Maple Avenue Elementary School in Niagara Falls shuts down due to coronavirus

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — An elementary school in the Niagara Falls City School District is closed Monday until further notice. Superintendent Mark Laurrie says there’s a new confirmed coronavirus case at Maple Avenue Elementary School.

Laurrie says the infected person is a teacher who was in contact with five classrooms, totaling 58 students. This teacher was also in contact with about eight other teachers.

There are only about 126 students in the school. Since nearly half of the students may be contacted by contact tracers, the district decided to close until further notice.

The district has been working with the Niagara County Health Department since late Sunday afternoon.

Laurrie urges people to answer the call from contact tracers and do their part.

“I think that in an effort to be abundantly safe, it’s best to close Maple Avenue for in-person instruction for the foreseeable future, and I will update you every day starting tomorrow, which is Sept. 28.”

Maple Avenue teachers are allowed in the school Monday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. to get whatever things they need. Laurrie says the school may have a special laptop pickup.

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