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Bronx public schools closed over coronavirus fears will reopen Friday: Carranza

Posted: 8:03 PM, Mar 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-12 20:03:59-04
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MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — Two co-located public schools that were closed Thursday after a student self-confirmed a positive test for COVID-19 will reopen Friday, according to schools Commissioner Richard Carranza, after an investigation found no positive tests impacting the building.

Carranza said in a tweet that the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology and South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School will follow their normal instructional schedule Friday.

Earlier Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the schools would be closed, and the health department would trace close contacts of the student.

Later Thursday, Carranza said the city conducted an investigation and determined there was no positive test that impacted the schools, but the building was still disinfected out of an abundance of caution.

Both schools are located in the same Mott Haven building, and both public schools serve students in grades 6 through 12.

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Mark Sundstrom contributed.