Because several key staff members at Hanscom schools have
been identified as presumptive close contacts to recent positive cases of
COVID-19, the Hanscom Primary and Middle Schools will operate remotely until at
least January 28. The Hanscom Preschool and schools on the Lincoln campus have
not been affected and remain open.
“This does not mean there is a major spread,” Principal
Erich Ledebuhr wrote to HMS parents.
In a Sunday email to all school families, District
Superintendent Becky McFall explained that members of two families at Hanscom
have tested positive and their contacts traced. While not all members of
the schools are considered close contacts, the schools cannot open safely
without some key staff members who are presumptive close contacts and must
quarantine. Classes then move to remote learning according to the district’s
“Our students and staff worked hard all year
to practice for this possibility,” Principal Julie Vincentsen wrote to HPS
families, “so I am confident (it) will go well. While I am sure there will be
bumps along the way, our staff is so positive and so strong that they will work
through all of those bumps together with an amazing group of resilient kids!”
Dr. McFall called on all community members
to recommit to pandemic precautions.
“We are seeing an increase in students and employees who are deemed close contacts and/or test positive as a result of interactions with persons outside of their household,” she wrote. “As I watch the trends across the state and see the increase of students and staff who need to quarantine at home, I am urging everyone to take a step back and minimize non-essential ontact with people outside of your household."