Schools remind families of COVID-19 protocols if they travel for vacation

Jessica Wong

School superintendents are reminding families about state rules if they plan to travel out of New England for February vacation next week.Families who have children in the Hooksett schools received a letter last month with a reminder that if families travel outside New England, students will have to quarantine for […]

School superintendents are reminding families about state rules if they plan to travel out of New England for February vacation next week.Families who have children in the Hooksett schools received a letter last month with a reminder that if families travel outside New England, students will have to quarantine for 10 days, with the option of getting a test on day seven.”In order for us to stay open, we need everybody to follow those rules,” said Hooksett Superintendent William Rearick.Families who choose to travel for school vacation need to have a conversation with the district. Rearick said he knows of 15 students who will need to quarantine upon their return. They will access their assignments on special software.Superintendents said they are asking for honesty when it comes to travel plans to ensure everyone’s safety. The Franklin School District sent a message home to families Wednesday.”We have been doing this for the other vacations, as well,” said Franklin Superintendent Daniel LeGallo. “Our families have been very good about following protocols and procedures, very cooperative.”LeGallo said he’s asking families who plan to go outside of New England next week to connect with their schools.”We do ask families to reach out to us, specifically to our school principal, so they know those students would be remote for that period of time,” he said. “It’s very easy for us to move kids from in-person to remote. They don’t miss a beat. They have the same teachers.”Case numbers have been low in the district, and LeGallo said he wants to keep it that way.”As things start to slow down in terms of cases and the vaccine is getting rolled out, obviously we are hoping to get more kids in school,” he said. “That is what we all want, and as long as we all work together in this way, we can get to that point.”

School superintendents are reminding families about state rules if they plan to travel out of New England for February vacation next week.

Families who have children in the Hooksett schools received a letter last month with a reminder that if families travel outside New England, students will have to quarantine for 10 days, with the option of getting a test on day seven.

“In order for us to stay open, we need everybody to follow those rules,” said Hooksett Superintendent William Rearick.

Families who choose to travel for school vacation need to have a conversation with the district. Rearick said he knows of 15 students who will need to quarantine upon their return. They will access their assignments on special software.

Superintendents said they are asking for honesty when it comes to travel plans to ensure everyone’s safety. The Franklin School District sent a message home to families Wednesday.

“We have been doing this for the other vacations, as well,” said Franklin Superintendent Daniel LeGallo. “Our families have been very good about following protocols and procedures, very cooperative.”

LeGallo said he’s asking families who plan to go outside of New England next week to connect with their schools.

“We do ask families to reach out to us, specifically to our school principal, so they know those students would be remote for that period of time,” he said. “It’s very easy for us to move kids from in-person to remote. They don’t miss a beat. They have the same teachers.”

Case numbers have been low in the district, and LeGallo said he wants to keep it that way.

“As things start to slow down in terms of cases and the vaccine is getting rolled out, obviously we are hoping to get more kids in school,” he said. “That is what we all want, and as long as we all work together in this way, we can get to that point.”

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