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COVID-19: Lebanon schools revert to hybrid schedule: Hanover Terrace outbreak update

Staff Report
Published: 12/11/2020 10:44:05 PM
Modified: 12/11/2020 10:43:52 PM

LEBANON — Lebanon schools are slated to return to a hybrid learning model on Monday and stay with it for over a month, following the discovery of a case in a student at the Lebanon Middle School.

The decision to return to hybrid learning through at least Jan. 19 is based on the number of students and staff who are required to quarantine as a result of the middle school case, Superintendent Joanne Roberts wrote in a Friday email to families.

The shift, which means students will learn in person two days a week and from home the remaining three, will allow for greater distancing between staff and students, Roberts said.

Schools will work with families whose children receive special education services to determine if they need additional days of in-person learning, she said. School meals will continue to be available through the week.

Should community transmission increase dramatically, Roberts said the Lebanon School District may need to pivot to fully remote learning.

Five Hanover Terrace residents fall seriously ill

HANOVER — One additional staff member at Hanover Terrace tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the outbreak’s total to 97 infections, according to the facility’s temporary administrator.

That total now includes 27 workers and two essential workers employed by an outside vendor, as well as 68 residents, including two people who have died and another resident who was discharged after testing positive.

Five of the Lyme Road nursing home’s 71 residents were seriously ill on Friday, said Martha Ilsley, the temporary administrator, in an email.

Two of the sick residents had COVID-19-related symptoms, one ill patient was COVID-19-negative, and two patients on hospice had tested positive, but their symptoms appeared unrelated to COVID-19, Ilsley said.

Six residents had officially recovered as of Friday, as had 12 employees who had returned to work, she said.

Other residents appear to be improving with treatment or have very mild symptoms, she said.

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