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Penwood High forced to close after teacher tests positive for COVID-19

Gregory Pullen, Chairman of Penwood High School
 
Penwood High, one of the schools participating in face-to-face teaching, has been forced to close after a member of staff tested positive for COVID-19.
 
This was confirmed Friday afternoon by Gregory Pullen, the school's chairman, who said the teacher has been isolating for a week after she began experiencing symptoms of the virus. 
 
She received confirmation of her positive COVID-19 status on Friday.   
 
Mr. Pullen told Radio Jamaica News that the school closed about 11 o'clock Friday morning for deep cleaning, and face-to-face classes will be remain suspended for ten days. 
 
The chairman said despite the positive case, the level of exposure to the virus should be low because the teacher "only spent two days in school since we have reopened and she wasn't exhibiting symptoms at that time."  
 
However, he said the school is taking direction from the Ministry of Health in terms of contact tracing and any other measures required.
 
Earlier this week, Education Minister Fayval Williams reported that there are now 76 schools open for face-to-face classes.
 
Some 129 schools were approved for face-to-face classes before the start of  the new term on January 4. However, school administrators were given a two-week period to complete preparations and reopen.
 


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