COVID-19 virus strikes Villages Charter School and Lady Lake elementary school

Phillipsburg High School

The district announced the decision Wednesday, citing "the health risk to our students and staff and because of the increasing issues we're having with staffing", according to a statement on the PHSD website. Out of an abundance of caution, anyone directly exposed or considered a close contact (including all students in the athletic cohort) have been asked to quarantine for 14 days to avoid further spread of the virus. The students, who had been learning through a mix of in-person and remote lessons, will join other students in the special education class who have been learning remotely this year, district spokesperson Karen Corona said Monday.

In a letter to parents on Wednesday, Superintendent of Schools Todd Gazda said he may be "forced to move to fully remote learning after Thanksgiving" if the surge in cases continues. The change is due to the increased number of senior high staff members who are quarantined.

As of November 11, the state Department of Public Health had tallied265 cases of COVID-19 in Ludlow with 58 confirmed in the previous two weeks.

On Tuesday, Clark County Public Health reported 277 new COVID-19 cases - a daily record for the county - and two more deaths.

The school district allowed kindergartners to return November 9 in a hybrid format. Also, 281 students were sent home with COVID-19 symptoms.

"Now that the number of COVID-19 cases has risen enough to designate us as a yellow zone, we expect that cases would become more frequent if school buildings remained open", Marrero continued.

"Since the pandemic began, we have responded swiftly and thoroughly when individuals have tested positive for COVID, identifying those who were in contact with the individual, and temporarily shifting to distance learning for specific classes as warranted", he said.