TAUNTON — Superintendent-Director Dr. Alexandre Magalhaes reports that as the result of an increase in students testing positive for COVID-19, the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School has temporarily shut down its varsity and junior varsity football team activities for one week.
In coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the City of Taunton Board of Health, Bristol-Plymouth has identified an increased amount of cases among its student-athletes on the varsity and junior varsity football team. After assessing the situation it was determined to be in the best interest of the school and its students and staff to shut down team activities until Monday, Sept. 27 unless further COVID positive test results are reported.
Students that have been identified as a close contact were contacted by the school nurse and provided close contact protocols.
The Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School reminds families to monitor their children’s health and be alert for flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, respiratory illness, vomiting, fatigue, body ache, sore throat and chills.
Bristol-Plymouth has a protocol in place to track all reported cases of COVID-19. School administrators encourage families to visit the Bristol-Plymouth website for the COVID-19 protocols and the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines in place, by clicking here.
The City of Taunton has recommended that students who are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms get a PCR test. Additionally, Bristol-Plymouth is asking for cooperation from parents by limiting children’s’ social exposures.
“We appreciate the continued patience and cooperation from our entire school community, including students, their families and school staff,” Superintendent Magalhaes said. “We would also like to thank the City of Taunton and the Board of Health for their ongoing guidance and assistance as we continue to navigate the pandemic and keep our students safe.”