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COVID-19: New Northern Westchester School Goes Remote

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A new school in Northern Westchester is transitioning to remote learning after COVID-19 cases.

Three people, two at Westlake Middle School and one at Hawthorne Elementary School, are being treated as positive for COVID-19 in the Mount Pleasant Central School District, Superintendent Kurtis M. Kotes announced in an email to the community early Sunday night, Nov. 15.

"The individual related to Hawthorne Elementary School has not been in or around the building since Oct. 29," Kotes said. "Therefore no additional quarantine orders will be necessary for Hawthorne Elementary School and the building will remain open for hybrid, in-person instruction.

"The two individuals related to Westlake Middle School were both in the building on Friday, Nov. 13. There will be 100 students, 12 teachers, and potentially more support staff who will be subject to quarantine orders. 

"We will not be able to safely staff the building with this many people not in attendance."

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, Westlake Middle School will transition to full remote learning for a period of two weeks. Pending no further issues, the middle school will reopen for hybrid, in-person instruction on Monday, Nov. 30, Kotes said. 

The middle school administration will follow up with additional communication to families to ensure that students have the needed resources for this time period. 

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