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New Covid Case Will Close John Marshall Elementary School

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 11:37
John M. Marshall Elementary School
Carissa Katz

A new case of Covid-19 diagnosed in a fourth-grade student at the John M. Marshall Elementary School has led the East Hampton School District administration to close that school to in-person classes for the two days leading up to the Thanksgiving break next week.

"Due to this case, a number of students will need to be quarantined," Adam Fine, the assistant superintendent, said in an email to families late Friday morning. "School personnel are reaching out to those families. Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to close J.M.M.E.S. for in-person instruction. . . . The entire school will be cleaned and disinfected during that time."

Mr. Fine said the district anticipates reopening the elementary school on Nov 30, but urged families "to continue to partner with us at this time to ensure the safety of our students and staff" by being careful during the holiday break.

Update: An eighth-grade student at the East Hampton Middle School was found to have Covid-19, according to a Friday announcement from Charles Soriano, the school principal. Three East Hampton Middle School students have been discovered with the virus.

The new case at John Marshall brings the total number of cases in that school to 12 since the beginning of the school year. The East Hampton district now has 34 cases of Covid-19, including 19 at the high school.

The Sag Harbor School District also announced a new case of Covid-19 confirmed in a student on Friday. "The student was last in school on Monday, Nov. 16," Jeff Nichols, the superintendent, said in an email to families. "In accordance with Suffolk County Department of Health guidelines, all close contacts have been identified and will quarantine for 14 days from the last day of contact. All district schools remain open for in person instruction."

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