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East Arcadia School to halt in-person classes because of COVID-19

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Bladen County Schools announced Saturday afternoon that East Arcadia School will halt in-person classes beginning Monday because of the number of COVID-19 cases and close contact exposure cases.

Also Saturday, the school system announced that a person had tested positive for COVID-19 at Elizabethtown Primary School on Friday, although in-person instruction would continue.

East Arcadia School is the second school to close in-person instruction. Dublin Primary School was closed to students and staff last week because of COVID-19 concerns.

Bladen County Schools said that students and staff are not to report to East Arcadia School for a minimum of two weeks to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Students and staff will transition to remote-only learning until further notice.

In the Elizabethtown Primary School case, the Bladen County Health and Human Services Department is working with school staff to identify anyone who may have had close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19. Those determined to have been in close contact have been notified by the Health Department, Bladen County Schools said.

The infected individual along with those in close contact will remain off the Elizabethtown Primary School campus for up to 14 days, according to Bladen County Schools.

“The safety and well-being of Bladen County Schools’ students and staff is always our number one priority,” said Bladen County Schools Public Relations and Information Office Valerie Newton. “We are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of all. Bladen County Schools are following CDC and DHHS guidelines as we continue to monitor the situation.”