COVID-19 closures: Here are the schools that have had to shut down

COVID-19 closures: Here are the schools that have had to shut down
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Navigating the pandemic is tough, and it can be even harder when your children’s school closes suddenly because of COVID-19.

We want to help keep you updated on what schools in the Charlotte area are being impacted, seeing closures and are reopening.

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Here is an updated list of schools that are currently closed and have been closed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

Schools currently temporarily closed because of COVID-19:

  • Stanly County Schools -- The entire district moved to remote learning after a third-grade teacher died from COVID-19 and the county said there is increased community spread of the virus. The schools will be virtual starting on Oct. 14 and will return to in-person learning on Nov. 2.
  • East Union Middle School, Union County -- A staff member at the school tested positive for COVID-19, and school leaders said several students and staff members may have been exposed to the virus. The middle school will be virtual starting Oct. 13 and will return to in-person learning on Oct. 27.
  • Gardner Park Elementary, Gaston County -- According to our news partner the Gaston Gazette, the school reported a cluster of seven new cases among students and employees last Friday. The elementary school will be virtual starting Oct. 13 and will return to in-person learning on Oct. 26.
  • Icard Elementary, Burke County -- The district said it was made aware of at least five or more positive cases related to the elementary school Oct. 20. The school will move to Plan C, all remote instruction, until Nov. 5. The school is shut down and will have no activity for several days. The custodial team will then start the thorough cleaning process. Read more information here.
COVID-19 closures: Here are the schools that have had to shut down

Previously closed because of COVID-19:

  • Crest High School, Cleveland County -- The school decided to close for two weeks after seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The high school started virtual learning around Sept. 30 and returned for in-person learning on Oct. 15.
  • Webb Street School, Gaston County -- The Gaston County school for children with special needs closed after two employees tested positive for the virus. The students learned remotely from Sept. 10 until Sept. 21.
  • Iron Station Elementary, Lincoln County -- The elementary school closed after five teachers tested positive for COVID-19. Students learned virtually starting Aug. 17 and returned to in-person classes on Aug. 31.
  • Weddington Elementary, Union County -- The Union County elementary school closed because a staff member tested positive and as a result, several other staff members and students may have been exposed to the virus. Students learned remotely from Aug. 27 until Sept. 7 and returned for in-person classes on Sept. 8.
  • Poplin Elementary, Union County -- The elementary school closed for three weeks after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
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