New London Public Schools, 2 schools in Middletown going remote due to positive COVID-19 cases

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Students at New London Public Schools will be learning remotely from Nov. 9-Nov. 13. due to recent positive COVID-19 cases reported in the district, the school district reported Sunday.

In a letter to the school community, Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie said, “Although COVID-19 contact tracing efforts continued throughout the weekend, regarding our recent positive cases identified Thursday night, more time is needed to ensure that we have a confident picture of all close contacts between students involved. Therefore, we are unable to open the district to any in-person student learning this week. NLPS will be closed to all in-person student learning the week of November 9th through 13th.”

All students will participate in full-time distance learning this upcoming week, except for Wednesday, Nov. 11. There is no school that day in honor of Veteran’s Day.

This comes less than a week after the City of New London baned all organized sports on city athletic fields and canceled a road race due to an uptick in COVID cases.

Two schools in Middletown will also be remote due to COVID-19 cases.

Moody School will be remote through Monday, Nov. 23 after a staff member and two students tested positive for the virus.

Woodrow Wilson Middle School will be remote through Nov. 16.

School officials said all students should adhere to their regular schedules while distance learning.

District officials advise families to use the COVID testing that’s available to them, adding that the PCR Mobile Lab at Lawrence School on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Both cities are listed as “Red Alert,” meaning they have an average daily COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population.

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