Coronavirus

Two people in Keene schools have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the local school district learned Friday.

Keene Middle School and Franklin Elementary School each had one case in their respective communities, N.H. School Administrative Unit 29 Superintendent Robert Malay confirmed that night.

Malay, whose role oversees the seven local school districts that comprise SAU 29, declined to specify whether it was students or staff who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, citing privacy concerns.

Families with students in both schools were informed of the new cases on Friday, he said. Malay also notified all SAU 29 families Friday evening.

In-class instruction will continue at both facilities this week, since more than two days had passed since the people who tested positive were at either building, he said. SAU 29 schools will be in session Monday and Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break.

Malay announced Nov. 13 that the district will transition to fully remote learning on Nov. 30. Earlier this month, SAU 29 informed families that two other people in the SAU — one at Keene Middle School, the other at Chesterfield School — had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

SAU 29 hopes to return to limited in-person instruction Jan. 4, Malay said Friday night.

Caleb Symons can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1420, or csymons@keenesentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @CalebSymonsKS.