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Three Bladen County schools that had been closed because of COVID-19 concerns will be reopened Monday for students and staff, the school system announced Friday.

Bladenboro Middle, Dublin Primary and East Arcadia Elementary will welcome back students to the classrooms Monday for the first of four-day in-person classes, Bladen County Schools said in a news release.

“We appreciate your patience as we implement new protocols,” said Valerie Newton, the school system’s public relations and information officer. “As a result, carlines and entrances into the building will be slower so please allow for more time.”

Dublin Primary and East Arcadia Elementary closed Oct. 19 after employees tested positive for COVID-19. Two employees tested positive at Dublin and one at East Arcadia.

Bladenboro Middle closed Oct. 20 after Bladen County Schools learned that an individual at the school tested positive for COVID-19 along with exposing a significant number of close contact individuals.

Upon returning to class Monday, students and staff will be required to wear a face covering, practice social distancing outside of the classroom, and implement extra cleaning practices.

Students will be served breakfast and lunch each day and will be provided with bottled water.

Any families that chose remote-only learning for their child at the beginning of the school year will remain on remote learning through the end of the first semester in December.

The school system reminds parents and guardians that if a child is sick, he or she should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to class after any illness.