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Oxford High School closed until November 4 due to staff shortage caused by COVID-19

Oxford High School closed Friday after student tests positive for COVID-19
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OXFORD, Conn. — After a student-tested positive for COVID-19 and the possible exposure of about 60 people, officials have decided to all High School school in-person classes to a full remote learning model. 

School district officials said they learned Thursday that an Oxford High School student has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a letter to families and staff, Superintendent Jason McKinnon said in-person classes are canceled Friday and students will participate in the Wednesday remote learning schedule from 9-12 noon. All before and after school activities at Oxford HS were also canceled Friday.

Through contact tracing, it was determined about 50 students and 10 teachers were primary contacts with the positive student. 

McKinnon said in a new letter sent to families and staff Friday, the school would not be able to hold in-person classes during the two week quarantine period due to lack of sufficient staff or substitutes. As a result, students and staff will move to a full remote learning model until Wednesday, November 4. 

McKinnon added the new remote learning schedule will be different from the current one and the more detailed schedule will be released over the weekend. 

School athletics along with after school activities can start back up again on Monday, with the exception of one unnamed team. 

"Please remember that effective contact tracing and consultation with the Health Department enables us to make this decision with confidence. We will schedule a high school meeting on Sunday evening at 7pm to discuss our new learning model," McKinnon said.