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Enfield school closed Thursday, Friday as dozens of staff call out sick

The Barnard School has about 40 teachers out of 75 calling out sick related to COVID.

ENFIELD, Conn. — A school in Enfield is closing Thursday and Friday as dozens of teachers are out with COVID, the superintendent told FOX61 on Wednesday.

The Barnard School has about 40 teachers out of 75 calling out sick related to COVID, according to Superintendent Christopher Drezek.

The days off will be treated like snow days with the intent to make them up, instead of seeking approval for remote learning on such short notice, administrators said.

All school programming, including before and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events are affected by the closure.

There is hope to reopen the school for in-person learning on Monday, Drezek said in a letter to parents. At the moment, officials are holding off determining the last day of school for the academic year.

"I don’t want to lock in a last day of school for Henry Barnard in case we have an additional closure," Drezek said.

Student meals will still be available for pick up at Enfield High School from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

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The Barnard School saw a high number of staff members call out sick related to COVID throughout this week, as they initially anticipated closing Tuesday due to staffing issues.

"I want to again commend the Henry Barnard staff, as well as the dozens of district staff members who came together to keep Henry Barnard open the past three days," Drezek added in the letter to parents.

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