On Wednesday, November 11, the Pittsfield Public Schools was informed that a backlog of cases released today showed 104 new Covid-19 cases in the City of Pittsfield.  This backlog was due to a recording delay caused by a technical issue at one of the testing centers located in Pittsfield. Based on this information, and the number of unresolved issues on our PPS high school internal medical trackers at both Taconic and Pittsfield High School, Taconic High School and Pittsfield High School will have remote learning days on Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13, 2020. Current high school schedules will be followed remotely.  All elementary and middle schools, along with Eagle Academy, will remain open for hybrid learning.  

The Pittsfield Public Schools has made this decision in partnership with The City of Pittsfield Board of Health and other city officials.

The Pittsfield Public Schools will continue to monitor community absentee rates, reports of illness, and test positivity daily incidence rate metrics, to determine if school closure or in-person education initiatives require modification at Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School.

 This is a stark reminder that the events in our community directly impact the operations of each one of our schools.  We must as citizens of the City of Pittsfield remain vigilant in wearing a mask, sanitizing our hands frequently, standing six feet apart from one another, and not participating in any type of large gathering.  These practices have been put in place for a reason as they are proven to stop the spread of the virus.  If we all work together and follow these steps, we will stop the spread of the virus and be able to keep our schools open to serve our students in a way that meets their individual needs.

The Pittsfield Public Schools will provide additional press releases in the coming days to update the entire school community on this evolving situation.

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