Maple Avenue Elementary in Niagara Falls opens Monday after COVID-19 closure

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB)–Maple Avenue Elementary School in Niagara Falls will be reopening starting Monday, October 19.

“We’re ready to come back. Tt was a bump in the road but nothing we weren’t prepared for,” said school superintendent Mark Laurrie.

The school has been closed since September 28, after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Laurrie said the district, with the recommendation of the Niagara County Health Department, decided it would be best to close the school and keep it closed until it was safe.

“At the end of the day when you have about 68 of the 352 in the school in quarantine it’s just safer to shut the whole school down, take a step back, do as much testing and tracing as possible, and then reopen as fast as we did,” Laurrie said.

The Niagara County Department of Health notified the District that all of the quarantines related to the cases at the school will have expired by the time the school reopens.

“The NFCSD took quick action and under an abundance of caution closed Maple as soon as we heard of the first positive case at the school,” said Niagara Falls School District superintendent Mark Laurrie. “Our partners at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and the Niagara County Department of Health acted swiftly and organized COVID-19 testing the day after Maple was closed.”

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