Nazareth Area Middle School will be closed to all students and staff for cleaning and contact tracing Wednesday through Friday, Principal Robert Bauder told the school community in a letter Tuesday.
New cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus illness over the past 14 days fall within the state’s recommendation for closure, Bauder said. That recommendation for medium-sized schools applies when four to six cases are confirmed within a rolling 14-day period, according to the letter.
All students will receive their instruction virtually and schedules will be communicated by teachers, according to Bauder.
All middle school co-curricular and athletic activities will be canceled or rescheduled, though virtual activities are permitted during the closure, Bauder said. The district’s athletic department will provide additional information to coaches and student-athletes as necessary. Activities may resume Saturday.
The school is scheduled to reopen for students and staff Tuesday.
“We appreciate your cooperation as we continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bauder wrote.
The closure follows Liberty High School’s switch to all virtual learning announced Monday, also until Tuesday.
The closures come as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Tuesday it is offering new guidance to Pennsylvania schools related to COVID-19, allowing less distance between desks in classrooms.
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