Woodbridge High School closes school for 2 weeks, cancels sports due to COVID-19 outbreak
A COVID-19 outbreak at Woodbridge High School has led to the district closing the campus for the next two weeks as a safety precaution.
During that time, the situation will be investigated and the building will undergo cleaning, the district said in a letter to families Friday afternoon.
In the meantime, all students will shift to remote learning. Woodbridge was one of the few Delaware school districts that started the year with some in-person classes.
Two months into the school year, it is also the first district to temporarily close a school as a COVID-19 safety precaution.
Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 23, 24 students and 75 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in Delaware public schools, according to the Division of Public Health. In private schools, 54 students and 26 staff have tested positive.
"Several positive cases" at the school this week prompted not only the closure, but the cancelation of high school sports during the same timeframe.
Before the first games could even be played, the coronavirus altered the Delaware high school football schedule, with the cancelation of Friday's Delmar at Woodbridge game. Kickoff would have been at 5 p.m.
“I’m sitting out here as kids pull in, telling them the game is canceled,” Woodbridge football coach Jed Bell said on Friday afternoon. “It’s heartbreaking. My kids are just devastated.”
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All of the Blue Raiders’ fall athletic programs — football, volleyball, boys soccer, field hockey and cross-country — will be suspended, with no games or practices allowed.
The statement said the Woodbridge High campus is expected to reopen on Nov. 9. If that timetable is followed, the Woodbridge football team — a perennial DIAA Division II title contender — will be unable to play its first three games.
The Blue Raiders would miss games against Delmar, Milford (Oct. 30) and Lake Forest (Nov. 6). That would leave Woodbridge with the potential to play only four games this season, as Delaware’s fall sports season has been condensed and football teams are playing only seven regular-season games.
Friday’s game was expected to be an early Henlopen South showdown and perhaps a state tournament preview, as Woodbridge is ranked No. 2 statewide in Division II by Delaware Online/The News Journal and Delmar is ranked No. 3.
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Natalia Alamdari contributed to this report.