COVID NYC Update: John F. Kennedy Jr. School in Elmhurst First in New York to Close Due to Coronavirus Cases


ELMHURST, Queens (WABC) – A school in Queens will be closed for two weeks after two staff members test positive for COVID-19, becoming the first school in New York to close due to a potential outbreak. John F. Kennedy Jr. School in Elmhurst will remain closed until Oct. 13, according to a letter sent to families on Wednesday.“As always, the health and safety of our students and staff, and all of the DOE family across town, is our top priority,” the letter read. “As you know, our school building was initially closed for 24 hours because at least two members of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. Today we are writing to let you know that the NYC Test + Trace Corps and the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have determined that at this time the main site building is to remain closed for 14 days. “The Ministry of Education said the staff were in different classrooms and were unrelated. The incident follows protocols for the 14-day switch to distance learning, which has happened.

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All teaching and learning will continue remotely and officials hope to reopen the building on Wednesday, October 14.

“It has 262 students in their blended learning program and 88 staff, so as of today the school is closed for two weeks,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “He’s the only one ever to have experienced this. ”

Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to school until they are contagious.

Close contacts of those who test positive have been informed and will continue their 14-day quarantine period.

“If safety comes first, there may be times when the school community has to flip the switch and walk away,” said United Teachers’ Federation president Michael Mulgrew, “We are not closing our schools. Are we alive or are we far away? These are the two new things in which schools operate. ”

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If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

Families are reminded to stay home if you feel sick, monitor your and your child’s health, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

“The children will receive instructions from a distance and then the school will be back in place,” said de Blasio. “Anyone who has been quarantined will come back right away and continue with the rest of the school year. ”

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