JAMESTOWN – Even though students at Jamestown Public Schools continue to come down with COVID-19, the district’s Superintendent says schools are in a reasonably good position, all things considered.
This week, nearly a dozen people connected to the district tested positive, however, Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker says the spread is happening outside of the classroom.
“We are not seeing some kind of crazy runaway infection,” says Whitaker. “We are not seeing a breakdown in protocols; our staff has been amazing and students and parents have been really supportive in helping us stay open.”
The school district sits within an area experiencing a high number of COVID-19 infections, which the Superintendent attributes to the holiday season.
“About 10 days after Thanksgiving, we saw a big spike with cases, and the same thing happened with Christmas,” furthered Whitaker. “I expect in the next few days to see the spike from New Years and then we will continue on.”
He believes the low positivity rate in the schools is a result of a combination of good planning and even some good luck.
Right now all classes are taking place remotely, with the hybrid in-person learning returning next Monday.