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Two Union County elementary schools temporarily move to remote learning

UCPS announced Weddington Elementary students and staff will work remotely until Feb. 5 after five students tested positive for COVID-19.

MONROE, N.C. — Union County Schools announced an elementary school in the district will move to remote learning for two weeks after five students tested positive for COVID-19. 

The district said five Weddington Elementary students tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week. As a result, the district said several students and staff members may have been exposed to the virus. To protect the privacy of the individuals, no further information was released. 

After working with Union County Public Health, Weddington Elementary School decided students and staff will move to remote learning from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5. They plan to return to in-person learning Monday, Feb. 8.

Later Sunday, UCPS announced that Benton Heights Elementary would temporarily move to remote learning under Plan C after several teachers and staff were impacted by COVID-19. 

In this case, students and staff will only be remote for one week: Jan. 25 through Jan. 29. Students will resume in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 1.

The district says Union County Public Schools staff is working with the individuals and Union County Public Health to determine close contacts.

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In addition, UCPS is following guidance from the Union County Health Department to address the cases. If a student had direct contact with the persons involved, a school nurse or a Union County Public Health staff member will follow up with parents within 24 hours for further guidance.

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