First NYC school closes for extended period due to coronavirus

A city school has been closed due to the coronavirus for the first time this year, officials revealed Thursday.

The John F. Kennedy Jr. school in Elmhurst is the first city school to trigger a 14-day quarantine protocol after it confirmed two unrelated coronavirus cases among staff or students. The DOE could not immediately say who was infected.

Prior to the start of the school year, the Department of Education said it would take the action when two or more COVID-19 infections arise at the same school with no links between the infected students.

“We hope to return to the building on Wednesday, October 13,” read a letter from school officials.

Administrators said anyone who tests positive at the school will not return until they are no longer infectious and that close contacts will be instructed to quarantine.

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