Despite the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases on the Cape, the Falmouth Public Schools are still on schedule to return to full-time, in-person learning for grades 5 through 8 on April 26 at the Morse Pond and Lawrence schools.
“We will move forward with our plans for returning grades 5 to 8 to full-time, in-person learning on April 26, 2021, knowing that local data could change decisions, even if temporary at any time,” Superintendent of Schools Lori S. Duerr said.
Concern levels are rising on the Cape as seven towns— Barnstable, Brewster, Dennis, Harwich, Mashpee, Sandwich and Yarmouth—have all seen an increase in cases over the last two weeks and entered the state’s high-risk red zone. In total, there are 32 cities and towns in the state categorized in the red zone.
The red zone is based on the number of positive cases and test rate dependent on the town’s population. For towns with less than 10,000 people, there are more than 25 total cases. For towns with a population between 10,000 and 50,000 people, there are 10 or more cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate at 5 percent or greater. For towns with a population of more than 50,000, there are 10 or more cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate at 4 percent or greater.
Falmouth is currently in the yellow zone and has seen a decrease in cases over the prior two weeks.
“As is our normal practice this year, we are following the Town of Falmouth and the Cape COVID-19 positive cases and trends closely,” Dr. Duerr told the Enterprise. “We meet at least weekly with Falmouth’s health agent, Scott McGann, and our district consulting physician, Dr. Gregory Parkinson, to understand the status of COVID and its impact on our schools. We are prepared at any time to make relevant decisions based on the town and school/district data.”
Dr. Duerr also said that there are currently no announced plans for students at Falmouth High School. Additionally, remote learning will remain offered at all grade levels.