Two Wayland schools to close for cleaning after parent tests positive for COVID-19

Two Wayland schools to close for cleaning after parent tests positive for COVID-19
FILE: The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed Tuesday night that there are five new presumptive cases of COVID-19, the coronavirus, across the state. (PHOTO: Handout)

WAYLAND, Mass. — After a parent of two Wayland Public School students tested presumptive-positive for COVID-19, two schools in the district will be closed to be cleaned and disinfected.

Since one student attends Loker Elementary School and the other is a Middle School student, both will be closed on Wednesday, March 11 in order for the school to conduct enhanced cleaning using a deep disinfection protocol.

The parent told school officials on Tuesday of their current health situation, saying they had been exposed last week and has chosen to self-quarantine since them.

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Since neither child has presented any symptoms nor have they been to school since last week, school officials do not believe they were contagious nor that students and staff were exposed to the disease. With that in mind, officials say it’s not necessary for students and staff to self-quarantine.

Happy Hollow, Claypit and the High School will have school as normal. Based on guidance from the Commissioner of Education, Loker and the Middle School will treat the off day as a snow day, meaning both schools will have to make up the day, per state guidelines.

Parents and guardians with any questions are encouraged to contact the school for further information.