Entire seventh grade at Columbia Middle School quarantined after positive COVID-19 test

The entire seventh grade at Columbia Middle School is now in quarantine, along with multiple staff members, after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents of students at the school in Tyrrell County were sent a letter on Tuesday, informing them of the situation.

“Due to these circumstances and the lack of personnel to cover this staff shortage, we will be closing Columbia Middle School for the quarantine period of 10 days,” said Tyrrell County Schools Superintendent Oliver Holley.

“The building will reopen on January 25, 2021. All classes will transition to remote instruction for this period of closure, and additional steps will be taken to clean and sanitize the buildings,” Holley said.

Holley posted a video on Youtube this afternoon answering questions from families.

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