Agawam schools returning to hybrid learning model next week

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Agawam Public Schools will be returning to a hybrid learning model starting next week.

The announcement came after the newly revised state metrics, which now categorizes Agawam as a moderate risk for COVID-19 spread. The school system also consulted with the local health department about the decision.

Pre-kindergarten and grades 2-12 will start on Monday. Kindergarteners and first graders will begin a full in-person learning model.

22News spoke with an Agawam High School senior who said she’s excited to switch back to partially learning in-person.

“It’s really sad to not have a full senior year and not have a normal year,” Jessica D’Amours expressed. “On remote, it’s just mainly the teacher talking the whole time so we just sit there and listen. So seeing them in person and having hands-on stuff is a lot easier to learn that way.”

The state’s revision of its risk-assessment metrics moved Agawam from high to moderate risk, allowing them to move back to hybrid.

Before, risk assessment was done strictly on the number of new cases per 100,000 residents over two-week spans. Now, small, medium, and large cities have different thresholds to be considered high risk. The Agawam superintendent says there are no more than two cases of COVID-19 in one school building.

Currently, there are seven cases of COVID-19 within the Agawam school community, zero of those cases are associated with kindergarten and first-grade students.

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