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Schools in Ledyard and East Lyme report new COVID-19 cases

Three area schools, in Ledyard and East Lyme, have reported new positive cases of COVID-19 that in one case has temporarily shifted students into distance learning.

East Lyme School Superintendent Jeffrey Newton announced that students at Lillie B. Haynes School would move to distance learning on Tuesday, after two positive COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday.  

In a letter to parents and guardians, Newton said contact tracing has started and students and staff considered primary contacts will be directly contacted. All other East Lyme Schools will be open on Tuesday, except for East Lyme High School, which is on distance learning until Oct. 22, due to three positive cases there.  

In-person classes are scheduled to start again at Lillie B. Haynes on Thursday, Newton said. 

Ledyard School Superintendent Jason Hartling sent out two different notices to the school community on Saturday regarding reported cases at both the Gallup Hill School and Ledyard Middle School. In both cases the individual was instructed to remain home in self-isolation for a minimum of 10 days and given instructions to follow prior to a return to school. The Ledyard notices do not indicate whether the affected person was a staff member or student.

Both Gallup Hill and Ledyard Middle School opened on Monday.

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