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New London, Ledyard schools report new COVID-19 cases

New London — Harbor Elementary School students will transition to virtual learning for the rest of the week after the school reported its second case of COVID-19 in two days.

The school district received notice on Tuesday that a Harbor student had tested positive. School was set to open on Thursday when the district learned on Wednesday that a Harbor staff member had tested positive.

The student from Harbor is in quarantine and anyone who has had close contact with the student can expect to be contacted by local health officials as part of established contact tracing procedures. The staff member who tested positive, along with other staff and students who had been in close contact, are also in quarantine.

Harbor Elementary School will be closed to in-person instruction on Thursday and Friday because of a lack of substitute coverage, New London School Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie said in a notice to the school community. The notice did not indicate how many staff members from Harbor were in quarantine.

Ledyard schools also reported on Wednesday that a member of the Ledyard school community had tested positive for COVID-19. The notice to families from Ledyard School Superintendent Jason Hartling said the infected person was instructed to stay home in self-isolation for 10 days. The notice did not specify whether it was a student or staff member. Family members of the person were additionally instructed by Ledge Light Health District to self-quarantine and get tested.

Schools in Ledyard and New London are operating in a hybrid model with two different cohorts of students attending in-person classes two days a week and virtual learning three days a week. School buildings are closed on Wednesdays to allow for deep cleaning.

Editor's Note: This version was updated with the latest information.

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