Schools Close on COVID-19 Concerns at Wright Middle School

The Chelsea Public Schools (CPS) made a quick move last Friday, March 13, to close schools indefinitely in the face of a presumed positive school community member at the Wright Middle School.

Photo By Seth Daniel
At the St. Rose Meals to Go food site on Monday, March 16, School Department workers and volunteers were ready to hand out meals to students in the public schools that were no longer able to attend school due to the COVID-19 response. Sites are open Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here Mirian Aguilar holds a sign to let people know what’s going on. Behind her are Kimberly Geraci, Keyla Martinez, Enmy Dubon, Nasmarie Martinez, Lisa Santagate, and Sania Garmendia.

Supt. Almi Abeyta announced the closure and the continued closure late last week and the closure is continuing through April 6. On Wednesday, she said she couldn’t confirm the result of the testing done on the person at the Wright Middle due to privacy restrictions. However, the City did announce they have two residents with positive tests for COVID-19.

Abeyta, who just took over fully in January, said it was a situation that few could have ever prepared for in the education world, but at the same time she praised her staff and everyone in the city.

“This is definitely not something you learn about in the Superintendent training programs,” she said. “I have to give a large thank you to the staff of CPS and the way they have just been able to put the website together and the staff that has put together the Meals Distribution program. It’s amazing how this community and this City have come together to serve the children in Chelsea. It’s been a phenomenal effort and I’m so proud to be in Chelsea now.”

With schools closed, Abeyta said they are moving more and more to an online curriculum and already have a tremendous amount of resources available at Chelseaschools.com.

“There are resources there for Pre-K students to 12th grade and there is also suggestions for movement and mindfulness at home,” she said. “We will be updating that website constantly. We also have resources there for activities at home, things parents can do with students while at home.”

She said the first effort is just a beginning, as they do not want students to fall behind while at home.

“This is Phase 1 and we’ll add more to this website as well,” she said. “Our goal is to keep our students up with their academics while they’re at home. We don’t want them to slide back.”

Additionally, in the near future, she said they will begin discussing getting student Chromebooks to them so they can work from home more easily with familiar devices.

Already, several Internet providers are offering free Wi-Fi service to help families with students at home during the extended school closure.

4 comments for “Schools Close on COVID-19 Concerns at Wright Middle School

  1. lee
    March 22, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    what is the update about the wright middle school I would like to know because they never told us if the parent had the virus or not..

  2. lee
    March 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    it shouldn’t be confidential because my son goes to that school and we need to know if any1 in that school was exposed or not .. I know they don’t want to tell the person’s name but it’s only fair to update us

  3. lee
    March 22, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    my son goes there that is why I want to know..

  4. Kane Dimasso-Scott
    March 23, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Hey Lee, I know that is one thing that is frustrating. Every place is doing something different. The schools have chosen not to update us so far on the Wright Middle situation as it is personal health info. They may not be allowed to do so legally. Who knows right now? They have said there are two confirmed cases in Chelsea. Many think the Wright was one of them, but there’s no confirmation now. If we can find out, we will. Keep checking the paper on Thursday, the website daily (www.chelsearecord.com) and our Twitter handle @ChelseaRecord.

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