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Laurel School District reports 6 new COVID cases, goes online until after holiday break

Richard Pollitt
Salisbury Daily Times

The Laurel School District has reported six new COVID-19 cases, according to a letter sent to families from Superintendent Shawn Larrimore. 

On Friday, three students tested positive at Laurel Middle School and one staff member and a student reported positive at Laurel Elementary School. 

An additional case was reported at Laurel Middle on Monday where the Division of Public Health determined the student had direct contact with 48 total individuals including students, fellow bus-riders, teachers, support staff members and administrators.  

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Larrimore said all Laurel district schools will transition to online learning beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17. Schools will return to a hybrid module following the holiday break. 

"This decision was not made lightly, and I certainly understand that it may cause great frustration and disruption to some our families’ schedules," Larrimore stated. 

"For that I am sorry. But, again, the Laurel School District must continue to keep the well-being and safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision-making during this pandemic."