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Schools in New London, Waterford and Ledyard report COVID-19 cases this week

Harbor Elementary School in New London and Friendship School in Waterford temporarily closed their doors to students this week and switched to virtual learning following news of positive COVID-19 cases.

The schools were among at least three local schools to report new COVID-19 cases, which are on the uptick in the region.

Harbor students are transitioning to virtual learning Thursday and Friday 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 Friendship School in Waterford, a magnet school for prekindergarten and kindergarten students run by LEARN, was closed to in-person classes Thursday due to a person testing positive for COVID-19. The school, in a notice posted on its website, said there wasn’t enough time to perform contact tracing in time for school to reopen and planned to update the school community on whether in-person classes would be held on Friday.

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, also are in quarantine.

Harbor Elementary School was closed to in-person instruction on Thursday and will be again Friday because of a lack of substitute coverage, New London School Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie said in a notice to the school community. It is unclear how many staff members or students are 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.

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