March 16, 2020


Dear Members of the Cushing Community,

While Cushing Academy continues to have no known cases of COVID-19, today we received an important notification from George Tahan, NEPSAC President and Director of Athletics at Belmont Hill School. The information he shared (see below) stated that an individual attending the NEPSAC Girls' Ice Hockey Tournament at The Worcester Ice Center on Sunday, March 8th has informed him they tested positive on March 15th for COVID-19. He also stated that the Department of Health has told this individual that their contact with people on March 8th would be identified as low risk. Potential exposure to members of the Cushing community was eight days ago, and we urge anyone that was in attendance that day (or playing in the game) to monitor how they are feeling. Sue Casey, Cushing Academy's Director of Health Services, has said that symptoms typically develop within five days but can appear as late as 11 days after exposure. She has further stated that the symptoms to watch for are fever, dry cough, respiratory distress, or shortness of breath. Please notify your Primary Care Physician (PCP) if you or your child has the above symptoms.

We have asked if the individual who tested positive was a fan, player, coach, parent, or arena staff member, and we have been told that, "The individual was a non-player and was present for all three games," and that, "the person was not a rink or NEPSAC staff member." No further details were provided. If any further information becomes available we will notify you immediately.

Please take care, and continue to take extra precautions to stay safe and healthy at this time.

Sincerely,
Randy R. Bertin, Ed.D.
Head of School
Cushing Academy
39 School Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430


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I am writing to notify you that an individual attending the NEPSAC Girls ice hockey tournament at The Worcester Ice Center on Sunday, March 8th has informed us they have tested positive on March 15th for COVID 19. The Department of Health has told this person that their contact with people on March 8th would be identified as low risk. They ask that people who attended the event to self monitor their own health for any symptoms and practice socIal distancing. I ask that you pass this notice on to your Head of School and your hockey team and their families. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,
George Tahan
NEPSAC President 


George P. Tahan  |   Athletic Director
Belmont Hill School |  Always Character ∙ Always Together
617.993.5323  |  350 Prospect Street ∙ Belmont, MA 02478