Update: Milford to reopen two of three schools closed after COVID-19 positives

MILFORD — Two of Milford School District’s schools will reopen Tuesday, but one will remain in remote learning following closures Monday due to COVID-19.

Morris Early Childhood Center and Banneker Elementary will reopen for in-person learning Tuesday. The schools were moved to remote learning due to the district being informed of “multiple positive COVID-19 testing results last night, in addition to the positive test results communicated earlier during the weekend,” according to a notice posted to the district’s website.

Milford High School, which was slated to bring students in all grades in for the first time Monday, will remain closed Tuesday.

Milford’s other schools — Lulu Ross and Mispillion elementary schools and Milford Central Academy — operated on schedule at the start of the week.

The district notified the community of its plans early Monday morning, noting in its letter that officials wanted to work with the Division of Public Health before bringing students and staff back to the buildings. In the evening, it announced that Morris and Banneker were set to reopen.

“We’re also excited that we’re going to be able to open back up tomorrow with Morris and Banneker and we also feel like we’re on our way to the high school being back in session for students later this week,” Superintendent Kevin Dickerson said during the school board meeting that evening. “We just have a little bit to work out through that to make sure we’re keeping everybody safe and healthy, as far as going through the processes with DPH.”

The district began the year remotely before slowly beginning to phase-in hybrid learning, bringing portions of its students back slowly. 

Districtwide, schools are mostly at a 60/40 hybrid/remote split. Morris and Lulu Ross Elementary, however, lean more toward a 70/30 split, said Kate Marvel, supervisor of secondary student learning.

On Thursday and Friday last week, the district began its last portion of the phase-in process, bringing its freshmen back for orientation. The rest of the grades would have started Monday. 

“We have paused that transition as of today,” Dr. Marvel said. “We are hopeful to get our students back in the building as soon as possible.”

Morris Early Childhood Center and Banneker Elementary will reopen for in-person learning Tuesday. The schools were moved to remote learning due to the district being informed of “multiple positive COVID-19 testing results last night, in addition to the positive test results communicated earlier during the weekend,” according to a notice posted to the district’s website.

Milford High School, which was slated to bring students in all grades in for the first time Monday, will remain closed Tuesday.

Milford’s other schools — Lulu Ross and Mispillion elementary schools and Milford Central Academy — operated on schedule at the start of the week.

The district notified the community of its plans early Monday morning, noting in its letter that officials wanted to work with the Division of Public Health before bringing students and staff back to the buildings. In the evening, it announced that Morris and Banneker were set to reopen.

“We’re also excited that we’re going to be able to open back up tomorrow with Morris and Banneker and we also feel like we’re on our way to the high school being back in session for students later this week,” Superintendent Kevin Dickerson said during the school board meeting that evening. “We just have a little bit to work out through that to make sure we’re keeping everybody safe and healthy, as far as going through the processes with DPH.”

The district began the year remotely before slowly beginning to phase-in hybrid learning, bringing portions of its students back slowly. 

Districtwide, schools are mostly at a 60/40 hybrid/remote split. Morris and Lulu Ross Elementary, however, lean more toward a 70/30 split, said Kate Marvel, supervisor of secondary student learning.

On Thursday and Friday last week, the district began its last portion of the phase-in process, bringing its freshmen back for orientation. The rest of the grades would have started Monday. 

“We have paused that transition as of today,” Dr. Marvel said. “We are hopeful to get our students back in the building as soon as possible.”