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School stops face-to-face teaching due to COVID-19 exposure

August 31, 2020 GMT

ANGIE, La. (AP) — An elementary school in southeast Louisiana will cease in-person instruction for two weeks in response to what’s being called a “potential” coronavirus exposure.

WDSU-TV reports parents at Wesley Ray Elementary School in Angie were notified by Washington Parish officials that the shutdown was “out of an abundance of caution” in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Health.

Washington Parish Superintendent Frances Varnado said the school system learned Friday about the possible exposure at the 256-student school, which serves kindergarten through fifth grade. Varnado would not disclose whether any teachers or students had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease that the coronavirus causes.

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A statement from the superintendent said the school will reopen Sept. 14. Students and families are encouraged to seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms. Teachers are contacting students and parents regarding distance learning and school meals until then