Laurel School District to close for the remainder of the week to deep clean schools
LAUREL, Del. – The Laurel School District says they will close schools for the rest of the week to deep clean after learning that a staff member recently had contact with a traveler from a Level-3 Country.
According to Superintendent Dr. Shawn Larrimore, both the staff member and traveler are healthy, have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have either shown any symptoms associated with the virus.
However, to be cautious, the district will close schools and cancel all after school activities for the remainder of the week starting tomorrow, March 12th. This is so that there is sufficient time to deep clean every school. Schools are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 16th.
We’re told a third-party company that specializes in thorough, industrial-level cleaning will come in to each of the schools to perform the cleanings.
“As the outbreak of the coronavirus continues to evolve, the Laurel School District has devised a Pandemic Preparedness Plan to assist us in decision-making in the weeks ahead. We will move through the phases of this plan based on the collective guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), and our own internal team to ensure that we make the best possible decision for Laurel and its stakeholders,” Larrimore said in a Facebook post.