As positive cases rise in WNY, additional local schools shut down.

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More students in Western New York are going to be getting their education via remote learning as COVID-19 infections increase locally.

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According to reporting done by WKBW, at least 3 additional High Schools have decided to switch to fully remote for the next few weeks.

St. Joseph’s Collegiate in Tonawanda, along with Frontier High School and St. Francis High School both in Hamburg, have gone into remote learning this week. This is in addition to Nichols School transitioning into remote learning last week.

In addition to that we have almost 30 students who are in the process of being tested and we are awaiting those test results...within a matter of two hours after being notified that we had these positive cases — we had done the internal contract tracing
- Christopher Fulco, President of St. Joseph Collegiate, speaking to WKBW

Over the last few weeks the Buffalo Public Schools, which have been on 100% remote learning, have been evaluating a plan that would bring students back into the classroom before Thanksgiving. I wonder if these closures will cause the BPS to go back to the drawing board?

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The Coronavirus positivity rate in Western New York had been hovering around 2.5% over the past few weeks, but this last week it has increased to 5%. It's not a surprise that we are seeing additional closures. New York State will issue a full school shutdown if the positivity rate reaches 9%.