On Thursday evening parents of Dublin Primary School received a phone call from Valarie Newton with Bladen County Schools. Ms. Newton stated that due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and close contact cases in the school; the Superintendent is recommending the school close for in-person learning.
Starting October 19, the school will be closed for a minimum of two weeks to ensure the health and safety of students and staff, according to Newton. This will be in affect for all grades and all staff members, according to the announcement.
“During this time, students and staff will transition to remote only teaching and learning until further notice,” Newton stated.
Newton added, Bladen County Schools would remain in close contact with the local health department and will provide updates on the Schools website.
At the time of publication Newton did not confirm how many positive cases were at Dublin Primary School. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service does not have any Bladen County Schools listed on the COVID-19 Ongoing Clusters in Child Care and School Settings. The NCDHHS last updated the report on October 13, 2020.
On Friday morning Ms. Newton stated the following, “At this time, any person, to include adults and children, that has been identified as a close contact to a positive case of COVID at the school would have been notified. Meaning, if you have not received a direct phone call identifying your child as a close contact, then you are in the clear. As of today, no children have been identified as a close contact.”
She added, “We encourage you to monitor your child’s health behavior for anything other than their normal behavior and to consult with your primary care doctor with any concerns.”
More information will be provided as soon as it is made available.