Classes are back in session at Falmouth High School on Tuesday, October 6, after a one-day shutdown due to the coronavirus.
Falmouth High students were alerted by Principal Mary W. Gans that school was closed for in-person learning on the day before because some students had been at a party with no mask wearing or social distancing in Woods Hole on Saturday night, October 3.
In a letter sent to staff and families Monday afternoon, October 5, Falmouth Public Schools Superintendent Lori S. Duerr said the school department had made the "informed decision" after checking with Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann and the district physician, Dr. Greg Parkinson, to resume in-person school on Tuesday.
Explaining the decision to close the high school for in-person learning on Monday, Dr. Duerr said "the information which preceded this decision was credible" but that there was not enough time to consider the extent of the situation.
Acting on the side of caution, Dr. Duerr decided to have all students learn remotely while the administration completed a full investigation.
While there was no evidence of any positive COVID-19 cases, the administration had evidence that some high school students attended an event where they practiced the "unsafe behaviors of not wearing masks, not physically distancing and not following gathering limits," the letter stated.
"We have set high expectation to follow safe practices while in school," Dr. Duerr wrote. "As we have said on many occasions, the schools count on the entire community to practice safe behavior so our students may continue to attend in-person learning. We appreciate everyone's patience and support while we continue to adapt to our new environment."