Woodbridge High School to close for two weeks after several COVID-19 cases

BRIDGEVILLE — As more students are slated to head back to school statewide, Woodbridge High School will be entering a 14-day quarantine period with in-person classes suspended during that time, officials announced in a letter Friday.

The district intends to reopen the high school Nov. 9.

In a letter posted to their website, the district said that there have been several staff members and students who tested positive for COVID-19.

“Since there have been several positive cases at Woodbridge High School this week, we will err on the side of caution and close the Woodbridge High School campus, temporarily for two weeks, while the situation is investigated, and the building is cleaned,” the letter states. “This will include all after school activities, athletics, etc.”

The individuals who have tested positive will not return to school until after the 14-day quarantine period has passed. The Division of Public Health has been notified of those in close contact with the individuals who have tested positive and is notifying anyone who may have to quarantine for 14 days.

“We have been preparing for a situation like this requiring a shift to remote learning, so our high school students will still receive quality instruction during this closure,” the letter states.

Meanwhile, statewide, there have been 231 cases of coronavirus affecting students and staff cumulatively since Sept. 1. There have been 27 students and 25 staff in child care facilities who have tested positive, 54 students and 26 staff in private K-12 schools and 24 students and 75 staff in public K-12 schools.

Athletics halted for 2 weeks

The news came down just hours before Woodbridge was scheduled to open its football season at home against Delmar at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Woodbridge’s official school website as of Friday night showed the first three football games of its season as being postponed. The Blue Raiders, defending Division II state runners-up, were scheduled to play at Milford next Friday and home against Lake Forest the following week.

All Woodbridge athletic contests are postponed through Nov. 5, according to the school’s website.

Woodbridge football head coach Jed Bell posted his thoughts on Twitter on Friday.

“Heartbroken for my kids,” Mr. Bell wrote. “Screenings, sanitizing, masks, distancing — they have done EVERYTHING the right way since returning. In two years they have handled a lifetime of adversity. They WILL bounce back better men. Trust me, you don’t understand this pain until it hits firsthand.”