North Andover Schools To End Year Remote Due To Virus Surge

Christopher Huffaker

NORTH ANDOVER, MA — North Andover Public Schools will be remote for the remaining three days of the calendar year, the district said Friday.

All students above kindergarten will be remote Monday to Wednesday, the district said. The plan is to return to the hybrid model on Jan. 4.

Previously-approved high school athletics will still be starting on Monday.

North Andover was again designated high risk by the state Thursday, with both case counts and positive test rates rising. The town added 366 cases over the last two weeks, with a 7.2 percent positive rate, per the state data. There were 86 average daily cases per 100,000 residents, above the statewide rate of 65.1.

As of Thursday, the town has 304 active cases of the virus, the most on record. The town added 121 cases in just three days, and only 12 active cases are at Merrimack College.

That brings the town's cumulative case total to 1,454, with 53 deaths and over 1,000 recovered patients.

Christopher Huffaker can be reached at 412-265-8353 or chris.huffaker@patch.com.

This article originally appeared on the North Andover Patch