BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Dublin Elementary School will be closed for in-person learning for a minimum of two weeks “due to a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and close contact cases,” Bladen County Schools announced Friday morning.
Two people at the school tested positive for the virus. BCS officials say what’s important is the contact tracing that put several people in harms way. The decision to go remote was for preventative measures.
“I think the important point to consider here is not necessarily the number of people that have tested positive for covid but we also have to look at the number of primary or close contacts," said Valerie Newton, BC Public Information Officer. "If we’re talking about staff then that could potentially determine how we are able to operate.”
The school will close for in-person learning starting Monday, Oct. 19.
During this time, students and teachers will switch to remote-only instruction until further notice.
“We understand this comes at a time when a sense of normalcy was returning to our schools,” Bladen County Schools said in a news release. “Please know that we consider the health, safety, and well-being of all families as we make these types of decisions. However, we must do our part to protect school children and staff and to help reduce the continued spread of the virus.”