Dear Hooksett School District Staff,
Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, I have been closely monitoring the available data points related to COVID-19 transmission in the three SAU 15 communities. The Hooksett data points that are monitored include the current level of community transmission for Merrimack County, which has been at the “substantial” level for some time. A county has a substantial level of community transmission if either the new cases over the last 14 days per 100k population are greater than 100, or the test positivity rate over the last 7 days is more than 10%.
In order to get a clearer picture as to how COVID-19 is impacting Hooksett residents, I also monitor several other data points which include the rate of new cases over the last 14 days (currently 129), the number of currently active cases (currently 83) and the 7 Day PCR-Antigen test positivity rate (currently 9.95%). In addition, there have been 40 positive cases reported at our three schools since November 14th. This represents 36.7% of all the positive cases that have been reported since the start of the school year.
As a result, a mask requirement will go into effect at all three schools for students and staff starting tomorrow November 23rd and will be in effect through December 3rd. Masks will not be required when students are outside or when they are eating. Students will be provided frequent mask breaks. I will continue to closely monitor the situation and will make further recommendations as the data warrants.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
William J. Rearick
Superintendent of Schools