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Jamaica Plain school to close for 10 days due to increase in COVID-19 cases

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The Curley School has had 14 reported cases of COVID-19 so far this year, with seven last week.

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The Curley School in Jamaica Plain will be closed for 10 days from Wednesday due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

“Due to a recent increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in the Curley, across multiple grades and classrooms in the past week, the Boston Public Health Commission has advised that the school be closed to face-to-face learning,” said Principal Katie Grassa. in a letter to the municipality. “This is an active effort to immediately stop the spread and allow time to add staff capacity to fully implement the testing and residence and contact tracing programs.”

School will resume in person on Monday, November 22.

Those who have been on campus are asked to “isolate themselves” and stay away from groups, including community events, for at least five days, even if they have been vaccinated, Grassa wrote.

The school district is working on a distance learning plan to be released Wednesday. Officials are also working to ensure students can get school food while at home, she said.

Tuesday at 5:30 pm there will be a community meeting that will take place virtually on Zoom.

The school has had 14 positive COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the year. Seven of those were just reported in the past week, according to school district reports.

The Curley School includes Kindergarten through eighth grade. For the previous school year, enrollment was 913, state data shows.

Last week, Joseph P. Manning Elementary School in Jamaica Plain confirmed 16 positive cases of the virus, believed to be the highest number for a public school in Boston so far this academic year.