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Second Westchester Public School District Closes Due To Coronavirus Concerns

A second public school district in Westchester will be closed on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 due to concerns over the novel coronavirus.
A second public school district in Westchester will be closed on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 due to concerns over the novel coronavirus. Photo Credit: File photo

A second public school district in Westchester will be closed on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 due to concerns over the novel coronavirus.

The two are the Mount Vernon City School District and Hastings Public Schools.

"We have been advised by the physician of two of our students (same family, one at Columbus School and one at Rebecca Turner Elementary School) and their family have been quarantined for possible exposure to the Novel Coronavirus known as Novel 19," the Mount Vernon City School District said in a statement.

"We have been further advised by the children’s physician that the students have not shown any actual symptoms at this time.

"At this time no physician offices have the ability to test for COVID-19.

" The test can only be done by New York State or the Centers for Disease Control."

"Out of an abundance of caution, the district has closed all school buildings and offices effective immediately and the schools will be completely cleaned and disinfected.

"It is anticipated that the buildings will reopen on Monday under a normal schedule, once the cleaning program is complete.

"Both students will not be attending school for at least the next two weeks.

"Please be assured the Mount Vernon City School District is coordinating its response efforts in concert with the City of Mount Vernon and New York State.

On Wednesday, March 4, Hastings-on-Hudson Schools Superintendent Valerie Henning-Piedmonte announced that, “This afternoon we were notified that a parent, whose children attend school in our district, was physically present in a location that was closed due to contact with a person who is under quarantine from the coronavirus."

Henning-Piedmonte said school buildings will be closed for the rest of the week to sanitize the buildings “out of an abundance of caution.”

The closures come as five more people connected to the family of a man who tested positive for coronavirus also tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 10 in Westchester County and 11 statewide. As many as 1,000 people in Westchester are being quarantined.

This continues to be a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.

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