Updated: Haverhill, Methuen, Andover, N. Andover, Whittier Tech, Catholic Schools Closing Two Weeks

Electrostatic “germ blaster” displayed during a Haverhill School Committee meeting. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Haverhill, Methuen, Andover and North Andover public schools; Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and area Catholic schools are closing for two weeks as protective measures in light of the concerns over COVID-19, coronavirus disease. The closing list is expected to grow.

Haverhill School Superintendent Margaret Marotta called the cancellation of classes “unprecedented.” In an email Friday afternoon, however, she emphasized “there are currently no confirmed or presumptive cases within our staff or students at this time of COVID 19 (coronavirus) nor have any confirmed cases been identified in the Haverhill community.” Nevertheless, in consultation with other area school districts, Marotta said Haverhill classes all be cancelled for the next two weeks.

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini also asked anyone who feels ill to seek treatment. “We urge anyone with symptoms of COVID 19, which include fever exceeding 100 degrees, persistent cough and runny nose to call your local healthcare provider.” He added, “Protocols are in place to pre-screen symptoms over the telephone, and we encourage those experiencing symptoms to first call your primary care physician prior to alerting first responders or showing up at the hospital.”

In a website statement, Whittier Tech said it will send more information about “how we plan to implement this closure and how it will impact students and staff.”

Methuen students needing meals, starting Wednesday, March 18, grab-and-go breakfasts will be available from 7-9 a.m. at the upper school side of the Tenney Grammar School, 75 Pleasant St. Lunches will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shelley Berman, Andover school superintendent, earlier notified parents that while Andover has followed official recommendations, “the district needs to take a more proactive approach to containment of the spread of the virus.” Berman said learning materials will be available for parents to collect Tuesday if their children have not already brought them home. Two or three Andover school cafeterias will still prepare box lunches for pupils in the free or reduced lunch programs.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston also announced all Archdiocese of Boston parish schools and Archdiocesan elementary and high schools will be closed for two weeks from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Area schools include Sacred Hearts, Haverhill; St. Michael, North Andover; and Immaculate Conception, Newburyport.

Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Andover, had earlier planned to cancel next classes at least next week.

The school precautions follow Gov. Charlie Baker’s emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of more than 250 people to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. According to a Baker statement, “The order includes, but is not limited, to the following events: community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any similar event or activity that brings together 250 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time in a venue such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theatre, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.”

Stay tuned to 97.9 WHAV FM and WHAV.net for continuing developments.

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Haverhill and Andover public and area Catholic schools are closing for two weeks as protective measures in light of the concerns over COVID-19, coronavirus disease. The closing list is expected to grow.

Haverhill School Superintendent Margaret Marotta called the cancellation of classes “unprecedented.” In an email Friday afternoon, however, she emphasized “there are currently no confirmed or presumptive cases within our staff or students at this time of COVID 19 (coronavirus) nor have any confirmed cases been identified in the Haverhill community.” Nevertheless, in consultation with other area school districts, Marotta said Haverhill classes all be cancelled for the next two weeks.

Shelley Berman, Andover school superintendent, earlier notified parents that while Andover has followed official recommendations, “the district needs to take a more proactive approach to containment of the spread of the virus.” Berman said learning materials will be available for parents to collect Tuesday if their children have not already brought them home. Two or three Andover school cafeterias will still prepare box lunches for pupils in the free or reduced lunch programs.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston also announced all Archdiocese of Boston parish schools and Archdiocesan elementary and high schools will be closed for two weeks from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Area schools include Sacred Hearts, Haverhill; St. Michael, North Andover; and Immaculate Conception, Newburyport.

The school precautions follow Gov. Charlie Baker’s emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of more than 250 people to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. According to a Baker statement, “The order includes, but is not limited, to the following events: community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any similar event or activity that brings together 250 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time in a venue such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theatre, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.”

Stay tuned to 97.9 WHAV FM and WHAV.net for continuing developments.

Original story

Haverhill and Andover public schools will close for two weeks as a protective measure in light of concerns over COVID-19, coronavirus disease.

Haverhill School Superintendent Margaret Marotta called the cancellation of classes “unprecedented.” In an email Friday afternoon, however, she emphasized “there are currently no confirmed or presumptive cases within our staff or students at this time of COVID 19 (coronavirus) nor have any confirmed cases been identified in the Haverhill community.” Nevertheless, in consultation with other area school districts, Marotta said Haverhill classes all be cancelled for the next two weeks.

Shelley Berman, Andover school superintendent, earlier notified parents that while Andover has followed official recommendations, “the district needs to take a more proactive approach to containment of the spread of the virus.” Berman said learning materials will be available for parents to collect Tuesday if their children have not already brought them home. Two or three Andover school cafeterias will still prepare box lunches for pupils in the free or reduced lunch programs.

The school precautions follow Gov. Charlie Baker’s emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of more than 250 people to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. According to a Baker statement, “The order includes, but is not limited, to the following events: community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any similar event or activity that brings together 250 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time in a venue such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theatre, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.”

Stay tuned to 97.9 WHAV FM and WHAV.net for continuing developments.

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