Woodbridge High School in Sussex County is closing for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns and will reopen on Nov. 9.
According to a release, several staff members/students at the high school tested positive for Covid-19. The individuals will not return to school until the 14-day quarantine period has passed.
Anyone who has been in close contact with them as determined by the Division of Public Health (DPH) is being notified by the Delaware Division of Public Health and may have to quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. Individual decisions on quarantining are made by DPH epidemiologists, in consultation with the affected individual, and may depend on whether the individual was wearing a mask.
“Since there have been several positive cases in our school, we will err on the side of caution and close the Woodbridge High School campus, temporarily for two weeks, while the situation is investigated, and the building is cleaned. This will also include all after school activities, athletics, etc, the release stated.
Preparations had been made for possible closing. The Bridgeville area has a higher rate of Coivid-19 than other areas of the state.
Earlier, Sussex Tech announced it will continue its hybrid model that includes remote and in-person classes.
Sussex County school districts were quicker to move to a hybrid model with some parents calling for even fewer restrictions.Portions of Sussex County have slower Internet speeds than other portions of the state. That can lead to glitches in distance learning.
In a related development, DPH reported the following information on Covid-19 cases at schools and daycare sites.
The division does not break down cases by school district or school
The following are the more than 200 Covid-19 positive tests that have been reported to DPH between Sept. 1 and Oct. 23. Schools have avoided the large outbreaks reported in other states.
- Child care – 27 students and 25 staff
- Private K-12 – 54 students and 26 staff
- Public K-12 – 24 students and 75 staff