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COVID-19: Randolph Union High cancels classes; Dartmouth announces winter term dates

Staff Reports
Published: 10/23/2020 9:52:36 PM
Modified: 10/23/2020 9:52:25 PM

RANDOLPH — Randolph Union High School canceled in-person classes on Friday as well as some weekend athletic events due to a COVID-19 case.

The case appears to be related to a hockey outbreak in Central Vermont, Orange Southwest School District Superintendent Layne Millington said in a post on Facebook on Friday.

School officials in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Health as of Friday had identified seven people who had had close contact with the infected person at school.

The school, which is operating on a hybrid in-person and remote model, continued to hold remote lessons Friday and planned to reopen as normal on Monday, according to a message Millington posted Thursday.

The district canceled some athletic events on Friday and for the weekend “out of an abundance of caution and for no other reason,” Millington said.

The state’s hockey outbreak, which also involved a staff member at Oxbow High School, has grown to include 43 cases, two colleges, seven schools, seven workplaces and two hospitals, as well as 240 close contacts, Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine said in a Friday news release.

Dartmouth announceswinter term dates

HANOVER — The start of Dartmouth College’s winter term will be delayed a few days in early January to allow sufficient time for returning students to quarantine and undergo testing before classes begin.

Undergraduate winter term classes will start Thursday, Jan. 7, and end on March 10, Provost Joseph Helble said in a community message on Friday. Students at Thayer School of Engineering and the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies also will begin the term that day. The Tuck School of Business and Geisel School of Medicine will start on their own schedules.

The college asks that students hold off on making travel plans until it announces staggered arrival schedules and testing dates next month.

Starting the term on Jan. 7 will allow students who are returning to Hanover to travel after the holidays are over, and also avoid the need for “large numbers of students in residence halls in quarantine over the New Year’s holiday,” according to Helble.

As of Thursday, Dartmouth had just one active case of COVID-19 in a student, and no infected employees, according to the school’s online virus dashboard. There have been a total of 14 cases at Dartmouth since July 1. Thirteen students and employees are currently in quarantine and 16 are in isolation.

“Thanks to your careful adherence to community guidelines and sound hygiene practices, the incidence of the virus has remained low in our community, enabling those on campus to enjoy many aspects of the fall term,” Helble wrote in his message.

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