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COVID Outbreak at Burrillville High School Forces Shift to Online Learning

Wednesday, November 03, 2021


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In a letter to staff and parents, Burrillville School Department officials announced a move to distance learning due to a major COVID outbreak.

“Since last Friday, we have been alerted that several students and staff members from BHS have tested positive for COVID 19. These individuals are currently in quarantine and/or isolation. Due to federal health privacy laws, information regarding the staff member’s/student’s identity cannot be released. In addition to those testing positive for Covid 19, a large number of students have been identified as close contacts and must quarantine and/or be tested for Covid 19,” stated the letter signed by Michael Sollitto, Superintendent and Michael Whaley,  Principal.

“We have been in contact with the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) and have been working collaboratively during the process of identifying and notifying close contacts. In hopes of limiting further disruption to in-person teaching and learning, BHS is moving to distance learning for the remainder of this week (November 3, 4, & 5). This decision was made in an abundance of caution; we plan to return to in-person instruction on Monday. All after school events will take place as scheduled unless otherwise noted.”


According to the letter, “Students will receive live instruction and attend their classes virtually during these three days. The school day will run from 7:30 to 1:52, and follow the normal class schedule. Students are expected to log in to their respective class Google Meets at the time that class would normally meet in school. If you have specific questions about a teacher’s class, please contact the teacher via email.

Thank you for your continued support. By working together, we will get through these challenging times. As you know, the well-being of our students, staff and families is, and will remain, our number one priority.”



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