BREAKING NEWS: NMS closed for COVID cluster

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Northern Middle School will be closed for face-to-face instruction until Friday, Dec. 4 due to a COVID-19 cluster at the school, Person County Schools announced late Friday afternoon.
According to the media release, a COVID-19 cluster including two staff members and three students at Northern Middle School will force the school to transition from Plan B to all remote learning until Dec. 4. Face-to-face instruction will resume, Monday, Dec. 7.
By definition, a cluster is five active cases at a school and the district has indicated that it will shut down any school for face-to-face instruction if there is a cluster.
According to the PCS Dashboard posted on the district’s website, which was updated Friday afternoon, there were three positive cases at Northern Middle for the week ending Nov. 13 and two more reported the week ending on Nov. 20.
According to the release, “while this is not an ideal situation, we feel the need to be proactive in our efforts to prevent any spread of COVID-19 from being passed along to our staff and students. We will continue to remain in close contact with the Person County Health Department and will provide updates as needed.”
There will be some students who will need to quarantine and the parents of those children have been contacted. Students will be receiving virtual instruction from their current teachers during this time.
There are currently 15 staff members and four current active cases of COVID-19 with 144 combined who are isolated at home because of either a COVID positive test, direct exposure to someone who is positive, being symptomatic or advised to isolate.
There were four active COVID-19 cases reported this week, two at Northern Middle School, one at Woodland Elementary and one at Southern Middle.

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