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Far Rockaway school closes due to COVID spread

Village Academy in the Far Rockaway section of Queens will close Thursday after health department officials determined COVID is spreading in the school, according to the education department.
It is the second New York City public school closed this week, and the third closure this school year.
As of Wednesday, city data show there had been nine partial classroom closures at the middle school, which shares a building with other schools. The school reported 14 cases among students over the past week and two among staff, according to state data.
Students will transition to remote learning for the next 10 days and can return to in-person learning on Nov. 22. Any student without a device can pick one up tomorrow at the school.
The co-located schools will remain open.
“We do not hesitate to take action to keep school communities safe and our multi-layered approach to safety has kept our positivity rate extremely low,” education department spokesperson Katie O’Hanlon said in an email. “All staff at DOE are vaccinated and all students at Village Academy have access to a device to ensure live, continuous learning.”
There are currently 140 classroom closures across the city out of about 65,000 instructional spaces. So far this school year, 5,595 students have tested positive for the coronavirus. Since the start of classes on Sept. 13, there have been more than 2,000 classroom closures and more than 3,600 partial closures.



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