Two schools in the Bronx shut down after student contracts COVID-19

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The exterior of South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School on East 145th Street in the Bronx. (Photo via Google Maps)

Two South Bronx public schools were closed Thursday after a student tested positive for the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning.

The affected institutions — the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology and South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School — are located within the same building, at 360 East 145th St. 

“The Health Department will trace close contacts of this individual to recommend quarantine and testing as necessary,” de Blasio said. “The Department of Education will completely disinfect the building, and it will be closed for an initial 24-hour period.”

The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology had an enrollment of 662 for the 2018-19 school year, while during the same period, South Bronx Preparatory’s enrollment was 657 students, according to insideschools.org. Both campuses serve students in grades six through 12.

“We don’t make this decision lightly, and we know the disruption and anxiety this means for students, faculty and parents,” de Blasio added. “We are taking every precaution to keep people safe, and we will keep everyone informed as we learn more through the day.”

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