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School forced to close in Enfield due to COVID outbreak

‘It was a Herculean effort to make it as far as we did...’
A school in Enfield announced a closure for Thursday and Friday because of a COVID outbreak.
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 12:38 PM EDT|Updated: May. 5, 2022 at 7:04 AM EDT
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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) - A school in Enfield announced a closure for Thursday and Friday because of a COVID outbreak.

Superintendent Chris Drezek said 40 of 75 staff members at the Henry Barnard School tested positive for the virus.

Drezek said the school was on the verge of going remote only two days ago, but it will not do any remote sessions.

The closures will be treated as snow days.

Drezek told Channel 3 earlier in the week that all of the schools in the district had staff out due to COVID, but that the Henry Barnard School had the most.

School officials said they are working closely with the North Central District Health Department. They are working to reopen on Monday, but will need to assess after the weekend.

There have also been more students testing positive with the virus.

The closure also effects school programming, so all after school activities and extracurriculars were canceled.

Meals were available at Enfield High School Thursday morning.

Drezek released a statement to parents and staff on Wednesday:

A school in Enfield was forced to close on Thursday and Friday due to a COVID outbreak.
School in Enfield closes because of COVID outbreak among staff
COVID outbreak closes school in Enfield