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Mascoma High, Indian River expect students back Monday

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/16/2021 9:16:17 PM
Modified: 9/16/2021 9:16:22 PM

WEST CANAAN — Students at Mascoma Valley Regional High School and Indian River Middle School are on track to return to their classrooms Monday after a water pump failure caused administrators to cancel school — including sports — Thursday and Friday.

Saturday’s home football game will be held. Enfield Village School and Canaan Elementary School also continue to be in session.

School staff noticed the water pressure was dropping on the well that serves both Mascoma High and Indian River on Wednesday. Students remained in school the rest of the day. The repair was made Thursday morning, and the district was awaiting the results of a bacteria test to determine whether the water was safe.

Superintendent Amanda Isabelle originally wanted to switch to remote learning for those two days but was told by New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut that the district was not allowed to do so.

“He did let me know that the provision for schools to provide remote instruction had been removed from the Legislature, so we are not able to just go into remote,” Isabelle said. “There is an option for remote snow days still … but for schools to try to move to remote for COVID or even this reason, it was not an allowable reason for us to move remote.”

While the schools will not have to add days to its calendars to make up for lost time, Isabelle would have preferred to have students learning.

“If that was the option that was my first choice, to provide our students with remote instruction,” Isabelle said. Each student has a Chromebook and teachers use Google Classroom. “It would have been a seamless transition to the remote instruction.”

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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