Dooley Elementary School in North Long Beach closed due to COVID-19 exposure

The Child Development Center at Dooley Elementary School has been closed for two weeks after two people at the school tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Thursday.

The school has been closed largely for distance learning, but some students have been on campus for the development center program.

The center’s director sent a letter to parents on Wednesday that said the school at the end of last week “became aware of a positive case of COVID-19 from a person within the elementary school.”

“Although all of the protocols, notifications, cleaning, and steps were taken to ensure health and safety, we were notified today of an additional case,” the statement said. “To be cautious, we consulted the Long Beach Health Department and determined that a temporary site closure is the recommended next step.”

School will resume in person on Oct. 29.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].