All 6th grade students at Southern Middle will spend the next two weeks attending classes remotely after multiple children tested positive for COVID-19.
The Moore County Health Department announced Wednesday that a so-called cluster of infections had been identified at the Aberdeen school.
A cluster is defined by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as at least five positive cases over a two-week period. Eight cases, all involving students, have been reported at Southern Middle.
“Guidelines for isolation have been provided to all COVID-19 positive students from Southern Middle,” the local health department said in a statement. “In an abundance of caution, a remote learning plan has been implemented for all 6th grade classrooms at the school until May 12.”
Twelve staff members and 29 students at Southern Middle have tested positive since August, according to data from the Moore County school system. Nearly 220 students of Southern Middle and other local schools are “currently under quarantine due to exposure” to the virus, the school system said.
Cases involving students and faculty members of Moore County schools account for 667, or about 7.5 percent, of all COVID-19 infections reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.