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Lenox Public Schools To Shutter Buildings Until January

The Lenox Town Seal (founded 1767)
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The Lenox, Massachusetts public schools are suspending in-person teaching until January 19th, 2021.

Superintendent William Cameron says the move comes as COVID-19 rates increase around the region ahead of the holiday season.

“We know everybody is not a rule-follower. Everybody will not tell us whether they’re travelling," he told WAMC. "Everybody will not quarantine if they come back from places that are hotspots, which is almost the entire United States, to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Cameron is also concerned about the district’s ability to perform required contact tracing, which he says could break down due to the number of students expected to travel.

The district has nearly 800 students.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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