Swampscott High School will remain completely remote until April 5. (Spenser Hasak)
SWAMPSCOTT — Swampscott High School returned to a remote learning model this week after a record-breaking number of COVID-19 cases were identified in the community.
In a letter to families Friday, Superintendent Pamela Angelakis referred to the outbreak as “the largest … the town has seen” since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It has resulted in a large number of positive individuals and even large numbers of close contacts, and these numbers are still evolving as contact tracing continues,” she said.
On March 22, the district planned to have all elementary and special education students return to their original classrooms from other spaces in which they had been learning, while high school students were expected to transition from a two- to a five-day in-person learning schedule.
Angelakis said the high school will instead remain completely remote for the next two weeks until Monday, April 5 — the day slated by Gov. Charlie Baker to be when all districts across the Commonwealth must return to fully in-person learning models.
Current case numbers in Swampscott have not yet been released, but as of Thursday, there were 994 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community, including 19 deaths.
Angelakis said drive-through testing will be provided to faculty and students Monday at Swampscott High School.
“We are most fortunate that our health department could secure a community mobile unit for testing,” she said.
No pre-registration will be required. The testing time slots and schedule are as follows:
- 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — SHS faculty and staff.
- 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — SHS junior students.
- 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — SHS senior students.
- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — SHS fall 2 sports teams.