Burr and Burton Academy closes to fight risk of COVID-19

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MANCHESTER — After announcing plans on Sunday to close the school Wednesday, Burr and Burton Academy announced Monday it was closing immediately based on revised guidelines issued by the White House.

"The White House just issued revised guidance limiting gatherings to 10 people or less," read a letter from headmaster Mark Tashjian. "This is a marked change from the CDC`s guidance issued yesterday that limited gatherings to 50 people with specific exemptions for schools."

Students and teachers spent Monday working through the switch to remote learning.

"In light of this change, and recognizing that today gave students and teachers an opportunity to connect prior to the shift to remote learning, Burr & Burton Academy will close effective immediately."

Tashjian said the buildings would be open Tuesday so students can gather belongings.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be designated faculty preparation days with remote learning beginning Thursday.

A more detailed plan with an online schedule and further information is expected to be released Tuesday.

"The pace of events continues to be dizzying," Tashjian said. "Through it all, we must stick together even as we maintain our social distance."

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