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Adams Cheshire Schools To Go Fully Remote Monday

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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Hoosac Valley Regional School District will be transferring to full remote learning until the Thanksgiving break.
Hoosac Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) Superintendent Aaron Dean sent a communication to families Sunday afternoon indicating that the district will suspend in-person learning in response to an uptick of COVID-19 cases in the community.
"This message is to inform you that we have been notified about a number of COVID-19 cases in the community that have direct links to all three schools in the district," Dean wrote in a letter to families. "After meeting with officials in the Department of Health today and discussing with officials at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, it has been decided that in an abundance of caution, we will move to remote learning for ALL students until Thanksgiving break."
The switch goes into effect Monday, Nov. 16, and includes all students, including those in substantially separate programs.  
"Similar to how we started at the beginning of the year, students will log into their classes remotely," Dean wrote. "Additionally, there will be no athletics or extracurricular activities during the move to remote." 
Dean wrote that contact tracing continues to take place and individuals affected by these cases are in the process of being notified. 
"As more cases arise in the community, we'll continue to work with our public health staff to keep everyone informed," Dean wrote.
Meal deliveries will take place daily and the bus routes have been posted to the website and can be found by clicking the meals tab. Also, as of now remote learning centers will remain open. 
The current plan is to return to the hybrid platform on Monday, Nov. 30, but this is subject to change as new information arises.

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