'Drastic rise in COVID': Dover Area Middle School suspends in-person classes

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch
Dover Area Middle School Thursday, October 28, 2021. The school is a renovated version of the old high school. A new high school was built on the site of the former intermediate school nearby. The district is hosting a grand opening for the newly-completed middle and high school buildings on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. Bill Kalina photo

Dover Area School District announced Thursday that it was transitioning its middle school students to virtual learning Friday due to a "drastic rise in COVID-19 cases."

The middle school will conduct virtual learning through Wednesday, at which point the district will break for the holidays. Middle school students are expected to return to the classroom Jan. 3, according to the announcement. 

The middle school has recorded 11 COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days and has 66 people quarantining, according to the district's website. So far this school year, the district has recorded 266 cases.

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This is the second time this school year that Dover Area Middle School has closed due to COVID-19. The school sent sixth graders home for two days in November after the school recorded 18 cases in 14 days.

Prior to that, there have been four other full school closures because of COVID-19 during this school year in York County — at one school in Spring Grove Area School District, one school with Central York School District and two schools in Northern York County School District. 

Reach Erin Bamer at ebamer@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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