North Attleborough's COVID Designation Level-Yellow
On April 28, 2021, the North Attleborough’s COVID designation level was identified as yellow by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report. This means the average daily case rate over the last 14 days has been ≥10 ave. cases/100K OR ≥ 5% pos. rate. To be more specific, in the past 14 days there have been 2274 COVID-19 tests done in the community of North Attleboro and there were 56 COVID-19 positive results. Our positive test rate in North Attleborough is 3.03%.
We are diligently following positive cases and contact information along with our local board of health, to monitor any transmission within the schools. There are no plans to change in person learning at this time.
We will continually examine the need for any changes in the school plan. It is important to note that these decisions need to be made based on local context, and occur in collaboration with our Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, District Nurse Leader, School Committee, DESE and the local board of health. The following factors will be discussed:
● If there is a need for an extensive cleaning of classrooms, sections of buildings or other facility mitigation
● If the state mobile testing unit results, or other test results, suggest widespread transmission is occurring
(Mobile testing unit is deployed through DESE in response to reporting criteria)
● If there are widespread absences among students and staff due to illness or status of being a contact of a positive case
● If the school is in a district reported as “red” on the DPH health metric for the past three weeks, and risk of transmission to students and/or staff is increased
● Other situations deemed by public health department
There is no one threshold or metric that indicates a school or district should suspend in-person learning.