WARWICK, RI — Pilgrim High has an acting principal in place of Principal Jerry Habershaw, as the school observes remote learning responding to a COVID-19 outbreak traced to the Nov. 6 homecoming dance, where Warwick Beacon video shows Habershaw and many students without masks.
The video, which runs for three minutes, does not appear to show any student, or Habershaw, wearing a mask either in the school before the event, or in the tent where the dance was held. Footage inside the tent does not show whether the sides of the tent were ventilated to allow inside air to circulate easily inside the tent, which medical experts have noted throughout the pandemic is one of the most effective safeguards against indoor spread of COVID-19, in addition to masks.
The Providence Journal reports a letter to parents Monday informed them Pamela Bernardi will be acting principal until further notice.
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