graded, starting later this week.

“These activities will ensure our students remain engaged in learning through daily reading and math activities, for example,” Bell wrote.

Hard-copy activities will be available for the families of elementary school students to pick up at their respective schools, while Mohawk Trail Regional School students will have access to activities via Google Classrooms. Students without internet access can receive hard copies.

Bell wrote that the closing will not affect the school year’s end date and that students will not need to make up the time, per instructions from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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