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Horace Mann Elementary closes due to multiple COVID-19 cases

Posted at 6:59 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 03:12:05-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A local school in the Bakersfield City School District is closing its doors for two weeks after multiple individuals tested positive for COVID-19.

According to BCSD officials, Horace Mann Elementary in East Bakersfield is the first school in its district to have to close again due to COVID-19.

Officials say the individuals who tested positive are "from outside of the classroom."

They are not able to share how many individuals at the school are positive due to "HIPPA Laws."

The students will immediately go back to virtual learning for the next 14 days and on the fifteenth day they will reopen which is Nov. 30.

The reasoning for the closure is due to state guidance that says during a 14-day period if 5% of the school's population tests positive the school must close.

The school issued the following statement:

The Bakersfield City School District and Horace Mann Elementary are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Abiding by local and state guidance, the District must close Horace Mann as more than 5 percent of the population on campus tested positive for coronavirus over a 14-day period. The positive cases occurred outside of the classroom. Horace Mann will reopen Monday, Nov. 30.

This is a developing story and we will have more coming up tonight at 11 p.m.