CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – After nine weeks of in-person learning, all Chicopee Public Schools will be going fully remotely. 

The city’s public schools officials announced during a news conference late Thursday afternoon that beginning next Wednesday, schools will be fully remote until at least December 7. Chicopee officials say gatherings are the reason for the spike and ultimately the shift to remote learning.

They said the number of cases in town are just too high to safely carry on with in-person learning. Currently, Chicopee has 272 confirmed, active cases of COVID-19.

Remote learning will continue through the first week of December but it could be longer depending on the number of cases. Meaning, school sports will be cancelled until then. 

For nine weeks, students have been in Chicopee Public Schools classrooms, but that’s all about to change next week. There’s only been about eight positive cases among students and staff in schools during that time.

However, with close to 300 current cases in the city, leadership no longer feels that it is safe to be in the classroom.

Superintendent Lynn Clark said, “We have always said since this started that we are putting the safety and health of our students and staff first and that is what we are continuing to do.”

Remote learning will continue through the first week of December but it could be longer depending on the number of cases. School sports will be canceled until in-person learning resumes. It’s unclear whether or not this will impact winter sports because the MIAA has not released its guidelines yet.

Officials schools will be contacting families over the next few days to make sure students are ready for remote learning.